Welcome! We’re glad you found us — thanks for your interest in what’s going on here at Grotto Network!

Our content helps our readers navigate life, make an impact, and keep the faith — we’re always looking for new writers to offer wisdom and share meaningful experiences in these areas. You don’t have to be Catholic to write for Grotto, but we are gathering a community of Catholic creatives, so if you want to be part of that, this is a great place to contribute.

We are happy to consider unsolicited stories and articles, and we pay competitive rates for accepted submissions. Send your piece to our Senior Content Editor, Jessie McCartney, via Word document attachment or Google doc link. Guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Please introduce yourself (background, areas of interest or expertise) and include links to other published pieces you can offer as writing samples. 
  • Grotto will not consider submissions that have appeared elsewhere (in print or online, including personal blogs). 
  • Word count is flexible — of far more importance is the quality of writing and the ability to carry reader interest through the whole story. That said, most of our pieces fall into a range of 500-1,000 words. 
  • We plan our content calendar six to eight weeks in advance, so articles tied to a timely event should be submitted with this timeframe in mind. 
  • Due to volume, it may take a month for you to receive a response.
  • The best way to contribute a meaningful piece to Grotto is to be familiar with what we publish. We are not looking for academic or theological insights — we are interested in content that takes life seriously for our generation and reveals what’s important about the interior life. Write an interesting story that you’d like to read!
  • Above all, we are looking for riveting, wise, hip, savvy, authentic, witty, original writing. Give us something we can only get from you.

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