Writer's Guidelines

Our Purpose

Just Between Us is a quarterly print magazine designed to encourage and equip Christian women around the world for a life of faith. It’s for women who want to go deeper in their love and service to Christ—women who are moms, working women, Bible study leaders, Sunday school teachers, missionary wives, seminary students, leaders in parachurch organizations, and any woman—married or single—who is looking for practical, biblical encouragement and inspiration.

Our goal is to provide timely features, interviews, resources, and columns written by Christian around the world who face the same issues every woman experiences. The publication is uniquely reader written by women who candidly and honestly inspire, encourage, and affirm one another through their deep love for Christ and hearts to help others. They are real and relevant, and point to biblical truth and solutions. 

Internationally known author and speaker, Jill Briscoe is the Founder, Shelly Esser is Editor, Mary Perso is General Manager, Suzan Braun is Assistant Editor/Circulation Manager, Nancy Krull is Renewals Manager, Mary Ann Prasser is Web Director, and Ashley Schmidt is Mission Advancement Director.

Our Readers

JBU readers are a diverse group. They include women in small congregations to megachurches; they live in rural areas and large cities, and come from all different denominational backgrounds. They are also single and married, but all are looking for spiritual refreshment and soul care.

Our reader’s top needs are:

  1. Balancing Life
  2. Developing a closer walk with Christ
  3. Having a close friend
  4. Handling conflict
  5. Handling emotional issues and stress
  6. Dealing with expectations and roles


Our Editorial Needs

JBU articles should be personal in tone, full of real-life anecdotes and stories as well as quotes/advice from noted Christian professionals, and be biblically-based. Write in a casual, conversation style so women feel like they are talking to a friend over coffee. Be practical, not preachy, striving to apply the truths of Scripture to everyday life. All Scripture should use the NIV translation, if possible. Otherwise, note another version if used.


We look for articles that address any aspect of living as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Articles should apply biblical principles to everyday relationships and life. Assist readers to use their gifts inside and outside the church.  

Topic Ideas: 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, serving how-to’s, ideas, and resources, ministry-related issues, pain, fighting weariness, church wounds, and anything that will be helpful to women desiring to grow in their faith and service.   


Feature Articles take a topic of interest and deal with it in a practical and engaging manner. Word Count: 1,000 to 1,200.

Real Faith Articles provide a short testimonial about how God has worked in your life or ministry in some way. Word Count: 450. 

Ministry Tips provide practical ideas and resources for any area of ministry/service in the church that would give other women help for their own programming, ministry, and leadership development. Word Count: 450 to 1,000.

Serving Articles tackle issues that Christian 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, etc.  Word Count: 500 to 1,200.

We do not accept poetry, fiction, or book reviews.

Mechanics for Sending in Submissions

Freelance submissions are always welcome 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 to: submissions@justbetweenus.org. 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, including your current place of ministry/service, job/career, family, special educational experience, etc. 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 and the high volume of submissions we receive, we are only able to respond to your article, if you have been accepted for publication. If you have not heard from us in 6 to 8 weeks, please feel free to submit your article elsewhere. Thank you. 
  • A request to review 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 $5.00 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.

Magazine Deadlines

Fall 2020 - Deadline for Manuscripts:  April 3, 2020

Winter 2020 - Deadline for Manuscripts:  July 10, 2020

Spring 2021 - Deadline for Manuscripts:  October 12, 2020

Summer 2021 - Deadline for Manuscripts:  January 1, 2021

Where You’ll Find Us:

Email Manuscripts to:submissions@justbetweenus.org

Mailing Address: JBU, 777 S. Barker Road, Brookfield, WI  53045

Phone: 262-786-6478

Website: www.justbetweenus.org