Submission guidelines

We welcome letters to the editor, news stories and feature articles.

We strongly recommend composing the letter, story idea or article in a Word document (or similar) first instead of composing on our website. Then copy and paste to our site. That way if something goes wrong, you will not have lost the content.

When developing your submission, please review our updated anti-oppression guidelines as well as our editorial guidelines.

Letters guidelines:

The Mennonite welcomes your letters, either about our content or about issues facing Mennonite Church USA.

Please keep your letter brief—one or two paragraphs—and about one subject only. We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity. Publication is also subject to space limitations. Email us your letters or mail to Letters, The Mennonite, 3145 Benham Ave., Suite 4, Elkhart, IN 46517. Please include your name and address.

We will not print letters sent anonymously, though we may withhold names at our discretion.

Writers’ Guidelines: 

The Mennonite seeks to help readers glorify God, grow in faith and become agents of healing and hope in the world. Our readers are primarily people in Mennonite churches.

Writing should be concise, accessible to the general reader and with strong lead paragraphs. This last point cannot be overemphasized. The lead paragraph is the foundation of a good article. It should provide a summary of the article (see below). We are especially interested in personal stories of Mennonites exercising their faith.

Show, Don’t Tell Article

To focus the article, writers may want to include a one-sentence summary of the article and three catchy, creative titles. Illustrations, charts, graphs and photos (in color) to go with the article are welcome.

Feature articles should be 1,200-1,500 words in length. We prefer them sent via email. Please include name, address and phone number. If sent by regular mail, please include an SASE. We also like to run a photo of the author with articles we publish. Please include a recent headshot, preferable a .jpg.

Unfortunately, we do not pay for unsolicited manuscripts.

Possible theme list (not exhaustive): connecting our faith to our work, Bible study, prayer, environment, aging, death/dying, Christmas, Easter, children, parenting, marriage, singleness, racism, peace and justice, worship, health issues, arts.

Email queries or submissions to Editor@TheMennonite.org