Who: Students, recent graduates, and young professionals interested in psychedelic science and research.

When: Articles due November 30th 

Winner selected on December 7th 

Prize: The winning article will be featured on Psychedelic.Support’s blog and you’ll win a free continuing education course on MDMA or psilocybin! 

Where: SUBMIT ALL ARTICLES AS A FILE IN THIS POST! 

Stylistic Guidelines 

  •  Titles – maximum of 10 words 
  •  Word count should be 500-1500 words. 
  •  Include references, if applicable – maximum 10 references. Use APA referencing style (see guide below). 
  •  Include high quality images you own or have use permissions. If you have permissions, you must provide the proper acknowledgement. Or find an open-source image (provide link/citation).
  • File format – Microsoft word file, google doc, or text file 

Topics 

Subject matters of articles can vary widely. 

Example categories: 

  •  Psychedelics in medical/research context – research findings and practices using psychedelic-assisted therapies (e.g., lay audience summary of peer reviewed journal articles, psychological and biological mechanisms of action, summary of upcoming trials, set and setting topics, challenges with researching with schedule 1 drugs, diversity in research) 
  • Topics related to health professionals working in the field with psychedelics, plant medicines, cannabis, etc. (e.g., descriptions of how substances are being used in practices and clinics, psychedelic training program experiences and other types of trainings/continuing education/experience helpful for practicing drug-assisted therapy, overcoming stigma, diversity and accessibility, spiritual emergence, diets, how to start a ketamine clinic, describe different treatment modalities such as Hakomi and psychosomatic, topics pertinent to specific populations, personal blogs/stories related to your work, overcoming stigma) 
  • Psychedelic integration (e.g., practices and tips for individuals/groups, processing difficult experiences, maximizing outcomes in daily life, compare/contrast integration from different substances, various perspectives and frameworks for integration) 
  •  Harm reduction (e.g., practices and tips for minimizing potential harm, festival culture, peer support to help someone through a difficult experience, risk of taking unknown substances, how to talk to adolescents about psychedelic/cannabis use) 
  • Psychedelic education – informational pieces about substances and practices based on scientific literature or professional resources (e.g., education on drug/plant medicine effects, doses, risks; indigenous and contemporary use, compare/contrast plant and synthetic drugs, consciousness and psychedelics) 
  • Self-help and resources – techniques and practices readers can implement at home to manage disorders, stress, etc. and integration (e.g., meditation and breathing practices, journaling, support groups, exercise, diet tips, crisis support in local areas, substance use support groups), career exploration 
  • Diversity, inclusion, & culture – reflections on the intersections of identity and psychedelic experiences, efforts to avoid appropriation, particular applications of psychedelic experiences in different cultures, populations, and groups (e.g., specific Native American tribes, LGBTQ individuals, etc.). 
  • Emerging and hot topics in this field (e.g., legalization models, policy, clinic startup, psychedelic-assisted therapy training programs, insurance coverage) 
  • • Any other relevant categories 

Key Article Features 

Web articles are very different from academic or news articles. They must catch the reader’s interest quickly and be short/powerful enough to hold it. Make the article title descriptive and intriguing. Draw your readers in with interesting phrasing, a bold statement and differing viewpoint. Have your first sentences convey the core of your topic. Most internet readers will read just the first few lines before deciding to continue or to leave. 

Reader/Audience 

Regardless of the intended audience (e.g., therapists, patients, family members, professors, etc.), the actual audience for these articles is by default, the general public on the internet because the website is open to all potential visitors. Keep in mind the following: 

  • Terminology and concepts need to be well explained, including relevance and importance to the reader. Avoid the use of acronyms and industry jargon. Use common terms and phrasing that people outside of your field will understand. 
  • The article tone and language should portray warmth, trust, competency, and not be “hard scientific” or overly dry. You should consider using the first person (“I”) and include relevant experiences that you feel comfortable sharing publicly. Help the reader connect to you and the subject on a personal level. Evoke emotion and keep interest through the use of anecdotes and/or stories woven throughout. Keep in mind confidentiality, as appropriate. 
  • Since many readers scan online articles - Use short sentences (3 clauses max), use short paragraphs (only 2-5 sentences), include sub headings (about every 300 words), conclude without a summary of the article, but rather with a strong statement, insight, or outlook for the future, etc. 
  •  Different people learn differently. Some learn by sight, while others learn better by hearing. Visual aids are powerful and enhance the experience. Videos, images, diagrams can all help illustrate your point. Please share the source and keep in mind any copyright issues. 
  • Consider utilizing alliteration in your title. It can create interest, make the content more enjoyable to read and have a genuine impact on the reader. Do not force alliteration if it does not flow naturally. 
  • Consider leaving readers with questions to reflect on, such as how they may utilize the newfound knowledge in their own lives. 

APA Referencing Style 

Style any cited references in APA style. Note you can easily get this format from scholar.google.com. Search for your article, book, etc, then click the symbol “ under the entry for citations in APA style.