Keys for Kids Ministries is launching Unlocked, a new daily devotional for teens, in Summer 2019! Below are the current writer’s guidelines for this new devotional. We’re encouraging both teens and adults to submit devotional pieces that fit a variety of forms and genres. If you’d like to be added to the list of writers interested in receiving updates on the teen devotional, please email

Writer’s Guidelines for Unlocked

Submit a gospel-centered devotional piece—whether it be essay, poetry, personal story, fiction, or other written art form. Connect God’s story with any topic you see in the world. How does Jesus fit into what you are wondering about, writing about, or experiencing? How does Jesus and what He did affect the topic you’re addressing?

Word Count Requirements:

  • Devotional essays: 200-315 words
  • Fiction: 200-350 words
  • Poetry: max. 115 words

Also include:

  • your name (as you’d like it to appear if your submission is accepted)
  • your mailing address
  • a title
  • a group of 1-10 verses for people to read before the devotion
  • 2-3 discussion questions for after the devotion (optional verse references for guidance may be included)
  • a key verse—what is the Bible verse you want people to walk away remembering?


$30 on acceptance


Authors must be at least 13 years old. If you are not a teenager, we welcome your submissions (and the wisdom your age brings), asking only that you consider your audience carefully. How does your devotional piece add gospel-centered value to our young adult readers as they navigate today’s world?

PLEASE NOTE: Content submitted must be original. We are not able to republish content that has appeared in its current form in another publication or that has been posted on the web (such as a personal blog post). Email for further information.


We don’t have a specific version that we require, but the most common ones we use are the NIV, CSB, NKJV, and NLT.


Use the online submissions form below to send a devotional submission to Unlocked. If you have questions or comments, please email

Submit A Devotional

Unlocked devotional submission form
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