We’re looking for experts, thought leaders, and highly sensitive people who have something big to say.
Write for Highly Sensitive Refuge
(Please note that we don’t publish sponsored posts or respond to pitches.)
Before you submit an article, please run through this checklist. Have you…
- Put your name, email address, and a 3-5 sentence bio at the top of your post? (If you want, you can also include a link to your website or social media profiles.)
- Created a Gravatar profile? The email address you provide us should match the email address associated with your Gravatar account.
- Turned your post into an editable Google Doc?
- Included your PayPal email address?
If so, you’re ready to submit!
Please share your Google Doc with submissionsHSR@gmail.com.
Update: We’ve received a LOT of submissions, which makes us happy and excited! We’re working to read each and every one, but it may take us longer than usual to get to your piece — possibly a month or more.
Here are some article ideas we’re particularly interested in. However, we do consider articles on other topics — don’t be limited by these few!
1. Calling all mental health experts
Are you a life coach, therapist, counselor, psychologist, mental health professional, or other expert in your field? Write compassionately about a common problem that your highly sensitive clients face. Why do HSPs in particular struggle with this problem? What is it like to experience this problem, and how does it negatively affect sensitive people’s lives? Finally, give expert advice to solve or overcome this problem. Check out examples of this prompt here and here.
2. A pain point
What’s one thing you struggle with related to your high sensitivity? For example, it might be your tendency toward overstimulation or your reluctance to speak up for your needs. Tell a short, honest personal story that shows your struggle. How is this struggle directly related to your high sensitivity? How has it negatively affected your life? What advice can you give other HSPs dealing with the same issue?
3. A misunderstood aspect of your sensitivity
Because only 15-20 percent of the population are highly sensitive, our trait isn’t understood well by the majority. Write an article addressing a misconception about high sensitivity. What is the misunderstanding, and how has it negatively affected your life? What do you wish other people understood about this part of your nature? How have you learned to embrace this aspect of your sensitivity — and can it actually be a strength?
4. Time for a change
Are workplaces, schools, social norms, or other institutions doing or expecting something that harms highly sensitive people? Write about it. How does this action harm HSPs? Why? What could be done instead that would be more HSP-friendly?
5. True confessions of an HSP
Write a very personal list of things you wish others knew about you as a highly sensitive person. These are aspects of yourself that you tend to keep hidden or don’t usually get the chance to explain.
6. Write a list
Write a list using one of the headlines below (or something similar). Make sure to include a short introduction and conclusion.
12 Things Highly Sensitive People Absolutely Hate
13 Things You Should Know About Your Highly Sensitive Coworker/Child/Spouse/Friend
12 Problems Only Highly Sensitive People Will Understand
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes a strong article?
The most popular articles on Highly Sensitive Refuge have a few things in common:
- They’re deeply personal and honest. They don’t dodge around the details or make vague references to your experiences — they dive right in and bare it all. They paint a vivid picture that other HSPs can recognize and relate to.
- They go deep beneath the surface. The advice isn’t simplified or cliché; it’s an empowering look at highly sensitivity that leaves readers with new insights.
- The article has a clear message or lesson and leaves readers with an “Aha!” moment.
- If it fits, articles are practical and actionable. Not every article needs a list of things to do. In fact, some are more powerful without one. But where the topic warrants clear action steps, the article delivers.
- They have a strong, clear connection to high sensitivity.
- They avoid stereotypes and blanket statements about HSPs.
Can I republish my submission on my personal blog?
We also accept submissions that were previously published on your personal blog. However, if we run your article on HSR, we ask that you not republish it on another major website.
Do you pay for submissions?
We do! If we publish your post, we’ll pay you $40. We use PayPal to send payments, so please include your PayPal email address at the top of your Google doc.
How long should my submission be?
Aim for 900 to 1,100 words.
Can I include links within the piece?
Yes! Please include only links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader. It’s okay to link to appropriate posts on your blog or on any other news site or blog. Bonus points if you link to other articles on Highly Sensitive Refuge.
No affiliate links, please.
Are there any style guidelines I should keep in mind?
Yes. They are:
- We love posts that use numbered lists, bullets, and subheadings.
- Remember that for online writing, clarity and easy reading are key.
- Casual, everyday words are better than academic or formal language.
- Please avoid overly promotional language.
- Include expert knowledge wherever it fits. Link to a study or expert source to back up what you’re saying.
- We approve of the use of “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun.
- Since we’re based in the United States, we use American spellings (for example, “honor” instead of “honour”).
Are there any topics you avoid?
No, but we generally reject pieces that offer oversimplified/generic advice. Make sure you really provide value to the reader. Personal insights, expert advice, and links to studies/research will make the quality of your writing stand out.
Should I include a headline?
Yes, please! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style, or just to make it more attention-grabbing. But if you want to suggest one of your own, that makes our job easier.
Will you edit my post?
We’ll edit it for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice. You can see our edits in your Google Doc before we publish.
What should I put in my author bio?
It’s up to you. Author bios can be casual and fun, or they can showcase your expertise. To get a better sense of what to say, check out some of the author bios on this site. Length should be about 3-5 sentences.
What about my headshot?
Our system uses your email to grab your headshot from Gravatar, so make sure your photo is uploaded there. Important: Make sure the email address you give us is the same address associated with your Gravatar account. Otherwise we won’t be able to access your photo.
Will you respond to my submission?
We’ll email you if we plan to publish it. Unfortunately, we can’t publish every submission we receive. Because we have a very small editorial team, we don’t reply if we don’t plan to publish the article. Please know that that it can take up to two weeks to review your submission; if you have not gotten a reply within four weeks, you can assume that it has not been accepted.
What should I do after my article is published?
Share it with everyone! Sharing your article helps Highly Sensitive Refuge grow.
Also, when your article runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts.
We look forward to your contribution!