Our Bible App Submissions

Welcome to our submissions form! Thank you for your interest in submitting a devotional for Our Bible App.

BEFORE SUBMITTING:

  • Please review and understand the Author Agreement and Publishing Policy found below.
  • Download the app, and become familiar with the app by reading some of the devotionals that are already published. 
  • Decide whether your submission is a Spiritual/Bible-Free, Bible-Lite, or Biblical Daily Devotional and submit your devotional using the appropriate link at the bottom of this page. (You can find out more information about each type of devotional by clicking on their link.)

Author Agreement

This Author Agreement is made between the undersigned Devotional Writer (Author) and Our Bible App, Inc (OBA) digital platform.

Terms and Conditions

In consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained, the all parties hereby agree as follows:

  1. Publisher owns the Android and iPhone application, Our Bible App.
  2. The Author agrees to these terms and conditions by submitting devotional content to OBA via its online submission platform. OBA has sole and exclusive discretion in deciding whether or not to publish devotional  content on OBA’s platforms, including, but not limited to, Our Bible App, website, and newsletter.
  3. The Author agrees, as a contributing devotional writer, that all submissions of interest written and submitted to OBA may be published and/or distributed to all OBA platforms, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other related uses.
  4. All Parties agree that there are no minimum or maximum number of devotional submissions that the Author must submit to OBA, and that the Author is free to refrain from submitting any devotional submissions to OBA. Similarly Our Bible App doesn’t commit to publishing any minimum number of the Author’s submissions.
  5. Author’s services under this Agreement are as an independent contractor. The Parties agree that the Author is not an employee of Our Bible App and is not entitled to any employee benefits offered OBA to its employees. The Parties acknowledge and agree that the Author is free to publish on other Platforms and/or other media in accordance with Author’s sole and exclusive interest and desire, and that the Author’s work product is limited exclusively to those devotional submissions accepted by OBA for publication on its media platforms.
  6. Author warrants that all submissions will be original works of authorship of the Author and will not infringe upon or violate any intellectual property right of any third party, and Author indemnifies OBA specifically against any damages arising out of a violation of this Paragraph 6.
  7. This Agreement creates a confidential relationship between the Author and Our Bible App. Information concerning OBA and/or its agents, subcontractors, collaborating partners, as well as the Author’s business affairs, vendors, finances, properties, methods of operation, computer programs, employees, documentation, and other such information whether written, oral, or otherwise, is confidential in nature. Our Bible App and the Author, and all their agents or representatives will adhere fully to this confidentiality agreement.
  8. Compensation licenses full rights of the submission to OBA for uses outlined in this agreement. The Author may not submit duplicates of any devotional submissions published by OBA on Our Bible App or other media platforms to other publications for three months after it is published on Our Bible App. After three months an Author may republish their own devotional submission originally published by OBA on Our Bible App, but the Author will include at the end of the submission the following attribution: “Originally published by OBA on Our Bible App, Inc.”
  9. This Agreement will continue until terminated by either party by written notice.
  10. This Agreement constitutes the complete and exclusive statement of the terms and conditions between the parties with regard to the matters set forth herein, and it supersedes all other agreements, proposals, and representations, oral or written, express or implied, with regard thereto.

By submitting your content to Submittable you agree to these terms. 


Publishing Policy

While we are a community that supports free speech, there are a few things that we are unable to publish. We want to create safer spaces for individuals all along the spiritual spectrum. Our readers are devout Christians and mystics . They identify as spiritual but not religious, while others are simply agnostic. Some are encountering spirituality for the first time or are re-engaging with a Christian tradition that has caused them much trauma in the past. Others are learned theologians, and still more identify as conservative Christians. We believe that the Christian blanket is large enough for all of us to fit under and that no one, when reaching for this resource, should feel as if they are an outsider.
 

1. NO HATE SPEECH:

We will not publish content that frames in a negative light LGBTQ people and women. We will not publish content that is anti-black, anti-brown, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, or anti-Semitic.

We will not publish content that is ableist, sexist, or racist.

2. NO CONSPIRACY THEORIES:

Fact check your work.

We value the use of Biblical criticism and various systems of theology in our devotional content. We also value and embrace the use of science and informed viewpoints. To this end, we do not allow devotionals that have conspiracy theories or political opinions that cannot be validated with facts. 

3. DO NOT YUCK ANYONE’S YUM:

If you have to put down someone else’s faith in order to make buoyant your own, we will not be able to publish it. 

We cannot, in good conscience, publish language that infers/declares one denomination/tradition to be false or inferior. The truth does not need to be qualified.

4. STAY SEX POSITIVE (EVEN IF YOUR PIECE IS ABOUT CELIBACY):

Our Bible App celebrates the complexities of sex our Creator has given us. 

We will not publish content that promotes purity culture or rape culture.

We will not publish anything that presents a clear gender role bias.

5. USE PROFANITY WITH THOUGHTFULNESS AND DIGNITY:

We believe that profanity has a place even in spiritual thoughtfulness. Some messages cannot be conveyed without it. Please use any profanity with thoughtfulness and clear intent, otherwise it will be censored (s***).

We reserve the right to update and change these policies without notice.

Thank you for your interest in submitting a devotional to be reviewed for publication on Our Bible App.

Before submitting a devotional, make sure you have completed these requirements: 

  1. Download the app.
  2. Become familiar with the content and Our Bible App's mission
  3. Read and understand our Publishing Policy and Author Agreement ⁠— By submitting content to Our Bible App, you agree to the terms of our Author Agreement.


After you submit a devotional, you will automatically receive a message confirming that we have received your submission via Submittable. 

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are not always able to review your submission as quickly as we'd like to, so please allow up to 6 weeks to receive a personal response about whether or not we are accepting your submission for publication.

If your submission is accepted for publication on the Our Bible App, we will inform you, and your devotional will be edited for grammar, format, readability, and content clarity.

Submissions Should Include the Following: 

 1. Title and Theme: Must be explicit as to what the focus of your devotional is.

2. No less than 3 days of the devotional, with each day consisting of:

  • Quote or Bible Passage: Whether your devotional is drawing wisdom from the Bible or another source of inspiration, please include necessary source information after each quoted passage:
  • Quoted Bible passages must include the book, chapter, verse, and Bible translation/version. Example: Matthew 5:10-12 (NRSV).
  • If using quotes from published texts, please include copyright information (publisher, title, author, year published, page(s) passage is found on).
  • Main Message: Budget about 200-750 words per message, per day. Your message should be concise, and each day should have one clear focus/main purpose for your readers.
  • Call to Action: Conclude each day with a final thought, prayer, reflection question(s), or task to encourage your reader to do something with what they've just read.

Submission Example: 

Title: Justice for All⁠—A 3-Day Devotional on Justice  

Day 1: Justice as Evangelism

Scripture/Relevant Quote: Use this space to include the text that goes hand-in-hand with your daily worship thought.  If using quotes from published texts, please include copyright information (publisher, title, author, year published, page passage is found on). Quoted Bible passages must include the book, chapter, verse, and Bible translation. E.g. Matthew 5:10-12 (NRSV). 

Message: Use this space to write out a 200 to 750 word post for the day. Your message should be concise, and each day should have one clear focus/main purpose for your readers.  

Call to action: Encourage your readers to do something with what they've just read. This may also be a prayer. Example: "Today think about the ways you have been called to show Christ to others through your justice works." OR "Lord, help me to let you into the moments in my day when I can choose to step out in faith and let my hands be your hands."


Day 2: Living a Life of Action

Scripture/Relevant Quote: Use this space to include the text that goes hand-in-hand with your daily worship thought.  If using quotes from published texts, please include copyright information (publisher, title, author, year published, page passage is found on). Quoted Bible passages must include the book, chapter, verse, and Bible translation. E.g. Matthew 5:10-12 (NRSV). 

Message: Use this space to write out a 200 to 750 word post for the day. Your message should be concise, and each day should have one clear focus/main purpose for your readers.  

Call to action: Encourage your readers to do something with what they've just read.   


Day 3: A Child Shall Lead Us

Scripture/Relevant Quote: Use this space to include the text that goes hand-in-hand with your daily worship thought.  If using quotes from published texts, please include copyright information (publisher, title, author, year published, page passage is found on). Quoted Bible passages must include the book, chapter, verse, and Bible translation. E.g. Matthew 5:10-12 (NRSV).  

Message: Use this space to write out a 200 to 750 word post for the day. Your message should be concise, and each day should have one clear focus/main purpose for your readers.  

Call to action: Encourage your readers to do something with what they've just read.   

Prayers for the Pandemic

Understandably, everyone is afraid right now. Uncertain. Grieving. Lamenting.  As a community, let's pray with each other.  

We invite you to write and submit a prayer, in any form, so that we can lift up and be with one another in solidarity, spiritual presence, in communal grieving and love. 

As we accept and edit* submissions, we will add each prayer as a "day" in our "Praying in the Pandemic" devotional on the app. This devotional of prayers will be available on the Free This Month and Prayer shelves for anybody to read freely.

*(For clarity, grammar, and formatting as we do with all things published on the app)

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Although this is not a formal devotional submission, we will still enforce out Publishing Policy as necessary. 



Podcast Submissions


Podcast submissions are subject to the same Publishing Policy as our written devotional submissions. Please review the guidelines below and make sure that your podcast does not violate OBA's publishing policy.

 

Publishing Policy

While we are a community that supports free speech, there are a few things that we are unable to publish. We want to create safer spaces for individuals all along the spiritual spectrum. Our readers are devout Christians and mystics . They identify as spiritual but not religious, while others are simply agnostic. Some are encountering spirituality for the first time or are re-engaging with a Christian tradition that has caused them much trauma in the past. Others are learned theologians, and still more identify as conservative Christians. We believe that the Christian blanket is large enough for all of us to fit under and that no one, when reaching for this resource, should feel as if they are an outsider.
 

1. NO HATE SPEECH:

We will not publish content that frames in a negative light LGBTQ people and women. We will not publish content that is anti-black, anti-brown, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, or anti-Semitic.

We will not publish content that is ableist, sexist, or racist.

2. NO CONSPIRACY THEORIES:

Fact check your work.

We value the use of Biblical criticism and various systems of theology in our devotional content. We also value and embrace the use of science and informed viewpoints. To this end, we do not allow devotionals that have conspiracy theories or political opinions that cannot be validated with facts. 

3. DO NOT YUCK ANYONE'S YUM:

If you have to put down someone else’s faith in order to make buoyant your own, we will not be able to publish it. 

We cannot, in good conscience, publish language that infers/declares one denomination/tradition to be false or inferior. The truth does not need to be qualified.

4. STAY SEX POSITIVE (even if your piece is about celibacy):

Our Bible App celebrates the complexities of sex our Creator has given us. 

We will not publish content that promotes purity culture or rape culture.

We will not publish anything that presents a clear gender role bias.

5. USE PROFANITY WITH THOUGHTFULNESS AND DIGNITY:

We believe that profanity has a place even in spiritual thoughtfulness. Some messages cannot be conveyed without it. Please use any profanity with thoughtfulness and clear intent, otherwise it will be censored (s***).

*We reserve the right to update and change these policies without notice.

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