Welcome to Thrive Global! Founded and led by Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global is a health, well-being and productivity company aimed at redefining the way we work and live. Our contributor community is an essential part of Thrive’s mission. Before posting, please make sure to read our editorial guidelines. To see the types of articles we promote and have your favorite reads delivered to your inbox, subscribe to Thrive’s newsletter here.
Now here’s a simple guide to becoming a Thrive Global contributor!
If you don’t already have a Thrive Global account, create one here.
Once you’re logged in, remember to update the Profile section, where you can add your bio, photo, and more.
Already have a Thrive Global account, but your password isn’t working? Click on this link , then click on “reset password.”
Need help? Email us at [email protected]
How to build a post
Once you’ve logged in with your password, you can start creating a story!
1. Click on the “Posts” tab within the sidebar on the left side of the screen.
2. Click on the “Add New” button.
Here’s what you should see:
3. Write a title for your piece, and then write your story. To write a title (headline), click within the “add title” field, then write your story in the “write your story” field below it.
4. Write a “subtitle” for your story — this is a key step! This is the sub-headline (aka “dek,” aka “subtitle”) under the main title of your story. Writing a subtitle is a key step because if you don’t write one, the full first paragraph of your text will show up as a default subtitle, which looks like a mistake.
Here’s what we mean by subtitle: this article‘s title is “11 Ways to Prioritize and Protect Your Time at Work.” The subtitle is the line underlined in red: “Eating the frog first, being ruthless about meetings, ‘managing the monkeys’ — these strategies will help you stay in control of the clock.”
To write your subtitle, type it within the box under the text editor labeled “subtitle.” It’s located under the body of the article, toward the lefthand side!
(Please note that if you do not have a subtitle, the system will automatically pull in the first few lines of your piece instead.)
5. Upload a featured image for your story — also a key step.
The featured image is the main image that will appear at the top of your story. Our system will automatically resize photos for desktop and mobile. (Here are some guidelines for finding great images! You must have permission from the photo copyright holder to use a photo or visual that you didn’t take yourself or find via a rights-cleared source. )
The “Featured Image” tab should appear on the right side of your screen. Click on “set featured image” to upload one.
IMPORTANT: Even if you put an image in the body of your piece, you need to upload the same (or different) image to the “Featured Image” slot. If not, your story will not have a main image!
6. If you would like, add any additional images within your piece
To do this, click on the “Add image” icon to the right of the “add your story” field. It’s the first one in the row of three icons. The middle icon, “Add Gallery,” can be used to add multiple images, and the third one (“Add heading”) will allow you to add a subtitle to your image.
7. Submit your content
Congratulations! You’ve officially written a piece for Thrive. Now, you’ll need to hit the blue “Publish” button in the upper right corner your screen, under your username.
From there, you should see this message about submitting your story for review.
Click on the blue “Submit for Review” button to do so, and then a Thrive editor will take over from there! You’re all done.
Need help? Email us at [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens after I’ve submitted my story for review?
After you submit your story, it will be added to our queue and reviewed by our editorial team.
How long will it take for my story to be published?
We try to publish stories as quickly as possible—our average turnaround is between a day and a week.
How long should my story be?
Stories that are between 300 and 800 words generally perform best.
Can I publish stories that I published somewhere else first?
Why was my headline changed after I submitted?
On occasion, our editors may update your headline or featured image to make your post as social and search-friendly as possible.
What topics can I write about?
Topics to explore include (but are not limited to): life or career lessons and advice, mental well-being, relationship with technology, overcoming stress and burnout, success and failure, productivity, creativity, gratitude, self reflection, inspiration, parenting and co-parenting, interpersonal relationships (romantic, family, friends), quieting negative self-talk, and the power of giving back. Please read our editorial guidelines for more info!
How often can I write?
As often as you like!