Submissions are open for the summer 2019 issue!

The theme will be learning to rest well


We are looking for articles 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. 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.


Please read and follow the instructions for submitting carefully.

We are looking for hope-filled articles from a Christian perspective between 400-1000 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.

Deadline for submissions is April 9th 2019. 

We are looking for:

Articles on creativity and how rest plays a part
Articles on the mental health aspects of rest
Light-hearted stories of life; a lesson learned, a moment noted, a beauty discovered.
Articles on relationships
Rest and productivity: conflict or compliment?
How on earth it is possible to rest when you have young children?
An article on your home city and favorite places (will need photos for this too)
A devotional article on what God says about rest
Personal stories of hope – when was a time that rest benefitted you, or how you learned to rest well.
Playlists of songs around a theme
Creative prompts
Books or products for giveaways

To submit

Please fill in the form below so that we can learn about you, and then email your article to

We will endeavour to respond within two weeks. If we want to use your article, we will require a headshot and a biography paragraph about you. We require original content that has not been published elsewhere.


When is the publication date?

May 2019

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. Unless it is for the city article, then we will need some. We will need a headshot.

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?


I’ve submitted before, can I submit again?


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