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Renew Writing Guidelines

Thanks for your interest in contributing to Renew!

Here are some tips and guidelines to help you get started. There are a number of ways you can contribute to Renew magazine and Please check out recent editions for reader-submitted columns and stories, including “Sobering Advice,” “The Other Side” and “Safe Haven.” If you're new to us, submitting ideas for these sections is a great way to introduce yourself. We're also always looking for new freelance contributors for every part of the magazine.

Please read the following guidelines before pitching us.

Renew is a lifestyle publication for people in recovery and their families. We are committed to providing useful, entertaining and accurate information to readers.

1. Be sure to familiarize yourself with our content, and tailor your story to a specific department of the magazine. You can click here to recieve a free trial issue of Renew.

2. Send an email to Please include:

  • A quick synopsis of your idea—one good approach is to write the lead of the story. If we want to read more, thereʼs a good chance our readers will, too.
  • Bullet points explaining what else you might cover.
  • A list of possible sources.
  • Your bio, relationship to recovery (if any) and links to other published work.

We apologize for not being able to respond to every inquiry. We will contact you as soon as possible if your pitch or materials are of interest to us. Although we won't be able to publish all of your ideas, don't be discouraged. We're always growing and changing. If we like your idea, one of the editors will get in touch to give you more information.

A bit of advice:

  • We prefer pitches to completed stories.
  • Keep it short. Be optimistic. Renew believes that recovery is a positive time in a personʼs life. Keep the tone encouraging, while also recognizing the challenges.
  • Think about your sources—and if you are pitching a celebrity, please indicate whether you already have a connection to that person. And keep in mind that we are a national publication and look for sources from a variety of geographic areas.
  • Keep trying. Not every story is right for Renew, but donʼt get discouraged. If you donʼt hear from us, reach out with a new idea!

If we do accept your story, the editors will send you additional information about writing for Renew or


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