Clubhouse Magazine Submission Guidelines

Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse readers are 8- to 12-year-old boys and girls who desire to know more about God and the Bible. Their parents (who typically pay for a subscription) want wholesome, educational material with Scriptural or moral insight. The kids want excitement, adventure, action, humor or mystery. Your job as a writer is to please both the parent and child with each article.

Fiction needs:
~ Humor with a point (500 words)
~ Historical fiction featuring great Christians or Christians who lived during great times (900 or 1,600 words depending on the depth of story)
~ Contemporary, multicultural/exotic settings (1,600 words)
~ Fantasy or science fiction, avoiding graphic descriptions of evil creatures or sorcery (1,600 words)
~ Mystery stories (1,600 words)
~ Choose-your-own-adventure stories (1,600-1,800 words)

Fiction flops:
~ Contemporary, middle-class family settings (existing authors meet this need)
~ Stories dealing with boy-girl relationships
~ Preachy sounding stories where parents solve all the problems
~ Poems (not printed)

Nonfiction needs (all nonfiction should fall between 400-500 or 800-1,000 words):
~ Personality features of ordinary kids doing extraordinary things
~ Activity theme pages with 3 to 5 fun things for kids to do
~ Short, humorous how-to stories with a point (how to get good grades, how to be a good friend)
~ Quizzes (multiple choice or true/false) that teach a biblical concept or character trait
~ Fun-filled animal factoids
~ Factual stories from a Christian worldview that talk about apologetics, biblical archeology or Christian values (i.e. the sanctity of life, living a moral life, etc.)
~ Short craft or recipe ideas around a central theme or holiday
~ Interviews with noteworthy Christians or Christians who experienced noteworthy events

Nonfiction flops:
~ Bible stories—we only publish Truth Pursuer stories as of Jan. 2007
~ Information-only science or educational articles without Christian insight
~ Biographies told encyclopedia- or textbook-style—need a kid angle

PAYMENT:
~ Generally 15 to 25 cents per word
~ $200 and up for feature-length fiction stories
~$150 and up for nonfiction stories

SUBMISSIONS:
All manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, on one-side only of 8½-by-11-inch paper. The author’s name, address, phone number and an approximate word count should appear on the first page. We accept completed manuscripts only; no query letters. Material will not be returned unless a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage is included. Seasonal material should be sent at least eight months in advance.

Address all submissions to:
Stephen O'Rear, Clubhouse Assistant Editor
8605 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

We do our best to respond to manuscripts within eight weeks.

For a sample issue, send your request (along with $2.50 and SASE) to the address above or call 1-800-232-6459. Requests are filled within four weeks.