Updated 11.19.15

Short version: read our submission guidelines below plus our mission statement, then email your story to


The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism publishes stories online and in print. We released our first print collection, Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, in December 2011. Please read the following guidelines before submitting an essay or contacting us.

Submissions should be:
  • 1000 to 2500 words (or between four and ten printed pages).
  • Submitted by email, in plain text.
  • Written in or translated into English.
  • Your own work; you must own the copyright.
Please email submissions to:
Your submission email subject line should read:
  • SUBMISSION: The Title of Your Essay
Your submission email body should read as follows:
  • Title
  • Your Name [the name under which you would like to be published]
  • I agree to the submission guidelines for The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism on [date]
  • Your preferred contact email
  • Your website
  • Your brief, one-paragraph bio
  • Your text, up to 2500 words

TPGA does not ask for nor retain exclusive rights to any work. You may publish your piece elsewhere, though we would prefer you wait 60 days to do so. We request the right to publish your work on our website indefinitely and on any future related websites or other platforms in whole or in part and for your work to be archived indefinitely.

Chosen submissions will be incorporated into a printed book and sold for profit. Proceeds will be used to pay our writers, and to fund original reporting.

You will be notified if your submission is chosen for the print publication. At this time, we typically provide no compensation for your submission other than the glory of your name in print and the knowledge that you are making a difference for the autism communities.

We may use a portion of your work to advertise our website or book (by using a quote or summary, for example).

Other websites may link to your essay, but no one may republish your TPGA essay without your permission.

All submissions will be reviewed by both a copy editor and (when appropriate) a science editor. 

TPGA reserves the right to review and edit work before publishing, for accuracy, validity, length, spelling, grammar, style, and clarity. We look to The Chicago Manual of Style regarding those last two.

We may choose not to publish foul or derogatory language, photographs or references we deem offensive with regard to race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or for any other reason we decide.
TPGA is not able to provide feedback on stories accepted or rejected.

You may submit changes to your story, or request its removal from our website at any time. However, if your submission appears in the print copy you will not be able to recall your work for any reason.

Published pieces are not necessarily the opinion of TPGA.

Personal Information
Your full, real name will be required for your online and/or print publishing agreement, but you may publish your story under a different name.

Your information will never be released to any third party.

If you choose to publish with your real name you do so with the understanding that the Internet is a big place and that information you reveal may be used against you by former spouses or friends, identity thieves, the media, current or future employers, and lawyers. TPGA will not be held liable.

To comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we do not collect information from children under the age of 13. If you are 18 or younger, you must have your parent's or guardian's permission to submit an essay.

The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism (TPGA) does not assume responsibility for any information submitted by authors or readers. By submitting any work, each author/reader is stating they have properly followed all legal rules and regulations for writing and publishing.

When writing about individuals who are not public figures, please state explicitly in your submission  that you have obtained permission to write about them, or have changed identifying details.

By submitting your essay to us, you guarantee that your submission is your own work, and that you are liable for its content. We will not tolerate libel, plagiarism, or copyright infringement.