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Between Cities seeks submissions for our 17th issue on the theme of Christian Futures. Submissions may deal with the intersection of Christianity and the opportunities and challenges presented by the 21st century. Possible topics include: artificial intelligence, space exploration, medical progress, robotics, virtual reality. Beyond technological advancements, pieces could also explore Christianity in relationship to globalization, climate change, or religious pluralism, among other topics.


We publish work that connects faith and knowledge with all of life, including essays, creative pieces, media reviews, interviews, and artwork. The journal primarily accepts submissions from the U of M community but will consider work from those outside it.

Submit a 100-300 word proposal detailing what you would like to write about and what form you think your piece will take: essay, review, personal reflection, fiction, poetry, photo essay, etc. It's alright if the idea grows and changes; we just want an idea of what you have in mind.

Our submission window for issue 17 has closed.
Submissions for issue 18 with open Fall 2024. 


  • Articles of 1,000 to 3,000 words consist of original work discussing academics from a Christian perspective, the relationship between faith and study or work, or the relevance of Christianity to the modern world. Articles can be scholarly in nature—advancing a significant thesis with appropriate citations—or less formal—including anecdotes and personal reflection. [Style Note: Between Cities uses endnotes, not footnotes.]

  • Media reviews of 250-750 words provide Christian commentary on recently released books or movies of interest to our audience, though the works reviewed need not necessarily be Christian themselves. The review should contain a concise synopsis of the work in question, an appraisal of its technical quality, and an evaluation of its themes or purport. [Media rated R can be reviewed, but proposals should include a note on why the explicitness is necessary or not a concern.]

  • Creative works may include poems and short fiction of less than 2,000 words. Such works should not only address spiritual matters, but also employ technical sophistication to interest, challenge, or surprise the reader.

  • Art and photography need not be explicitly religious in subject matter, but may originate from a Christian aesthetic sensibility or demonstrate engagement with questions of ultimate significance.

We are particularly interested in work that originates from within the Christian tradition, but we will consider any work that engages with that tradition in a thoughtful and respectful way.  Our first priority is to share the work of members of the University of Minnesota community, but we accept submissions from writers outside it as well.


Between Cities is also seeking Christian students at U of M who would like to join our staff, including content editors, design editors, and photographers. Those interested in joining our staff can contact Emily Schoenbeck:

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