catapult magazine

Genres Accepted: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, review

Categories: Themed Issues

Medium: Online (biweekly)

Established: 2002


Tagline: unite. learn. serve.

Payment: None.

About: catapult magazine is a biweekly online publication that focuses on the implications of following Christ in all aspects of culture. It is a project of *culture is not optional, a not-for-profit organization striving “to equip Christians to be faithful servants by uniting the community of believers and learning together how to actively redeem all of culture.” All staff and contributors work on a volunteer basis.

catapult magazine welcomes virtually any genre of writing or art that addresses “efforts to live into a Kingdom vision in every part of life” and fits with the issue’s theme. Themes of past issues include “Life Abundant,” “Things I Keep,” “I Do Love My Family,” “Storytelling,” and an annual “Ten Things” list issue.

road journal is a quarterly print journal that compiles selected articles and artwork from catapult magazine, as well as news about *culture is not optional. For more information, visit

Analysis: catapult is a great little online publication. While most any genre is accepted, issues tend to consist mainly of short to mid-length essays and reviews. Rob and Kirstin, who helm the whole organization, are also very kind and interesting people — if they (and you) are still at Calvin when you read this, you should stop by their office to chat about the publication, or anything else related to contemporary culture.

Calvin Connection: As of 2009, Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma, senior editor of catapult magazine, and her husband Rob, were employed in the Calvin College Student Activities Office.

Hekman Availability: Not available

Submission Instructions

Submit up to two items per issue.

Response typically within 3 days.

Each biweekly issue is themed; upcoming topics can be found at

Interested writers can subscribe to the writer’s e-mail list at

e-mail submissions as attachments to Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma, editor, at

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