Please review the guidelines for each content type before submitting.

Why does Relief charge for submissions?

Submittable takes the first dollar, and after that your money goes toward normal (shoestring) operating expenses. In the old days, of course, we used to spend for every submission to ship paper through the mail; we hope you'll think of this as your money going to better use.

You can submit your fee with a credit card or PayPal.

  • We want our reviews to provide our readers with a snapshot of the book. Help them decide if they want to read this particular book or not. Your review should answer some, but not necessarily all, of the following questions: What makes it well written and worth their time?  Why do you care about it enough to write a review?  What questions did it leave you pondering after you finished reading?
  • Keep the tone informative but friendly. This isn’t an academic essay.
  • Including a few specific examples from the book/collection you’re reviewing is always helpful to our readers. Please keep the quotations brief.
  • Do not site external sources or include a works cited.
  • Length: 500-750 words
  • Please format your review title as simply as possible.
    • For example: “A Review of Author’s Title by Your Name.”  See reviews posted on our site for examples.
  • Keep in mind the aesthetic values of Relief. We aren’t interested in simplistic “inspirational” writing. Instead, we value writing that broadens our perspective and speaks honestly about the beautiful, complex pursuit of faith and art.
  • Feel free to submit reviews for media other than books.
  • We want blog entries that provoke deep thought, talking about important modern issues and ideas.
  • Feel free to address current events or controversy, but remember that Relief is not interested in partisanship as much as we are passionate about problem-solving together in community. Don't shy away from telling the truth.
  • Keep the tone approachable and informal.
  • Provide hyperlinks for any external sources used.
  • Length: 500-750 words

Relief seeks fiction of high literary merit that takes the struggles and joys of our everyday lives seriously.

Stories should not exceed 8,000 words, though in general, we prefer to work with much shorter pieces. You may submit up to THREE stories per reading period; submit each story as separate files within the same submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

Please include your name, e-mail, the title of the work, and the word count at the top of the first page.

We don't want memoirs or devotionals so much as exploratory essays with an emotional arc that may or may not be narrative.

Creative Nonfiction should not exceed 5,000 words, though in general, we prefer to work with much shorter pieces. You may submit up to THREE pieces per reading period; attach each piece as a separate file below. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

Please include your name and e-mail and the title at the top of the first page.

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Poetry should not exceed 1000 words. You may submit up to FIVE poems per reading period; attach them as separate files within the same entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please immediately withdraw your piece if it is accepted elsewhere. We tend to like poetry that engages with authentic spiritual, emotional, and social experience with a good ear for the music of language.

Please include your name and e-mail and the title at the top of the first page.

Relief is happy to consider short graphic narratives for print or web. As with other work, literary excellence is our highest priority.
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