How to Share Your Story on The Mighty

The Mighty’s goal is to make health about people. That’s why we’re building the biggest and most diverse collection of first-person stories about health and disability on the internet. When you become a Mighty contributor, you’re joining 12,000+ writers who understand that stories have the power to break stigmas, foster connection and let others know they’re not alone in their experiences.

You don’t have to be a professional writer to write for The Mighty. We publish writers from all backgrounds — from health bloggers who want to bring their work to a new audience, to people who simply find writing therapeutic. We believe everyone has a story to tell no matter where you are on your health journey, so whether you’re new to this community or have been around the block for a while, we want to hear your story. Don’t see your question answered here? Head to our Mighty Contributor FAQs.

Contributor Stories vs. Thoughts

There are a few ways to interact with The Mighty community and share your experience. Here’s how to understand the differences and decide whether to submit a story or post a Thought.

Contributor Stories are published articles on The Mighty website that are written by members of our community. Contributor Stories can range from relatable personal experiences with health/illness to responses to current events, health-related book and movie reviews, self-care tips, gift guides and so much more. Contributor Stories are edited by Mighty staff for spelling, grammar, clarity and to meet our editorial guidelines. Contributor Stories are distributed through The Mighty’s social channels and shared with our nonprofit and media partners. If you found us via an article on social media or when searching the web, it was probably a contributor story!

Thoughts are perfect for personal updates, short posts, photos, poetry, and asking for support from the community. You can also join Groups to share Thoughts with people who have similar interests, concerns and/or health conditions. Thoughts are not edited by Mighty staff, but are monitored by our Moderation team to keep the community a safe and supportive environment. 

Contributor Stories and Thoughts are both important parts of The Mighty’s community. Both show up in our community members’ feeds, and both start important conversations that often leave people feeling more understood and less alone. 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. 

How to Submit a Story 

To submit your story to The Mighty, all you need is a Mighty account. Once you’re a member, first-time contributors can submit using their Mighty settings. 

Head here if you’re ready to submit your story now. 

Returning contributors, head here to access your Contributor Portal. 

It can take up to a week for your submission to be reviewed, and then up to a month for your story to get published. If you want to share something with our community right now and don’t want to write a full essay, you can post a Thought directly to our platform without waiting. Find out more here. 

Unfortunately, we can’t publish every submission we receive. If we can’t publish yours and it doesn’t break our editorial guidelines, it will automatically get posted as a Mighty Thought and show up on your profile. This way your story will still be seen by our community! If you don’t want your submission to show up as a Thought on your profile, no problem at all; you can always delete it.

If your story is accepted, it will be copyedited for clarity and according to our editorial guidelines. You will receive an email from us when your story is published! 

Sometimes our stories get picked up by Yahoo or MSN. If you do not want your story to be republished on Yahoo or MSN, let us know in the submission notes.

Tips for Telling Your Story 

At The Mighty, our stories prioritize the lived experience of people with health conditions, disabilities or any kind of neurodiversity. We also publish the perspectives of parents, special education teachers, medical professionals and caregivers.

We don’t typically publish “journey” stories (i.e. everything that has happened to you since your first symptom to the present day). Instead, our stories focus on moments — specific thoughts, feelings or anecdotes you believe capture an important part of your health story. 

Our editors look for stories that:

  • Go deep into specific parts of living with a condition or disability.
  • Provide helpful lessons or takeaways. 
  • Provide new perspectives on living with a health condition or disability.
  • Offer advice or hope for people who aren’t as far along on their journeys. 
  • Get real — show a more authentic side of health we normally don’t see. 

Other tips to keep in mind: 

  • Stories on The Mighty typically run between 400-800 words. 
  • If you include a statistic or fact, please provide a link to the source. (Your editors will thank you!)
  • Think about the privacy of loved ones, friends and strangers mentioned in your story. Be respectful when sharing details of others’ lives.
  • Embrace your intersectionality. We encourage BIPOC, LGBTQA+ and writers of other identities to consider how their intersections affect their experience with a condition or disability.
  • Consider how someone would feel at the end of your story. Not every story needs to have a happy ending, but we do encourage our contributors to end with some sort of takeaway or message for our community.
  • We love when you include original photos with your submissions! Make sure your photo is big enough (at least 1280 px width x 800 px height) if you’d like it to appear at the top of your story. 
  • If your story is timely (meaning, it’s about something in the news or an upcoming holiday or awareness day), make sure to mark it as “timely” during the submission process.

If you want to write a story for us but don’t know where to start, check out our monthly writing prompts. 

Editorial Guidelines 

What do Mighty editors look for when they edit your stories? Besides typos (it happens to the best of us), we’re also making sure all stories follow our editorial guidelines. These guidelines aren’t meant to restrict what types of stories we publish on The Mighty, but rather, we use them to make sure our stories are safe and accessible for our readers. 

Here are some things we look out for:

  • Generalizations: Make sure you’re only speaking about your experience with a health condition or disability, and be careful when making assumptions or generalizations about everyone with your condition.
  • Suicide methods: It’s OK to talk about suicide, but leave out details about specific suicide methods. If you have to mention a suicide method as part of a narrative, be as vague as possible.
  • Descriptions of self-harm: Similarly, it’s OK to talk about self-harm, but leave out detailed descriptions of methods and imagery. 
  • Inappropriate details about your children or someone you care for: If you’re a parent or caregiver, write about your experience without disclosing intimate, graphic or potentially embarrassing details about your children or someone you care for. 
  • Specific details about weight loss or gain: Weight is relative for everyone, and in order to protect people in our community with eating disorders, we leave our specific details about how much weight someone has gained or lost.
  • Calories and specific diets in pieces about eating disorders: In pieces about eating disorders, don’t include how many calories you or your loved one consumed per day or details about what exactly they were eating. We’re also mindful to exclude calorie counts from all of our stories. 
  • Words that have historically demeaned people with intellectual disabilities: This includes “idiot,” “stupid” and “r*tard.” (Unless you’re writing a piece about how we shouldn’t use these words.) 
  • Words that have historically demeaned people with mental illnesses: This includes: “crazy,” “psycho,” “lunatic.” (Unless you’re writing a piece about these words, or have reclaimed them in a meaningful way.) 
  • Outdated language about disability: This includes: handicapped,” “wheel-chair bound” and “crippled,” but excludes those who’ve reclaimed “crippled” in a meaningful way to self-identify. 
  • Plagiarism: Should you knowingly or unknowingly plagiarize — meaning most or parts of your story are directly taken from a source that isn’t yours — we won’t be able to publish your story on The Mighty. It’s OK to include select quotes or stats from other sources as long as you disclose where it originally appeared. 

As a note, we do welcome both person-first language (i.e. “person with disability”) and identity-first language (i.e. “disabled person”). We understand that everyone experiences health conditions and disabilities differently, and respect our contributors’ right to self-identify.

Join the Super Contributor Program 

The Super Contributor program is an exciting new way The Mighty is giving back to our active and most talented contributors. The goal of this program is to publish more stories across a wider range of topics, give our contributor more opportunities at The Mighty and with our partners, and help our contributors achieve their personal advocacy/writing goals.

What we give our Super Contributors:

  • Regular paid writing opportunities 
  • Monthly workshops about writing and advocacy
  • Opportunities to connect with Mighty editors
  • A badge and more visibility on the site and app 

What we ask of our Super Contributors: 

  • Participation in a four-part (and hopefully fun!) onboarding process
  • 12 stories per year

Applications are currently closed, but we’ll update this page when we’re accepting more Super Contributors into this program.

This Month’s Writing Prompts

  1. Think about one way you’ve grown over the last year, and then write a letter to someone who may be experiencing that growth right now. It’s always hard to pull back and realize how much you may have grown, but I would wager that, in some way, you’ve all come a long way from last September. And I’m sure it wasn’t easy to get there. Write the letter you would have loved to read when things got extra tough along your journey. 
  2. Let’s talk about challenges you’ve faced in the workplace. Our community has been talking a lot (like, a lot) lately about their experience with toxic workspaces and the impact those spaces have on their health. I’m interested in hearing your stories of navigating the world of employment — good and bad. Share your stories of thoughtful accommodations and/or workplace discrimination — from the nightmare bosses who negatively impacted your mental health to company policies that unfairly worked against you. Words of warning and lessons learned are always welcome.
  3. Tell us about those little moments where your disability, mental illness or chronic illness makes itself known. This recent piece from your fellow contributor, Michelle (thank you, Michelle!) really stuck with me as she focused on her experience with daily minutiae. So many stories exist online that focus on the “big” moments — the diagnosis, the conversation with your health team, the surgery, etc. — but what makes our community special is that it is here to offer support through all of the moments in between. Lean into that spirit, think about the everyday moments when you could use support, and write away.   

Happy writing! Visit your contributor portal here.