Christmas issue Submission Call

Deadline: Nov. 29.

Articles: 600 to 1,200 words.

Photos and other art: JPEG or PDF.

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Anabaptist World invites articles and visual art on biblical and/or contemporary themes celebrating the birth of Christ. The articles should be about Christmas, not Advent. Most readers will receive the issue less than a week before Christmas. We are hoping for fresh ideas, even surprising ones. Here are a few we came up with (just as examples; we wonder what you will think of!):

  • Christmas contradictions: From “Silent Night” to boisterous choruses of “Joy to the World” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing, “the elements that make up the Nativity are a study in contrasts. Anabaptist simplicity and commercial Christmas is another. A peaceful and perfect baby isn’t what most parents experience during and after birth. What truths do you encounter in these holiday tensions?
  • Christ came as a child, but virtually nothing is known about Jesus between infancy and young adulthood. What can children teach us about the arrival of a savior?
  • The presents of presence: How are you using your vaccination for good this holiday season?
  • Secular radio stations love to play secular Christmas songs. Do Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis and Frosty the Snowman have anything to offer people of faith?
  • Southern Hemisphere Christmas: Many people around the world do not experience a winter wonderland Christmas. How have differing experiences come to define your Christmas traditions?

Please submit photos, or photos of other visual art, as JPEGs or PDFs, at least 300 DPI resolution. A painting or drawing could also be scanned and submitted electronically at

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