Our editorial guidelines.
We value stories that makes us think. Don’t be shy! Please review the following guidelines before submitting your piece.
- Please read our mission statement and objectives.
- We value humor over virtually every other possible human trait, especially if it’s peppered with compassion.
- Keep it short. We have A.D.D. and we’re pretty sure everyone else does too. If you’re into word counts, consider this: 500-1,000 words is plenty.
- If you would like to link to other websites — including your own — let us know.
- If you have an image that you own the rights to and you would like us to include it in your story, please attach.
- Send us a short bio and a picture of yourself.
- We respectfully decline anonymous submissions (and that includes pieces written with a pseudonym).
How to submit.
- Microsoft Word is ideal, but you can also just submit your story in the body of an email.
- Please do not put two spaces between each sentence. Our editors thank you kindly for not making us laboriously take out each extra space.
- Submit to: submissions[at]recoveringyogi[dotcom]
Our right to edit.
Recovering Yogi is committed to obliterating the scourge of typos and mis-use of punctuation. However, we all make mistakes. We’re here to fix yours. We reserve the right to edit your work before we post it live, in order to match the tone of our publication. If you’d like to see our edits before we publish, we are happy to send your work back to you with redlines. However, please note that this could hold up the process of getting published.
Particularly, we will most likely edit out any instances of words we loathe & abhor.
At this time we are a creative project and do not have the means to pay our writers in anything other than adoration, acclaim and cool stickers. As one potential contributor coined nicely, please regard your efforts as a “joyful exercise in sanctioned and uninhibited angst.”
We don’t accept pieces that have already been published on the web or elsewhere. (We do sometimes make exceptions to this latter rule, if you send us an email to submissions[at]recoveringyogi[dotcom].)
Once your brilliance has been published on Recovering Yogi, we retain publication rights and require permission to reprint the story elsewhere. Usually, we’ll happily grant that permission with a simple credit line. Contact us to inquire about republication. Oh, and lastly, once it’s live, it ain’t comin’ down. Stand tall.
Your work doesn’t end when you put the pen down…
…so to speak. If we choose to publish your piece, get the word out about your article. HINT: Facebook, Twitter, and just good old fashioned talking to your friends helps so much.
Our comments policy
The comments on our stories can run the gamut from illuminating to, um, “lively.” We do have a comments policy, which you can read here. As a contributor, we ask you to keep an eye on the comments on your piece and respond appropriately and with gravitas.
Stories we like:
Our favorite submissions embody the spirit of Recovering Yogi because they are neither an indictment of who you are right now, nor a false celebration. They are creative, colorful, and honest without telling people how to live. They are not always about yoga.
Here are some examples of great submissions we’ve received and published:
Confessions of a recovering flowtard by Suzanne Morrison (Amiably provocative)
You might be a hooker (or a yoga teacher) if… by Bret Alexander and Bart Shuler (Ditto, plus we love saying “hooker”)
Dear Self, Fuck You by Kris Nelson (Well-placed swearing and self-deprecation)
Spiritual: because sensitive, self absorbed, pious and overly emotional is a bit of a mouthful by Jade Doherty (Jade nailed this piece on why the word “spiritual” has lost all meaning thanks to the latter-day industry of quickie spirituality.)
Count Me Out of the Positivity Cult by Kimberly Johnson (A thoughtful expose of the vapid Law of Attraction mania)
Free, Like Me by Vanessa Hatherley (This poem is a clever approach to the Recovering Yogi submission format.)
Stories we think are kinda boring:
(Even if we happen to agree with you.)
- Picking on skinny people, yoga clothing, or people who manage to make money