Medium 101

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A quick FAQ to get started with writing on Medium

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We hope you’re well and safe during this time of uncertainty. For additional support on writing right now, see Writing in a Time of Crisis. More people are joining our community of writers every day, and we thought it’d be helpful to cover some of the common questions coming up.

You’ve seen stories published here on Medium, you’ve heard others who have published here talk about it, or you’ve found Medium while looking for places to write online. Either way, you might have some questions on how publishing works on Medium. We’ve gathered some information that can be helpful as you get started.

Who can write and publish?

Anyone can! You don’t have to be a writer to use Medium. You don’t have to apply and be accepted to write. All you need to do is sign up.

Do I have to be vetted?

You do not have to be vetted in any way to write on Medium. You don’t have to apply or take a writer’s quiz, or send a piece in to be considered. All you have to do is create an account.

Who can see the post?

Once you’ve published your story you can share the story link, and those who open up the link can see your story. Readers who follow you on Medium will still see your story in their “New From Your Network” section on their homepage. It can also show up in their Daily Digest. If the story is curated, it will be distributed through recommendations, generally based on the reader’s interests. These recommendations show up on the homepage and the Daily Digest, and are unique to each reader.

What are publications?

Publications are one of the ways stories are collected and distributed on Medium. You can read more about them here.

How do I get something in a publication?

You can submit the story to the publication. Each publication may have a different way of doing this. You can read more about publications and submitting to them in “If You Are Looking to Write for Publications, Start Here.”

What can be published on Medium?

You can publish anything as long as it doesn’t violate the Medium Rules.

What is Medium looking for?

When you publish on Medium, your story is hosted on the platform. Your readers can receive your stories on Medium through links or through following you. If the story meets the curation guidelines, it is eligible for additional distribution. You can also read story spotlights from our platform editors in our monthly Writers Newsletters, and see tips from Medium Writers. There’s an incredible array of publications you can publish in as well.

Can I get paid to write?

On Medium, writers have the opportunity to be paid through the Partner Program.

Can anyone get paid?

Medium currently uses Stripe for payouts. See this page for details on eligibility.

Does Medium have an in-house editorial team?

Medium’s editorial group runs several publications that produce their own content. You can learn more about these publications and working with them here.

Does Medium run all publications on the platform?

Medium has an in-house editorial team that runs several publications. Outside of these, the publications you find on Medium are user-generated. This means that someone outside of Medium staff has created and manages the publication. You can create one too!

Where can I find resources for writing?

Creators Hub is Medium’s official blog for writers, and includes tips and advice on using Medium. The Top Edit, Medium’s monthly newsletter for creators, is sent out each month and features a roundup of highlights from Creators Hub, including tips, advice, calls for submissions, editorial spotlights with commentary, and more. This newsletter is sent to all writers in the Partner Program. You can also follow Medium Creators, which shares advice and tips often. Finally, many writers publish writing inspiration and resources that are curated into the Writing topic.

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