Here’s how you can engage with the Collective:

 Read with us

Writers are nothing without readers. Readers are nothing without writers.  A wonderful, symbiotic relationship.

Talk with us

We love to see what kind of ideas are generated from our collective work in the comments section.  This is where there is real potential for growth.

Share our work

Our writers want to drive culture, not just react to it, so feel free to share Burnside’s work (especially when it’s your own!) on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform you use by clicking the little icons at the bottom of the page.  What can we say, we make it easy.  Together, we can take on the world.

Write with us – the Five W’s and one H

Who:  Everybody!

What: Burnsiders typically like 1,000 – ish word essays that are thought provoking, enlightening, empowering, moving, and Christian in perspective, though it need not be overt. Your piece may fit one of the following categories:

  • Social Justice:  We’d like to do something different.  Instead of focusing on the people doing the work, we’d like to know more first-hand accounts of people who have been helped and experienced social justice being brought to them.  Write your own personal story of being on the receiving end of social justice or interview someone who has.  These personal accounts may be just the thing to spur us into action.
  • Family:  This is where we talk about the familial unit in all its forms.
  • Arts (Music, Books, Art, Film, Telly):  We accept reviews of anything, from Christian ska bands to literary fiction, from that latest ridiculous reality show to the most under-appreciated art house flick. (Ok, maybe not Christian ska bands, but if it’s a good review, you never know.) We appreciate a steady stream of reviews on new releases or an essay that offers a fresh look at an old classic, or would-be classic. We love interviews, too – especially interviews that delve into the artistic process, interviews that surprise us, interviews that makes us look again at a songwriter, author, actor, or director we only thought we knew.
  • Meditations: Run on Sundays, these 600-1,000 word articles explore spiritual stuff and are usually short lessons on faith.
  • Culture (Sports, Food and Drink, Humor, Church):
  • Sports:  Originality is key. Funny and insightful) works best. This is also the area where we receive the least number of submissions so it’s a good place to get started if you’re a sports fan.
  • Poetry:  Burnside wishes to showcase both new and established poets every Saturday and Sunday. We promote well-crafted poems that above all, move. Poems may be raw and emotional, but accepted poems will inevitably point toward a life lesson or moment of inspiration that redeems the harder stuff of life. Please submit each poem individually in Hey Publisher. Multiple submissions typically ensure greater success of landing one or more on your first attempt. Epic poems rarely get published. Limit your poetry submissions to under 1,000 words. For best consideration include a brief, one- or two-sentence bio written in the third person in your Hey Publisher account to help readers know more about your professional and personal experience.
  • Fiction:  Burnside is looking for fiction that moves us. That makes us see the world from the eyes of another. Fiction that spends more time showing than telling. That pulls us in, makes us care. We want to be changed, even in the slightest way, by what we’ve read. Not to escape in our reading. But to delve more deeply into the muck and mire of humanity and catch a glimmer of beauty
  • Essays:  Anything that doesn’t fit into the above categories.

2013 Featured articles will follow these monthly themes:

Ecclesiastes 3:  There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

Choose one of the two monthly topics or compare or contrast them both.  Either way, in 2013 Burnside will embrace our Christian spirituality in all phases of life.

January: A time to be born and a time to die.

February:  A time to plant and a time to uproot.

March:  A time to tear down and a time to build.

April:  A time to weep and a time to laugh.

May: A time to mourn and a time to dance.

June:  A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them.

July:  A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.

August:  A time to search and a time to give up.

September:  A time to keep and a time to throw away.

October:  A time to be silent and a time to speak.

November:  A time to love and a time to hate.

December:  A time for war and a time for peace.

Where:  Hey Publisher.


When: We have a rolling submission process.  Occasionally, Chief Content Editor Betsy or Content Editor Matt will ask you to revise a piece on a deadline.

Why: Matthew 13:33 (NIV)

He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

How:  Create a Hey Publisher account using the above link and submit your article.

Be sure to:

  1. Include your bio and e-mail in the body of the article.  That way our content editor can contact you directly to make any necessary changes.
  2.  Include the theme topic in the title so we can plan accordingly.
  3.  When applicable, include “TIME SENSITIVE” in the title.
  4. Expect feedback.

 A final word from Chief Content Editor Betsy:

We appreciate that you’ve chosen to submit a piece hewn from your hard work. Burnside Writers remains a collective which means we are more concerned with the gathering of writers and readers than just creating a magazine.

Every submission gets read; not every submission gets published.

The trick to getting published with Burnside Writers is to write something that you would want to read yourself. If you have an idea for an essay on The DaVinci Code or a review of The Shack, it’s more than likely these stories heydays have passed and are no longer in high demand. If it’s a story about your cat and how she likes to eat string cheese, this might not work as a published piece—unless you can tie in the latest trends in cat diets and why it is similar to something you read during your devotional times that morning.

We’re drawn to writing that is interesting, timely and humble. If you have something to say that fits those descriptors, please send us your piece via Hey Publisher.

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