Guidelines for Writers
Leben is a quarterly, four-color magazine that tells the stories of the Protestant Reformers and those who have followed in their footsteps through the ages. We are a popular history publication that aims at a general readership.
Those interested in writing for Leben should read through several articles on our website.
We are published by City Seminary of Sacramento, California, and so we do have a slightly parochial slant toward the German Reformation, due to our historical lineage, but articles about the Swiss, Dutch, Scottish, English, Hungarian and other reformation movements are all of interest to us.
We are not a theological journal, per se, i.e. while we have a perspective, our articles do not expressly deal with theological propositions. There are many publications devoted to discussing theology, we focus on the people and events that make up the Reformation tradition.
Above all, articles should be interesting to a general readership, seeking to bring alive the events and personalities of a particular period. Avoid being preachy and moralizing. Again, there are places for those kinds of articles, but that is not our mission. Most of our readers can draw their own conclusions without being force-fed. Tell a good, well-researched and historically accurate story.
Focus on lesser known events and people. We have no shortage of submissions about Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, etc. Articles may range from 500 to 2500 words. We will be happy to look at articles from new writers, but our ability to pay for unsolicited articles is limited. Queries should be sent to our editor.