We’re looking for experts, thought leaders, and introverts who have something big to say.
Want to learn more? Please read the guide below. Please note that you’ll need to send a full article for consideration, not just a title or list of topics.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why write for Introvert, Dear?
Introvert, Dear is not only an award-winning blog; it’s also the largest website and community of its kind in the entire world! It gets about two million views a month and has over a half million followers on social media. For three years in a row, Feedspot has named us the number one publication for introverts on the web.
Writing for Introvert, Dear is a great way to advance your career as a writer, tell others about your book or business, send SEO juice to your blog — and most importantly, share your insights and empower other introverts.
Calling all highly sensitive people!
In addition to articles about introversion, we’re also looking for articles about highly sensitive people (HSPs) on our new website, Highly Sensitive Refuge. See details here.
What makes a strong article?
The best articles on Introvert, Dear have these things in common:
- They’re deeply honest and personal. They don’t dance around the details or include vague references to the author’s experiences. They have strong examples and paint a vivid picture that other introverts can relate to.
- They dig beneath the surface. The advice isn’t oversimplified or clichéd; it’s insightful, empowering readers to understand their introverted nature on a deeper level.
- The article builds to a clear message/lesson for readers, something that might evoke an “aha!” 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.
- They have a strong, clear connection to introversion or personality type.
- They avoid stereotypes and blanket statements about introverts.
Can I republish my submission on my blog?
Absolutely! We also accept submissions previously published on your blog. However, if we run your article on Introvert Dear, we ask that you not submit it to another major website.
Do you pay for submissions?
We do! If we publish your piece, we’ll 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 article be?
Posts must be at least 1,000 words; please don’t go over 1,600.
Can I include links within the piece?
Sure! But please only include links that will be helpful to the reader. They can be appropriate posts on your blog or on any other site (the more reputable the source, the better). And when you link to other posts on Introvert, Dear, that makes us happy. No affiliate or paid links.
Any style guidelines I should keep in mind?
- 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 language.
- When applicable, include expert advice. Link to a study or expert source to help prove your point.
- 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 is the principal spelling in standard dictionaries.
- Because we’re based in the U.S., we use American spellings (for example, “color” instead of “colour”).
- Make sure you understand our definition of an introvert: someone who prefers a low-key, low-stimulus environment.
Are there certain topics you avoid?
Yes. Generally, we reject pieces that are generic or give oversimplified advice.
Should I write a headline?
Please do! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style, or just to make it more attention-grabbing, but when you suggest one, that makes our job easier.
Will you edit my post?
We’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your unique voice. You’ll be able to see our edits in your Google doc.
What about my author bio?
Author bios can be casual and fun, or they can showcase your expertise. Feel free to mention:
- Any schools you earned a degree from,
- Professional associations or other organizations you belong to,
- Other publications or websites you have written for, and
- Your own site (if any)
…and definitely include links!
Total length should be about 3-5 sentences. To get a better sense, you can also check out some of the author bios on this site.
What about my headshot?
Our system uses your email address to grab your headshot from Gravatar, so make sure to upload one 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 deeply value your stories and insights, and we’re thrilled that you’ve shared them with us! We’ll be in touch within the next 3-8 weeks. We’ll email you either way to let you know if your article has been accepted, or if we didn’t feel like it was the right fit for the blog.
What should I do after my article is published?
We’d love for you to share it on social media. Sharing your article helps Introvert, Dear grow. Also, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts.
Here are a few ideas to consider; feel free to tweak or adjust. We accept posts not on these topics too.
6 Things Your Introvert Friend Does That Might Seem Rude, But Aren’t
6 Therapist Tips to Stop Bottling Up Your Emotions
12 Things I Wish People Knew About Me as an Outgoing Introvert
9 Brutally Honest Confessions of an INFJ
9 Things That Are Extremely Annoying to INTJs
If You’re an ISFJ, You’ll Relate to These 12 Problems
15 Confessions of a Socially Anxious Introvert
Be Afraid of the Quiet Ones (They’re the Ones Who Actually Think)
12 Problems Only Shy Introverts Will Understand
Just Because I’m Quiet Doesn’t Mean I’m Not a Force to Be Reckoned With
Here are some more ideas to get you started:
1. What’s one thing that people misunderstand about you?
Many introverts feel out of place in a world made for extroverts, and they’re frequently misunderstood. Write a compassionate vindication that explains and defends an aspect of introverted behavior. What is the misunderstanding, and how has it negatively affected your life? What do you wish others understood about this part of your personality? How have you learned to embrace this characteristic — and can it actually be a strength? See examples here, here, and here.
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 introverted clients face. What is it like to experience this problem? Why do introverts 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 introverts? (For example, the busy “go-go-go” mentality of modern life, expecting all students to participate boisterously in class, open offices, or the constant expectation to fill up your weekend with social plans.) Write about it. How does it hurt introverts? Why? And what could be done instead that’s more introvert-friendly? See examples here and here.
Before you submit your post, please run through this checklist. Have you…
- Added your name, email address, and 3-5 sentence author bio to the top of your Google doc? You can also include links to your website or social media profiles (optional).
- 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 protected].
We look forward to your contribution!