So you’re a budding young writer who’d like to add “Published by The Ascent” to his or her or their résumé. Well, you’re in luck! This quick resource guide is meant to make that as easy as possible for you.
Here, you will find everything you need to know in order to get your written work featured in The Ascent as well as general best practices on how to succeed here on Medium.
Let’s begin, shall we?
How to Get Added as a Contributor
Before we get into the what and how of submitting, let’s make sure you’re on our radar. Applying to The Ascent has never been easier.
Just fill out this form:
You should be added within 2–4 business days (though we do pride ourselves on being quicker). Once added, you should receive an email from Medium confirming so, depending on your settings. You will also be able to see us in your list of publications, but more on that below.
What We Look for and Prefer to Publish
The Ascent is “a community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment.” Basically, we’re here to help inspire and educate others to lead better lives, whatever their individual goals may be.
We believe in authentic, personal storytelling. The stories that perform best for us are rooted in firsthand experience and packed with tons of value, in the form of personal lessons and profound takeaways for the end reader.
Every publication on Medium has the ability to assign itself 5 tags, which makes it easier to get discovered in search. Here are the tags we’ve chosen:
Notice a pattern? We’re equal parts real life and true self, with a healthy dose of improvement, development, and growth in between.
Good, descriptive headlines, clearly conveying an idea, proper formatting… these are the elements of a good story on Medium. Avoid major typos and grammar mistakes, all-caps headlines, clickbait, and being overly vague.
Here are some of the most common errors we see:
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We prefer to receive (and will only accept going forward) unpublished drafts as opposed to pre-published submissions. This enables us to schedule new content out and ensure every piece spends ample time on our front page.
We also prefer to receive members-only content because it’s subject to curation and thus has the potential to bring a larger number of visitors to the page. This also helps earn the author money for their work, so joining the Medium Partner Program is worthwhile on both ends.
Fun fact: The Ascent's top stories (i.e., those with 1,000+ views) combined to help writers earn over $35,000 in 2019.
How to Submit Your Story for Consideration
Now that you’ve applied to be a contributor and have a better understanding of what success looks like here, it’s time to actually send us some stories.
The next time you finish a draft, just do the following to submit it to us:
- Click the “…” button near the top-right corner of the page
- Select “Add to publication”
- Choose “The Ascent” from the list of pubs (depending on the number you may need to scroll)
- Click “Add draft” to submit your story for review
- Wait patiently for your draft to be reviewed (we’ll try our best to do so within 48–72 hours)
Depending on your settings, you should receive an email from Medium once your story is accepted or rejected. If it’s rejected, we’ll try our best to explain why by posting a private comment at the top of your article’s page.
Please not that as we’ve grown, so have our daily submissions. This has led to an ever-increasing emphasis on quality in terms of what we publish. As we typically only post a maximum of 10–15 new stories each day, many more are now unfortunately getting rejected.
If you focus on the written guidelines above (especially Medium’s), you’ll have a good shot at getting your story published, curated, and noticed.