Submission Guidelines


The heart of the Mindfulness Bell is the creative expression of mindfulness practice offered by practitioners throughout the world. The beauty of each issue comes from the creative fruits offered by our readers.

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

The Mindfulness Bell invites submissions of prose, poetry, photography, and artwork for our upcoming issues. Material should include specific examples of how mindfulness practice in daily life is helping to transform suffering, create peace, and improve relationships and well-being. Please share from your personal practice and from your heart.

We welcome your stories, essays, poems, and feature articles. Materials of 500 – 1,500 words are most frequently printed. Longer articles of 1,500 – 3,000 words are also needed.

We especially request stories, poems, and artwork from children and teens.

Upcoming themes

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

The Joys of a Mindful, Plant-Based Diet

We welcome submissions on:

– Your favorite plant-based recipes and how they support your practice

– Your family's rituals for mindful cooking and eating

– The challenges and rewards of a plant-based diet

– How your practice or sangha helps you work with your food cravings

– The story of an unforgettable mindful meal

– How you practice the Fifth Mindfulness Training, "Nourishment and Healing" and how this practice has transformed you (see

– How the Plum Village tradition and Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings have nurtured your relationship with food

Submissions are due by July 1, 2017.

Art and Photo Submissions

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

We appreciate photos, artwork, illustrations, and cartoons from your local Sangha, family, and community. Please send images as TIF or JPG files, 1 MB or larger. We can return originals sent by mail.

Submission Due Dates

  • March 1 for the Summer issue
  • July 1 for the Autumn issue
  • November 1 for the Winter/Spring issue

It may take eight to twelve weeks for submissions to be reviewed. If you have not received a response within twelve weeks, you are welcome to contact us to inquire about the status of your submission.

How to Send

The preferred method is to email files to Artwork should be sent as JPG or TIF files, 1 MB or larger. You may also send written submissions, original art, photos, or a CD of digital images to:

The Mindfulness Bell
PO Box 1201
Capitola, CA 95010-1201