Just Between Us is a quarterly magazine to encourage and equip women for a life of faith. It’s for any woman, married or single, who wants practical, biblical encouragement, inspiration, and resources for growing and serving in the place that God has them. It ministers to the needs of Christian women in over 65 countries and every state in the U.S. Our goal is to provide timely features, interviews, resources, and columns written by Christian women around the world who have been there, and who share their hearts with hope for the challenges all women of faith face. The publication is uniquely reader written by real women who candidly and honestly inspire, encourage, and affirm one another through their hearts for others and deep love for Christ.
Internationally known author and speaker, Jill Briscoe is the Founder, Shelly Esser is Executive Editor, Mary Perso is General Manager, and Suzan Braun is Assistant Editor/Circulation Manager.
JBU readers are a diverse group of women from all over the world. They include women in small congregations to megachurches; they live in rural areas and large cities; they are Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Assemblies of God, Episcopal, Pentecostal, Lutheran, and many other denominations. They are women who are desiring a growing deeper relationship with God and to serve in the places God has called them.
Our reader’s top needs are:
- Finding balance
- Developing a closer walk with Christ
- Having a close friend/confidant
- Handling conflict
- Handling emotional issues and stress
Our Editorial Needs
JBU articles should be personal in tone, full of real-life anecdotes as well as quotes/advice from noted Christian professionals, and be biblically based. Articles need to be practical and have a distinct Christian and serving perspective throughout. JBU seeks to apply the truths of Scripture to everyday life and faith. All articles using Scripture should use the NIV translation, if possible.
We are always looking for articles that can address any aspect of living as a real woman serving the Lord in her home, community, and church, and as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We’d like to see articles that apply biblical principles to everyday faith and relationships, help readers with serving in and outside the church, help women and others grow in Christ, and to be equipped for a life of service.
Topics like: balance, intimacy with Christ, handling criticism, friendship, conflict, faith, church life, prayer, evangelism, change, spirit-filled living, finances, forgiveness, God’s will, spiritual warfare, staying committed to Christ through all kinds of trials/good times/hard times, parenting, ministry helps, ideas, and resources, pain, fighting weariness, church wounds, and anything that will be helpful to women desiring to be encouraged and equipped for a life of faith. (Also, articles on any of the top needs in the “Our Readers” section.)
Feature Articles take a topic of interest and deal with it in a practical and engaging manner. Word Count: 1,200 to 1,500.
Real Faith Articles provide a short testimonial about how God has worked in your life or faith in some way. Word Count: 450. Consult back issues of JBU for examples.
Equipping Helps tackle issues that women serving in their churches and world face. Articles on topics like training women, lay counseling, moral issues, mentoring, team dynamics, working with volunteers, reaching the next generation, keeping fresh, leadership skills, working with men, cultural issues, etc. Word Count: 500 to 1,500.
Faith Focused Articles help women grow in their faith and trust God in their everyday lives. Articles on prayer, soul care, relationships, parenting, forgiveness, personal calling, going deeper with Christ, trusting God in difficulties, growing in the Word, etc. Word Count: 1,200 to 1,500.
We do not accept poetry, fiction, or book reviews.
Mechanics for Sending in Submissions
Freelance submissions are always welcomed and reviewed. Articles should be double-spaced and all paragraphs indented three spaces, not tabbed. Preferably, send your manuscripts e-mail in a Word document. In addition to the author’s address, the first page should include your phone number and the word length. (Manuscripts will not be returned unless requested and accompanied by a self-addressed return envelope with the correct postage.) Along with your submission, please include a brief autobiographical paragraph. JBU is unable to provide financial remuneration, but will provide five complimentary copies of the issue in which your article appears.
- Due to our small staff, it will take six to eight weeks for a response to manuscripts.
- A request to see your manuscript doesn’t guarantee JBU will accept or print the article.
- The editors of JBU reserve the right to edit your manuscript for clarity and space, and to reject any article at any stage of our editing/production process.
Sample issues are available at a cost of $5 each. Send your check, payable to Just Between Us, to: Just Between Us, 777 S. Barker Road, Brookfield, WI 53045. Unless you request otherwise, the most recent issue will be sent.
Deadline for Manuscripts: October 7, 2016
Deadline for Manuscripts: January 6, 2017
Deadline for Manuscripts: April 7, 2017
Deadline for Manuscripts: July 14, 2017
Deadline for Manuscripts: October 11, 2017
Where You’ll Find Us:
Mailing Address: JBU, 777 S. Barker Road, Brookfield, WI 53045
Email Manuscripts to: firstname.lastname@example.org