How to Share Your Story on The Mighty

Welcome to The Mighty’s community! We’re so happy you’re interested in sharing your story with us.

Right now, there are two ways you can post to The Mighty:

1. Post a Thought or Question.

Thoughts are the easiest and quickest way to share daily struggles, triumphs and updates with our community. They can be shorter musings, lists or even longer blog posts – it’s a great way to share whatever’s on your mind with a community that gets it.

Post a Question to receive advice from your fellow Mighty members. Ask a question about your disability, condition or anything else that’s on your mind, and get wisdom from people who’ve been there.

When you post a Thought or Question, include hashtags so your post shows up in communities that matter to you. You can include condition-specific hashtags (#anxiety, #autism, #fibromyalgia, etc.) and more general community hashtags. Check out some of our most engaged communities below:

  • #CheckInWithMe: A place where people seek and give support.
  • #52SmallThings: The Mighty’s year-long self-care challenge.
  • #MightyPoets: Share your poetry and read the work of others. Check out this month’s poetry prompt here.
  • #CheerMeOn: A place to celebrate accomplishments, milestones and wins – no matter how big or small – with others who understand their importance.
  • #DistractMe: While we can’t always take away the pain or discomfort, we can distract each other until it passes or feels more manageable. This is a space for anyone who just needs something or someone to take your mind off whatever they’re going through.

You can post a Thought or Question right now by downloading The Mighty’s iOS app. If you want, you’ll receive notifications when people “heart” or comment on what you shared. When you use our app, you can also include a photo with your post.

For more about how to post a Thought or Question on The Mighty, head here.

2. Submit your story to an editor and become a Mighty contributor.

Contributor Stories are essays that are selected and published by Mighty editors. Unlike a Thought, Contributor Stories go through a submissions process, and it can take a few days for us to review your story.

Right now, we don’t have the capacity to edit every submission we receive, so if we can’t edit your submission, it will be automatically posted as a Mighty Thought. You’ll get an email if this happens, and you can always delete it.

If your story is selected, it will be copy-edited for clarity and according to our editorial guidelines.

We currently do not offer compensation for general submissions. However, we do occasionally have paid opportunities for Mighty contributors.

It can sometimes take up to a month for submissions to be published on our site, so we appreciate your patience! We are continually working to make our publishing process faster, and you’ll get an email when your story is up. You’ll also get an email if we end up sharing your story on one of our Facebook pages!

If you are a returning contributor, click here to go to your portal.

If you’re submitting your story for the first time, sign up to submit your story here. But first, check out our editorial guidelines.

If your story is published on our site, it may be republished in full with your byline on a reputable Mighty partner site, such as MSN or Yahoo. Once republished on a partner site, Mighty moderation standards do not apply and the piece cannot be removed from the partner site.

While you can read and comment on stories on The Mighty’s iOS app, you can’t submit a story through our app right now.

Still have questions? Head here to read our Mighty Contributor FAQs.

Thanks again for choosing to share your story with us! If you need some inspiration, you can find January’s writing prompts below:

January Writing Prompts

1. What no one tells you. Despite years of schooling and learning about life, there are still so many experiences we just can’t prepare for. Like when you finally get a diagnosis after years of confusion, or when you fall in love – but also live with social anxiety. Write a list of things no one tells you about something unique you’ve experienced — giving wisdom to those who may need it and letting others who’ve been through it know they’re not alone.

Examples: 10 Things No One Tells You When a Loved One Dies; 22 Things People Don’t Tell You About Starting Antidepressants

2. Do this, not that. Well-meaning (but ignorant) people sometimes just don’t know what to do when faced with someone’s condition or disability. Pick a situation related to your health or disability, and write a “do this, not that” list so people who want to do better can learn.

Examples: 5 Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Suicidal — and What to Say InsteadMy Dos and Don’ts for Supporting Someone With Cancer

3. Turn some common advice on its head. There are some common wisdoms and pieces of advice that are true… for most able-bodied, neurotypical people. And yet people say them as if they apply to anybody. Pick a piece of common advice and explain why it doesn’t necessarily apply to your life with a disability or condition. Then, modify or expand on that advice so it’s more inclusive.

Example: Why ‘Forced Positivity’ Is Problematic for Mental Health and Chronic Illness

4. Write a response to something in the news — good or bad. A new song. An interview with a celebrity. A comment from a politician. If something in the news cycle strikes a nerve or leaves you inspired, let us know why. Make sure to mark your piece as timely when you submit!

Example: What to Remember Before Commenting on Adele’s Weight Loss

5. Submit a video! This month we’re testing out a new way to share your responses to these prompts, through video! Video responses are great if you have a few thoughts around a prompt, but maybe not enough for a written piece, however all responses are welcome! If you are interested, you can record your response to one or more of this month’s prompts using this form. Please note, you can submit both written and video responses.

We’re humbled to have you with us.