Articles can mailed to:
106 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019-3803
Articles can be e-mailed as a Word file (.doc or .docx) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We prefer to read completed articles, rather than pitches.
Book reviews should be pitched to email@example.com. .
America accepts unsolicited manuscripts for publication in print, web or digital formats. America articles examine the intersection of faith, social justice and contemporary American life. Our coverage extends to the global church, U.S. politics and foreign affairs, arts and letters, popular spirituality and popular culture. An article in America is characterized by its general excellence, topicality, balance and originality. Articles often incorporate a Catholic perspective but need not do so directly.
Authors must include their full name (as it should appear in a byline), postal address and a daytime phone number. Authors also should provide two or three lines of identification for use as an author ID for the article, should it be accepted. America does not consider articles submitted simultaneously to other publications. All submissions to America should reflect the original, unpublished work of the author.
We try to respond to submissions within three weeks. Unaccepted manuscripts sent by mail are not returned unless the submission includes a self-addressed return envelope and sufficient postage. Because of the large number of manuscripts submitted and our small staff, we regret that we cannot normally give comments on drafts or give recommendations for improving submissions.
Most, but not all, of our readers are Catholic. One-third are religious or clergy, but most are laypersons. Although almost all America readers are college educated and two-thirds have graduate degrees, most are not specialists. If you are an academic, write for an audience of alumni and alumnae of your school, not for your peers.
Articles length varies depending on the topic and depth of a piece. Most articles in America are 800-2,200 words. See specific department guidelines.
Style & Accuracy
The best way to get a feel for our style and content is by reading our magazine. If you do not subscribe, you can read our magazine online or at many public and academic libraries. America follows The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage and Catholic News Service Stylebook on Religion. Typed manuscripts should be double-spaced.
Conditions of Acceptance
Acceptance of an article is on the condition that it has not been published and will not be published elsewhere before it is published in America. The author gives to America Media the right to republish the article in any form and to allow others to republish the article in any form. The author also retains the right to republish or allow others to republish the article, beginning 90 days after the article appears in America. Authors should disclose any possible conflict of interests, for example, if he or she has received any compensation from third parties for writing the article or if the author is acting as an agent (lawyer, press agent, public relations agent, consultant, etc.) for any person or institution mentioned in the article. America does not pay kill fees.
America actively seeks new poetry of 30 lines or fewer. Many poems we print address matters of faith and spirituality, but this is not a requirement for publication. We are looking for authentic, truthful, good poetry. Please submit no more than three poems at a time. Submissions should include a self-addressed stamped envelope or they will not be returned.
Please address your submission to:
Joseph Hoover, S.J.
106 W. 56th St.
New York, NY 10019
Email and fax submissions will not be accepted. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
The Foley Poetry Contest
America sponsors the annual Foley Poetry Award, given in honor of William T. Foley, M.D. Each entrant is asked to submit only one poem of 30 lines or fewer for consideration. No poems will be returned. Only typed, unpublished poems not under consideration elsewhere will be considered. Submissions must be postmarked between January 1 and March 31. The winning poem will be announced in early June and published in America. The cash prize will be $1,000.
Send poems to:
Foley Poetry Contest
106 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019-3803
E-mailed submissions are not accepted. Each year about 1,000 poems are submitted. Our poetry editor and judge for the contest is Joseph Hoover, S.J.
The winning poet will be required to sign a letter of agreement with America Media, publisher of America. Under this agreement, the poet will have the right to sell or republish his/her poem after it is published. It also gives to America Media the right to republish or allow others to republish the poem in any form, for example, on the Web.
Guidelines for submissions to the magazine’s departments are as follows:
Faith in Focus
Faith in Focus features personal essays that typically range from 800 to 1500 words. Articles for this department can be on any topic related to the joys and challenges of living out one’s faith in the midst of real life. These articles should have a strong narrative and ideally should focus on a specific event or moment of the author’s life (e.g. a turning point in one’s faith life; a moment of grace or joy; an event that brought sorrow or healing) a rather than attempt to chronicle the author’s entire spiritual journey. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Faith in Focus.”
Generation Faith is an occasional column that offers high school and college students the space to reflect on the joys and challenges that come with living out (or struggling with) one's faith in the midst of real life. We are seeking personal essays, between 800 and 1,200 words that feature strong narratives and real-life examples from the experience of a young person in the church today. Writers should think creatively about their faith experience. We receive many submissions about the transition from high school to college and about attending retreats or service trips. These can be fruitful topics for this column, but writers should provide an original angle on these topics, should they choose to write about them. Submissions (along with photos, if applicable) should be sent to email@example.com with the subject line "Generation Faith."