Here are some frequently asked questions we receive about The Mighty’s contributor network. If you can’t find an answer to your question here, feel free to email us at [email protected]
How do I become a Mighty contributor?
Once our editorial team has accepted your first submission, you become a Mighty contributor!
To submit your story for the first time, head here.
Already a contributor? You can submit again here.
What are the benefits of being a Mighty contributor?
The Mighty’s goal is to make health about people. That’s why we’re aiming to build the biggest and most diverse collection of first-person essays about health and disability on the internet. Mighty contributors share their stories to let others know they’re not alone, and in return receive comments and support from a community that gets it.
You don’t have to be a professional writer to write for The Mighty. We publish everyone — from people who simply find writing therapeutic, to bloggers who want to bring their work to a new audience. We believe everyone has a story to tell, and our Mighty editors work with writers at any level.
Every day, Mighty contributor stories are distributed through our 30+ Facebook pages and newsletters, as well as by our nonprofit and media partners. Mighty contributor stories have been republished on MSN, Yahoo, Scary Mommy and HuffPost.
When you become a Mighty contributor, you’ll receive a bi-weekly newsletter, as well as monthly writing prompts and opportunities to attend free writing workshops. Plus, occasionally, we like to give our contributors Mighty swag.
Are there paid opportunities for Mighty contributors?
Right now, we do not offer compensation for general submissions. However, we have paid opportunities for Mighty contributors. This could include taking a pitch from a Mighty editor, sponsored posts, completing a survey or appearing in a video. We’re also currently experimenting with a paid version of our contributor network – and we’ll contact you directly when these opportunities come up.
Because we don’t pay Mighty contributors for general submissions right now, we understand this means some are not able to write for The Mighty. If you’re a professional writer or editor with experience in the disability, chronic illness or mental health community, check out our jobs page, which will be updated as opportunities arise.
Why can’t you edit and publish every story that’s submitted?
We have a small (but mighty) team of editors who each bring personal experiences with various disabilities and conditions. Because of our current size, we are not able to edit every story we receive. That’s why if we can’t edit your story, we’ll still post it on your profile as a “Mighty Thought” so our community can still read and comment on it.
What’s the difference between a Contributor Story and a Thought?
Contributor Stories and Thoughts are both important parts of The Mighty’s community. Both show up in our community member’s feeds, and both start important conversations that often leave people feeling more understood and less alone.
Contributor Stories are edited – Thoughts are not. Contributor Stories are also distributed through The Mighty’s social channels and shared with our nonprofit and media partners. It can sometimes take up to a month for a Contributor Story to be published — you can post a Thought right away without waiting for an editor to review it.
Is there a wordcount for Mighty submissions?
Although we don’t have an official wordcount, Mighty stories typically run between 400-800 words.
Can I submit a picture along with my story?
Yes! We love when contributors include personal photos with their story, but please do not send us a stock photo, and only send photos you have permission to share. Please make sure if you’re sharing a photo of someone else, that person has given their consent. If you do include a photo, make sure it’s at least 1280 x 800 px and high quality. We won’t be able to feature photos that are too small.
What if I want to submit my story but don’t want to use my real name?
We understand the world isn’t always a “stigma-free” place when it comes to writing about your own health condition or disability. That’s why we completely understand when Mighty contributors aren’t comfortable using their real names.
Instead, many Mighty contributors use a variation of their real name (for example: middle name, last initial). Others choose to write under a pseudonym. If that’s your preference, we do ask that your pseudonym sounds like a name and not a username.
How long does it take to get my story published on The Mighty?
It can take a few days for your story to get reviewed by a Mighty editor and then up to a month for it to be published. If your story is timely, you’ll be able to mark it as such during the submission process.
We’re continually trying to make our publication process faster, so we always appreciate your patience.
What if the story I submitted originally appeared on my blog?
That’s totally fine – it can still be published on The Mighty. Make sure you include a link to your blog when you submit, and we’ll credit it at the end of your piece.
Can I publish my story elsewhere after it’s published on The Mighty?
Yes. As a Mighty contributor, you own the rights to all of the stories you publish on The Mighty. We do ask if you use the version of your story that has been edited by a Mighty editor, you credit that it originally appeared on our site.
Do you accept poetry or fiction?
Right now, we only publish first-person nonfiction essays and blogs. But, we encourage you to post poetry directly to our site using the hashtag #MightyPoets. You can also post your fiction stories as Thoughts.
I’m having technical difficulties submitting my story. What do I do?
Oh no! Email [email protected] about any technical difficulties you run into while submitting your story.
Thank you so much for being here! For any general inquiries about the contributor network, or to ask a question about a story you submitted, email: [email protected] To find out how to share your story with The Mighty, head here.