December Writing Challenges
As a community of introverts and highly sensitive people, we feature your writing. This month, we’re challenging you to submit stories that fit one of these themes:
1. The holiday season can be a challenging time for introverts and highly sensitive people because there is a big expectation to socialize. Write an article that explains to friends, family, or coworkers what is difficult for you about the holidays as an introvert or HSP and what you wish they understood.
2. Describe a moment a stranger, friend, or coworker judged you over something related to your introversion or high sensitivity. How did you respond or how do you wish you had responded?
3. Describe a challenging moment you experienced related to your introversion or highly sensitive nature that could be resolved by a policy change or cultural shift in our schools or workplaces. What specific changes would you like to see made?
4. We’re always looking for articles about the introverted personality types, especially about ISFJs, ISTJs, ISFPs, ISTPs, and INTPs. Check out two great examples of personality type articles here and here.
Submit your article anytime in the month of December; see below for details.
How to Submit Your Writing
First, carefully read all the information on this page. Then, to submit your writing, use the HeyPublisher form below. If you’re new to HeyPublisher, you will need to create an account. To do this, enter your email address and create a password in the form below. You should immediately receive a confirmation email; when you do, return to this page and sign in to HeyPublisher. You will then be prompted to enter your author bio and upload your article.
Please be aware that we have a small editorial team and we get many submissions, so unfortunately, we can’t publish everyone. Know that every submission is carefully read and appreciated. We will respond to you only if we decide to publish your article.
- Articles should be between 900 to 1,300 words in length.
- If applicable to your topic, include research or expert advice. Or, include a personal story.
- Where possible, include numbered lists, bullets, and subheadings.
- Remember that for online writing, clarity and easy reading are key.
- Use casual, everyday words rather than academic or formal language. Avoid overly promotional or “salesy” language.
We accept articles that have been published previously on personal blogs. By submitting an article to us, you are affirming that the writing is your own.
What Makes a Strong Article?
The most popular articles on Introvert, Dear have these things in common:
- They are deeply honest and personal. They don’t dance around the details or include vague references to the author’s experiences. They include strong examples and paint a vivid picture that other introverts and highly sensitive people can relate to.
- They dig beneath the surface. The advice isn’t oversimplified or clichéd. It’s insightful, empowering readers to understand their introverted or highly sensitive nature on a deeper level.
- The article builds to a clear message/lesson for readers, something that might evoke an “A ha” moment for them.
- When applicable, they’re practical and actionable. Not all articles need a list of things to do—in fact, some are more powerful without one. But when the topic warrants clear action steps, the article delivers.
When submitting your article, you will need to provide a short author bio. Author bios should be between 3-6 sentences; they can be fun, casual, and personal, and/or describe your qualifications as an expert in your field.
You’ll also need a Gravatar profile. If you don’t have a Gravatar profile prior to submitting your article, please set one up. The image in your Gravatar profile will become the image in your author bio. To connect our site to your Gravatar, we need the email address that you used to set up your Gravatar; please use this email address when you set up your HeyPublisher account.
You may include links to your blog, website, ebook, and/or social media profiles in your author bio (this is optional). If you’d like to include links, please copy/paste them at the end of your author bio.
The Editorial Process
- Submit your full article using the HeyPublisher form above. Because we get many submissions, please be aware that it can take up to several weeks for the editor to review your article.
- If your article is selected, the editor will edit your article for length, clarity, and tone.
- The editor will email you a “preview” version of your article before it is published. You’ll be told the date that your article will be published.
- If you’d like to make any changes to your article, please let the editor know ASAP. Otherwise, it will be published “as is.”
- Celebrate getting published! Share the link to your article on social media. When you share your article, you help Introvert, Dear grow.
A Few Style Notes
- We allow the use of “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun.
- We spell “extrovert” and “extroversion” with an “o” not an “a.” Although both spellings are correct, “extravert” is generally used in the literature of psychology, while “extrovert” is the most prominent spelling in the United States today and the principal spelling in standard dictionaries.
- Because this publication is based in the U.S., we use American spellings of words (for example, “color” instead of “colour” and “realize” instead of “realise.”)