Write for us!

Why would you want to submit to iola?

We can think of a few reasons…

You need somewhere to share your articles or photographs.

You want to join in with other respected writers and artists and work on a worthwhile project.

You can buy copies at a discount to sell on to your readers or at a speaking event.

You’ll add to your growing portfolio of published works, both online and in print.

You can reach new readers with your work.

We have a reader that needs to hear your words and stories of hope.

We next open for submissions for the June 2019 edition in April.

To be notified by email when we open and to find out more leave your email address here:

The Specifics

We are looking for content from writers, photographers, and artists for iola magazine. What we can offer you is an opportunity to have your submissions included in a beautiful publication, alongside other writers and artists that have a similar heart to yours. If your submission/s are chosen you will have full credit and a headshot and a 100 words bio included in the magazine, including a link in the magazine and on the website. Your article will also be published on the website after being in the printed copy.

We have a growing online community of readers and contributors for you to join. You will be able to buy copies of iola at a discounted rate to offer to your own readers, re-sell at events or on your own website. We will promote your article via our channels and you will have access to images and badges to include on your site or to use on social media.

If you wish to submit something please make sure that you have read and are aware of the current copy’s content. Please read about who our intended reader is and what she is looking for from iola here.


Once you have submitted, we will endeavour to respond within two weeks. We will also require a headshot and a biography paragraph about you.

We require original content that has not been published elsewhere.

We are looking for hope-filled articles from a Christian perspective between 400-2000 words in length. The articles should be from a “me too” and encouraging voice, rather than a “how-to” viewpoint, if in doubt always keep the iola reader in mind and what she would love to hear. Please have someone read and check for grammar and spelling before submitting. If using bible verses, please include references and version. You can include one link to your website. Articles if accepted will be published in the printed magazine and at a later date on the website.

Articles need to be a google doc named by your article title and your name, please write your biography paragraph at the bottom of your article along with your link.


If submitting photos then please email a low res version initially. You can submit more than one. We will only use content that has not been used elsewhere and to which you have the copyright.

If we want to use your photos we will then require your photos to be for print so they will need to be 300 dpi and if full page, then page size is: 216 by 280 mm. We will contact you if your submission is accepted.

If a photo is to go with an article then 150 mm x 100 mm approx will be fine.

We are looking for one stunning landscape image for a double page spread in which case the size will be: 432 mm x 280 mm approx.

Headshots will need to be 50 x 50 mm, 300 dpi.

We are looking for:

Articles on creativity
Articles on mental health
Articles on wellbeing
Light-hearted stories of life
Articles on relationships
An article on your home city and favourite places (will need photos for this too) See question list here: cityquestions
A devotional
Personal stories of hope
Playlists of songs around a theme
Creative prompts
Books or products for giveaways

We are also open to suggestions!

High-quality imagery of flowers, nature, scenery, lifestyle.

Artwork such as hand-lettered quotes, bible verses etc.


When do submissions open?

For the next issue April 2019. Usually 3-4 months before publication.

When are the publication dates?

In 2019: February, June, September, December

Does it matter where I live?

No, we have an international team of contributors.

Do I need to write with American or British English spelling?

Write with your native English spelling. We think that adds to your authentic voice and gives the publication character.

Do I need a photo to go with my article?

No, but we will need a headshot and if submitting a city article will need some.

Can I include a photo/s to go with my article?

Yes, but please see the specifications on what will be required under the photo heading above.

Do I have to have a website/blog to submit?

No, but we generally take submissions from those who are writing regularly and well. But if your article is a good fit then we would love to see it.

Can I submit more than one article or photos?


I’ve submitted before, can I submit again?


If you have any further questions please email them to info@iolamagazine.com with ‘question’ in the subject header.