We’re looking for highly engaging writers who can provide expert advice or share personal insights and experiences on topics that HSPs care deeply about.
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. (Please note that we don’t respond to article pitches or publish sponsored posts.)
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 professionals
Are you a life coach, therapist, counselor, psychologist, or other mental health professional? Write an article describing a common problem your highly sensitive clients face. Why do HSPs struggle so much with this problem? What advice would you give them to cope?
2. Time for a change
What’s one thing you wish organizations or institutions would stop doing that harms or overwhelms introverts? Why? And why is this thing particularly difficult for introverts? What could the organization or institution do instead that would be more introvert-friendly? Here’s a great example of this type of article.
3. Write a list
Write a list using one of the headlines below. 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
17 True Confessions of a Highly Sensitive Person
12 Problems Only Highly Sensitive People Will Understand
4. A highly sensitive person’s nightmare
Describe a time that was an absolute nightmare for you as an HSP. Perhaps it was a wild party, a weekend stuck with relatives with no escape, or an uncomfortable situation at work. Why was that situation so difficult for you? How did you cope? What do you wish the people involved knew about you as an HSP that you couldn’t explain at the time?
5. An aspect of your sensitivity
Explore an aspect of your sensitivity, for example, overthinking, becoming easily overwhelmed, feeling things deeply, etc. How has this aspect been troublesome for you? Are there times it has been a strength? What do you wish people understood about this part of your nature?
6. Love, dating, and relationships
Is being in a relationship (or looking for a relationship) different for HSPs than it is for others? Tell us about a time you faced a relationship challenge related to being sensitive. What happened, and how are you learning to deal with the hurdles that come up?
7. A misunderstanding
Describe a time when a stranger, colleague, or friend misjudged you because you’re an HSP. How did you respond? Are there things you wish you would have said that you didn’t say?
Of course, one of the best ways to choose a topic is to read through some of our highly sensitive person articles and see what grabs you.
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!