The National Catholic Review


Articles can mailed to:

Editor, America
106 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019-3803

Or faxed to (212) 399-3596

To email a manuscript send an attached file to Book reviews can be sent to We prefer manuscripts in WordPerfect or MS Word, but we can convert most files.

Author guidelines

Authors must include their full name (as it should appear in a byline), postal address and a daytime phone number. Also provide two or three lines of identification for use in an author ID. America does not consider articles submitted simultaneously to other publications

We try to respond to submissions within three weeks. Unaccepted manuscripts are not returned unless the submission includes a self-addressed return envelope and sufficient postage. Because of the large number of manuscripts submitted and our small staff, we regret that we cannot normally give comments on drafts or give recommendations for improving submissions.


Most, but not all, readers are Catholic. One-third are religious or clergy, but most are laypersons. Although almost all America readers are college educated and two-thirds have graduate degrees, most are not specialists. If you are an academic, write for an audience of alumni and alumnae of your school, not for your peers.


Articles should be about 1,500, but definitely not more than 2,000 words. Submissions to "Faith in Focus," a first-person account of a faith experience, should be no more than 900 words. "Of Other Things," a short commentary on current social or political questions, should also not exceed 900 words.

Style & Accuracy

The best way to get a feel for our style and content is by reading our magazine. If you do not subscribe, you can read our magazine online or at many public and academic libraries. America follows The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage and Catholic News Service Stylebook on Religion. Typed manuscripts should be double-spaced.

Conditions of Acceptance

Acceptance of an article is on the condition that it has not been published and will not be published elsewhere before it is published in America. The author gives to America Press the right to republish the article in any form and to allow others to republish the article in any form. The author also retains the right to republish or allow others to republish the article. Authors should disclose any possible conflict of interests, for example, if he or she has received any compensation for writing the article or if the author is acting as an agent (lawyer, press agent, public relations agent, consultant, etc.) for any person or institution mentioned in the article. America does not pay kill fees.

Poetry Submissions

America actively seeks new poetry of 30 lines or less. Many poems we print address matters of faith and spirituality, but this is not a requirement for publication. We are looking for authentic, truthful, good poetry. Please submit no more than three poems at a time. Submissions should include a self-addressed stamped envelope or they will not be returned.

Please address your submission to:

Joseph Hoover, S.J.
America Magazine
106 W. 56th St.
New York, NY 10019

Email and fax submissions will not be accepted. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

The Foley Poetry Contest

America sponsors the annual Foley Poetry Award, given in honor of William T. Foley, M.D. Each entrant is asked to submit only one poem of 30 lines or fewer for consideration. No poems will be returned. Only typed, unpublished poems not under consideration elsewhere will be considered. The winning poem will be announced in early June and published in America. The cash prize will be $1,000. Submissions must be postmarked between January 1 and March 31.

Send poems to:

Foley Poetry Contest
106 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019-3803

E-mailed submissions are not accepted. Each year about 1,000 poems are submitted. Our poetry editor and judge for the contest is Joseph Hoover, S.J.

The winning poet will be required to sign a letter of agreement with America Press Inc., publisher of America. Under this agreement, the poet will have the right to sell or republish his/her poem after it is published. It also gives to America Press Inc. the right to republish or allow others to republish the poem in any form, for example, on the Web.