March 21, 2020
1. Our Message
I’m on a quest to help other people find happiness. In fact, I’m dedicating the majority of my time and money to doing exactly that.
Because at the beginning of 2018, my fiancé was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Before then, I’d never have imagined myself being able to cope with such awful news — yet here I am. Coping.
And that’s because I learned how to cope — by reading philosophy books, memoirs about happiness and anything and everything I could find about personal development.
I guess I just tried to teach myself how to be happy; to find peace in the face of adversity. But I wanted to do more than that.
I wanted to create a space that would teach other people how to live as happily as possible, even in the most testing of circumstances.
So I launched Mind Cafe — a publication with one goal: to give people the tools they need to live better lives, regardless of what’s happening on the outside; a publication with the potential to grow and expand into something that could change the lives of many.
I guess it’s just my way of making a difference — sculpting something positive out of an otherwise pretty terrible situation.
2. What We’re Looking For
If you’d like to have your work published at Mind Cafe, there are a few things that you should know.
- Firstly, one single goal should underpin every article at Mind Cafe: it should teach our readers how to live a better, happier life.
- Next, your article should provide value to the average reader, not just a niche group of people. Before submitting, ask yourself: Would most of the people I know benefit from reading this article? If so, great. That’s another tick.
- Finally, your article should have a clear and actionable takeaway. This could take the shape of a step-by-step process or simple tips for the reader. Either way, they should be left with something that they can actually use.
3. Writing Guidelines
Below are some tips for maximising your chances of having your work accepted for publication.
We expect our writers to do the majority of their own editing. We’re happy to help with prose and framing ideas occasionally, but misspelt words and grammar errors are easy enough to fix on your own.
Because of this, we highly recommend that all of our writers run their work through Grammarly. When we receive a draft, we don’t want to see more than a couple of critical errors, and Grammarly will help you fix these easily (and for free).
At Mind Cafe, we pride ourselves on simplicity and honesty. Our tone is conversational and relaxed.
We believe in good writing, but good writing as something that’s accessible and easy to understand. We don’t want long, complicated sentences that people have to read several times to fully understand.
While these have their place in academic texts, we believe that readers looking to improve their lives want to access useful information quickly and easily — without having to decipher archaic words that only seven people on the planet can actually define.
As well as simplicity, we’d like you to keep your article engaging. Mix things up. Balance short, snappy sentences and longer, more informative ones to keep your reader interested. Make it flow. Keep it exciting.
- Use an eye-catching cover photo that you have the rights to. You can find such photos, license-free, on Unsplash, Pexels or Pixabay. Feel free to use your own photography, too. Just make sure to tell us where you got your photos from when you submit your article. To align with our colour scheme and brand, we may decide to change your photo.
- Don’t promote. If you’re looking to sell/market products, Mind Cafe is the wrong place to do so. Sometimes we might agree to partner with brands or creators and enable promotion. If we have an agreement, promotion is acceptable. If not, however, please refrain from advertising.
As said before, we welcome any information that relates to self-help and personal improvement. Below are some of our favourite topics:
- Mental health
You’re not restricted to these. So long as it’s something that the average reader can benefit from and it follows our guidelines, we’re happy.
Our best-performing articles are those that draw upon external support and evidence from research, philosophies or approved theories.
These references will make your article much more compelling, giving readers confidence in applying the information you’re providing.
Granted, not all topics will require equal amounts of supporting evidence. If you’re planning on writing about your personal experiences, do so, but aim to draw upon other sources to reinforce your points if you can. These may be studies, philosophies or even just quotes from relevant scholars.
In the article below, I outlined philosopher Epicurus’s theories of happiness. I didn’t include any of my personal experiences in that piece. I focused solely on external philosophies.
Yet in the following article, I spoke almost entirely about my own experiences. I offered an insight into some of the most troubling aspects of my life and how I’ve learned to cope with them along the way.
There’s no right or wrong, but we’ve certainly found that our best-performing articles are the ones that are supported by at least some theory/evidence. If you’re going to hold anything up as absolute truth, just be sure to support your arguments.
4. Having Your Work Published to Mind Cafe
When you submit work to us, you'd usually have the choice to either have your work published to Medium or here, on our external website. At present, however, we're only accepting submissions to this website since we already have a full team of writers over on Medium.
To submit your work for publication, please follow this link and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible if your piece has been accepted.
Since there are only two of us, we don’t always have the time to notify applicants of rejected pieces — but, if you don’t hear from either Reed or me within 5 days, you can assume that your article hasn’t been accepted for publication this time around.
We’ll look forward to reading your content,
The Team at Mind Cafe