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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.

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:

Summer 2014: Veterans' Transformation and Healing
Thich Nhat Hanh has said, "You veterans are the light at the tip of the candle. You burn hot and bright. You understand deeply the nature of suffering." In Thay's tradition of practice, supported by the Sangha, many veterans have embraced their suffering and have become agents of understanding, healing, and peace.Veterans and their loved ones are invited to submit stories, essays, poems, and artwork related to their experiences of war, peace, healing, and transformation, as supported by the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Submission due date: March 1, 2014.

Possible themes for future issues:
Mindfulness in creative arts
Mindful economics: money management, financial planning, and investing


Art and Photo Submissions:
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:
July 1 – for Autumn issue
November 1 – for Winter/Spring issue
March 1 – for Summer 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 and inquire about the status of your submission.

How to send:

  • Preferred method is to email files to editor@mindfulnessbell.org. 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
    USA