WRITE FOR US

Would you like to get published on A Lust for Life? We would love to hear from you if so. See below for our submission guidelines. We welcome a broad range of voices, opinions and truly useful information that can help others and help change our society for the better. Knowledge is power.

A Lust for Life has had millions of views since our launch in October 2015, with a worldwide reach. We have heard many wonderful stories of good things happening for those who have already written for us between getting offers to write for national newspapers, getting asked to go on national radio and TV as well as connecting in with a new community of people which has nourished their life in unexpected ways. See below for some testimonials written by our community of A Lust for Life contributors.

What we are looking for

  • Mental health professionals who can offer supportive and practical advice
  • Cultural and societal commentators interested in the bigger picture and the connection between our mental health and the world we live in
  • Someone who has a powerful personal story to tell to help others – further details on how to submit your personal story below
  • People keen to showcase inspiring ideas, individuals and projects happening in their communities contributing to wellbeing and mental health in their area
  • Writers interested in the deeper philosophical soul side of life and how our inner world connects to our wellbeing and mental health
  • Qualified experts in the field of how our physical health connects in with our mental health and overall wellbeing
  • Academics / professors involved in mental health and wellbeing
  • If you feel you have something to say that you believe can contribute powerfully to the mental health and wellbeing conversation, email us today via write@alustforlife.com and get involved

With regard to the theme of an article, we like to leave this up to the author to suggest. Perhaps ask yourself ‘what is particularly resonant in my work/life at the moment’ or is there a theme that you feel strongly you’d like to write about, and others to read? This can be a societal/cultural matter, an article that offers really practical guidance on a specific issue, or something you feel needs to be highlighted, for example.

*  A note to companies and agencies from throughout the world who contact us regularly to publish sponsored posts, this is something we do not accept and never have. We always do our utmost to only publish content that has integrity and therefore we will never publish content aiming to sell a product to our readers in the form of an advertorial. Thanks for respecting our stance on this.

Submission guidelines

  1. Submit your article concept and suggested title, with a sample of your writing to write@alustforlife.com
  2. If your article is suitable for the site, we will let you know and you can begin writing. If you already have an article written, no problem! Send it to us.
  3. Word count for all articles is anything in between 850 – 1100 words per article.
  4. You’ll need to send through a 1 – 2 line bio along with your finished piece. Feel free to include any website or twitter handle etc. which we will then tag you with when putting on our social networks. Let us support you in your work too.
  5. We’ll need a good quality head-shot photograph of you with your finished piece.
  6. Please be as specific as possible with your title so readers will know exactly what your piece relates to.
  7. Keep your article as practical and meaningfully useful to the reader as possible. Keep it real.
  8. Heads up, we cannot publish every article we receive but all articles are carefully considered for publication by our editorial panel.
  9. We will aim to reply to you within a couple of days but it can sometimes take us 1-3 weeks to respond to you after your article submission. We appreciate your patience with this.

Submission guidelines

  1. Submit your article concept and suggested title, with a sample of your writing to write@alustforlife.com
  2. If your article is suitable for the site, we will let you know and you can begin writing. If you already have an article written, no problem! Send it to us.
  3. Word count for all articles is anything in between 850 – 1100 words per article.
  4. You’ll need to send through a 1 – 2 line bio along with your finished piece. Feel free to include any website or twitter handle etc. which we will then tag you with when putting on our social networks. Let us support you in your work too.
  5. We’ll need a good quality head-shot photograph of you with your finished piece.
  6. Please be as specific as possible with your title so readers will know exactly what your piece relates to.
  7. Keep your article as practical and meaningfully useful to the reader as possible. Keep it real.
  8. Heads up, we cannot publish every article we receive but all articles are carefully considered for publication by our editorial panel.
  9. We will aim to reply to you within a couple of days but it can sometimes take us 1-3 weeks to respond to you after your article submission. We appreciate your patience with this.

Share your personal story to help others

If you would like to submit an article on your recovery journey – how you navigated your way through a difficult period in your life so that it may help others going through a similar situation, please email share@alustforlife.com.

We are looking for real and powerful stories. Here are some examples of other PERSONAL STORIES already published. We cannot publish every story we receive, we may ask for some edits, so your patience is appreciated. Roughly 95% of personal story writers are happy to include their name and photograph, 5% prefer to go anonymous. This is 100% the choice of the writer. Please think carefully before deciding to share your story. Once it goes online it will be read by many people and it is important you are ready to share. Perhaps talk this over with friends, family or a therapist if necessary. Word count for a personal story is anything from 850 – 1100 words maximum.

Testimonials from A Lust for Life writers

JenniferColeman

Writing my personal story for a Lust for Life helped me in ways I never knew possible. Things I wrote in my article I hadn’t told my closest friends but it made me realise to move on, I needed to be honest. It healed me in ways I can’t describe. Thank you to the A Lust for Life team from the bottom of my heart.

Jennifer Coleman, writer of To live, I had no choice but to make friends with my depression

JenniferColeman

Writing my personal story for a Lust for Life helped me in ways I never knew possible. Things I wrote in my article I hadn’t told my closest friends but it made me realise to move on, I needed to be honest. It healed me in ways I can’t describe. Thank you to the A Lust for Life team from the bottom of my heart.

Jennifer Coleman, writer of To live, I had no choice but to make friends with my depression

JoeCaslin

Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours. A Lust for Life is a space where I, as an artist, can both find and give energy. This is an important platform for Ireland, for us.

Joe Caslin is a street artist and teacher. A Lust for Life was honoured to be a part of his 2016 Waterford artwork.

JoeCaslin

Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours. A Lust for Life is a space where I, as an artist, can both find and give energy. This is an important platform for Ireland, for us.

Joe Caslin is a street artist and teacher. A Lust for Life was honoured to be a part of his 2016 Waterford artwork.

DrMalieCoyne

Writing for A Lust for Life has been an absolute privilege and an honour, and I would highly encourage others to put pen to paper. I set out to share my Clinical Psychology experience in an accessible way to a wider audience and writing for A Lust for Life has offered me that and so much more. The response to my article on Infant Mental Health confirmed for me the thirst for evidence-based psychological knowledge. A Lust for Life has afforded me an amazing platform to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, and has opened many doors for me for further media-based and public awareness work.

Dr. Malie Coyne – Clinical Psychologist, NUIG Lecturer, Mental Health and Wellbeing Media Contributor and Advocate, Radio presenter, and A Lust for Life writer.

DrMalieCoyne

Writing for A Lust for Life has been an absolute privilege and an honour, and I would highly encourage others to put pen to paper. I set out to share my Clinical Psychology experience in an accessible way to a wider audience and writing for A Lust for Life has offered me that and so much more. The response to my article on Infant Mental Health confirmed for me the thirst for evidence-based psychological knowledge. A Lust for Life has afforded me an amazing platform to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, and has opened many doors for me for further media-based and public awareness work.

Dr. Malie Coyne – Clinical Psychologist, NUIG Lecturer, Mental Health and Wellbeing Media Contributor and Advocate, Radio presenter, and A Lust for Life writer.

AnneMcCormack

As a Psychotherapist, writing for A Lust for Life has not only provided me with the opportunity to share my ideas and views on mental health with many others, but it has more than anything else allowed me to become part of a community who care passionately and sincerely about the mental health and wellbeing of all. A Lust for Life, for me, feels very much like a community and it’s a community that I really hope to remain a part of.

Anne McCormack, Psychotherapist, parent, Irish Times contributor, lecturer and A Lust for Life writer

AnneMcCormack

As a Psychotherapist, writing for A Lust for Life has not only provided me with the opportunity to share my ideas and views on mental health with many others, but it has more than anything else allowed me to become part of a community who care passionately and sincerely about the mental health and wellbeing of all. A Lust for Life, for me, feels very much like a community and it’s a community that I really hope to remain a part of.

Anne McCormack, Psychotherapist, parent, Irish Times contributor, lecturer and A Lust for Life writer

DrEddieMurphy

It’s great to contribute to the A Lust for Life community. I love the shared ethos of emotional health and wellbeing. It is being a part of a community of experts by experience, and experts by professional knowledge, all working towards a common goal that is personally very fulfilling.

Dr. Eddie Murphy Clinical Psychologist, Advocate and Author, TV and Radio Mental Health Expert, and A Lust for Life writer

DrEddieMurphy

It’s great to contribute to the A Lust for Life community. I love the shared ethos of emotional health and wellbeing. It is being a part of a community of experts by experience, and experts by professional knowledge, all working towards a common goal that is personally very fulfilling.

Dr. Eddie Murphy Clinical Psychologist, Advocate and Author, TV and Radio Mental Health Expert, and A Lust for Life writer

AndyRamage

Firstly being associated with such a fantastic movement such as A Lust for Life is a privilege. Secondly the exposure for my own cause oneyearnobeer.com a 30.90 and 365-day alcohol-free challenge has been vital. A great example is that RTÉ contacted me following one of my first articles, which lead to a 20 minute interview live on the Ray Darcy show. So not only do you gain the opportunity to help others by sharing your stories you can also reach a huge (new) audience.

Andy Ramage, Founder of One Year No Beer

AndyRamage

Firstly being associated with such a fantastic movement such as A Lust for Life is a privilege. Secondly the exposure for my own cause oneyearnobeer.com a 30.90 and 365-day alcohol-free challenge has been vital. A great example is that RTÉ contacted me following one of my first articles, which lead to a 20 minute interview live on the Ray Darcy show. So not only do you gain the opportunity to help others by sharing your stories you can also reach a huge (new) audience.

Andy Ramage, Founder of One Year No Beer

DavidOConnor

Contributing to A Lust for Life has been both rewarding and uplifting for me personally and professionally. I’ve made wonderful connections with people who have the same mindset when it comes to mental health awareness. Susan the editor, and the team are a pleasure to work with.

David O’Connor, Writer of I sprained my mental health

DavidOConnor

Contributing to A Lust for Life has been both rewarding and uplifting for me personally and professionally. I’ve made wonderful connections with people who have the same mindset when it comes to mental health awareness. Susan the editor, and the team are a pleasure to work with.

David O’Connor, Writer of I sprained my mental health

ClareMulvany

Writing for Lust for Life is a privilege. Not only is it a chance to reach a new audience but the writing process itself is a chance to clarify my core messages and materials. Knowing my words are in the hands of people who really care about the work they put out into the world makes the collaboration process all the more precious.

Clare Mulvany, Founder of Thrive School

ClareMulvany

Writing for Lust for Life is a privilege. Not only is it a chance to reach a new audience but the writing process itself is a chance to clarify my core messages and materials. Knowing my words are in the hands of people who really care about the work they put out into the world makes the collaboration process all the more precious.

Clare Mulvany, Founder of Thrive School

ClionaCurley

Writing for A Lust for Life has given us great exposure to an audience that we may not have otherwise reached. We got a huge response on social media too when A Lust for Life shared our piece on how to keep children safer online!”

Cliona Curley, Programme Director of CyberSafeIreland

ClionaCurley

Writing for A Lust for Life has given us great exposure to an audience that we may not have otherwise reached. We got a huge response on social media too when A Lust for Life shared our piece on how to keep children safer online!”

Cliona Curley, Programme Director of CyberSafeIreland

DrCiaraKelly

I have written on and off for A Lust for Life from the beginning and apart from the fact that writing on this area made me pause and think in a way perhaps I otherwise might not have – and hopefully has been helpful in some ways to people accessing information on the website – but it also spring boarded a lot of conversations for me personally and professionally and in fact was a catalyst for other work coming my way. Writing for A Lust for Life is sort of like tangible good karma.

Dr. Ciara Kelly, GP, Radio Presenter of Alive and Kicking on Newstalk FM, Irish Independent Columnist, member of the Operation Transformation team and writer of It’s good to talk.

DrCiaraKelly

I have written on and off for A Lust for Life from the beginning and apart from the fact that writing on this area made me pause and think in a way perhaps I otherwise might not have – and hopefully has been helpful in some ways to people accessing information on the website – but it also spring boarded a lot of conversations for me personally and professionally and in fact was a catalyst for other work coming my way. Writing for A Lust for Life is sort of like tangible good karma.

Dr. Ciara Kelly, GP, Radio Presenter of Alive and Kicking on Newstalk FM, Irish Independent Columnist, member of the Operation Transformation team and writer of It’s good to talk.

Finally, would you like to share your photos on our Instagram Page?

A beautiful image can have incredibly positive effects on a person’s mood or stress levels. We want you to get involved and help us create something special on our Instagram page @a_lust_for_life.

Send us images you have taken or created that offer you comfort, solace, and calmness. Images that make you happy. We want our platform to be full of images that create a positive energy for those who look at them.

Email in your photos and your Instagram handle to photo@alustforlife.com and spread the word.