Overview: Lion’s Roar, Buddhadharma & LionsRoar.com
Thank you for your interest in submitting your writing (or otherwise contributing) to us. We’re always looking to share new and diverse voices and welcome the chance to see and publish your work.
The mission of the not-for-profit Lion’s Roar Foundation is to make Buddhist wisdom available to all who might benefit from it, and we do this in various ways, especially through three main vehicles: this site; Lion’s Roar magazine (formerly the Shambhala Sun); and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly.
One important aspect of our mission is to produce content that represents a multitude of traditions, ages, abilities, and interests, with a progressive approach to matters of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, and physical challenges. Some people have commented that Buddhism, which is called The Middle Way, has historically been more like “The Upper-Middle Way” in the West. But like North America itself, Buddhists here are diverse, and we want to show and support that. The dharma, after all, is for everyone.
Read on for details about Lion’s Roar magazine, LionsRoar.com, and Buddhadharma, and how to submit your work. We look forward to seeing it.
—The Lion’s Roar Foundation editorial team
Lion’s Roar magazine
Lion’s Roar sheds a contemplative light on every part of life: from politics to relationships, money to monasticism. Lion’s Roar is a big tent where Buddhists and non-Buddhists of all stripes can come together, and find and explore common ground rooted in Buddhist wisdom. The tone of the magazine is friendly but not overly informal; authoritative but unpretentious. Content runs the gamut:
- Our features can be anywhere from 1500 to 3500 words, and can take many forms: straight journalism, meditation instruction, cultural appreciation, the unpacking of a Buddhist concept, an interview with a fascinating figure, and first-person recollections of how dharma can touch a life are all welcome in Lion’s Roar.
- In “The Moment,” the magazine’s front section, you’ll find recurring shorter departments like “From Where I Sit” (usually a commentary on a cultural phenomenon as seen through the Buddhist lens), “Bodhisattvas” (profiles of individuals realizing their wish to serve others), “Heart and Mind” (practical Buddhist wisdom to be applied in everyday situations), and “How to Practice.”
We publish bimonthly, in January, March, etc. Articles and art may be submitted at any time. Please note that we do not accept unsolicited poetry for consideration.
Send written submissions to [email protected] Submissions can be sent as an attachment or in the body of an email. Often, we are able to respond almost immediately, but sometimes it can take a month or two. If you do not hear from us after two months, feel free to touch base with us then.
Like Lion’s Roar the magazine, our website publishes longer teachings and features, shorter practices, news, commentary and more. Some of what’s found on the site is from Lion’s Roar magazine, some of it is from Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, and a good deal of it is exclusively digital, whether written or video. Please note that we do not accept unsolicited poetry for consideration.
Please send queries to [email protected]
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly publishes in-depth teachings and articles from all the Buddhist traditions. For those who wish to send in a submission, we recommend that you first read several issues of the magazine in order to become familiar with the range of material that we publish.
We consider both article submissions and story ideas. It’s helpful to include published clips with your story ideas so that we can review the quality of the writing.
Desired word length of features: 1500-4000 words.
Send submissions, along with a short bio, to [email protected] Please note that we do not accept unsolicited poetry for consideration.
When submitting a piece, please allow 4-6 weeks for a response.
Send art submissions to Seth Levinson at [email protected] If your artwork can be viewed online, send him a url. Otherwise, email him a small sample of low-resolution images. He will follow up with you directly if he sees a good fit with either of our publications. If you’d like to submit an article with specific images, please follow guidelines for written submissions (details above).