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InRecovery Magazine is an inspirational magazine for individuals and professionals in recovery from addictions of various sorts. In the pages of our magazine, individuals in recovery and professionals in the treatment field come together to share their experiences, expertise, struggles, successes and suggestions.

InRecovery Magazine highlights solutions in action. We emphasize engaging storytelling and factual accuracy. We are especially interested in authentic stories of positive changes in recovery that can serve as models and inspiration for others.

Our writers provide both the inspiration and the details (‘nuts and bolts’) that readers need to make their way in this adventure we call Recovery. The magazine is organized around three broad topics, Mind, Body and Spirit as it relates to recovery. Visual arts occupy the balance of each edition.

What We Are Looking For

  • Usable, practical information gained from first-hand experience for readers seeking a healthy and happy recovery from addiction — while not focusing on the war stories of past addiction. Share the story behind the facts of your addiction/recovery . . . your feelings, your reactions, your solutions. For example, you may have been abused as a child, but the real story you have to tell is that you still loved your abusive mother and struggled to make sense of your contradictory world.
  • Photos and Artwork that inspire others to enjoy and explore new options and ideas for personal growth. In Recovery Magazine is primarily a place for recovering writers, artists and photographers, as well as professionals in the addiction field, to share information with an emphasis on the practical yet inspirational—the ‘can do’.  We support the passion and creativity that so many addicts/alcoholics possess and we realize the struggle to get published.  In Recovery Magazine is a venue for artists, writers, and photographers to express themselves, showcase their work, and inspire others in the process.
  • For information-based articles, sidebars are encouraged, as well as high-resolution graphics, illustrations and photographs. Sidebars could include resources not in the body of the article: e.g. websites and email addresses, contact names and addresses, telephone numbers, and costs.
  • We do accept fiction and poetry from writers in recovery. Though recovery-oriented works will be considered, we prefer to see creative work not directly about recovery.  Life is a broad spectrum…utilize all your experiences, not just addiction or recovery.

What We Do Not Want

  • War stories. We consider personal essays about recovery, but these essays should not be excessively focused on self and one’s pre-recovery life story. An essay should provide some take-away advice and recovery benefits to our audience just as our other features do.
  • Information that is readily available in self-help books, on the Web, or from other people’s blogs or articles.
  • Articles chiefly aimed at promoting businesses. Articles will be refused if they are considered to be advertising. If you wish to share information about new products or services you are involved with that could be of interest to the recovery community, you are advised to consult first with the editor.
  • Lengthy descriptions of personal experiences (unless readers can incorporate the practical details in your account to improve/promote their own recovery).

Writers’ Guidelines

Writing, art and photography submissions MUST be received by the following deadlines:

  • March 2017 Issue                     Due:  01/01/17
  • May 2017 Issue                        Due:  03/01/17
  • July 2017 Issue                        Due:  05/01/17
  • September 2017 Issue              Due:  06/01/17
  • November 2017 Issue               Due:  08/01/17
  • December 2017 Issue               Due:  09/01/17

Submissions received after the deadline will be considered for a later edition.

  • Please send your submission electronically to We do our best to respond to queries within 6-8 weeks, and most are dealt with much sooner. Queries that make it into our “Maybe” basket can sometimes take longer.
  • Submissions should be submitted as a WORD DOCUMENT in ARIAL FONT. PLEASE DO NOT FORMAT YOUR ARTICLE. Documents must be single-spaced, with no hard returns unless for a new paragraph or a bulleted list. Do not embed photos or other images within the Word document. Images must be sent as an attachment to an emails (please see How to Submit Artwork or Photography). In your email, please include your name, address and phone number, and let us know how you heard about In Recovery Magazine.
  • Photo suggestions are appreciated. Please do not send original manuscripts, artwork or slides, as we cannot be responsible for their return.

    Important Submission Considerations

    All material is submitted on speculation. We take First North American serial rights only, rights revert to writers three months after publication, and may reproduce the work in printed and/or electronic form. We reserve the right to reprint published print articles in part or whole on our website with the author’s permission. The magazines are published in print bi-monthly.

    • Writers are strongly encouraged to carefully read our writers’ guidelines and browse through some of our featured articles for style and content.
    • Please do NOT submit to us previously published recovery writing and material; we are looking for original first-time rights on original articles and will conduct a web search to verify.
    • Please include a short biographical note (2-3 sentences) at the end of each submission and a headshot photo of yourself, as well as link(s) to your blog/website.
    • Please include your name, address, telephone numbers and email address in your email.

    Columns and Feature Articles

    Book Review: Send you suggestions to our book reviewer, Lena H. at

    Kay’s Kitchen: Accepting original recipes with a focus on health, whole foods, organic, etc. Query Kay Luckett at

    Crosstalk: Submit short recovery questions for an anonymous sponsor’s response. Send questions to Crosstalk Mollé at

    The Authors’ Cafe: Brief interviews by Catherine Townsend-Lyon with recovering authors around the world. Contact Catherine Townsend-Lyon at for more information.

    Everyday Miracles: Brief personal story of miracles in your recovery. Should be 300 to 800 words. Submit finished work to

    Recovery Today: Short articles (350 words or less) by a variety of authors on recovery topics. Submit finished work to

    Creative Writing/Poetry: Non-recovery fiction and non-fiction creative work and poetry by recovering artists is preferred, though recovery-oriented works may be considered. Submit finished work to

    All Other Articles: Most articles should be from 900 to 1200 words unless otherwise arranged with the editor. Submit queries to

    How to Submit Art and Photography

    We are always on the lookout for skilled recovering artists with a talent for interpreting editorial content, and welcome examples of your work for consideration. Because of our small staff and our busy production schedule, we ask that you read and keep in mind the following guidelines:

    • Send samples that can be quickly viewed.
    • Make sure to include a link to your online portfolio, so we can easily view more samples of your work.
    • DO NOT SEND resumes, and gallery or exhibition lists.
    • Be assured, if your art strikes us as a good fit for the magazine, we will keep you in mind for assignments.

    IMPORTANT:   Clearly include your full name, address, phone number, website address and e-mail address on everything you send. Cover letter should include a brief bio, where you heard of In Recovery Magazine and any other pertinent personal information.

    We request art files and supporting illustration images in an appropriate format for offset printing; we prefer vector artwork. However, we can also accept files meeting these specifications:

    Supporting Image Requirements:

    • Formats: EPS, JPG, or TIF files of high resolution (300 dpi or higher)
    • Size: 4″x4″ or larger
    • Color: CMYK
    • Captions: Please send a caption for each image file in your email.

    We cannot use images downloaded off the web – they are not appropriate for print as they are for low-resolution screen display only. We cannot use PowerPoint images, images embedded in Word or text files, Windows Metafiles (WMF), GIF files, or BMP files. Unfortunately, unless we receive the appropriate image file format, we will not publish your images in the article.

    If you are unsure about the format of your images, we suggest contacting a local graphics arts agency, to produce these image files for you. The better the quality of image from you, the better your work appears to our readers.

    PLEASE DO NOT EVER SEND ORIGINAL ARTWORK OR ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANY KIND. They will not be returned. We strongly prefer electronic submissions.  No handwritten entries accepted.  Send your samples to the Publisher, Kim Welsh, at