Thank you for your interest in submitting materials for consideration to Creation Illustrated (CI) magazine. Please review the guidelines in this document as we are always looking for high-quality photos, articles, and poetry that bring glory to God through the wonders of His creation.
Included in this document are some important guidelines. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. ANY SUBMISSIONS DENOTE FULL AGREEMENT TO COMPLY WITH THE GUIDELINES, PUBLISHING RIGHTS, AND REQUIREMENTS LISTED. The word "material(s)" in these guidelines refers to editorial and/or photographic submissions.
Any of the scheduled feature subjects can change at any time. We welcome fresh ideas and look forward to hearing from you. Please become acquainted with CI, subscribers are our best writers! Contact us for a discount subscription.
A. WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Creation Illustrated (CI) is a quarterly Christian nature magazine that focuses on worshiping the Creator - “By Beholding We Are Transformed.” Many features have a seasonal focus. CI is not owned or operated by any denomination; its main audience is made up of a wide range of Christians of all ages, homeschool families, teachers and students in private Christian schools, church service classes of all ages, inmates in prison, and chaplains sharing in hospital, prison, and military settings—all of which are attracted to the character-building lessons and parables found in the wonders of God’s creation.
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 confrontational, argumentative, or bashing evolution. Support your story with spiritually-uplifting lessons backed by scripture, scientific data with references, and any quotations that must be verbatim and attributed to the source. Don’t risk credibility with vague or unsubstantiated notions. Research for credible expertise that has been verified. Your story must be original, well substantiated, and provide information that will encourage the reader to want to know more about the Creator God. CI is Bible-centered, and we prefer writers to use either the the King James Version or English Standard Version when quoting scripture but other versions can be used. ALL scripture quotes MUST include the version notation (ie. KJV, ESV, etc.)
One of the main goals for CI is to help teach strong Godly character qualities that are supported by scripture and “illustrated” in nature. Here are two links if you would like to read a good list of character qualities: and
Nature is God’s first lesson book and it is through nature and man’s interaction with 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 can incorporate these lessons. 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 character development in being diligent and industrious.
Another key to having your submission accepted is that your story lends itself to be “illustrated” with quality nature photography that our freelance photographers can provide. A story about an experience in a National Park would be more likely to be published than a story about a night walk through the dark woods. If you have firsthand experience with the topic, this brings more interest to the article. (Re-Creation Outdoor, My Walk with God, and Gardens from Eden are features typically written as a first-person account.)
Please read about the current features below as you select a subject to write about or query us on. Spark our interest with something outstanding. Every article needs to have a nature theme with scripture, facts, and character lessons woven in. Please do not send any submissions that do not have these main elements. We do not print fiction.
B. How to Submit a Query
Many CI articles start with a great query. If you have a good idea for an article then send an email to and tell us why it will fit well with our current listed features. Your Query should be no more than 300 or so words in the body of the email. Please, no attachments or Google Docs. Any mailed queries must contain a self-addressed, stamped, return envelope. We do not receive queries over the phone.
Please review this checklist as you prepare your article for submission.
[ ] Your story fits with one of the features listed in CI. (See features below)
[ ] Your topic has not been recently published. (Scan our back issues listed on our website)
[ ] Your story has spiritual and character-building lessons backed by scripture texts.
[ ] Your story has plenty of facts and interesting statistics.
[ ] Include your full contact information: Name, mailing address, phone, and email.
[ ] Place in the subject line these 3 things:
1) Story Query,
2) Feature focus – i.e. Creatures, Creation Day 3, Children’s story, poem, etc.
3) Name of your story – Hike on the Kalalau Trail, Amazing Meerkats, etc.
C. How to Submit a Story
Please email your story submission to Either place the story in the body of the email or attach a WORD doc to the email. Be sure to include your contact information on the document if attached (Name, mailing address, email, phone, and short bio). Place in the subject line these 3 things: 1) Story submission 2) Feature focus – i.e. Creatures, Creation Day 3, Children’s story, poem, etc. 3) Name of your story –i.e. Hike on the Kalalau Trail, Amazing Meerkats, etc. Any mailed queries must contain a self-addressed, stamped, return envelope.
II. Current Features Accepting Submissions
Creation Illustrated is divided into three sections in Nature, in Scripture, and in Living.
A. Creation Illustrated in Nature
Creation Up Close - (approx. 1,500 words) pays $100.
This feature focuses on an aspect of nature that helps reveal the incredible intricacies and the overwhelming evidence of how the Creator designed or planned the things around us. Some subjects reveal a close perspective that shows detail or even microscopic facts as to how things in nature are designed by an awesome God to function or interact. Other stories may look closely at large ecosystems or specific realms of study in the sciences. Don’t hesitate to use plenty of scripture and scientific data that reflect and support each other. Include brief anecdotes helps to add interest and allows the reader to identify more closely with the story.
Please see IV. Article Topic Suggestions
Re-Creation and Restoration through Outdoor Adventure - (approx. 1,500 words) pays $100
This feature focuses on an outdoor adventure (often in a state park, national park, or wilderness area) that takes the reader on location. It could also share a vacation experience or mission trip to a specific area of the world where one experienced adventure. It is usually a first-person account of a very uplifting spiritual experience that helped bring the author closer to God and understanding His design and care for us. The story will help the reader “experience” the adventure, explore unique areas, enjoy thrilling sights, and embark on intriguing excursions. Inspire the reader to want to go there or to get out in nature and experience God’s creation first hand. Please see Article Topic Suggestions below.
Creatures Near and Dear to Us - (approx. 1,500 words) pays $100
This feature is usually on one particular type of creature. It may focus on some aspect of its 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 not considered before. Your story will foster a new appreciation of the creature, a sense of awe toward its Creator, and a fresh perspective on this creature or creatures in general. What characteristics (positive or negative) does this creature exhibit, and can any parallels be drawn with our own character. Spiritual lessons backed by scripture quotes and scientific data are vital. Do not just copy segments of an encyclopedia. Please see Article Topic Suggestions below.
B. Creation Illustrated in Scripture
Creation – Day ___ - (approx. 1,500 words) pays $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 has it changed from the original? How does this part of Creation relate to us today? What does this tell about God’s love for us? Pick each verse of that day’s scripture apart, and Illustrate 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, appreciate, and worship God better through a greater understanding of this part of Creation?
Please see Article Topic Suggestions below for a schedule of Creation Day stories to be published.
C. Creation Illustrated in Living
1. Gardens from Eden Around the World - (approx. 1,000 words) pays $75
A garden story will make the reader want to get out and do it themselves. It can also reveal garden creativity in other parts of the globe. Visiting famous and/or successful gardens and asking those who care for them what their secrets are is a great place to start. It can also reveal 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 vegetation. Practical “how-to” gardening tips will help encourage the reader to be a successful gardener.
2. My Walk with God - (approx. 1,000 words) pays $75
“My walk with God" is a personal anecdotal experience that tells of the peace and understanding that comes from spending time with God in nature. Inspire the reader to do the same. This story must include spiritual lessons backed by scripture.
3. Children’s Story - (approx. 700 to 1,000 words) pays $75
This is a story geared toward character development of children ages 6 to 12. It can be an animal story or some other aspect of nature made simple with a memorable spiritual lesson. Personal anecdotes that can include children often work well in reaching young minds so they can picture themselves in a similar situation. Use plenty of description, but keep word choices and sentences simple.
D. Creation Illustrated Poetry - pays $15
Poems should have a theme that is easily illustrated with a seasonal vista scenic nature photo. Each poem must also contain a spiritual message and be very short in length. No more than six stanzas. Currently, we are only publishing one poem per issue. This poem needs to be short and help illustrate a two-page seasonal landscape spread.
III. Publishing Agreements
A. 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 along with print and digital in multiple foreign languages. All submissions agree to these parameters and rights.
We will consider material that has been published elsewhere as long as reprint permission accompanies the material and a reasonable amount of time has elapsed since it was last printed.
C. Kill Fees
A 25% kill fee may be paid when assigned or accepted material is not published. Eliminating or rescheduling various materials is 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.
We reserve the right to edit, adjust, delete, and/or enhance any material to better suit our readership. Any heavily edited material may include a co-byline with the editor.
E. Payment amounts are listed with each feature description. Each published author will have a byline and receive 1 copy of the magazine in addition to payment. The published material will be paid within approximately 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, express mail charges, etc.
G. Deadlines and Print Schedule: (may vary slightly)
Winter Edition Deadline: Oct. 1 Printed: Dec. 20
Spring Edition Deadline: Jan. 1 Printed: March 20
Summer Edition Deadline: April 1 Printed: June 20
Fall Edition Deadline: July 1 Printed: Sept 20
IV. Article Topic Suggestions
(These are just some ideas about topics that have not yet been written about – this is not an exhaustive list so be creative and query our ideas first)
Creation Up Close
Flora: giant kelp forest, baobab tree, pawpaw tree, native tree nuts, medicinal herbs
Geography: Channeled Scablands, Dry Falls, Mt St Helens, Field of Diamonds, Loose Hills
Fossil Digs: Dinosaur Project at Hansen Ranch, Glendive, Montana, etc.
Ecosystems: Tropical Rainforest, Taiga, Tundra, Stillwater, Littoral Zones.
Re-Creation and Restoration through Outdoor
Family backpacking, hikes, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country ski,
Dog sledding adventures
Rugged Outdoor Challenges – Wilderness Area Survival Adventures
Volunteer Mission Adventures
Adventures in National Parks, State Parks, and Wilderness Areas.
Here are some locations that we have not covered yet are: Queens Garden and Navajo Loop, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, Climbing Mt LeConte, Great Smoky Mt, Tennessee Knife Edge Hike, Baxter State Park, Maine, The Haute Route, France and Switzerland Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii, Pacific Crest Trail, the new Trans Canada Trail, etc…
Creatures Near and Dear to Us (Just a few that have not yet been written about)
Mammals: caribou, ferrets, gorillas, hedgehogs, hippopotamus, koalas, lemurs, rhinoceros, orangutans, gerenuk, quokkas
Marine Life: starfish, sea turtles, sea anemones, seals
Birds: albatross, booby, parrots, toucans
Insects: ladybug, praying mantis
Amphibians: salamanders and newts, frogs, toads, gecko
Creation Week Series
We are starting the tenth series of articles of the seven-day creation week. This is a 10 issue series since some of the days are divided into several parts.
Schedule of the current series:
Spring 2020: Day One – light and energy
Summer 2020: Day Two - the firmament
Fall 2020: Day Three – dry land separated from water, plants, and vegetation
Winter 2021: Day Four – Sun, Moon, and Stars
Spring 2021: Day Five part 1 – fish
Summer 2021: Day Five part 2 – birds
Fall 2021: Day Six part 3 – humans
Winter 2022: Day Seven – rest
Then we start over again…
Each quarter we email a photo needs list outlining the selected stories and the photographs needed to illustrate them. If you wish your email to be added to our CI list of photographers who we contact each quarter please send us your request and contact information to Subject line: Photo Needs List Request.
A. Photograph Quality
Here is what we look for in photographs published in CI good composition with a strong focal point
excellent clarity, sharpness, contrast, and color saturation a good use of dark and light values helps spark interest an effective use of light, clouds, fog, and other mood-generating elements a level horizon and waterlines as well as trees growing vertically to show that you are careful how you frame your shots.
B. Photo Credits and Payment
Each photograph published will be accompanied by a photo credit. Each published photographer will receive 1 copy of the magazine in addition to payment. The general subject matter for various categories of awards and other features can be found in descriptions that follow.
Payment and Photo Contests
1. Cover photo award - $100
2. Best Nature Photo, 1st place award - $50; 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; 2nd place award - $25
4. Inside Front Cover, Inside Back Cover, and Back-Cover photo $25.
5. Photo Contest (ages 6-11, 12-18 and 19+) 1st place $25 for each age group. For more information see: How to enter Photo Contest.
6. All other published photos - $10 each, regardless of size
C. 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 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 -
Now type in your own email address.
Write a short message (photo submission for . . .)
Then simply hit the transfer button, wait for files to upload, 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 Creation Illustrated editor, P.O. Box 7955, Auburn, CA 95604. We suggest USPS Priority Mail that includes Tracking capabilities.