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WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER GUIDELINES


 

Dear writers and photographers:

Thank you for your interest in submitting materials for consideration to Creation Illustrated magazine. Please review the focus and guidelines in this document. We are interested in your material, and we’re always looking for high quality photos, articles, and poetry that bring glory to God through the wonders of His creation. Whether your material gets published or not, please know your submissions are appreciated. Keep sending new material.
 

Included in this document are some important guidelines. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. ANY SUBMISSIONS DENOTE FULL AGREEMENT TO COMPLY WITH THE GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS LISTED. The word "material(s)" in these guidelines refers to editorial and/or photographic submissions.
 

Also, any of the scheduled feature subjects can change at any time. We welcome fresh ideas and look forward to hearing from you.
 

In His service,
Tom Ish
editor/publisher


 

EDITORIAL AND PHOTOGRAPHIC SUBMISSIONS
  • QUERIES, SOLICITED MATERIAL, AND UNSOLICITED MATERIAL

All submissions to the editor (including solicited material) will be considered for POSSIBLE publication. Unsolicited material is welcomed, but a query is recommended since a similar subject may already be assigned. We do not accept phone queries. If we are interested in your query or submissions, you will be notified by the editor.


All mailed submissions and queries should be accompanied with a self-addressed, stamped return envelope. 


Send queries, solicited, and unsolicited material to: ci@creationillustrated.com  
Please put in the subject line: story submission and or query "title" of your story - for: Up Close, Creatures, Children, My Walk etc.
OR
Mail to: Creation Illustrated editor, P.O. Box 7955, Auburn, CA 95604.   

 

  • STORY and PHOTO SUBMISSIONS FORMAT AND PROPER IDENTIFICATION
Editorial submissions should be double-spaced.  Microsoft WORD is the preferred program. If using something different please inquire to see that we can convert your program. You can also put the submission into the body of your email.  Each page must have your name, email, address, phone number and story title.  Please also submit and photos that may help illustrate your story following the photo submission instructions that follow.  

 

Photo submissions instructions:

1. Be selective and submit only your best work.  We prefer a dozen or so stunning photos over 50 that we have to spend additional time sorting.  We like variety including close-ups, panoramas, powerful content, intriguing perspectives, creative compositions, appropriate action, precision clarity, vivid color, captivating contrast, and inviting texture. 

2. Digital images must be high-res JPEG originals.  Please do not enlarge or digitally interpolate images to make them larger.  This hurts quality.  Smallest size JPEG must convert to a 4"x6" TIFF at 300dpi.

3. Submit images in one of the following ways.

a) Upload high-res digital images WITH a content identification sheet (MS Word Document or PDF) that includes your name, mailing address, phone number, email, AND a list of image numbers with individual descriptions and/or identification.
When ready to upload, just go to wetransfer.com.

  • Click on the + sign and add the files you want to send.
  • Type in OUR email address - ci@creationillustrated.com.
  • Now type in your own email address.
  • Write a short message (photo submission for . . .)
  • Then simply hit the transfer button and you’re done.  It’s simple, secure, and free of charge. 
b) Mail a CD with high-res digital images AND a sheet of thumbnails with a content identification list to the address below.
 
c) Mail 35mm slides AND a content identification list to the address below WITH a signature confirmation form for tracking.
 
Our Mailing Address: Creation Illustrated editor, P.O. Box 7955, Auburn, CA 95604.  
 
  • REPRINTS We will consider material that has been published elsewhere as long as reprint permission accompanies the material.
 
  • RETURN OF MATERIALS SUBMITTED Photograph and editorial submissions will be returned as soon as possible after final selections have been made for publication. Materials will be returned within 30 days after publication of the edition for which the materials were submitted. 
 
  • KILL FEES A 25% kill fee may be paid when assigned or accepted material is not published. Eliminating or rescheduling various materials are at the sole discretion of the publisher. Any reason or justification for any change in final selections for publication is not required of the publisher. If material submitted does not meet the standards or criteria set forth, it may be returned for revisions. If revisions are still unsatisfactory, a kill fee will not be paid.    
 
  • PUBLISHING RIGHTS  of your material submitted and used include all First North American Serial Rights, Archival Rights, and Internet Duplication of the Magazine in Digital and/or PDF Formats. 
 
  • PAYMENT Specific amounts are listed with the feature descriptions that follow. All published material will be paid in full within 30 days of publication. Creation Illustrated will not be held responsible for any additional expenses such as travel or mileage, long-distance phone calls, photo developing costs, photocopying, postage, or express mail charges.
 
  • SAFETY, CARE, AND LIABILITY OF SUBMISSIONS
    The easiest and least expensive means of sending materials to us is by email.  If you are unable to send it via email then mailing us your items is fine.  We do recommend you send your slides via US Mail with signature confirmation because of tracking and we have to sign for the material to receive it. You can add insurance and/or a return post card notification for an additional fee at the post office if you wish.
Please Note:  All Mailed Submissions must be accompanied with a self-addressed, stamped returned envelope.
Photographer Packets must have enough return postage enclosed to allow materials to be returned via SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION USPS MAIL.  Any insurance desired for the return of materials to guard against mishaps in postal handling must accompany your submission with specific instructions.

We take great measures to care for your materials. While we have great respect and exercise extreme care for your materials, Creation Illustrated, its officers, principles, subcontractors, and/or employees are in no way to be held responsible for lost, stole, or damaged materials.  
  • PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS AND RATES
There is typically a photography contest with each edition of Creation Illustrated. What we look for in a photograph includes:
1) good composition with texture often in the foreground, a dominant feature, and a focal point;
2) clarity, sharpness, contrast, color quality, and color saturation;
3) a good use of dark and light values helps spark interest;
4) an effective use of light, clouds, fog, and other mood-generating elements;
5) a level horizon, trees growing vertical, and flat horizons and waterlines show that you are careful how you frame your shots.

The subject matter for various categories of awards and other features can be found in descriptions that follow and on the story/deadline sheet.
  1. Cover photo award - $100
  2. Best Nature Photo, 1st place award - $50; Best Nature Photo, 2nd place award - $25 (nature photo awards can be given in any story, poetry display, inside or back cover, photo essay, or other areas where nature photos appear)
  3. Creatures Near and Dear to Us, 1st place award - $50; Creatures Near and Dear to Us, 2nd place award - $25
  4. The Creation Story - Day ___, 1st place award - $50; The Creation Story - Day ___, 2nd place award - $25
  5. Children’s Photo Contest: 1st place $25, 2nd place $15, 3rd place $10, honorable mention $5.
  6. Back cover photo $20. All other published photos - $10 each, regardless of size
  7. Each photograph published will be accompanied by a photo credit. Each published photographer will receive three copies of the magazine in addition to payment.
  • EDITORIAL CRITERIA, FEATURES, EDITORIAL RATES, AND PHOTOGRAPHY SUBJECTS
Read our mission statement to get a feel of what our stories are seeking to deliver:
 
Creation Illustrated Mission Statement
Our purpose is to share the wonders of God’s creation. By revealing fresh insights of His infinite wisdom, gentle touch, undeniable justice, redeeming love, and flawless design, pure truth shall bring renewed peace. Each part of this publication is offered as a reprieve from the daily rigors of life so that all can look to the future with unbridled gratitude and hope.
 
Write for the reader. Inspire the reader to be in awe of the Creator. Help generate a worshipful spirit. Glorify God the Creator.  Make your story uplifting and positive rather than confrontive or argumentative. Support your story with scripture, scientific data with references, and quotations that are absolute and verbatim.  Don’t risk credibility with vague or unsubstantiated notions. Your story must be original, well researched, and provide information that will encourage the reader to want to know more about the Creator God. Please use the NEW KING JAMES VERSION of the Bible for which we have reprint permission.

One of the main goals for Creation Illustrated is to help teach good strong Godly character qualities that are supported by scripture and “illustrated” in nature.  Here is a link if you would like to read a good list of character qualities: http://www.graceonlinelibrary.org/home-family/christian-parenting/49-godly-character-qualities/   
Nature is God’s first lesson book and it is through nature and man’s interaction in it that Jesus based many of His teachings and parables such as pearls, seeds, wheat, sheep etc.    As you read the list of character qualities think of different animals and nature experiences that you can incorporate these lessons into.  Wise King Solomon said in Proverbs 6:6 “Go the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” Here is a good example of being diligent and industrious.

Another key to having your submission accepted is that your story lends itself to be “illustrated” with quality nature photography. A story about an experience in a National Park would be more likely to be picked than a story about a night walk through the dark woods.
 


As a quarterly magazine, Creation Illustrated focuses on the corresponding seasons
The subjects listed can change at any time. Feel free to spark our interest with something that is outstanding.


You will notice that the magazine is divided in to three sections -- Creation Illustrated in Nature, in Scripture, and in Living.
 

Creation Illustrated in Nature

  1. Creation Up Close - (1,500 to 2,000 words) Pays approximately $100.

    This feature is on a seasonal aspect of nature that helps reveal the incredible intricacies and the overwhelming evidence of how the Creator designed or planned the things around us. There is often a very close perspective that shows detail or even microscopic facts as to how things in nature are designed by an awesome God. Don’t hesitate to use plenty of scripture and scientific data to reflect and support each other. Including brief anecdotes helps to add interest and allows the reader to identify more closely with the story.

    Photographs should include extreme close ups as well as scenic shots or an overview as to how this part of nature interacts with the rest of its environment.
     

  2. Re-Creation and Restoration through Outdoor Adventure - (1,500 to 2,000 words) Pays approximately $100

    This feature focuses on outdoor adventure, often in a national park. It is usually a first person account of a very uplifting and spiritual experience that helped to bring the author closer to God in understanding His design and care for us. The story will inspire the reader to want to go there or to get out and experience God’s creation in nature first hand.

    Photographs must place the reader as close to a firsthand experience as possible. Panoramic shots are as vital as unique close-ups of something the reader may have never seen before. Various times of day and use of light also help generate interest. Man-made objects are generally not in this feature, but people can be included when appropriate. Give us a good reason to include them, and we will be happy to consider it.
     

  3. Creatures Near and Dear to Us - (1,500 to 2,000 words) Pays approximately $100

    This feature is on one particular type of creature. It may focus on some aspect of it behavior, design, and/or interaction with the rest of its environment or other creatures. You will want to share some aspect of this creature that the reader has never heard of or thought about. Your story will foster a new appreciation of the creature, its Creator, and how the reader now looks at this creature or creatures in general. Use of scripture is important. Use of scientific data is required.

    Photographs should include the creature in its environment, extreme close-ups, and avoid people or man-made objects.
     

  4. Children’s Story - (500 to 1,000 words) Pays approximately $50-$75

    This is a story geared toward character development of children ages 6 to 12. It can be an animal feature or some other aspect of nature made simple with a memorable spiritual lesson. Personal anecdotes often work well in reaching young minds so they can picture themselves in a similar situation. Use plenty of description, but keep sentences simple.

    Photographs or professional quality sketches should clearly augment the story.

Creation Illustrated in Living
 

   1.    Gardens from Eden Around the World  - (1,000 to 1,500 words) Pays approximately $75

A garden story will make the reader want to get out and do it themselves, or it can simply reveal garden creativity in other parts of the globe. It is also a people feature that reveals what motivates the gardener, and most importantly it shares the spiritual lessons that the person gains in working closely with the soil and some of God’s creations.

    2.    My Walk with God -  (1,000 to 1,500 words) Pays approximately $75
A "walk with God" personal anecdote is an alternating feature that tells of the peace and understanding that comes from spending time with God in nature. Photographs should show the person gardening, close-ups of any flowers or fruit, and an overview of the garden layout, OR the area where the "walk with God" took place. 
    3.   Wholesome Genesis Cuisine Recipes - (typically done in-house)

Recipes must be vegetarian to help reflect God’s original diet found in Genesis 1:29. We wish to exclude all flesh food, dairy products, and most refined products. There is typically one theme selected for each edition.

Photographs (typically done in-house) must include an extreme close-up of each dish as well as a group arrangement of all the dishes presented in the recipes.

    4.   Creative Fun for all to Enjoy - (short snippets) pay minimal

This is for the children. It helps young people get involved in nature and draw closer to God through crafts, games, puzzles, hikes, and activities. Simply explain what to do, how to do it, and the enjoyment or growth that it brings. Photographs or illustrations should show activity with people and close-ups where appropriate.




Creation Illustrated in Scripture

 
Creation - Day ___ - (1,500 to 2,000 words) pays approximately $100

This feature focuses on one day of the Creation Story found in the book of Genesis. What was God’s purpose in this part of Creation. How does it affect us today. What does it tell about God’s love for us. Pick each verse of scripture apart and illustrate what it is about, and how it relates to other parts of scripture and the plan of salvation. Why did God devote one day to this part of Creation? How can others understand or appreciate God better through a greater understanding of this part of Creation.

Photographs will give the reader a closer look at the Creator and His purpose of Creation. Close-ups, long shots, and electronically manipulated images may be appropriate in effectively illustrating any part of Creation.

 
 
Creation Illustrated in Poetry 
 
Spiritual Nature themed poetry (Short, usually 4 verses) pays approximately $15

Poems should have a theme that is easily illustrated with a nature photo.They can relate to any one of the above features, or to a part of God’s creation during a particular season, such as; squirrels hiding nuts, the first blooming of crocus, the uniqueness of a snowflake, the joy of a birds morning song, etc.  Each poem must also contain a spiritual message. Submitting your own photo to illustrate your poem is welcomed.
 

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