Guidelines for Contributing Writers

Below, you’ll find our editorial guidelines for contributing writers. The Mighty aims to share honest stories in a responsible and respectful way. We believe through storytelling, we can actually help people. To do that, we need everyone submitting a story to feel safe. These guidelines are here to help make that possible. They should encourage, not hinder, you in telling your story. If you’re concerned your story wouldn’t comply with a guideline, don’t turn away; email an editor at [email protected]. We’re happy to work with you on it!

The Mighty has grown into a platform where thousands of people people are sharing stories around hundreds of disabilities, diseases and mental illnesses. These stories come from all perspectives — from people with disabilities, from patients, from family members and friends, from doctors and therapists, from educators and more. Each person has a different reason for writing. Some write to educate, to ignite change, to raise awareness. Others write to find a community, to let someone else know he or she is not alone, to provide empathy. Some write to inspire, to encourage, to flip a stereotype on its head, to end stigmas. Some write to say thank you, to highlight beautiful moments in life. Some write because they simply have a story to tell. 

Here are guidelines we believe will help people share their stories in a responsible and respectful way. We’re excited to have you join our Mighty family!

When submitting a story, please consider the following:

  • Think about the privacy of loved ones, friends and strangers mentioned in your story. Be respectful when sharing details of others’ lives.
  • Tell your story through your own perspective. Try not to make assumptions about how others in your story are feeling or thinking. 
  • Please avoid suggesting that another person’s circumstances are better or worse than your own.
  • Use respectful language. If your post is critical, which it can be, it should also be constructive. 
  • We welcome both person-first language (i.e. “person with disability”) and identity-first language (i.e. “disabled person”).
  • We appreciate if you provide sources for any facts stated.
  • Think about this question: “What is the purpose of my post?” This can have multiple answers: to share something you’ve learned, to let others know they’re not alone, etc.

Know you’re in a safe space where you can be honest about your feelings. We’re not here to tell you how to feel. Reach out to an editor if you’re concerned with how your story or parts of your story will be perceived. We’re here to help, and we’re grateful that you’ve chosen The Mighty to share your story.

For instructions in submitting a story, head over here.

If you’d like to submit a video, please follow these instructions.