Who We Are
The Temper is a multi-contributor online publication dedicated to dismantling the mainstream assumption that drinking is the only way to do anything worth doing. We explore life through the lens of sobriety, addiction, and recovery.
We call bullshit on the normalization of drinking and drinking culture and are authoring a new, very real narrative that positions sobriety as a desirable, achievable, and empowered way to live. As such, we are radically pro-people, extremely anti-Rosé-all-day.
Although smashing the drinking culture trope is The Temper’s main focus, our topics are as diverse and intersectional as our contributors. Our stories are written through the lens of addiction and recovery, and include a range of writing on sex, food, money, relationships, career, gender identity, power dynamics, and so much more.
The Temper embraces the complexity and messiness of life, and aims to provide comfort and freedom in sharing our stories.
What We’re Looking For
We’re building an online destination where almost anyone can find themselves immersed in a story with which they can identify. It’s important to us that everyone knows that they’re seen, cared for, and can recover (from anything).
The Temper is particularly interested in amplifying the work of women, people of color, the LGBTQIA+ communities, people aged 55+, people with disabilities, and those in any other historically marginalized or underrepresented group.
If you don’t fall within one of these categories, don’t let that discourage you from sending us your article ideas — we want to tell your stories, too. We all have important stories to share.
What You Should Write About
One of our most basic beliefs, as written by Dr. Charlotte Kasl, is: “Patriarchy, hierarchy, and capitalism create, encourage, maintain, and perpetuate addiction and dependency” and that “addiction and dependency are societal problems rooted in the sexism, racism, and poverty that result from hierarchy and patriarchy.” This means: There are very few things, according to our belief system, that fall outside of addiction and recovery. Especially identity politics and all the -isms. However, your article needs to be tied back to addiction, sobriety, or recovery for it to be published here.
We primarily publish service-based articles (advice and action-oriented how-tos, lifestyle pieces, or listicles), personal essays, and op-eds; we’re always seeking subject-matter experts to share their insights and help answer reader questions.
Currently, we are especially looking for:
- Pitches surrounding our upcoming 2020 monthly topics: LGBTQIA+ (June), Mental Health (July), Creating a Social Life (August), Career (September), Sobriety Fears Debunked (October), Why We’re Grateful to be Sober (November), and Managing the Holidays (December). Keep in mind that these are more tips and how-to/lifestyle based pieces, not necessarily personal essays. Although we do welcome a personal angle in every piece!
- Sober lifestyle tips and advice-type stories that appeal to those who haven’t yet gone into recovery but are considering it.
- Pieces for those who are recovery-adjacent (aka your friends/family/coworkers) who could use some advice on how to better support you.
The Nitty Gritty
- Make sure posts (and pitches) are error-free and grammatically correct before submission. Since most of our readers are in the US, please submit in American English.
- We encourage accessible and engaging language (i.e. use simple language and short sentences, and avoid passive tense).
- Use person-first language when writing about substance use, substance use disorder, addiction, mental illness, or any physical disabilities. This language emphasizes the individual over the use, disorder, disability, or disease. The Temper follows the AP Style Guide when discussing addiction and recovery.
- Stories should be between 800-1,500 words (though up to 2,500 words is okay in certain cases). Consider including high-quality sources with your story when you submit. This is a must if you’re writing about health, science, or wellness!
- Of course, any articles that convey a sexist, homophobic, racist, or otherwise bigoted point of view will not be considered.
How to Submit a Pitch
Send an email with the subject line “PITCH: Story Title” with your prosed headline, a 1-2 paragraph blurb about the article, and a brief bio (along with clips to previously published work) to [email protected].
We will also accept completed, original articles that aren’t published elsewhere online — but largely prefer that you sent a pitch.
Before you send along a story idea, make sure you do a quick search to make sure we haven’t run the exact story before. We’re looking for pitches with strong personal points of view, and don’t accept pieces that make generalizations about entire cultures, races, or ethnicities, or genders.
Please note that due to the volume of pitches we receive, we can’t respond to every pitch (although we’ll try!) and it might take us a few weeks to get back to you. Also note that we only publish new articles three to five days a week, so our editorial calendar is extremely limited. Also, note that we love you.