Write for Us! Chronic Joy® is passionate about story-telling.

WRITE FOR US!

Chronic Joy® is passionate about story-telling.

Are you a writer with a heart for story-telling? Do you see hope in the midst of challenging circumstances? Chronic Joy welcomes guest posts that wrestle with the difficult questions those who are affected by chronic illness experience.
 

My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. (Psalm 45:1)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Chronic Joy® is a resource ministry for all those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability built on a foundation of hope, purpose, worth, and joy in Jesus Christ. Story and community are as vital to us as air and water, for story is the life and breath of community.

It is how we connect and learn about who we are, why we’re here, and how we belong. Story preserves history and elicits laughter. It plunges us to the depths of ourselves and sets us soaring across the skies. Story is the tale of our lives — and it matters, for story is where hope begins.

Your story matters! And we’d love to help you share it.

 

Chronic Joy® accepts submissions on every aspect of life with chronic illness:

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Posts should be approximately 500-1000 words in length.
  • Devotionals should be approximately 500 words in length. Click here for guidelines.
  • Poetry should:
    • Include the "why" behind your poem (ie: What prompted the poem?) in an introductory paragraph.
    • Consider including a question or two at the end to encourage others to write a poem for themselves.
  • Please submit Word documents only.
  • Documents should be grammatically-correct, spell-checked, and in final, polished form.
  • Please include your headshot (.jpg), brief biography (not to exceed 85 words), and links to your blog, website, books, and/or social media as desired with your release form.
  • Complete our short (but necessary) Release Form.
  • When quoting Scripture, please include reference and translation.
  • Posts should be compassionate, understanding, and empathetic.
  • Be honest as you wrestle with hard topics and difficult emotions. Posts don't need a happy ending, but should always lean towards hope.
  • Consider including three points to ponder (questions) to help readers digest your post.
  • We accept previously published work, just let us know when and where, and include links if possible.
  • We reserve the right to edit accepted submissions.
  • We do not accept book reviews, but do accept excerpts from your published books.
  • We do not accept submissions about specific medical treatments, medications, healthcare providers, clinics, hospitals, products, services, or apps.
  • We do not accept submissions that discuss politics or other controversial issues which draw attention away from our focus on chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability.
  • We do not offer compensation.
  • If accepted, we will notify you via email.

NEED A TOPIC IDEA? THESE QUESTIONS MIGHT HELP:

  1. In what ways have you experienced God’s grace in illness?
  2. What has been your most significant loss?
  3. What was your life like before illness? How are you different today?
  4. What is most challenging for you because of illness?
  5. How are your relationships (with spouse, parents, children, friends, coworkers) affected by illness?
  6. How have your expectations of yourself or others changed because of illness?
  7. How has your walk with God changed?
  8. How or where have you experienced hope?
  9. What is the most unexpected blessing of illness?
  10. Which of your character qualities have been refined through illness?
  11. What does courage look like to you?
  12. What does strength look like in illness?
  13. What is one thing you wish others understood about illness?
  14. If you could sum up illness in five words, what would they be? And why?
  15. How can you encourage others walking through illness?
  16. How do you handle pain and disappointment?
  17. How has God turned your weaknesses into strengths?
  18. How do you celebrate the little things, the small victories?
{I’m glad I found Chronic Joy. I’m grateful for the opportunity to write on topics in my wheelhouse, write for a new audience, and do it as I am able.
Laurie G.
Viroqua, WI
Laurie Glass
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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Are you passionate about story, writing, or expressing beauty with your words? Contributing Writers invest their time, talent, and hearts in the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy®.

Cindee Snider Re

Cindee Snider Re

Author, Photographer, and Co-Founder at Chronic Joy®

Cindee is wife of the man she loves most in this world, mama of five world-shaking creatives (19-27), author of Discovering Hope, Finding Purpose, Embracing Worth, and I Take You in Sickness and in Health, photographer, craver of quiet, lover of cotton, denim, Jesus and tea, and co-founder of Chronic Joy®. Cindee and four of her five kids have Ehlers-Danlos, dysautonomia, intractable migraine, and myriad co-existing conditions through which they're learning the deeper the valley, the greater their capacity for joy.

Erin Burkhardt

Erin Burkhardt

Chronic Joy® Content Writer and Prayer Team Member

Erin is a grateful follower of Jesus, navigating the different stages of life through the eyes of chronic illness. She has a passion for empowering others by encouraging them to trust God in even the most difficult of circumstances. Erin and her husband (along with their two young boys) are purposeful and passionate in living out their faith and loving their neighbors. Her other passions include freelance writing, loom knitting, and fishing!

Barbara Coleman

Barbara Coleman

Chronic Joy® Creative Contributor and Writer

Barbara lives in Maryland and was in ministry with her husband, Mike, for over 50 years. Now she has time for gardening, painting, reading, and enjoying the Lord. Barbara has three grown sons and 10 grandchildren. She likes to say, "Anything that makes me need God is a blessing!"

Shelly Esser

Shelly Esser

Editor of Just Between Us magazine

Shelly has been the editor of Just Between Us for more than 30 years. Additionally, she has been involved with leading and nurturing women since college. She and her husband have four adult daughters and two sons-in-law, and live in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. 

Karin Fendick

Karin Fendick

Contributing Writer and Prayer Team

Karin is a handmaiden of the Lord, saved by grace, a worshiper, a poet, a broken heart, a lover of words, His work in progress on the Potter's wheel. She is hungry for truth and amazed by love. After five years in Africa, Karin and Rick (her beloved husband of twenty years), are back in rural Canada where chronic pain drives her to the feet of Jesus. She is powered by prayer, love, and many cups of strong coffee. She is the author of From Ashes to Glory (A Psalm a Day).

Adriana Hayes

Adriana Hayes

Professor, Writer, and Speaker

Adriana is a freelance illustrator, professor, writer, and speaker who finds joy in helping others discover how God can bring “chronic hope” into their lives. She lives in Milwaukee, Wis., with her husband, Chris, and daughter, Promise. You can reach Adriana at Chronichopeblog.wordpress.com or madebyadri.com. Photo courtesy of Robyn Vining Photography.

Bettie Gilbert

Bettie Gilbert

Chronic Joy Contributing Writer

You can find Bettie blogging from her home in the far north suburbs of Chicago at bettiegsraseasons.com. She is walking forward with Jesus, in the middle of her pain and weakness from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature as well as her family (including nine young grandchildren) are Bettie's joys. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great delight in their weekend coffee breaks together.

Laurie Glass

Laurie Glass

Chronic Joy Contributing Writer

Laurie has a Master's Degree in Christian Counseling. She is the author of Coping with ME/CFS and has had many poems and articles published in both print and online publications. In addition, she won the Open Medicine Foundation poetry contest in 2019. Laurie loves to use her gift of writing to encourage others.

Becky Hill

Becky Hill

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Becky lives in Leicester, UK and is a wife to Matt, mum to two girls, and a pursuer of Christ. Becky and Matt love the local church and have been involved in pastoral ministry for many years. In January, 2015, Becky fell from a step ladder causing a debilitating cerebrospinal fluid leak and chronic arachnoiditis which means over the years she has had to spend much of her time in bed. She also lives with severe daily neurological pain. Becky loves words and writes to connect, encourage, share her journey, and inspire others facing suffering, chronic illness and pain.

Hailey Hudson

Hailey Hudson

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Hailey is a full-time freelance writer and content marketer who lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her cat. She is in her early 20s and has a genetic disorder that has caused half a dozen other chronic illnesses; she has a PEG-J feeding tube and is passionate about ministry and advocacy work in the area of chronic illness, disability, and tube feeding (particularly chronic illness and church). In her spare time, Hailey writes YA novels and sings musical theatre. Follow her on Instagram or check out her personal blog.
 
Joy Lenton

Joy Lenton

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer and Poet

Joy is a grateful grace dweller, wife, mother, grandma to one beautiful boy, M.E and chronic illness sufferer for over 30 years, and a contemplative poet and devotional writer at poetryjoy.com and joylenton.com. She is the author of Experiencing Lent: Sensing the Sacred in Our Midst, Soul Shots: 31 Days of Pocket Wisdom for Your Hurting Heart, Embracing Hope: Soul Food to Help Chase Away the Blues, and Seeking Solace: Discovering Grace in Life’s Hard Places, and an occasional contributor to the Godspace blog.

Emily J. Maurits

Emily J. Maurits

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

After working for several years in the public health sector, Emily is now studying theology. She believes we are all called to love suffering people because that's what Jesus did. She is passionate about equipping and encouraging others to do just that and founded www.calledtowatch.com for the family and friends of those with chronic illnesses. As well as uncovering God's presence in the chaos of life, she enjoys reading, running, and writing. Check out her memoir Two Sisters & a Brain Tumour.

Elyse Ogbourne

Elyse Ogbourne

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Elyse is a college student with a fondness for the outdoors. After a simple slip on the ice left her with chronic pain syndrome, she began to see how God does work all things for good. Armed with Biblical truth and her TENS unit, Elyse uses her experiences to encourage young adults with the message that they can thrive in the face of difficult circumstances.

Kara Plett

Kara Plett

Chronic Joy® Content Writer and Prayer Team

Kara, her husband Conrad, and their crazy calico cat, Lulu, live in Calgary, Canada, where she has been a teacher for 28 years. Kara felt led to write a book of devotionals when her own journey with chronic illnesses pressed her into God’s arms of love more deeply. She prays that her journey and refinement will also encourage you in your walk with God.

Learn more about her book, Searching for Sea Glass: Journeying with God Through Chronic Illness - 30 Devotionals today!

Pamela Piquette

Pamela Piquette

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Chronic Joy®

Pamela, a leader and a visionary following God's call to inspire those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, and chronic pain, believes that every precious life affected by illness is both vital and purposed.

Pamela is the mom of three married children, grandma of four, and wife of more than 30 years. She is diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, chronic migraines, and a host of other chronic conditions. She enjoys hot tea, reading and walking her teddy bear dog, Cocoa.

Dr. Terry Powell

Dr. Terry Powell

Author and Professor

Terry is Faculty Emeritus and an adjunct professor in Church Ministries at Columbia International University. He and his wife Dolly have been married for 50 years and share two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Terry writes about faith and depression at Penetrating the Darkness. His latest book, Oh God, I’m Dying! How God Redeems Pain for Our Good and for His Glory tells of God's sustaining grace in the life of co-author, Dr. Mark Smith, who is an effective Christian university president despite suffering daily pain from a near-fatal accident.

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Author

Vaneetha writes and speaks about meeting God in suffering. She is the author of The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering and her memoir, Walking Through Fire. You can find her writing at Desiring God and Vaneetha.com. Vaneetha lives in North Carolina with her husband Joel. She has two daughters, Katie and Kristi. Watch Choosing Joy in Suffering from Diamonds 2019.

Gayl Wright

Gayl Wright

Chronic Joy® Content Coordinator and Prayer Team

Gayl is a writer, poet, amateur photographer, artist, nature lover, crocheter, and seeker of truth and beauty. Besides having 7 kids and 14 grandkids (Some have chronic illnesses and one son is with Jesus), she and her husband Steve also hosted foreign exchange students. Gayl was a church pianist for years and homeschooled her children. She has published poems at Spillwords Press and an article in the book, Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. Her desire in life is to glorify God and encourage others. Check out her blog, Words, Photos and Art.

Megan Willome

Megan Willome

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Megan Willome is an editor at TS Poetry Press as well as the author of The Joy of Poetry and a new picture book of poems written for children, Rainbow Crow. Her day is incomplete without poetry, tea, and a walk in the dark.

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