Open Mic Week – Vol. 2


I need your help.

My wife and I are expecting the arrival of our first child any day now and while I’ve never been a parent before I feel like I should probably make taking care of my new baby girl and her mother a higher priority than my blog, you know at least for a few days.

Kids can take care of themselves after a couple of weeks, right?

Anyway, a while back I opened up the blog to guest posters for an Open Mic Week and I thought this would be the perfect time to do it again.

I’ve got a few friends filling in for me for a few days, but after that I’m opening things up to anybody that would like to write a guest post.

So, November 25th-29th (not counting the 28th which is Thanksgiving) will be the second installment of Open Mic Week here at the American Jesus.

If you’re interested, send me over your best stuff and if it’s one of the top 4 submissions, I’ll post it.

Check out the details/guidelines below and if you’ve got any questions, please ask them in the comment section so everyone can see them ’cause chances are somebody else will have the same question you do and it would be swell to not have to answer the same question a thousand times. I’m just lazy like that.



1. Please send a complete post, not a pitch for a post. [UPDATE: Please submit only 1 post] If you’re not sure if it’s something I would be interested in, look over the old posts in the archive to get a sense of the sorts of things I write about.

2. Submissions should be sent via email as an attachment to

3. Please include with your submission any relevant blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. information you would like me to link to should your post be selected.

4. Submissions should be no longer than 1,000 words.

5. Formatting, punctuation, grammar, and good writing matter. So, make sure you proofread your post before you submit it.

6. Submissions should connect in some way to the Christian faith, but beyond that it’s up to you what to write.

7. Hate speech will not be posted. (You would think that goes without saying, but there are some crazy folks out there who need me to spell it out for them.)

8. All submissions must be emailed to me no later than Monday, November 11th.

9. I will select the 4 submissions I like the most and announce who the guest posters will be along with when their posts will go up on Thursday, November 14th.

10. If your post isn’t selected and you send me crazy hate mail about it, I reserve the right to share your craziness with the rest of the internet.


  • Jasdye

    No hate speech? Even against olives??

    • ZackHunt

      My apologies for the confusion.

      Hate speech against olives is perfectly acceptable.

      However, hate speech against olive oil will not be tolerated.

      • Jasdye

        Olive oil is the only acceptable use of olives!

  • Eric Fry

    OK, all this olive hate is making me want to skip sending a blog post, and just go straight to the ranting…

  • John

    Is there any flexibility with the word limit? like 100 word flexibility or is that a no go?

    • ZackHunt

      Good question. I would really prefer that post be kept under 1000 words, but if you go over by a couple I’m not gonna toss your submission. :)

  • Rob Grayson

    A question: should contributors submit only one post, or are multiple posts acceptable?

    • ZackHunt

      I’ve had a few people send me multiple posts, so this is a great question (and I’ll have to tweak the guidelines to reflect it). Please only submit 1 post. I would love to read all of them, but with school and the baby on the way I just don’t have enough time.

      • Rob Grayson

        OK, understood, thanks.

  • Raiden

    Dear Zack

    Have you checked out the Graphic Novel “Boxers and Saints”? If you haven’t i highly recommend you do. Its a story about Christian Persecution during the Boxer Rebellion.