Address: The Door Editorial Offices
P.O. Box 1444
Waco, TX 76703-1444
Contact: Robert Darden, Senior Editor
"OK, this is serious. That's because The Door, at its most basic, is
serious. Beneath the brilliant humor, the wicked satire, the jaw-dropping interviews, the witty bon mots, we've got an actual purpose for putting
out the magazine. We're the guys and gals who shout, "The emperor's got no clothes!" We're the people who are all about busting idols. We're
folks who are interested in holding a mirror before the Church.
Why? Because we love the Church of Jesus Christ. We expose venal
televangelists not because we're opposed to Christians, but because we're opposed to people who make a mockery of the Cross. We do it
because we're called to do it. That means we generally don't run straight-ahead slapstick humor. We like our humor to reflect one of
those points. And that's why we don't do attack-styled ambush interviews OR softball touchy-feely interviews -- because we're trying to
make a point.
The absolute best place to see what we're trying to do is in past issues
of The Door. (Sample issues are $5.95 from 5634 Columbia Avenue, Dallas, Tex, 75214.) We have a very definite style, a distinctive
approach, a certain elan that belies the fact that our editor lives in Waco, Texas.
We love hearing from freelance writers. We're still 90% freelance written
and proud of it -- modest in a modest, life-affirming sort of way, of course. Alas, we rarely commission articles or interviews. But if you'd
like to tackle former President Jimmy Carter or Steve Austin, by all
means go for it. Just let us know ahead of time so you won't waste your
time interviewing someone we've already interviewed (Steve Allen or Garrison Keillor) or someone we've already interviewed who is dead
(Sam Kinison or Anton LaVey).
As for the legendary Door humor articles, they too are written on spec.
Here's some dos and don'ts for the prospective Door writer:
? Don't send us first-person, mildly humorous essays or re-hashed
? Don't send us poetry, unless it is in the form of a howlingly funny song
or hymn parody.
? Don't send us funny true-life stories, jokes, funny filler, articles with
a-moral-to-the-story type ending. Aesop we ain't.
? Don't send us satire without humor.
? Don't send us humor without satire.
? Don't send us humor that's not somehow redemptive (and we can be
very subtle on the redemptive stuff if we need to be).
? Don't send us articles that are only mildly amusing in a Steve Canyon
suck-on-your-pipe-and-gently-smile sort of way. Be bold. Be funny.
? Do …
Well, I can't think of any dos.
If you've got an article or interview (or even a cartoon -- and we pay $50
for each published 'toon) that meets the above criteria, then by all means send it to:
The Door Editorial Offices
P.O. Box 1444
Waco, TX 76703-1444.
If you're sending it on diskette, save in TEXT or Microsoft Word for PCs.
If you want to e-mail an article, send it in TEXT format to email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you, oh Keeper of the Faith!
Robert Darden, Senior Editor"
Last updated on 4 July 1999
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