MUST be Exclusive and unpublished

Here are the five qualities we look for when evaluating what to publish:
  • Expertise: You don’t have to be well known to be a contributor, but you must know a lot about the subject you’re writing about.
  • Evidence: It’s not enough to know your subject deeply — you have to prove it to the reader. Referring to supporting research is one good way to do this; describing relevant examples is another. If you have interesting data, let us know.
  • Originality: New ideas are rare and precious — and one of the primary reasons readers turn to TPM. If you’re writing about a well-worn topic, we’ll be looking for a unique argument or insight.
  • Usefulness: TPM readers come to us not only to stay on top of new content in sustainable, ethical, cruelty-free and eco thinking, but also to change the way they and their organizations actually do things. If you can explain your thinking so that the reader understands how to apply it in a real situation, that will make it more powerful.
  • Writing that’s persuasive and a pleasure to read: TPM readers are smart, skeptical and busy. If you don’t capture their interest right away, they will move on to something else.
General notes on process

We receive many more submissions than we can publish, and we often have to say no to good proposals due to limitations of space and time, or because they’re not distinct enough from other pieces we have published. If we’ve passed on something you’ve submitted, please feel free to try again with another idea. If our editors have said “no” multiple times, it may mean your work isn’t a good fit for our audience. We retain final decision rights over headlines. Our editors have spent years learning which kinds of headlines give TPM pieces the best chance of being read, found online, and shared both on social media and in offices around the world. If we rewrite your title, it’s because we believe the revised version will help your idea reach the audience it deserves.

We strive for authenticity in our articles. We don’t publish pieces that have appeared elsewhere, that come across as promotional, or that do not include rigorous citations (though these may not appear in the finished piece). We ask our authors to disclose any financial relationships they have with companies cited in the proposed article. TPM typically holds the copyright on the finished product, but authors continue to own the underlying ideas in their articles. We try to evaluate ideas before we determine where and how to publish them. We will consider submissions that contain only a short pitch, and we can help determine whether the idea should become a magazine feature, digital article, podcast, graphic, video, or another format.

That said, there are some differences between the submission processes for and the print magazine.


In addition to the above Guidelines, article submission
for PRINT must comply with the following :

Process notes for print

The evaluation process for long-form features in the magazine is more formal. It’s fine to send a pitch for a magazine feature to an editor, but if the idea is promising, eventually you’ll be asked to submit a formal proposal and narrative outline. The proposal should answer the following questions, though it doesn’t need to be in a Q&A format.What is the central message of the article you propose to write?What is important, useful, new, or counterintuitive about your idea / article?How can your idea/article be applied today?

Our print editorial process is more thorough than many other publishers’, and you may be asked to do multiple rounds of revisions. Contributors frequently tell us that they appreciate the extra care and attention their work receives. The narrative outline should be no more than 400 words and should lay out the structure of the proposed article. We want to understand how the logic of your dialogue will flow. Please illustrate your points with real-world examples or provide one extended, detailed example. (If you don’t have a relationship with a TPM editor, you can send your pitch to Once approved, you will be asked to provide a minimum of 2 images (in 300dpi) and the image credits.


In addition to the above Guidelines(Top of pages),article submission
for WEB must comply with the following :

Process notes for

All submissions to the web are made on spec. It’s helpful if you send us a short pitch first so that we can give you early feedback, but we need to see a full draft before officially accepting a piece—even if we’ve asked you to write it, and even if you’ve written for us before. (If you don’t already have a relationship with a TPM editor, you can send your pitch to

The web article should be a minimum of 1500 words and must be sent in a Word document. Once approved, you will be asked to provide a minimum of 2 images (in 96dpi) and the image credits.

Contributed articles are NOT to be confused with Advertorials. If the purpose of your article is to promote a particular brand or includes links back to sites you may be affiliated with, please connect with the PROMOTIONS page.

Once we approve a web article, we post it on our website at our discretion. In most cases it will be published within two weeks, however if it fits the theme of an upcoming issue we will publish it to the website in conjunction with that issue’s launch. If the article hasn`t been posted in 14 days, you are welcome to contact us for further info.