Recovering The SelfA Journal of Hope and Healing

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Recovering The Self : A Journal of Hope and Healing is actively seeking submissions of previously unpublished material in the form of informative articles, poetry, artwork, short stories, memoir, film and book reviews, opinion, and commentary.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

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:  contact for details
In general, the submission deadline is 60 days prior to publication.

Suggested topics for the theme of “Work”

  • Your first job / your worst job
  • Your dream job
  • Work/Life balance
  • Retirement
  • Changing jobs
  • Dealing with unemployment / Looking for work
  • Disabilities and Work
  • Alternative workplaces:  job sharing
  • Freelancing
  • Mentoring / being mentored
  • Workplace harrassment


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 email one PDF copy of the issue to each contributor who is published in that issue. Previously we used to send each contributor a complimentary print copy but due to repeated complaints of copies getting lost in mail, we are switching to the complimentary PDF copies for sake of convenience, both ours and the authors’. Additional copies may be purchased by contributors for half price plus cost of shipping at our special contributors purchase page.

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DISCLAIMER: please read

Recovering The Self is a forum for people to tell their stories. Individual contributors accept complete responsibility for the veracity, accuracy, and non-infringement of their reporting.
Inclusion in Recovering The Self is neither an endorsement nor a confirmation of claims presented within. Sole responsibility lies with individual contributors, not the editor, staff, or management of Recovering The Self Journal.
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