Submit your Medium story to The Startup in two easy steps

Ali Mese
Ali Mese
Feb 16, 2016 · 2 min read

1. Have a peek at our guidelines:

What to avoid

  • Already-published stories: we accept unpublished drafts only.
  • Stock photography: instead of using cheap stock images, try giving your story some love by picking a beautiful, free picture from websites like Unsplash, Pexels, Burst, The Stocks.
  • Clickbait headlines: e.g “These 5 things will make you insanely successful”.
  • Aggressive call-to-actions throughout and at the bottom of your story.
  • Heavy self-promotion: talking about your business is OK but don’t let it turn your audience off.

What we prioritize

  • Stories behind Medium’s paywall: Medium has recently launched its Partner Program that allows writers to finally make money off their writing. We know how difficult it is to make a living as a writer and we fully support this program. As part of our efforts to help as many writers as possible, we’ll prioritize publishing stories behind the paywall over free stories. We figured Medium algorithm also favors partner stories — putting your story behind the paywall increases your chances of being featured and reaching a bigger audience. To join the program: the Medium Partner Program link on page.

Resources that can help answer some of your questions:

Topics we’re interested in

  • Startup culture: Entrepreneurship, creativity, freelancing, startups, investing, innovation, marketing, social media, leadership and management.
  • The future of technology and blockchain: Artificial Intelligence, cryptocurrencies, ICO, ethereum, VR/AR/MR, IoT, robotics, data science, machine learning, big data.
  • Web development and design: UX, UI, design, developing, programming, apps, software, hardware, SaaS.


  • We’re doing our best to help every talented writer reach our audience, but we do receive a ton of submissions every day. Let’s make a deal so we don’t waste your time: if we don’t get back to you within 36 hours (from the moment you submit), please consider your story not accepted this time. Don’t let this discourage you from submitting your future drafts, though.

I’m an approver writer who got published in The Startup in the past but my recent submissions don’t seem to get accepted. How long does it take?

  • Our 36-hour rule applies to every single submission. So if we don’t get back to you within 36 hours (from the moment you submit), please consider your story not accepted this time.

2. Please fill out the form below:

**We reserve the right to edit photographs and copy where necessary**

Thank you in advance.


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Ali Mese

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Ali Mese

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