What we’re eager to publish, plus best practices
The Mission reaches millions of the smartest readers in the world each month. Our social followers are at 300k and growing, and we publish a weekly and a daily newsletter that reaches 200k+ subscribers.
We strive to publish as many evergreen stories as possible. We want to publish stories that will matter today, next year, and if we’re lucky… for decades. This pursuit forces us to have strict editorial standards for the submissions we accept. We receive a large number of inquiries and submissions, and will only consider those that fit the criteria below.
Align With Our Themes
Each story must align with one or more of our themes. Our themes include: accelerated learning, startups, technology, health, science, art, design, and how to build a better future. We love promoting uplifting stories about the individuals and teams lifting humanity and creating a better world.
Tell a Story
Each submission should include a story, no matter how brief, to draw the readers into your story. We’re looking to publish stories between 750 - 3,000 words. The types and format of stories we publish include: Op-Ed’s, in depth how-to pieces, interesting musings, high quality listicles, journalistic works of art, narrative nonfiction, near-term speculative fiction, historical fiction, and fascinating interviews.
Here are some of examples of the type of stories we’re looking for:
- Build Your Reputation, But Don’t be Afraid to Destroy it And Become Notorious
- How to Gamify Your Life to Quickly Accomplish Big Goals
- Rocket AI: The Most Notorious AI Launch and the Problem with AI Hype
- The Greatest Sales Deck I’ve Ever Seen
- The Dropout and One of the Greatest Comebacks Ever
- Steve Jobs & Dan Kottke’s “Spirit Bookshelf”
- Humanity’s Extinction Event is Coming
- The Miracles of Mathematics Will Make Your World More Vibrant
- How to 10X Your Instagram Growth
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Entertain & Educate
Each story should try to tie into an important topic (whether its importance was lost in the past, exists now, or will be vital in the future). Our stories seek to explore, entertain, and spark conversation around rapidly emerging technologies and issues. We’re looking for strong opinions, weakly held.
Architecturally, Stylistically, and Visually Appealing
For the philosophy nerds out there, we want each of our stories to reach for the three-tiered platonic cannon: the good, the true, and the beautiful.We’re looking for stories which have been carefully structured, and edited for grammar, spelling, readability, and cohesiveness. We suggest that writers get help from places like Hemingway App, Grammarly, and friends who can provide critical feedback (prior to submitting your piece!).
All submissions should have a featured image above or below the title. Our favorite stock photo site is Twenty20! Bonus points for articles with beautiful, rich media (video, data, charts, or even GIFs) throughout the story. All images must be owned by you or include a cited source. We retain the right to remove images from submissions and replace them with those our editors pick.
Please use Medium’s formatting features! Headers, quotes, italics, etc.. A careful use of formatting is what helps make an article easy to read and share.
The Topics We’re Interested in Covering
- Technology and Science — Startups, software, hardware, apps, VR/AR/MR, the IOT, machine learning, engineering, robotics, nanotechnology, bio-engineering, material science, and breakthrough technologies that are helping abundance become ubiquitous
- Explorations — Personal challenges, tragedies, triumphs, and travels, emerging physical and mental trials, new sports, innovative types of entertainment and art, seafaring, spacefaring, along with asteroid identification and mining
- Improving the Human Condition — Rebuilding our crumbling culture, developing the developed world, optimizing ourselves, promoting empathy and love, health and longevity, personal mastery of our bodies & biome, neuroscience, helping politics and systems of cooperation evolve, and promoting voluntary evolution