catapult magazine

catapult magazine



The Basics Of Submitting

Each issue of catapult magazine features written and visual work around a particular theme. The best way to learn more about what we publish is to wander around the back issues. We accept work from people of various skill levels that contributes to the consideration of the issue’s theme.

Here are some logistical details that might be helpful:

  • catapult is published every other Friday, with the exception of our August publishing break. Deadlines for submissions are generally one week before the issue’s publishing date.
  • Stay on top of upcoming topics and deadlines by visiting the writer’s block or joining the contributor’s e-mail list. Participants in the e-mail list receive an e-mail approximately once each week detailing needs and offering questions for reflection around future topics.
  • Written submissions should be e-mailed in Word or rich text format. We have no official length restrictions for written work, but do ask that the length be suitable for the topic. The majority of our essays run 500-2000 words.
  • Visual submissions should be sent as .jpg files at 300 dpi if possible, since we occasionally use images in print with the author’s permission.
  • We've published letters, historic documents, interviews, self-interviews, photo essays, journal entries, etc. The online medium is very dynamic. We also publish poetry, paintings, songs, photographs, plays, etc. in the gallery. If you have a question about whether we’d consider a particular format, please get in touch.
  • At the current time, all work contributed to catapult is on a volunteer basis.
  • After two weeks on the home page, articles head to the back issues page, but we do continue to draw attention to the back issues by linking to related past articles in newer issues.
  • For more information, visit our editorial policy.

If you think you’d like to make a contribution or if you have questions, please feel free to contact our senior editor Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma.

Editorial Policy

Each submission to catapult magazine will be evaluated primarily on the basis of whether it contributes to our stated goal of connecting and equipping kingdom servants for faithful service in all aspects of life. Typically, this goal will not be achieved through content whose authors have “arrived” at all of the answers; rather, our work represents the ongoing conversation of the God-oriented community toward the realization of the Kingdom’s ultimate reality in our lives today. The senior editor of catapult reserves the right to refuse submissions that do not serve the purpose of this goal.

We will not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, or religion, but we will carefully discern whether each work or body of work promotes the created order above chaos and whether each author holds a sincere desire for unity and betterment. Those with contrary ideals are free to post their ideas on the discussion boards.

We also reserve the right to refuse submissions on the basis of quality. catapult magazine and *cino staff seek to publish a body of work with artistic integrity in the belief that excellence is pleasing to God. However, we also realize that the experiences of people who are not skilled writers also have validity in the conversation and will take this knowledge into account when discerning quality.

Once written submissions have been accepted, we will do "light" copy-editing in order to maintain consistency and a professional standard on the site and prepare a work for online format. The editor will seek approval from the author before making any major changes to a work.

After work is published, the author or artist retains reprint rights to the work. We would appreciate receiving recognition if a work is republished elsewhere, through a tag line such as, “This article was originally published with catapult magazine, an online interactive magazine located at” Published articles will remain on the magazine homepage for two weeks, after which they will move to the back issues section of the site. In the interest of professionalism and integrity, articles will not be removed from the site except in very exceptional circumstances. catapult magazine reserves the right to remove work from the site at any time, but will not do so without notifying the author or artist of the removal and the reason for removal.

catapult magazine articles and artwork are licensed under a Creative Commons License. Please notify the editor before reprinting any work from catapult magazine to receive author permission.

If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to contact the senior editor, Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma.