Friends Journal welcomes articles, poetry, art, photographs, and letters from our readers. We are also helped by your comments and questions. We are an independent magazine serving the entire Religious Society of Friends. Our mission is “to communicate Quaker experience in order to connect and deepen spiritual lives,” which allows for a variety of viewpoints and subject matter. We welcome submissions from Friends and non-Friends alike.

Read our full editorial guidelines and learn about the different types of articles we publish on our Submissions Page.

Beginning in 2020 and the society changes due to COVID-19, we are running more topical stories in Friends Journal. These can be a mix of reflections, viewpoints, opinions, and stories and generally run from 800-2,500 words. We intend to publish these as online features first and then considered for possible inclusion in upcoming print issues.

Learn more: Tips for Writing for Friends Journal Open Issues
Also, please note: All poetry should be submitted separately here.

Many issues of Friends Journal are set aside for specific themes but we also publish articles on "Quaker Thought and LIfe Today" that don't follow this schedule. Sometimes a choice is easy: we’ll get a blockbuster article that we know we just have to print. But just as often we’ll run some quiet piece of Quaker life. 

Our next Open issue will be February 2021. Deadline for submissions is November 23, 2020.

Please be aware that since we only run two un-themed issues a year, response times can be longer on these, from 2-3 months.

Learn more: Tips for Writing for Friends Journal Open Issues

Extended Deadline: Nov 2, 2020

The history of Friends and race is a very complicated one. We’re known for our early abolitionist efforts but before that many Quakers built great fortunes trading and exploiting slaves. We were friendly to Native Americans and yet much of early American Quaker wealth was built from land that had been Indigenous only a generation beforehand.

This issue is open to the high- and low-lights of Friends’ work on race issue but we’d also like to know where we’re going—or where we could go together as a religious society working on antiracism. What approaches should we take? What potential pitfalls await? What parts of Quaker culture is essential to our identity and what might be affectations of a dominant White, middle-class group?

Due 12/21/2020.

Due 02/22/2021.

Due 03/22/2021.

Due 06/21/2021.

Due 9/20/2021.

Due October 19, 2021.

Due December 20, 2021

Due March 21, 2022

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