Writing tips to keep in mind when writing a devotional for Sure Fire Minstry
- Approach writing a devotional prayerfully
- Strong devotionals will contain: A personal story, a connection to scripture, and a way for the reader to apply the story to his or her own life.
- Devotional length should be 300 words or less.
- Previously published material cannot be used.
- Use scripture verse and note the version used.
- Avoid controversial subject matter
- If there is a particular audience for your devotional, please include it in the subject line of your email. Examples include: Adults, Teens, Women, Men, Athletes, etc.
- All devotionals should include:
- Scripture verse
- Personal reflection of the scripture
- We reserve the right to edit your devotional. Most re-writes result from too many words or not enough clarity.
- We reserve the right to purchase 1st rights to devotions which may be published in books or other materials.
- Send your devotion to: Surefireministry
Include “Devotion Submission” in the subject line of your email.
Please send it as an attachment. Do not place the devotional in the body of your email.
URL submissions are not accepted
Submit your devotional in a Word document
Upon acceptance of your devotional, you will receive an email letting you know it has been received and being viewed for publishing. A posting date will be issued in the email. Please take note of this date. This is how Sure Fire Ministry spreads the work of our ministry!
- Offer something the reader can relate to and make it obvious and logical
Hook: an excellent intro to grab the reader’s attention
Book: point them to a scripture
Look: offer unique ways to link the bible verse to the reader’s needs
Took: provide a takeaway value statement
- Four basic approaches
— Self-examination: draw from personal experience
— Outside Observer: telling what happened to someone else
— People Interaction: something you’ve learned from a friend, co-worker
— Object Lesson: Jesus did this with the mustard seed. Use tangible objects to parallel an event or circumstance.
Thanks in advance for your devotional submission! We look forward to reading your work.