Who We Are

The Temper is an online publication dedicated to dismantling the mainstream assumption that drinking is the only way to do anything worth doing.

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 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.” Which 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 personal essays, service-based articles (advice/action-oriented how-tos or listicles), and op-eds and we’re always seeking subject-matter experts to share their insights and help answer reader questions.

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.
  • Posts should be between 900-2,500 words. 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 For The Temper” with your prosed headline and a short blurb (fewer than 500 words) about the article to [email protected].

We will also accept completed, original articles that aren’t published elsewhere online.

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.