CALL FOR PAPERS
As part of the upcoming 250th anniversary of the United States of America, United We Pledge and Dowdle Studios are combining efforts to present the Bible of American History to our nation.
Submissions will be accepted until July 4, 2023.
The Bible of American History will encompass over 250 American historical and covenant moments. These moments will be an eclectic collection of historical events defining and depicting the American Covenant as captured in our national motto: “In God We Trust.” These moments will be documented by essays transformed by Dowdle Studios artists into hand-scribed gothic text accompanied with intricate illustrations.
E Pluribus Unum – “Out of Many, One” remains, perhaps, the greatest covenant statement of the United States. Our nation’s history and future presents the grandest mosaic of colors, religions, ethnicities, and economic opportunities the world has ever known. United We Pledge is gathering essays to be included in the manuscript from all corners of our nation and from writers of all backgrounds.
Essays selected for publication in the Bible of American History will reflect these principles and focus on events that convey the “American Covenant,” the belief that America has promised to trust in God, and God has promised to bless America.
United We Pledge extends an initial invitation to members of patriotic, historical, and/or freedom focused organizations to submit one or more essays. We believe these organizations may have the expertise, knowledge, resources, and passion to properly highlight and capture some of the key components and undergirding principles of great American heroes, crucial historical events, and faith filled stories that have transpired and are part of our nation’s foundational fabric.
Invitations will also be opened to all US Citizens on or before July 4, 2022.
To be considered for publication, please follow these writing and submission guidelines:
- Each essay must be between 600 – 825 words in length and include a short title (5-7 words or fewer).
- Essays must have a clear connection to God’s hand in the history behind the story and of divine providence through inspiration, direction, or guidance of those of whom the story is told.
- Essays must be factual, and supported by credible sources. It is expected that all essays draw from primary sources.
- Stories featuring living individuals will not be considered.
- Quotes and paraphrases must be accompanied by citations from reliable sources and conform to the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines.
- For fact checking purposes, each quote or other attributed information must include a .jpeg or .pdf of the original source with the included text highlighted. If from print, include images of the title page, copyright page, and page(s) quoted (with quotes highlighted).
- Essays should be submitted in Word format (.doc or .docx), and should follow the naming convention outlined here: Authors Last Name, Authors First Name, Organization Name if applicable, Story Title, Date of Submission, and the title Draft. (eg. Smith.Tom.UnitedWePledge.LunarLanding.2021.11.04)
- Essays must be submitted on the online portal. Click here.
- Submissions will be accepted until July 4, 2023.
ESSAY REVIEW PROCESS
The following process will occur upon essay submission:
1. The essayist will receive a text message indicating that the essay was successfully received.
2. The essay will be read, reviewed, and considered for inclusion in the Bible of American History.
3. Essays that are not selected may be included in a digital version of “Great American Stories” and will be showcased on UnitedWePledge.org, and the author will be notified.
4. The author(s) of essays that are selected for the Bible of American History will be notified within approximately two months after submission.
5. The editing committee will send revisions back to the author, with the requirement that corrections are made within one month.
6. A contract will be sent from United We Pledge to all final essay authors. The agreement will include benefits for the writer.
7. The essayist’s words will be turned into timeless art, and the essayist will receive a signed print of their finished illuminated essay from Eric Dowdle.
United We Pledge desires the essays and the authors to be representative of the American story. It is hoped that different regional and national organizations will publish this invitation to their members and followers. With this goal in mind, please consider forwarding this letter to all in your organization. Additionally, please consider submitting an essay yourself. As a leader, your contribution will be warmly received, and will have great value in the selection process.
The task of collecting over 250 diverse essays and turning them into timeless art is a monumental endeavor. Your help and your organization’s assistance are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.
United We Pledge