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Writers for Greater Good magazine range from behavioral and social scientists to grade school teachers and journalists.

Greater Good’s articles mix science reporting with storytelling, often highlighting groundbreaking academic research, but in a manner that’s engaging and accessible to a popular audience.

If you are interested in writing an article for the magazine, please first submit a 250-word article proposal to Greater Good’s co-editor, Jason Marsh, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or mail it to Greater Good, 2425 Atherton Street #6070, Berkeley, CA 94720-6070. Articles in the magazine fall into different categories, which are outlined below. Please review these categories before submitting your proposal so that you can tailor your proposal to the appropriate category. If possible, we strongly recommend that you also review past issues of Greater Good before submitting your proposal.

Every issue of Greater Good consists of a series of essays on the same general theme, such as compassion, forgiveness, or empathy. These essays generally focus on empirical research or community-based programs that offer strategies for helping people cultivate peaceful interpersonal relationships. We solicit these essays from experts who represent a range of different academic and professional backgrounds, and they are often written in the first person. Though in most cases the editors will approach specific authors about contributing an essay on their area of expertise, we do welcome proposals for essays—or themes for an entire issue—if your research or other professional work would lend itself to Greater Good’s essay format. Essays for Greater Good are between 2,500 and 3,000 words. Essay authors do not receive compensation.

The second half of every issue of Greater Good features journalistic profiles of programs or research projects that help promote peace and well-being. The magazine is especially interested in stories of hope and transformation. Ideally, features for Greater Good not only report on inspiring stories or provocative research results, but also discuss the underlying factors behind these stories or results, suggesting lessons readers can apply to their own lives. Features are between 1,000 and 2,500 words in length. Payment for feature articles is $.25/word.

Greater Good includes reviews of recent books that explore themes relevant to the magazine. These books range from academic volumes to more popular works of non-fiction. Book reviews are a maximum of 400 words and pay a flat rate of $75. The books reviewed should have been published within six months of the publication of the issue in which the review will appear.

In “research briefs” of approximately 350 words, Greater Good highlights new scientific research studies, reporting on their methods and key findings. Ideally, this research should have clear implications for readers’ daily lives—i.e., it should not only be scientifically sound and thought provoking, but also offer readers practical tools that they can try to put to use. The magazine is especially interested in research on the roots of prosocial or compassionate relationships, not just individual well-being. The research featured in the briefs should have been published within six months of the publication of the issue in which the brief will appear. Payment for research briefs is a flat rate of $75.

Every issue of Greater Good features an interview with a public figure on a theme relevant to the magazine. Of particular interest are interviews with policy makers about the role of compassion and other positive emotions in public policy. When possible, the subjects of these interviews, and the subject matter discussed, should reflect current events. Interviews for Greater Good are between 1,500-2,000 words, including a brief introduction to the Q&A. Payment for interviews is a flat rate of $350.

Greater Good relies largely upon freelance photographers and illustrators for the images in the magazine, including its covers. Rates vary depending on the scope of the assignment. If you are a photographer or illustrator interested in contributing to Greater Good, please contact co-editor Jason Marsh at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)to learn more about the articles that will appear in upcoming issues.


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