Guidelines for Submissions of Sermon Manuscripts:
Copyright -- DPS seeks a one-time publishing right along with the right to keep
the published sermon in the DPS Sermon Bank archives. The author of the sermon
retains all rights to the sermon ms, and may freely preach it and publish it subsequently
elsewhere and anytime.
Locus of Publication --sermons will be published online four weeks
ahead of the lectionary schedule for the DPS Sermon Builder subscription program and will
become part of the archive "the DPS Sermon Bank." At this time DPS does
not publish sermon mss in printed form.
Sermons should be expository in nature and give ample reflection on
the Scripture text(s) they are based on.
Manuscripts need to be emailed as Microsoft Word, Word
pad, Note pad, or MS Works attachments so
that they can stay in the correct format.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preferences: normal manuscript form, paragraphed, font: TimesNew Roman
12 point text; single-spaced.
Editing --we reserve the right to edit for length and contend if
necessary to fit the space and context of the DPS Sermon Builder..
Remuneration per published sermon: US$ 35.00 to be
paid by company check
- The ms should have a 1600-1900 word count or 4-5 pages of single
spaced formatted text in font "Times New Roman" font size 12.
- Please use paragraphs
- Please submit a fully written-out ms with introduction, body, and
conclusion; we do not consider submissions in outline form.
- At this time we do NOT accept sermon mss formatted for Powerpoint
presentations or other multimedia formats
What to include:
- Please include name of author the way you would like it to appear
- Please include your mailing address unless we have already published
at least one of your sermons
- Please include a sermon title
- Please include identification of Scripture reference and/or (if ms
is based on several Scripture readings) what Sunday of the upcoming
lectionary readings the ms is based on (e.g. 3rd Sunday in Lent, year
- Please include footnotes in parantheses within the text (e.g. ...for
we are told that it "whosoever shall believe in Him" (John 3:16), not a
What we are looking for . . .
The DPS homiletics editors are looking for a fully developed sermon ms.
It should have a catchy introduction, a thought-provoking and/or
emotionally stimulating treatment of the Scripture text in the main
discourse, and a motivational conclusion. We try to balance the
publications to include a variety of styles as well as content.
Some examples of styles are teaching, motivational, celebratory
(especially for feast days), meditative/reflective, etc. Please consider
drawing from the historical context, theology, commentary, humorous and/or
informative life application illustrations. We do appreciate creativity
and imaginative playfulness in sermon mss.
We are also looking for a variety of theological approaches, such as
evangelical, social gospel, traditional, out of the box, orthodox and
unorthodox, conservative, progressive, etc.
However, we are not looking for extreme theological biases, and
appreciate a dialectic approach. In other words: as you make a point
toward a certain bias do not do so in absolute terms and, if possible,
couch it in the larger context of the theological landscape. While a
treatment of personal sin and social sin can be helpful (esp. during
certain seasons such as Lent and Advent), we are not looking for a
condemning approach (commonly referred to as "hellfire and brimstone). We
are looking for the element of gospel -- the good news--in every sermon