Submissions

We welcome submissions on different topics from politics to art, from different perspectives, as long as they are loosely related to the sacred – or the profane. Our wish is to provide the space for people to share their thoughts or research for free with no strings attached.

We are not an academic journal, but we do value good writing with a well structured argumentation, therefore, we may not accept every submission. Before you submit, read the following instructions:

How to make your submission

To submit, send your article, essay, opinion piece or poem to submit.theocite@gmail.com. We will do our best to reply within a week or two, depending on the length of the submission. Use .doc files or send everything in the body of the email. We will need to copy and paste everything to our platform so there is no point using PDF.

We are located in Montreal, Canada, and we have a French editor. You are welcome to send in submissions in English or French!

Let us know who you are!

We will add a short description of the author on every post. Make sure to send a short paragraph written in the third person describing what you think is important about yourself, otherwise your post will be published anonymously.

What you can submit

Long Reads: This is our section for texts above 1500 words. We expect these to be articles and essays that are well structured with clear argumentation. Sermons and personal stories may also be in this category.

Short Reads: Well written and clear texts below 1500 words. We expect these to be mostly opinion pieces, sermons, stories, etc.

The Artsy Ones: This is our section for poetry and artful literature that escapes the above definitions.

Our quality standards

Above all, ensure that your submission says something, and that it says it well.

We are conscious that our philosophical and political positions are mostly left-leaning. This does not mean we will automatically reject conservative ideas, but rather, that we will pay special attention to your argumentation when truth claims are made. If you know your presuppositions are polemic, make sure to defend them by avoiding logical fallacies. For example, saying “I believe the bible says X” or “recent research has shown that Y” has more chances of being accepted than “God clearly says X” or “Science clearly says Y”, unless these latter propositions are followed by a good series of arguments to back up your claim.

Grammar and syntax is very important, but if you are not using your first language and you are not confident, say so in your email! Instead of rejecting your text, we can send you a reviewed version and try to work it out together. Of course, as much as you can, have a friend read it first, because our time may be limited.

Illustration is important

We will add a picture to your submission. You are welcome to provide us with a picture yourself in the same email, as long as it is not stealing from an artist or copyright protected, and it is of good quality (at least 1440 × 530 pixels). Here is a list of websites with creative commons or open source pictures where we find our pictures: WikiArtUnsplashStockSnapBurstPublicDomainArchive.

References are important

If you quote someone, add a bibliography at the end. Use any style you prefer, just make sure it is consistent.

Formatting is – not – very important

Keep it simple, add emphasis with bold or italics, make sub-titles with a larger font size than what you are using. We will adapt it to our standards when we post it.

Be bold!

If you want to share but are not too sure if your text is good enough, show it to one or two friends and ask their honest feedback. After their reviews, send it to us, and do not be afraid to ask for help in your email: we will do our best to collaborate with you by pointing out the strong and weak points until your final version is complete.

If you are not sure the text fits our themes or categories, send it anyways! Again, we will do our best to communicate with you and work it out.