Submission guidelines

Launched in 2007, The Mindful Word has been publishing articles on a range of engaged living topics on a daily basis through the website and via the monthly newsletter (previously digital magazine and print magazine). Read our About us page to learn more about what we’re all about. We’re always open to submissions, so have a look at the guidelines and send something along!

What we publish – We only accept articles that have not been published before on the Internet. We do not publish guest posts by writers just wanting to promote themselves or their services. However, if you genuinely want to write about a topic that we cover feel free to submit your story. You’ll have the opportunity to add a bio at the end of your article.

What we’re looking for – Listed below are the content formats we’re interested in. To get a feel for the specific types of content we publish, we encourage you to read a few articles before submitting.

»  features  – creative nonfiction, investigative journalism
»  service articles – how-to, lists, round-ups
»  interviews – text and/or video
»  reviews – conscious media
»  essays – personal, not academic
»  news and reports – on the topics of mindfulness and psychology
»  fiction – related to any of the topics we cover, with positive theme(s)
»  poetry – any form or genre
»  editorial cartoons – related to spirituality, society, culture (attach 72 DPI JPGs)
»  photo essays – any form or genre (attach 72 DPI JPGs)

Licensing – Article submissions are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. (Read our article on thought freedom and our Creative Commons page for more info on why we publish this way).

Editing – We edit all submissions to ensure quality, to suit our audience and to adhere to our style guidelines so expect that your work will be edited.

Word count – We don’t have any set limit on article length. The longer an article is the less likely it will get read to the end, but the shorter it is the less depth it provides the reader. We typically find that 800 to 1,500 words is a good length for most articles.

Bio – If you’d like to include a bio, feel free to add it to the bottom of the submission. Please keep your bio to a maximum of 50 words. You may add your website and social media links in there.

Sending your submission – Send article submissions to Send reviews, poetry and fiction to Please attach either a DOC, TXT or RTF file as well as pasting the submission in the body of the email. We will respond within two weeks.

Regular contributions – If you’d like to contribute to The Mindful Word on a regular basis, please visit our contributing members page.