We’re looking for experts, thought leaders, and highly sensitive people who have something big to say.
Write for Highly Sensitive Refuge
We’re always looking for great posts! Please note that you’ll need to send a full article for consideration, not just a title or list of topics.
No sponsored or paid posts, please.
Want to learn more? Please read the guide below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes a strong article?
The most popular articles on Highly Sensitive Refuge have a few things in common:
- They solve a problem or help the reader. We do run personal stories, but they’re most powerful when they speak to an experience other HSPs have too — and lead to a bigger message.
- 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 relate to.
- Advice/tips are new, thought-provoking, and deep. Your advice isn’t simplified or cliché; it’s an empowering look at high sensitivity that leaves readers with new insights.
- They article have a clear message or lesson and leave readers with an “aha!” moment.
- If it fits, they’re 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?
Absolutely! We also accept submissions previously published on your personal blog. However, if we run your article, we ask that you don’t republish it on another major website.
Do you pay for submissions?
We do! If we publish your post, we pay you US $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?
Posts must be at least 1,000 words; please don’t go over 1,600.
Can I include links within the piece?
Yes! Please only include 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 (the more reputable the source, the better). 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.
- 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 spelling (for example, “honor” instead of “honour”).
Are there any topics you avoid?
No, but we generally reject pieces that offer oversimplified/generic advice.
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?
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: We need the email address associated with your Gravatar account, otherwise we won’t be able to access your photo.
I just sent a post. Now what?
We’ll be in touch within the next 2-4 weeks if it feels like a good fit for the blog at this time. If you don’t hear from us, feel free to try again with a different article. We deeply value your stories and insights, and we’re thrilled that you’d like to share them on Highly Sensitive Refuge!
What should I do after my article is published?
We’d love for you to share it on social media. Sharing your article helps Highly Sensitive Refuge grow. Also, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts.
Topics We’d Love to See
Here are some topics we’d love to see someone write. Feel free to tweak or adjust. (We accept posts not on these topics too!)
- This Is Why I Can’t ‘Turn Off’ Sensing Other People’s Emotions
- Yes, I Can Feel Your Feelings — and They’re Quite ‘Loud’
- How to Deal with Negative Emotions as a Highly Sensitive Person
- 9 Things I Wish People Knew About Me as an HSP
- 7 Honest Confessions of a Highly Sensitive Person
- Why It’s Both a Blessing and a Curse to Feel Everything So Deeply
- 6 Therapist Tips for HSPs to Express Their Needs
- 10 Ways to Care for a Highly Sensitive Person
- Dear Friends, I Love You, But I Just Can’t Go Out Tonight
Here are some more ideas to get you started:
1. What’s one thing that people misunderstand about you as an HSP?
Many HSPs feel out of place in a world that’s too loud and harsh, and they’re frequently misunderstood. Write a compassionate vindication that explains and defends an aspect of the HSP’s behavior. What is the misunderstanding, and how has it negatively affected your life? What do you wish others understood about you? How have you learned to embrace this characteristic — and can it actually be a strength?
2. Calling all mental health experts
Are you a life coach, therapist, counselor, psychologist, or other mental health professional? Write compassionately about a common problem your highly sensitive clients face. What is it like to experience this problem? Why do HSPs in particular struggle with it? Have you yourself struggled with it at some point? Give expert advice to solve or overcome this issue. See examples here and here.
3. Time for a change
Are schools, workplaces, communities, or a social expectation harming HSPs? (For example, the busy “go-go-go” mentality of modern life, loud music blasted in stores, or the constant expectation to fill up your weekend with social plans.) Write about it. How does it hurt HSPs? Why? And what could be done instead that’s more HSP-friendly?
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 email@example.com.
We look forward to your contribution!