Write For Us!

Recovering The Self : A Journal of Hope and Healing is actively seeking submissions of previously unpublished material in the form of informative articles, poetry, artwork, short stories, memoir, film and book reviews, opinion, and commentary. Article lengths are suggested to be from 750 to 2,500 words although we do make exceptions when the situation demands it.


We are tracking the following subject areas with respect to adults, children and elders in America and abroad:

  • Personal growth,
  • Relationships and family
  • Trauma recovery
  • Living with disabilities
  • Proactive measures to improve health (lifestyle, diet, mind/body)
  • Substance abuse recovery, co-dependence, and addiction
  • Military veterans’ issues
  • The struggle for cultural or gender identity, and
  • Bereavement

Submission Details

Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word 2003 format (or something equivalent) with as little formatting as possible.  It is not necessary to write a query letter in advance. We do accept work that has appeared before on the web, but generally are not interested in reprinting work that is already published in print. You will receive an email acknowledgment within a few days that your item was received. Please direct all inquiries to editor@recoveringself.com

Rights Requested

RTS requests only First English Anthology Rights.  That is, we want to be the first anthology to publish a submitted piece of work.  We also reserve the right to reprint in a special “Best of Recovering The Self” anthology at an undetermined date. You retain all other rights to your work including the right to self-publish, submit to other journals, and so on.  We ask that you abstain from having the article published in another anthology (journal or magazine) within three months of appearing in RTS, but this is not strictly required.

Editorial Deadlines

Next issue:  July 31st, 2016 — Theme:  Grief/Bereavement
In general, the submission deadline is 60 days prior to publication.


RTS is available for sale at fine eTailers worldwide including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BooksAMillion, and others in the USA.  Also at Agapea (Spain), The Hachette Livre (France), Bertram Books (UK), and Angus & Robertson (Australia).  Additionally universities and cities around the world with an Espresso Book Machine (EBM) can request instant-printed copies. Our prime distributor is Ingram Book Group.

We are seeking placement in libraries and appreciate any inquiries. Librarians and representatives from other non-profit institutions are encouraged to write us for a free sample copy at no obligation or cost.

A Token of Our Appreciation

As a small token of our appreciation, we will send one post-paid copy of the journal edition in which your work appears and one PDF copy of your article.  Additional copies may be purchased for as low as US$5.95 plus cost of shipping at our special contributors purchase page.

17 thoughts on “Write For Us!


    • Hi Danny!

      We do feature one or two fiction stories per month. If it fits the theme, it’s more likely to be chosen. Same applies to poetry as well.


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  3. I would like to submit an article but I feel cautious about details which may identify me and therefore others by association. How have your authors dealt with sensitive issues of honoring their own personal experience vs. the interpersonal need to stay discreet?

    • Hi Marge!

      You’re welcome to write under a pen name (pseudonymn) in fact we require it if you make specific allegations against living people that you list by name. The law says that even if what you write is true, you can still be sued for invasion of privacy if you reveal details of a private person who has a reasonable expectation (i.e. not a government official) of privacy. The pseudonymn solves that problem as long as you don’t use the real names of people involved.

  4. Hello,

    I would like to submit some articles that I have published first on my blog. They are related to personal development. However, I do not understand something: will the articles be published on your blog/website or on your printed publication?

    Thank you

    • Hi Paul,

      Basically when you submit your material to editor-at-recoveringself-dot-com please tell us whether you intend for the piece to be used in the blog or the print magazine. We never publish the same material in both, just one or the other. Generally, the length is the main criteria. 500 words or less is blog material, 750 to 2500 words is print material

      I would like to submit some articles that I have published first on my blog. They are related to personal development. However, I do not understand something: will the articles be published on your blog/website or on your printed publication?

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  8. Hi there,

    I am Princess. I am a nurse and health blogger based in the Philippines. I was just wondering if you are accepting guest post contributors at http://www.recoveringself.com. I want to contribute a topic about “Sleep Tips for Dads on the Go!” because Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

    By the way, I read your article “What to expect during an Addiction Treatment Program” I must commend you for doing such a good write up. It will be a big benefit to your readers and followers. Thanks for such a good information. Good job. Keep up the good work.

    I look forward to working with you.

    Princess Galsim 🙂

    • Hi Eleanor,

      We’re temporarily postponing publication in 2013. Our January issue has been moved to June 2013. We hope to resume publication at two issues per year instead of four.

  9. Hi there 🙂

    I am Sarah Grace Del Rosario. I blog at The Thrifty Senyorita. I saw that you are welcoming guest bloggers. I want to contribute my own article too.

    Will you be interested in a topic about “Essential elements on how to deal with a person suffered from traumatic event”?
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sarah Del Rosario

    • Hi Sarah,

      My apologies for the late reply, we would be very interested in your article Essential elements on how to deal with a person suffered from traumatic event”
      assuming it has not already been published in another blog.
      Please write to editor@recoveringself.com

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