Writers’ Guidelines

The Geez project is a discussion among people of spirit seeking social justice. Our readers and writers express this through art, activism, contemplation and a “more-grounded, inter-connected” approach to living.

What is “activism” for us? It is a creative critique of those in power and the structures that keep them there. This includes the promotion and embodiment of alternative practices that subvert the structures of power. In case you’re wondering, these problematic structures include things like colonialism, patriarchy, racism, wealth concentration, police brutality, education for corporate success and global disparity.

Call for pitches

Before each issue we post a call for pitches. To be included on our writer’s email list please fill out this quick form.

Advice

Keep pitches brief, write the way you speak, tell us why your idea or story is important, indicate sources you plan to use and say something about why you are qualified to write this piece. Please also include a brief bio about yourself. If you already have a completed manuscript, poem, photo or design, feel free to submit it as well.

Experience in contemplation and activism are more important than whether or not you have been published before.

Preference given to: solid writing, the unchurched or outchurched, folks holding marginalized identities, people with dirt under their fingernails (literally), atheist grandmothers, small-town skateboarders, corporate defectors and feminist parents.

Audience

Write as though your audience will include:

  • disgruntled children of hook-line-sinker conservative Christians
  • spirited activists
  • over-churched souls (who still believe the world needs some soulful change)
  • people who haven’t darkened a church door in years but can’t help but get drawn into the discussion of faith
  • those who feel an irresistible urge to downshift their lives

Cautions

Geez does not assume a church insider audience. If you’re Christian, only send your piece if your sharpest non-churched friend likes it. If your point can only be made using overtly churchy language, try again or send your article elsewhere.

Geez is an affront to hip Christianity. We’re not about cooling down faith so it is palatable for consumers of pop-culture. Geez is a wristband-free (unless the campaign is problematized as well), WWJD-free zone. (If you don’t know what WWJD stands for, you pass. Proceed safely to the next point.)

Ranting is important, but we don’t want to get bogged down in bitterness. We want to move beyond the raw rant to the holy mischief, on-the-ground change and visions for the future.

Poetry

We generally do not print unsolicited poetry, but we will read and consider poems that come our way. Send no more than two samples please, to poetry [at] geezmagazine [dot] org.

Photos

Submissions are welcome. No large image files, please. Small, low res jpegs, or links to online galleries.

Pay

We’re non-profit but we do provide modest honorariums to contributors (especially those who depend on income from writing).

Logistics

Send manuscripts, queries, ideas to:

Editor, Geez Magazine
1950 Trumbull Ave.
Detroit, MI
48216

or stories [at] geezmagazine [dot] org

Responses

Ideally we would like to respond personally to every piece of correspondence we receive. But given the number of submissions we receive — and having tried to respond to all — we realize it is just not possible. We will try to respond to as many as possible but if you do not hear back from us within six weeks assume that we were unable to use your submission.

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