Souldust is a community where you can be seen in all your beautiful, edgy, evolving imperfections and gifts. It is a place of nourishment, awakening, bravery, laughter and deep connection.
We are always on the lookout for authentic, thoughtful guest submissions. Posts that create moments of clarity. Nudges to hear soul whispers. When the reader remembers who are and their connection to this world. Recognition that, while we are all unique and weird in our own special ways, we are not different. We are in this together. And that we’re all still doing the best we can to figure shit out.
Have you had an expansion of self-awareness, that others might find familiar?
Have you learned new practices that have changed how you connect with and move through life?
Do you have an innate superpower you can pass on to others?
Have you been through the wringer and lived to tell a tale of strength or survival?
Gather around the fire. Speak. We see you. We want to raise your voice higher. Authentic wisdom is our jam.
You have a story to tell…
We want writers who can describe what makes their soul shine. Who can find the humor in the midst of the crazy. Who can step back and learn from an experience. We want to know what YOU do to navigate through life and dust off your inner sparkle. How did you reclaim your time, joy, curiosity? How have you overcome anxiety, depression, fear, doubt, disconnect? Need more? Here are some Souldust themes you can use as inspiration.
The trees, oceans, wind and stars have a way of reminding us of how fundamentally connected we are. They wake us up to a state of awe. Gone on a tree-hugging binge? Had a particularly profound experience with Mother Nature? A hiking trip that changed your life? We’ll stoke the fire, you tell the story.
How do you play? Do you get creative? Mischievous? Goofy? Play taps into our inner wildling, the one who can’t be anything but themselves. It encourages softening into the moment, releasing fear and anxiety. Know a creative practice everyone should try? The secret to laughing daily? Share with us your sacred version of play.
We love wandering, near and far. Getting out of our comfort zone in a new culture. Having an open, curious mind leads to an inclusive world community. How did wandering the world (or down the street) shift your perspective? Considering writing the next Eat, Pray, Love? Why not start here?
You’re exploring your shadows or discovering your light. It could be grief, new family structure, body image, sexual identity, or spirituality. Exploring all the things illuminates your path to reclaiming core identities, personal truths. Whether rooted in aching pain or ecstatic joy, everyone’s story deserves telling. What’s yours?
Not sure where your idea fits? We love a good conversation.
Engaging details, gripping drama, tear-jerking lows and ecstatic highs, or simply surprising revelations. The common thread? We want to know the universal truths you uncovered, the wisdom you gleaned from an experience that others may need to hear, the moral of the story. Tell us what made you shift in perspective, embrace the new way of life, melt that ice block in your heart. We want to learn from you.
Tune into our vibe. We are all about belonging, an invitation to the party. Tough love and bold intentions, while staying kind, soul-centered and forward-facing. Sometimes a little swear-y and a strong belief we are all magic, à la Olivia Newton-John. Check out the manifesto or really any page.
Have a point(s). Let’s not navel-gaze our way through a personal experience. Leave a gift for the reader; a lesson, permission, questions to consider, a to-do list. The writing is the wrapping paper.
Seek originality. Granted, there is nothing new in this world. However, we love fresh ideas and interesting perspectives. That thing you’ve been biting your lip about rather than say out loud? That’s the good stuff.
Keep it awesome, keep it casual. This is sharing a story by the campfire, not a presentation to a scientific panel. Write the way you talk, so we can hear your voice, love.
Be mindful of inclusion and cultural appropriation. For example, consider that an article about a First Nations ceremony would be better shared by a First Nations writer. We promote inclusion of all races, genders, and other important factors of our identities, and we do not promote exclusion.
Please, NOT this:
Telling your whole life’s story. Save that for your memoir book deal. Focus on a moment in time, or a pattern. You’ve got a maximum of 1,800 words to work with, friend.
Selling, selling, selling! We have an amazing audience (26K+ on Facebook!). These are real people. They will see when you are sharing legitimate goodness, vs. trying to catch them in a sticky web of sales funneling.
Repeating information. Repetition to reinforce something important makes total sense. Repetition to fill in a word count, not so much. Consider how you can make your piece juicy & substantial.
SEO shenanigans. Don’t put energy into loading up your article with keywords & tricks to beat The Google. We care a lot more about quality and general awesomeness than searchability.
Writing for the 1%. Consider: While we love travel, we would never say the only path to fulfillment is to quit your job and become a nomad. That’s not realistic for most. Instead, focus on the “a-ha!” moments that, ideally, speak to many, and not only a few.
And one more thing…
Our community is rooted in love and acceptance and chock-full of brilliant babes. Additionally, the truth is that currently, the majority of our circle is straight-ish, white and femme. We love everyone in our community, AND:
We especially encourage writers from outside the majority to submit work. We’re interested in many points of view, particularly the unexpected and underrepresented. Whether it’s a marginalized experience or a unique perspective, we want to amplify your voice and spread your message.
ready to rock?
Before you submit, check for the following: Is it a word count of 900 to 1,800? Did you use a single space after periods? Is it all the same tense?
Take it easy on special punctuation (ellipses, em dashes, semicolons, for example). Double check spelling, punctuation and grammar. (We love Grammarly!) Also, if you submit a photograph or chart/visual aid to support your post, please confirm it’s original or has public use rights.
Check, check and check? Cool. Now pause. Take a deep breath. You are a badass.
When you’re ready, send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can accept Word, Pages or shared Google Docs. You can expect to hear back from us within 4 weeks of submission, even if we are unable to use your content.
Still have questions? Check out our FAQ first, then email us at email@example.com.