Submission Guidelines: The War Cry

Subjects of Interest

  • Christian Growth
  • Evangelism
  • Personal Witness
  • Articles related to the Salvation Army’s mission of preaching the Gospel and helping people in need, and articles that portray Salvation Army personnel & programs.
  • We look for submissions that address contemporary topics and concerns in ways that inspire people to grow in faith.
  • We welcome well-researched articles that help individuals and families live victoriously within the context of modern life (marriage, parenting, stress, loss, personal growth).
  • Profiles of people and programs that are making a positive impact for the gospel.
  • Articles should show by example and by careful research why the given topic, profile, or feature is meaningful for readers and how it can improve their lives.
The War Cry, now in its 135th year, represents the Army’s mission through news, profiles, commentaries and stories. It looks to bring people to Christ, help believers grow in faith and character, and promotes redemptive cultural practices from the perspective of Salvation Army programs, ministries and doctrines. Readership consists of those in and involved with The Salvation Army as well as the general public. It is distributed in bulk to Salvation Army locations for use in ministry, and to individual subscribers. Over the last two years the magazine’s design and content have been upgraded, its circulation moved from biweekly to monthly, and a new insert called “Intersection” added for use as a separate hand out to reach those unfamiliar with the meaning and vernacular of the Christian faith.

Published 12 times per year, with special issues at Christmas and Easter. The average circulation is 175,000 copies monthly, 1.9 million at Christmas and 1 million at Easter.

What to Submit________________________________________________

•  Articles
•  Reprints
•  Photographs (600 dpi)
•  News
•  Non-Fiction
•  Fiction (Limited)
•  Prefer New Living Translation


Payment made at time of acceptance
•  $0.35 per word for first rights, one-time use articles
•  $0.15 per word for reprints

Submit articles for a particular theme 60 days prior to the issue date.
Please limit these submissions to 800 – 1250 words.

Special Christmas and Easter Holiday editions focus on the meaning of the seasons, and include riveting accounts of spiritual rebirth. Submit 6 months prior to the publication of these issues.

Photos accompanying submissions, where appropriate, make submissions more compelling.

Brief news items and sidebar pieces also accepted.
Please limit these submissions to 100 – 400 words.

Use Our Submission Form.

Response time for approval 3 to 4 weeks

War Cry Theme List – 2016

Issue Date Theme
January Holy Living: The Salvation Army’s adherence to the Wesleyan Holiness teaching
February Love in Action: Acts of service, focusing on Community Cares as well as other Salvation Army ministries. Can include individual acts of loving service.
March The Power of the Resurrection: both as an event but also as the major change agent in Western culture
April Pathway of Hope: the plight of intergenerational poverty and what is being done about it by The Salvation Army; a review of homelessness may also be included
May Women in Ministry: how women continue to provide spiritual leadership inside and outside of The Salvation Army
June Salvation Army camps: Both away and day camps, Salvation Army recreational programs, etc.
July Heritage Issue: the 1930s
August Education: Christian education within The Salvation Army, i.e., Corps Cadets, Junior Soldiers, as well as higher education, i.e. William and Catherine Booth College, Asbury, etc
September Internationalism of The Salvation Army: includes work of SAWSO, Salvation Army cultural expressions within USA, and Salvation Army’s worldwide reach of evangelism
October Loneliness: With the approach of the holidays, how The Salvation Army works to include the forgotten and lonely. Includes community dinners, Christmas visitation, etc.
November Persecuted Christians: Beginning with the first Christian martyrs to those suffering oppression and persecution in the 21st Century
December Silent Night: Slowing down to hear the message of Christmas

War Cry Theme List – 2017

Issue Date Theme
January Mission: Organizational, individual.
February Extraordinary Love: Caregivers, substitute parents, mentors.
March Self-denial: Tied to Lent. Denying self in a self-indulgent and materialistic world.
May Officership: Responding to a call, a life of service. Also, something on local officership.
June My Father’s World: How God speaks and works through nature.
July Heritage Issue: the 1940s.
August Advancing Army: Evangelism and corps growth.
September Power and Ministry of Prayer
October Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation
November Thankful Heart: Tied to Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day.

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