Submission guidelines

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The Mindful Word publishes articles on a range of engaged living topics, such as mindfulness, personal growth, voluntary simplicity, wholistic health and community building. Read some articles on our site and have a look at our About us page to learn more about the kind of material we publish.

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 We do not publish guest posts by writers just wanting to promote themselves or their services.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
»  videos – accompanied by a short text introductory paragraph
»  news and reports – on the topics of mindfulness, psychology, yoga and health
»  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 Creative Commons page and this essay for more info about this license and 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.

Byline – If you’d like to include biographical information with your byline, keep it to a maximum of 50 words. You may add your website and social media links in there.

Simultaneous submissions – We accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you inform us in your initial submission letter of this and to notify us if your submission has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

Sending your submission – Send article submissions to submissions@themindfulword.org. Send poetry and fiction to consciouscreativity@themindfulword.org and reviews (or material for review) to reviews@themindfulword.org. 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.