Monday, March 30, 2015

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Kelli Gilmore, Editor of SHINE brightly & Sparkle Magazine

Briefly describe your publication.

I am the managing editor of two publications: SHINE brightly and Sparkle Magazine. Both are Christian, monthly publications for girls ranging from 7 years to 14 years. 

The mission of SHINE brightly is to bring girls into a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe when young girls are equipped, motivated, and passionately engaged in living out their faith in Jesus Christ they have the potential to be world changers. SHINE brightly is a monthly publication from September-May and we accept fiction stories, non-fiction articles, poems, quizzes, interviews, and other realistic pieces that will help girls see how Christian beliefs apply to everyday life. 

The mission of Sparkle is to help girls discover who God is and how He works in His world and their lives. We want to show girls how to sparkle Jesus' light into the world. Sparkle is a monthly publication from October-March and we accept fiction stories, non-fiction articles, poems, interviews, quizzes, and other articles that present the Christian life realistically and help young girls see how God's Word applies to their daily lives. 

How can a writer break into your publication? 

While both publications are small, we love to publish new writers! The best way to break into our publication would be to follow the extensive writers' guidelines and create a unique, captivating, non-cliche piece for our readers. 

How can a writer best prepare for an appointment with you?

Bring your questions and ideas! I will try to answer your questions the best I can and direct you in a helpful manner! If you have any questions specifically regarding writing for girls or a younger audience, that is where most of my experience lies. 

Anything else you would like to add or any specific current needs?

I am excited to meet new writers! A few of our current needs are quality fiction pieces, articles on vocation and what it means to be called by God to do something, and articles or stories about some of the tough issues girls deal with each day. Writers can find more detailed descriptions of these needs on our website (!

Write-to-Publish will be held June 3 – 6

in the Chicago area.

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