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What we’re looking for:

  • Reported pieces on mind science, mental health and illness, why our brains act the way they do, why our brains talk about themselves in the third person, etc. We love pieces that explore the human condition through science, spanning any experience or stage of life from birth to death.
  • Pieces that normalize and demystify meditation. (E.g., How to successfully go from a non-meditator to a meditator, how to incorporate meditation into a busy day, how schools are using meditation, what meditation did for my relationship, etc.)
  • Stories we have not already published. Please spend some time with our content and ensure that your idea is new and unique. For example, “Does meditation help with stress?” is not an original pitch. (For the record, yes it does.)
  • Credible research, conversations with experts, and well-researched history are all things we enjoy.
  • Stories that are unexpected, but also give readers that “me too!” moment.
  • Stories that aren’t necessarily about meditation. (Many of our pieces are about something else entirely.) We like our readers to leave feeling they have learned something, are better able to face the day, or maybe just feel a little less alone.

What we’re not looking for:

  • Anything too preachy or mystical. We’re more inclined to include pieces on neurology than chakras.
  • Articles on different types of meditation practices, mantras, yoga, the history of meditation, etc. Our co-founder, Andy Puddicombe has us covered for these topics.
  • Articles on the detailed science behind meditation. We welcome reported pieces on new studies, but we leave the nitty gritty to our staff scientists.
  • Work that has been published elsewhere.

How’s our tone?

  • We are kind, but not earnest.
  • We are curious and never insistent.
  • We like to see the rawness of emotions, not the watered-down, holiday card version.

Get into our pitch pile:

Send a 25-50 word abstract to the editorial team at submissions@headspace.com. Please also include links to your writing samples and details of any studies, experts, or history you intend to include. We will only accept content that has not been published before, and our pieces usually come in at around 700 words, though we’re flexible.

Please know we receive many interesting pitches, so it may take us a while to reply.

We look forward to reviewing your work.

Who you’re pitching:

     Kelton Wright

     Director of Editorial

     Alex Pompliano

     Editor

     Jennifer Azlant

     Editorial Assistant

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