Author Guidelines

Emmanuel Magazine

Emmanuel is a magazine of eucharistic spirituality, primarily for people in church ministry.  Though the majority of our readers are ordained, Emmanuel also appeals to an expanding lay readership. Our focus is: Eucharist, Liturgy, Ministry, Prayer, Justice, and Ecumenism.  We are committed to the vision of Vatican II.  Articles should reflect this and have a pastoral emphasis.

Emmanuel commissions articles, but also accepts unsolicited manuscripts (articles, reflections, and poetry) for consideration.  In general, articles should be no longer than 2,000 words; reflections and meditations, 1,000-1,250 words; and poetry no more than two pages.  We prefer that manuscripts be transmitted electronically to  The magazine is copyrighted to protect the rights of authors and the magazine.  Articles will be edited to conform to the overall style of the magazine.

The stipends given authors vary somewhat according to the length and style of the pieces accepted.  Authors who are not currently subscribers also receive a one-year subscription.

Some stylistic elements characteristic of Emmanuel: 

  1. If notes are used, try to integrate these into the text so as to avoid having articles read like a thesis; otherwise, include them as endnotes.
  2. In citing books, please use the following format: Author, Title, (City, Publisher), Date, Page(s).  Articles should be cited as follows: Author, “Title,” Magazine, Volume (Year), Page(s).  Biblical references are to use the abbreviations found in the RNAB, e.g., Lk 2:2-4.
  3. Emmanuel uses inclusive language.  Avoid using exclusively masculine images for God.  Do not capitalize pronouns referring to God or Jesus.
  4. Capitalize all proper names as well as when these are used as adjectives: e.g., John-Johannine.  Capitalize Eucharist, but not eucharistic, Gospel, but not gospel when used as an adjective, etc.
  5. Emmanuel capitalizes Bible, Calvary, Catholic, Christ, Christian(ity), Eucharist, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Jewish, Lord, Mass, Messiah, Passover, Pasch, Scripture(s), Word (when referring to Jesus, but not word of God), Liturgy of the Eucharist, Eucharistic Prayer (when referring to a canon of the Mass).
  6. Do not capitalize words such as anointing, baptism, body and blood of Christ, church (unless a proper name), confirmation, cross, penance, annunciation, incarnation, paschal mystery, resurrection, etc.
  7. Use commas to separate items in sequence (e.g., baptism, penance, and Eucharist) and participial and subordinate clauses from the main clause in a sentence.
  8. Ellipsis dots come in threes, in fours if they end a sentence.
  9. Letters used to identify religious congregations are capitalized, e.g., SSS.