Write for Anglican Pastor

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Write for Anglican Pastor2018-08-27T11:50:18+00:00

If you’re interested in writing for Anglican Pastor, you’ve come to the right place!

Please read this all the way through before submitting a piece for consideration. Seriously!

Here’s a summary of the process, however.

  1. Come up with a unique and original idea that serves our audience.
  2. Check if we’ve already covered the idea/topic on Anglican Pastor.
  3. Pitch us your idea (preferably before you take the time to write a draft).
  4. If we approve your idea, write a draft that follows our writing guidelines.
  5. Submit the draft via Google Drive.
  6. Read and reply to our edits/comments.
  7. Share your post with others once it goes live!

How to Write for Anglican Pastor

1. Come up with a unique and original idea that serves our audience.

Here’s a brief refresher on our intended audience.

Anglican Pastor is an online guide to Anglican life and Anglican leadership. We function like an Anglican pastor online, writing from a pastoral perspective both to

  1. people interested in learning more about following Jesus in the Anglican tradition, and
  2. pastors interested in becoming better leaders.

(Often, the pastors are looking for accessible resources they can pass along to their people.)

Our readers are interested in Anglican life and/or leadership.

They are NOT interested in:

  • undefined Anglican jargon and
  • angry Anglican arguments.

There are plenty of other websites out there for angry Anglican polemicists. Not Anglican Pastor.

Note: This doesn’t mean that Anglican Pastor content never disagrees with anyone or anything. However, if you’re going to write a piece about “Why So-and-So is wrong about Such-and-Such,” your piece is going to need to be excellent, nuanced, and persuasive in order to be published on Anglican Pastor.

To test your idea, ask yourself these 3 questions before continuing:

Does your idea help our readers follow Jesus better in some specific aspect of Anglican life or Anglican leadership?

If not, revise the idea.

Does it do so without falling into esoteric Anglican debates?

If not, revise the idea.

Has this piece been published elsewhere on the internet before?

If so, please revise your idea. We’re only interested in original and unique pieces, not reusing content that’s already been published. Also, please do not reuse Anglican Pastor content elsewhere online in the future without our permission!


2. Check if we’ve already covered the idea/topic on Anglican Pastor.

After you’ve come up with a successful idea, please check to see if we’ve covered your idea/topic already.

Here’s the easiest way to do this:

  • Go to Google and type: “site:anglicanpastor.com INSERT YOUR IDEA/TOPIC HERE”
  • Look through the search results and note what you find

Now, just because we’ve covered something before doesn’t mean that we’re not interested in covering it again!

However, your post will need to add something new to the discussion, as well as link to the previous discussions of that topic on Anglican Pastor.


3. Pitch us your idea (preferably before you take the time to write a draft).

Now, if you want to send me a rough draft (that meets our writing guidelines below) before pitching me the idea, go right ahead!

However, you do run the risk of me saying “I’m sorry, but this doesn’t serve our audience.”

If you want to play it safe and get me initial feedback before you start writing, send an email with “ANGLICAN PASTOR IDEA” in the subject to Joshua Steele at editor@anglicanpastor.com.

Or, you can use this form to pitch us your idea:


4. If we approve your idea, write a draft that follows our writing guidelines.

NOTE: I’m going to ask you to submit the draft to me via Google Drive (Google Docs). So, it might be easiest to start writing your draft in Google Drive.

Here’s what to focus on when writing your draft:

  • Shoot for 500–2,000 words.
  • Keep it readable. Online, this means scannable!
    • Use simple syntax.
    • Define/explain your terms.
    • Use short paragraphs.
    • Break up the sections of your piece with H2 (main points/sections) and H3 headings.
    • Use bulleted or numbered lists whenever appropriate.
  • Watch your tone.
    • Here at Anglican Pastor, we’re aiming for content that’s:
      • Pastoral
      • Irenic
      • Conversational
    • Stay away from sounding:
      • Arrogant
      • Pejorative
      • Stuffy
  • Proofread and spell-check your document before submitting.
  • Use only one space between sentences.
  • Use a serial (AKA “Oxford”) comma.

Also, make sure to include the following:

  • A suggested Title/Headline for the post.
    • Note: We will pick the final headline.
    • If you need help writing good headlines, go here.
  • A suggested Featured Image for the post.
    • Make sure this image is legal for us to use.
    • We find a lot of our images on Unsplash and Pixabay.
    • Give me the URL for the image you suggest.
  • A brief Author Bio.
    • Write up a “So and so does so and so…” as you would like it to appear at the end of your piece.
    • Keep this short! 50–75 words.
    • Include any relevant links (to your church’s website, your Twitter profile, etc.)

5. Submit the draft via Google Drive.

Once you’re done with a draft, please send it to me at editor@anglicanpastor.com (share it with me) via Google Drive.

Make sure to give me editing privileges (and not just “View” or “Comment”), so that I can make changes to the document itself.

If you don’t know how to do this already, read Google’s instructions here.


6. Read and reply to my edits/comments.

Sometimes, I’ll go ahead and make necessary minor changes myself. Other times, I’ll suggest higher level changes for you to make to the piece before it’s ready to go live.

All I ask is that you stay engaged throughout this process, especially if I have questions as to what precisely you mean in your post! I want to make sure your content is as clear as possible for our readers, and that you’re not being misrepresented by the final product.


7. Share your post with others once it goes live!

After I publish the post, I’ll share the post’s URL with you. Please feel free to share your posts as widely as possible! It helps us out here at Anglican Pastor


Copyright Notice

Writers own the copyright on their own writings.

By submitting an article, writers agree to allow AnglicanPastor.com to publish and also to republish material in other formats.

We ask that you ask for our permission before republishing an Anglican Pastor piece.

If we give our permission, the republished piece include:

  1. the tag “originally published at AnglicanPastor.com” and
  2. a “rel=canonical” tag pointing back to the piece’s original AnglicanPastor.com URL.

(If you don’t know what “rel=canonical” means, check out this helpful piece from Moz about using it across domains.)


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