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The unexpected results of laser eye surgery

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I don’t recall ever having perfect vision or anything close to it. I’ve needed glasses since I was a child. Not that I wore them. Glasses don’t mix well with roundabouts and swings. And when I grew up, they most certainly weren’t suited to kissing boys. …


The fiction and non-fiction books that shaped my life. How many have you read?

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I turned 36 this year. I know, I know, I don’t look a day over 20. What can I say, I guess reading keeps me looking young, that and the Botox. I’m kidding, I haven’t had any Botox, I’m a poor writer and can’t afford it.

Anyway, looks aside because…


Plus analysis

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It’s been a long, nail-biting wait for the results of the Medium Writers Challenge. Originally, the results were going to be revealed at the end of September, then it got pushed back to October 7th and then it got pushed back again to October 12th. But thankfully, Medium has now…


A 5-day window to send us your work in response to our writing prompts

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As October approaches, signaling the last 3 months of the year, it’s a great time to look back and reflect on the goals and business strategies set at the beginning of the year.

I find I’ve often gone off course, and waiting until the end of the year can mean…


What the Start it up team would love to read this month

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Update 1 September 2021: Our August Call for Submissions is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work to us. We thoroughly enjoyed reading your opinionated pieces. Do check out our homepage and Editor’s Picks to see who made it through to publication.


My life in tides: From depression and drowning to finding meaning as a scuba diving instructor

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High Tide

My head bobs above the water but I may as well be beneath the surface for the waves crash over me continuously. I cough and choke on salty seawater, trying and failing to keep from swallowing it. I have a regulator floating nearby; a mouthpiece that’s connected to the oxygen…


5 fun writing prompts | 7 days to submit to us

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UPDATE! We have received a huge number of high-quality articles in response to our call for submissions, and would like to thank everyone who has sent us their work so far. …


What our editors would love to read and publish in Curious + introducing our new relationship column

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If you’ve landed here then chances are you’re interested in writing for us or you’re already a contributor and are looking for some fresh ideas.

Whether you’re new to the platform or have been writing here for a while, we’d love to read what you have to say so read…


What the Start it up team would love to read and publish in June

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June’s Call for Submissions has now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. Mindset | Mental Health proved to be the most popular category this month, clearly demonstrating the importance of having the right mindset to ensure success and prioritizing mental health in the process. …


A fun writing challenge for new and existing contributors

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UPDATE: Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part in this challenge so far, it has been a pleasure to see the innovative ways you have responded to our writing prompts. Due to the high amount of submissions we have received, we will be closing this call for…

Elizabeth Dawber

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