*** Submissions are now open ***
Hi, I’m Jenny Leigh, the founder of Accessible Psychology. After having had my breakdown in 2009 and receiving treatment which transformed my life, I was left extremely saddened that for so many, psychology was seen as inaccessible; a purely academic endeavor that had little relevance and even less impact upon people’s lives in the real world.
Realizing that there was a vast gap between how most psychology was expressed – often in overly complex language and in a very academic context – and how most people would identify with and effectively use psychology for their own personal transformation, I became determined to make psychology accessible, and thus Accessible Psychology came into being.
No matter what your age, gender, nationality or religion absolutely everyone is welcome to submit an original post which is exclusive to this site. Fundamentally I am looking for articles where you have successfully overcome an obstacle in your own life by using psychology in some form or another.
Please see the ‘writing directives’ and ‘steps to submit’ sections below for more details on how to submit your articles to Accessible Psychology.
Why contribute to Accessible Psychology?
Accessible Psychology has around 2,000 page views each month and this figure continues to grow each day. We also have plenty of subscribers who read the sites posts daily who are very loyal.
Across Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ page and LinkedIn we have nearly 4,000 followers – meaning your posts will reach a large audience who have a keen interest in psychology and personal development!
Finally, every guest post article that is accepted will feature a bio at the end of your post where you can include a photo of yourself and any links back to your website, book, course or social media platforms.
Before writing your article for submission I would encourage you to email me a brief description of your story and the main points of your article in bullet point format at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Outline Draft: and your full name – subject’ in the subject heading.
For example ‘Outline Draft: Jenny Leigh – Goals’.
This will allow me to review the content of your piece so I can give you valuable feedback before you start writing the full draft whilst I also ensure that content on the site is not duplicated.
Accessible Psychology likes to publish a conversational writing style, as if you were talking to your best friend. The tone should be modest, admitting to any weaknesses or difficulties to ensure your article remains authentic and is accessible to readers.
Please ensure your title is attention grabbing and inspires interest in the reader, if you have several ideas for a heading please feel free to send up to a maximum of three for me to choose from.
All content discussed must have been successfully implemented by you personally and had a positive impact upon your quality of life. All articles should include anecdotes of your personal experiences and convey the journey and learning curve you have been on. As a rule, political or religious views are not to be expressed, although secular values may of course be discussed, such as kindness and forgiveness.
All articles must explain the psychological benefits of adopting the approach shared in the article.
Any articles with exercises to reinforce the content discussed – especially Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT based exercises – which are easy for readers to implement, will have the best chance of having their article accepted by Accessible Psychology. Should you wish to feature exercises in your article you may describe them throughout the piece but please be sure to add a ‘Exercises:’ section at the end of the article with a numbered list format.
One main image for the article must be provided by you and must be of magazine quality, preferably from Shutterstock.
Always include questions at the end of your article to engage readers to comment.
You may also provide a personal photo of you for your bio picture (this is of course optional) and a three sentence long bio where you can introduce yourself and your work, with links to your website, books, courses or social media platforms permitted.
All articles must be original and have no presence on anywhere else online, including your own blog / website.
The word count should be no more than 1600 words, including the questions at the end of the article, the exercises and your bio.
Please use subheadings, bullet points and numbered steps where appropriate.
Highlight important points by using a one sentence paragraph and placing it in bold, used sparingly this is very effective.
Steps to Submit
Once your outline draft has been accepted, send your article in Word format to email@example.com.
Title your email ‘Article submission: full name – title of article’.
For example: ‘Article submission: Jenny Leigh – How to turn your dreams into reality’.
Feedback may be given for revisions and your article may be subject to editing before being published on Accessible Psychology.
Not every final submission will be accepted but for those that aren’t I shall endeavor to give helpful feedback to maximize your chances of a successful submission in future!
Thank you for your wisdom and for sharing how psychology has helped to transform your life.
Wishing you all the success and happiness you deserve,
x X x Jenny Leigh x X x