We’re looking for experts, thought leaders, and introverts who have something big to say.
Want to learn more? 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.
Here are some ideas to get you started. We accept articles not on these topics, too.
1. What’s one thing that’s working for you as an introvert?
Describe something that’s working for you as an introvert: a daily practice, lifestyle/career choice, personal boundary, etc. Why is it working for you? What problem did it solve? Were you met with opposition from others when you made this choice — and how did you deal with it? Here’s an example of this prompt: Why Living Apart Together Works for Me as an Introvert.
2. Explain why introverts do what they do.
Why are introverts quiet when meeting new people? Why do they retreat to their bedrooms alone after a busy day? Why do they hate it when dinner with one friend unexpectedly turns into a big group outing? Write an article explaining why introverts do the (sometimes confusing) things they do. Your goal should be to help the friends, family, significant others, coworkers, or general public understand introverts better. Here’s an example: For Introverts, Why Are Our Bedrooms Our Havens?
3. Respond to something happening in the news.
Did something in the news cycle strike a nerve — or inspire you? For example, it might be an article you read, an interview with a celebrity, a new song, book, or movie, or even a comment from a politician. How does it relate to being an introvert? How does it affect you as an introvert, and introverts in general? Let us know in the email subject line that your piece is timely!
4. Give advice to solve a common introvert problem.
Write about a problem that many introverts face. What is it like to experience this problem? Have you personally struggled with it? Why is this problem unique to introverts (or at least more frequently experienced by them)? How can introverts solve or overcome this problem? We especially love when these posts are written by therapists, psychologists, researchers, or other experts. But, if you’re not an “expert,” that’s okay, too — speak from your experiences about what worked for you. Here’s an example of this prompt.
5. State your opinion, then back it up.
Make an opinion statement about introverts, for example, Introverts Don’t Hate People, They Hate Shallow Socializing. Then, back up your opinion with examples from your own life, examples from a famous person’s life, a study, a book, or an expert like an author, psychologist, or researcher. Here’s another example: Quiet Students Are Just as Capable as Loud Ones.
6. What’s something people misunderstand about you as an introvert?
Many introverts feel out of place in a world made for extroverts. Write a compassionate vindication explaining and defending an aspect of introverted behavior (for example, the introvert’s tendency to overthink or skip parties).
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.
7. Suggest a change society needs to make.
Are schools, workplaces, communities, or social expectations doing something that harms introverts? (For example, expecting all students to participate boisterously in class, or the constant expectation for adults to fill their weekend with social plans.) Write about it. Why is this bad for introverts? What could be done instead that’s more introvert-friendly? See examples here and here.
8. Here’s a fun one.
Imagine what each introverted Myers-Briggs personality type would do in a given scenario. For example, what would each introverted type do in the zombie apocalypse? What annoys each type? What would they do on a first date? Your piece could be serious and helpful, like this one, or more lighthearted, like this one.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why write for Introvert, Dear?
Introvert, Dear is an award-winning publication and the largest community of its kind in the entire world! Our site gets 1-2 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, 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 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 relate to.
- They dig beneath the surface. The advice isn’t clichéd or what we’ve all heard a thousand times already. It’s insightful and truly useful, empowering readers to understand their introverted nature on a deeper level.
- The article builds to a clear message/lesson/call to action 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.
- They avoid stereotypes and blanket statements about introverts.
Can I republish my submission on my blog?
Absolutely! However, if we run your article on Introvert Dear, we ask that you not submit it to another major website, like HuffPost, Forbes, The Mighty, etc.
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 1,500.
Can I include links within the piece?
Sure! But please only include links that will be helpful to the reader. They can be links to appropriate posts on your own blog or on any other website (the more reputable the source, the better). When you link to other posts on Introvert, Dear, that makes us happy. No affiliate or paid links.
Can I include a call to action?
Yes, you can include a call to action/link at the very end of your post directing readers to check out your book or course, download your free guide, subscribe to your newsletter, or follow you on social media. 1-2 sentences only.
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 spelling (“color” not “colour”).
- Make sure you understand our definition of an introvert: someone who prefers a calm, low-stimulus environment.
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 it for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your unique voice. You’ll see our edits in your Google doc and get the opportunity to weigh in on them before we publish.
What about my author bio?
Author bios can be casual and fun, or they can showcase your expertise. Use first person (“I,” “me,” “mine,” etc.). Total length should be about 3-5 sentences. 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
- Your own site (if any)
…and definitely include links!
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 4-8 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 our community 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 also accept posts on other topics not mentioned here.
Just Because I’m Quiet Doesn’t Mean I’m Not a Force to Be Reckoned With
12 Things I Wish People Knew About Me as an Outgoing Introvert
9 Things That Are Extremely Annoying to Introverts
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
Before you submit your post, please run through this checklist. Have you…
- Added your name, email address, and 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!