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 in the Plum Village tradition and from your heart.

We welcome your stories, poems, and feature articles, and we especially request stories, poems, and artwork from children and teens.

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Upcoming theme

Healing and Reconciliation

For the Summer 2020 issue of the Mindfulness Bell, please share submissions of stories, articles, and poems from your personal practice and from your heart on:

  • How you take care of yourself and balance well-being with awareness of suffering.

  • How you use the practice of Beginning Anew or Thay’s teachings to heal yourself and transform your sufferings.

  • How you use the practice of Beginning Anew to reconcile challenges with your family.

  • How a teaching from one of Thay’s books or Dharma talks has transformed your practice, and how you apply it in your daily life and in specific circumstances.

  • How you use the practice of gardening to water your good seeds and heal Mother Earth.

Please send your submission (no more than 1,500 words), a photo to accompany your submission with a file size of at least 1MB, a photo of yourself, and a 2-3 sentence bio with your Dharma name (if any) to by January 15, 2020.*

Submissions of artwork and photography are also welcomed.

* Exceptions to submit past this deadline are not possible. Thank you for your understanding.

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

  • January 15 for the Summer issue

  • May 15 for the Autumn issue

  • September 15 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 5131
San Diego, CA 92165