Many children’s magazines have themes they focus each issue on throughout the year. Check their submission guidelines to keep up-to-date.
If you’re interested in writing and submitting a nonfiction article to Clubhouse Jr., I thought you’d like a copy of what I got today: The list of themes for 2016!
When you write for magazines be thinking at least 6 months ahead. Clubhouse Jr. likes to work far ahead, so aim for 9 months or more if possible. That means look at the list for July and forward. So if you’re working on an idea for them, pray and think about ways to make it fit one of the themes in the last half of the year.
Here they are!
Clubhouse/Club Jr. 2016 Themes
Jan – Living Masterpiece – God’s temple was built with the best materials. Now we are God’s temple. From food to sleep to exercise, we need to fill ourselves with only the best to thrive. Also this month: Sanctity of Human Life. (Eph. 2:10)
Feb – Lifelong Commitment – Relationships need commitment to succeed, whether that’s between family members, friends or God and His people. The results of staying committed can be beautiful. (2 Tim. 4:7)
March – Know It, Grow It, Show It – Building a spiritual foundation allows Christ followers to walk their talk. It’s through a process of learning, growing and bearing fruit that we have an impact for God in our world. Also this month: Easter. (Col. 2:6-7)
April – Family Loyalty – God gives us our families to help us grow. We need to treat our family members better than our friends—not vice versa. Looking at family dynamics in other cultures can help. (Rom. 12:9-10)
May – It’s Just a Game – The family that plays together, stays together. But many games result in hurt feelings. Sportsmanship is important, even in family competition. Also this month: Mother’s Day. (Prov. 24:17)
June – Appreciation – Show gratefulness to those who invest in your life—family, coaches or role models. Also this month: Father’s Day. (Gal. 6:6)
July – Humility – No job is too gross or embarrassing when you’re serving others. (John 13:14)
Aug – Step by Step – Enjoy the satisfaction of setting and achieving incremental goals. Slow and steady can win the race. (Prov. 21:5)
Sept – Good Stewardship – We need to be responsible with how we take care of ourselves, our money, our property and our planet. (Luke 16:10)
Oct – Wipe the Slate Clean – True forgiveness doesn’t hold a grudge. We need to give others a fresh start just as Christ has given one to us. (Eph. 4:32)
Nov – Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself – Navigate and talk through emotional intensity before hurtful conflict starts. Lean on godly wisdom, instead of following natural inclinations. (Prov. 29:11)
Dec – Welcoming Heart – Cheerfully share and invite people into the warmth of Christ. Also this month: Christmas. (1 Peter 4:9)