Ancient Paths Online seeks submissions of poetry and short fiction for electronic publication. 

Payment: Payment for online publication is $1.25 per poem or short fiction piece. Published poets and authors will also receive a discount code for $3 off two past printed issues. Payment will be made by PayPal only. If you do not have a PayPal account, you may waive payment.

Rights: Poets and authors grant Ancient Paths electronic rights, and you are free to republish your work elsewhere.

Theme: All works should have a spiritual theme. The theme may be explicitly Christian or broadly religious. We welcome works by poets and writers of all religions, but you should be comfortable with having your work appear in a predominantly Christian publication. Works published in Ancient Paths explore themes such as redemption, sin, forgiveness, doubt, faith, gratitude for the ordinary blessings of life, spiritual struggle, and spiritual growth. Please, no overly didactic works. Subtlety is preferred. 

Poetry: Send poetry of 12 to 60 lines. Selected poetry will be published on the Facebook page. Poems may be rhymed or unrhymed, free verse or formal.  Do not submit the following:

·        Concrete (shape) poetry

·        Highly inaccessible, academic-type poetry

·        Poetry that uses nonconventional capitalization or punctuation, such as the lowercase “i” for the personal pronoun

·        Poetry that is centered

·        Anti-Christian or anti-religious poetry

·        Poems with explicit sexual content or foul language

Fiction: Send short fiction of up to 2,500 words. However, works of under 800 words will have the best chance of being published. Flash fiction and short fiction will appear on the Facebook page. Any genre is acceptable, but literary fiction and contemporary, mainstream fiction will be given preference. Do not submit the following:

·        Devotions, essays, or other nonfiction pieces

·        Overly didactic works

·        Stories with vulgarity or explicit sexual content

·        Stream-of-conscious writing

Art: Submit original artwork or photography as a .jpg or .gif attachment. Payment is $1.25 for art or photography published in isolation. If published along with your poem or short fiction piece, you will be paid $2.00 total (for both the writing and the art/photography).

How to Submit: E-mail all submissions to Please paste poems and flash fiction directly in your e-mail message. Important: Use the subject heading "AP Online Submission (title of your work)." If you do not use this heading, your work may be deleted as spam. Include your name and e-mail address at the top of your e-mail. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works (provided they are not currently available online) are welcome.  Please indicate if your work has been published elsewhere.

Submission Calendar:  General submissions on any spiritual theme are considered year round. However, Ancient Paths focuses on particular themes at particular times.

Holiday / Season

When to Submit


Advent (late November – late December)

By November 15

Hope, peace, love, joy, expectation, events leading up to the birth of Christ, repentance, reflection, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth

(Dec. 25 – Jan. 5)

By December 15

Christ’s birth, incarnation, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, light, joy, giving

Epiphany (early January)

By December 15

Magi, journeying, manifestation of the divine

Ordinary Time

By January 1

Love, baptism, faith, baptism of Jesus, conversion of Paul, the presentation of Jesus at the temple

Lent & Holy Week
(February – March)

By February 1

Repentance, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, triumphal entry, the Passion, Last Supper, Crucifixion, darkness, spiritual struggle, doubt, forgiveness, Passover, Exodus

Easter (March – April)

By February 28

Resurrection, light, joy, celebration, rebirth, Ascension, mercy, new life, spring

Pentecost (May)

By April 15

Spiritual unity, fire, understanding, church growth

Ordinary Time
(May – November)

By May 5

gratitude, faith, transfiguration,  kingship, the Trinity, reformation, loss, saints, family, atonement, new year


Submission Tips: To get a better idea of the types of works we publish, order a past printed issue of Ancient Paths. Also read through the works published on the Facebook page, and be sure to “Like” Ancient Paths to follow future submission needs.


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