WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
• Bible stories for 3- to 7-year-olds. Stories could be in comic format, in panels, rhyming couplets or storybook form. Should be told from a different perspective (i.e. grasshoppers on backpacks telling story of Gideon’s victory in battle). Fun, interactive and short (400 words or less).
• Rebus stories for same age group with solid takeaway (200 words or less).
• Personality stories of ordinary child (9 years or younger) doing something extraordinary with faith angle (400 words or less).
• Fiction—900 words or less—generally fits theme of specific month.
Email Kate Jameson for themes list: Kate.Jameson@fotf.org
Could be historic, animal, modern-day, sci-fi, choose-your-own-adventure.
WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR: Stories where parents or grandparents solve all the problems. Let the children think, wrestle and overcome their conflicts. Puzzles.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
• Biblical archeology or apologetics stories for 8- to 12-year olds (1,000 words or less) for Truth Pursuer section of magazine. Stories must be insightful, fun writing. Needs to take a heady subject and make it kid-like and engaging.
• Personality stories of kids 13 or younger with faith angle (900 words or less). Again, ordinary kids doing something extraordinary.
• Crafts or recipes geared toward holidays or specific times of year.
• Quizzes (400 or 800 words). Could be multiple choice, True or False, arrow quiz. Use humor to engage and make your point.
WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR: Fiction. We have a stable of writers who provides our fiction needs. But if you have something that will blow me out of the water, I want to see. Fiction is the most difficult place to break into Clubhouse. However, I did purchase and publish two fiction stories in 2017 from writers who I met at conferences in 2016.
Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for more than 24 years. For the past 20, he’s been the editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine (for boys and girls ages 8 to 12) and is currently the editorial director for youth publications where he oversees Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines. He co-hosts the biweekly “Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast” that often exceeds 1 million listeners. He has written or co-written more than 30 books (including The Case for Grace for Kids, The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions, Devotions for Super Average Kids and Guy Talk/Girl Talk: Devotions for Teens). He lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Colorado Springs, and enjoys hanging out with his two adult children, their spouses and his 2-year-old granddaughter.