Writer Submission Guidelines

The Catholic in Recovery blog is always looking for writers to contribute personal testimonies and articles related to recovery from substance abuse and unhealthy attachments in light of the Catholic faith. The mission behind our blog is to publish and share articles that help inspire, encourage, and support all members of the Catholic in Recovery community.

In the case of personal testimonies, we’re interested in articles that reflect the intersection of recovery from alcohol, drugs, sex, food, gambling, and other addictions with the Catholic faith and a relationship with Jesus Christ. How has your journey of recovery been influenced by your Catholic faith and involvement in a faith community? How has prayer, the sacraments, and Christian fellowship played a role in your recovery? Or how has Catholic in Recovery played a major role in your faith and recovery journey? Ultimately, we’re looking for personal stories that reveal how Jesus Christ and His Church have blessed and nourished you in your journey toward freedom from addiction, enslavement, and darkness.

We’re also interested in having members of our community share advice, insight, and encouragement to others in the form of Catholic in Recovery blog articles. Can you offer ways to approach the holidays while maintaining sobriety and serenity? Can you provide an overview of how a devotion to the rosary can aid in the work of acceptance and healing? Or can you share how the Sacrament of Confession can heal wounds due to past addictions and behaviors? There are literally an unlimited number of topics to explore at the intersection of recovery and the Catholic faith. Of course, the best way to get an idea for what we’re looking for is to review previous Catholic in Recovery blog articles.

Although we’ll review unsolicited and finished articles sent to us, we encourage you to first pitch your article idea in a few sentences, explaining why you think it would be relevant and helpful to the Catholic in Recovery community. All submitted articles should be attached as a Word or PDF document, and articles should range from 600 to 1,000 words. In addition to your submitted article or pitch, please include the following in your email:

  • Name and contact information
  • A link to examples of your written work (if applicable)
  • A short 1-2 sentence bio to accompany your article should it be selected for publication
    (Note: This is optional, as we respect all of our community members’ right to privacy when it comes to the area of recovery. If you would prefer to be anonymous, or to use an alternate name, please let us know in your email.)
  • Email all submissions and pitches to newsletter@catholicinrecovery.com with the subject line “CATHOLIC IN RECOVERY WRITER SUBMISSION”

You can expect to hear back from us within 1-2 weeks if we would like to move forward with your pitch or submission. If you submitted a pitch and we are interested, we will contact you with next steps. In the case of agreeing to publish your submission, the article will be subject to our editorial review process and may be altered accordingly.

Share Your Story of Recovery

Would you like to share with others how Catholic in Recovery has played a part in your journey of faith and recovery but don’t want to write about it yourself? If so, we’re happy to have one of our writers cover your story on your behalf. Please fill out this form if you would like to have your story shared with the Catholic in Recovery community.