The Midst submission guidelines
Help us reinvent this thing called midlife
Are you a talented, experienced writer with fresh ideas? We’d love to hear from you.
A few things to keep in mind before pitching us
Our target audience is primarily women in their 40s and into their 50s (learn about our readers here).
We offer shared rights to writers. Meaning, we’ll own the original version of the content and publish on our properties and you retain the right to syndicate your work on other websites (such as Medium and LinkedIn) so long as you include a note in the syndicated version that links to the original version on The Midst.
Payment for original content
We tend to pay $50–$200 per original piece of content (sorry, we can’t pay for a piece if it has appeared somewhere online.) For special, in-depth topics, we may be able to pay more. We’re seeking original, high-quality content about these topics:
• Women’s health and wellness
• Perimenopause and menopause
• Tangible, actionable career advice
• Modern parenting
• Personal finance
• Listicles and roundups on relevant topics that our audience is likely to search for on Google
Educational articles and thought pieces
We’re big into what we call “empathetic service journalism” for women’s health and wellness — stories in which writers share their personal experience or knowledge about a topic in addition to facts and expert sources to back it up.
What is perimenopause? An empowering guide to everything you need to know by Tequia Burt
Everything you need to know about pelvic health by Hannah Shadrick
The case for living apart from the one you love by Maria Leonard Olsen
Pitch Gretchen Kalwinski (email@example.com)
We're interested in interviews with inspiring, innovative, well-known women in their 40s or 50s who have overcome adversity or accomplished something awesome despite the odds against them.
Stacy London: The Maven of Midlife is revolutionizing menopause with style by Gretchen Kalwinski
Pitch Gretchen Kalwinski (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cc Amy Cuevas Schroeder (email@example.com)
Beauty & Wellness
We’re interested in beauty and wellness from a holistic perspective. This includes products, reviews, and tutorials — as well as personal experiences and cultural commentary. Categories within this pillar include: makeup, trends, fashion, style, skincare, hair, nails, body, fitness, emotional/mental wellness, and nutrition.
For health-related advice or suggestions (this includes skincare), we prefer that you cite facts with reputable sources (research journals, and government, medical, or educational sites).
We accept submissions in the forms of writing, photos, and videos for this category.
Beauty & Wellness examples:
Black women-owned beauty brands to buy now by Lauria Locsmondy
Pitch Lauria Locsmondy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We work with book authors to publish excerpts of their books with the goal of creating a win-win for the author and The Midst. If accepted, we’ll publish an excerpt as-is and also include:
An SEO-optimized editorial title and meta description (helps to get your content found in search engines)
An editorial header image
Prominent image of the book cover with links to e-commerce options
The author photo and biography, including links to their website and social media
Additional photos when available to help break up dense copy
Examples of book excerpts:
How curiosity can help you get unstuck by Terri Trespicio, author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life that Matters to You
Hormone Rehab: an excerpt of Perimenopause Power by Maisie Hill
Saying nothing doesn’t work: How to help a grieving friend by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, author of Sisterhood Heals: The Transformative Power of Healing in Community
Job anxiety? How to find career joy and crush the future of work by Somi Arian, author of Career Fear (and how to beat it): Get the Perspective, Mindset and Skills You Need to Futureproof your Work Life
Contact: Amy Cuevas Schroeder (email@example.com)