Quakers believe in the spiritual equality of all people, and therefore try to approach competition in a way that honors and respects the unique gifts and Light within each individual. Let’s explore the ways competition affects our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and get curious about if there is a distinctly Quaker approach to being competitive. This issue includes the 6th Annual Student Voices Project.  Due February 11, 2019.

How do our food choices reflect our values? From eating in ways that reduce our environmental impact to connecting with others through the hospitality of food, our relationships to food have a greater impact than simply nourishing our bodies. Due March 11, 2019.

Friends Journal’s QuakerSpeak video series began five years ago. In that time, over two million people have tuned in to watch our short videos about Quaker practice, theology, activism, history, and ministry. How has QuakerSpeak changed how the world sees us and how we see ourselves? How do Friends use it in meetings and First-day schools? Due May 13, 2019.

We will stop collecting new submissions for the September 2019 issue on 6/10/2019.

Since 2012, most of the monthly issues of Friends Journal have been set aside for specific themes. Every eighteen months or so we poll readers and dream up ideas for future issues. Sometimes we’ll be inspired by a particular article that struck a chord with readers; other times we’ll look at a topic that Friends aren’t talking about enough. There are some relatively perennial themes (race, art, finance, social witness, outreach), but even with these, we try to find hooks that might bring fresh voices to the conversation.

We also keep two issues a year open: no theme and no expectations. Most of our unsolicited articles go into a “General Submissions” list that we hold for these issues. 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 that is offered us without regard to our schedules. 

Please be aware that since we only run two un-themed issues a year, response times can be longer on these, from 3-9 months.


Learn more: Tips for Writing for Friends Journal Open Issues

Also, please note: All poetry should be submitted separately here.

Half of the world’s Friends live in Africa; Kenya alone has almost twice as many Friends as the United States. But the African yearly meetings’ beginnings as missions from evangelical Friends created theological and cultural gaps with American unprogrammed Friends from the start. How do we begin to bridge differences and learn from one another? Due July 8, 2019.

One of the things that define many of us as Friends is our reliance on Quaker process for decision making. What is it? How does it different from consensus? How do we respectfully adapt it for non-spiritual uses? Where did it come from and is it really still the best way of making every kind of decision? Due July 13, 2020.

Our sixth annual Student Voices Project calls all middle school (grades 6–8) and high school (grades 9–12) students to add their voices to the Friends Journal community of readers. This year's theme is Friendly Competition?, asking students to write about the role of competition in their lives and how Quaker values influence their view of or approach to it (more details on our Student Voices Project page). Deadline 02/11/2019.

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