Our Sunday Visitor is a multi-channel not-for-profit Catholic organization that serves the Church through publishing and parish resources.
- OSV Newsweekly is a national Catholic newspaper that offers news analysis, features and faith pieces to bring Catholic clarity to a complex world.
- The Priest magazine is focused on aiding priests in their day-to-day parish ministry.
- Deacon Digest is a bimonthly magazine that serves permanent deacons as they serve the Church.
- OSV Books publishes books in a variety of categories, including prayer, Scripture, saints, worship, parish and more.
Please see the complete writer's guidelines for each publication below by clicking the 'More' button. Our Sunday Visitor welcomes all submissions.
Submission forms are at the bottom of the individual guidelines.
Deacon Digest is a bimonthly magazine that serves permanent deacons and deacon candidates as they serve the Church by helping them foster intimate communion with Christ the Servant. Through a cultivation of the interior life, which leads to effective ministry, Deacon Digest contributes to the mission of the Church by making present the totus Christus (the “whole Christ”) to the world.
Deacon Digest seeks to build a community of men on fire for the diaconate through quality content that forms, informs and inspires.
Radiating joy, Deacon Digest is a trustworthy resource that accompanies deacons, deacon candidates and deacon directors as they live out, learn about and support diaconal ministry.
Deacon Digest accepts submissions of articles that seek to form, inform or inspire deacons, deacon candidates or deacon wives; that emphasize the cultivation of the interior life for deacons; and that builds community within the diaconate.
We accept submissions at the following lengths: 600 words, 1,200 words, 1,500 words, and 2,000 words (our In Focus, written on one topic with multiple components). Payment varies based on length.
All submissions must be:
- Relevant to the diaconate, containing a specific angle for that demographic
- Faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church
- Well-written and well-edited
- Crafted with a charitable tone
- Original in content (not plagiarized)
- Not previously published, either in print or online
Things to know:
- Writers are paid upon publication
- We generally follow AP and Catholic News Service Style (found at catholicnews.com)
- We do not accept poetry or fiction
- Deacon Digest is published six times a year
- Only weekly national Catholic newspaper in the United States; available in print, a new digital edition and online at OSVNews.com
- News and analysis through a Catholic lens
- Relevant and inspirational faith and catechetical content
- Faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church
- Founded in 1912
Although the majority of our content is generated on assignment by our core contributors, we welcome and consider all freelance contributions, whether offered by query or unsolicited manuscript.
Here’s a quick summary of what we are looking for:
- Instant analysis on breaking news, reported through a Catholic lens. This content is different from the reporting found in secular media and provides an immediate, yet thorough and accurate, Catholic perspective for Web reporting. Word count: 500-1,000.
- News analysis — not merely news reporting — pertaining to the Catholic Church in the United States and throughout the world. Word count: Generally 950-1,100 (including sidebars), but occasionally run as short as 500 words or as long as 2,000 words.
- In Focus four-page pull-out section, which is at the heart of OSV. Planned many weeks in advance, the In Focus section takes a particular topic of contemporary interest and examines it thoroughly within a package of articles. In Focus sections comprise a package of articles totaling 3,000-4,000 words written by one or more authors. Please first send a query.
- Features linked to the current events and trends of the day. Can range from weighty issues of belief to methods of enhancing one’s prayer life to a discussion of parish “best practices” in a given area of ministry. Also can include topics on family, media and Church history. Word count: 1,350.
- Essays on relevant issues of the day. Must have a point to make and succeed at making it succinctly, keeping the facts firmly in mind and avoiding a shrill, ranting or uncharitable tone. Word count: 500 to 750 words.
- Profiles of a particular person, place or organization that serves as an example of Catholic faith in action. Word count: 500 to 750.
- Conversation: Question-and-answer-format interviews with selected relevant personalities. Our interviews require an introductory paragraph or two that sets the background and the speaker’s credentials for the discussion that follows. Word count: 1,200.
- Faith-based articles that take advantage of the “catechetical moments” derived from the daily headlines and the liturgical year.
All OSV entries should be:
- Tightly written
- Cleanly written
Here’s what we generally are not looking for:
- Articles written in the first person.
- Long, academic or preachy commentaries.
- Features with no real link to Catholic faith or sensibilities.
- Straight news reporting, especially on strictly local events.
- Articles designed to publicize a future event.
- Short stories, whether fiction or non-fiction.
Things we’d rather not spell out….
Because not all of our would-be freelance writers are trained journalists, we must state the following criteria more clearly:
- Don’t plagiarize. All articles must be original work of the author. Its content must not have been previously published, in whole or in part, whether in print, broadcast, online, even by the author himself. If a piece has been so published and there is a compelling reason to offer it to OSV, or if what is being offered is a version of a previously published article, this information must be divulged at the outset.
- Familiarize yourself with OSV first. Every publication has its own unique “flavor” and style. Even the best writers’ guidelines can’t fully express the kind of voice, flow and format the editors are seeking. Read OSV in print, on your tablet or smartphone, or via OSVNews.com for several weeks to get a better feel for what we are trying to do.
- Follow the submission guidelines closely.
- We generally try to respond within 4 to 6 weeks.
- We pay writers within 4 weeks of acceptance.
- We generally follow the Catholic News Service Stylebook (available through www.cns.com) and the current Associated Press Stylebook. For scriptural citations, we generally use the New American Bible.
- We comply with the Fair Publishing Practices Code of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. We expect freelance writers to do the same. For a complete copy of this code, visit www.catholicpress.org.
If you are submitting a query or unsolicited manuscript, please do so on this page.
The Priest Writer's Guidelines
- This monthly magazine pays on acceptance.
- A byline given.
- We buy first time North American serial rights
- Editorial lead-time is three months.
- Responds in five weeks to queries; three months on manuscripts.
We publish articles that will aid priests in their day-to-day parish ministry. Includes items on spirituality, counseling, administration, theology, personalities, the saints, etc.
Nonfiction — Essays, historical/nostalgic, humor, inspirational, interview/profile, opinion, personal experience, religious. Send complete manuscripts with a length of 1,500 – 2,000 words maximum.
Tips: Say what you have to say in an interesting and informative manner and stop. Please do not stray from the magisterium of the Catholic Church.
Book Author Guidelines
What should I know about Our Sunday Visitor?
Our Sunday Visitor is the country’s largest not-for-profit Catholic publishing company. It was founded in 1912 by Father John Noll to “serve the Church.” Today, OSV publishes a newsweekly, periodicals, religious education materials, pamphlets, and books. We publish between 30 and 40 trade book titles a year.
We have two main trade book publishing seasons: spring and fall. The bulk of our sales are to distributors (web and print), bookstores, parishes, schools, and individual consumers – the man and woman “in the pew.” Our primary audience is North America. (A copy of our book catalog can be obtained by writing: Book Marketing Department, 200 Noll Plaza, Huntington, IN 46750 or emailing: email@example.com.)
What kinds of books are of interest to Our Sunday Visitor?
We are particularly interested in the following categories:
- Personal/Spiritual Growth--Books that accompany readers on their spiritual journey and offer unique, practical insights for growing in friendship with God
- Prayer—Devotionals that help readers draw nearer to God
- Scripture—Books about how to read, understand, pray and apply Scripture, as well as Bible studies aimed at target markets or specific themes in Scripture
- Family and Marriage—Books that reflect on the nature of marriage and practical books on marriage prep, parenting, and family life
- Biographies —Informative and inspiring biographies of saints and other key figures in the Church's history
- History--Informative, unique histories related to the Catholic Church, especially in the United States
- Faith and Culture—Books about the intersection of faith and contemporary culture
- Evangelization, Apologetics, and Catechetics—Books that help readers explain, defend and share the faith with others
- Worship—Books about understanding and experiencing the graces of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist
- Parish—Books that help pastors, leaders and parishioners conduct parish life more effectively
We do not currently publish fiction or poetry.
Why should I publish with Our Sunday Visitor?
Our Sunday Visitor is dedicated to publishing books that accompany Catholics on their walk with God, wherever they are in their faith journey. We are always interested in partnering with authors who can join us in our mission to serve the Church by serving her individual members. We reach a national Catholic audience through our many periodicals, our highly successful web, email, and mail campaigns, and other promotions. We also work with authors to build their personal platforms and lend their ideas and expertise to selling their own books.
How should I submit my proposal?
First, we require that you submit a proposal that will help us evaluate your project. We prefer a digital copy. Please do not submit a completed manuscript unless requested.
A fully developed proposal must include the following items:
A brief cover letter that includes
- your name, address, phone number, and email address
- your manuscript’s working title
- a one- or two-line "elevator pitch" for your book, explaining why it's needed and your motivation for writing it
- proposed audience
- whether you are simultaneously submitting to other publishers
A proposal document that includes:
- total word count and completion date;
- comparison to related books currently on the market (at least 3), showing why your book is unique;
- a brief summary of the message of the book and an annotated table of contents that describes the content and purpose of each chapter in a few sentences;
- any other relevant features of the manuscript, such as illustrations and appendices;
- A statement of your qualifications for writing the proposed book and a summary of your personal and professional background;
- A sample chapter from the manuscript.
You can expect an initial response within 6-8 weeks of your proposal. We would appreciate knowing if your proposal is being simultaneously submitted to other publishers.
What happens next?
Your proposal will be reviewed by an acquisitions editor, who will contact you with any questions or suggestions before bringing it for discussion to our editorial and publishing committees. If the members of the committees (consisting of representatives from our marketing, sales, design, and editorial departments) find that the proposal meets our standards, we will notify you of acceptance.
What about a contract?
After approval by the editorial and publishing committees, your acquisitions editor will discuss contract terms with you. Once terms have been finalized, you will be mailed your contract. Please note: we pay royalties on net sales of books in all formats.
What else do I need to know about submitting a manuscript?
Please submit your manuscript in electronic format. Microsoft Word is preferred. If your manuscript includes quotations from copyrighted materials, you will be responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holders to reprint such material, as well as the payment of any permissions fees.
If your manuscript contains photographs or illustrations, please coordinate with your acquisitions editor about when and how to submit the images with proper specs for our design department.
Who will be my editor?
You will work closely with your acquisitions editor or an assigned developmental editor as you complete your manuscript and provide requested revisions. After you and your editor have accepted all revisions, the manuscript will be given to a project editor, who will copyedit it and have it designed and proofread for publication. The project editor will inform you of any necessary deadlines.
Can I get started now?
By all means. Send us your ideas or proposals at any time, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.