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. 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.

2. 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.

Writing Prompts

1. Unbelievable, but true. Tell a story that might sound unbelievable to someone who doesn’t “get” your experience with a disability, mental illness or chronic illness, but is totally true! Make sure the story includes some sort of takeaway: by telling this story, what do you want others to understand?

2. Pet peeves. What’s a pet peeve you’ve developed on your journey with health and disability? Share it so others can relate, but also try to end on a more productive note. Is it a pet peeve you have to accept, or is it something you wish people would change?

3. COVID-19 back to school stories. Whether you’re a parent, student or teacher, tell us a specific funny, heartbreaking, enlightening or important back to school story that could only happen in the strange times we’re living in. 

4. Advice you’ll never forget. What’s a piece of advice related to your health journey that you’ll never forget? Set the scene: Who gave you the advice? Where were you? How did it make you feel?

5. List of inside jokes. What are some jokes or experiences only someone with your condition would understand? List them out, and don’t forget to include an intro.

6. Suicide prevention and me. With National Suicide Prevention Month coming up in September, we’re looking to publish real stories from suicide attempt and loss survivors. What’s something suicide prevention campaigns often miss? What gets left out of the conversation? We want to fill in those gaps with stories from you — the people who’ve lived through it.

7. What people don’t get about pain. September is also Pain Awareness Month. We’d love to publish stories about unique ways chronic pain affects you — maybe in ways others don’t expect. What are some misconceptions about living with chronic pain, and what unique tricks or tips do you have to offer that could help someone who’s really struggling?

8. A photo that says 1,000 words. Write a story based on a photo — one that tells a story bigger than what the photo can show. What do you see in the photo, but maybe more importantly, what do you not see? Make sure to include the photo.

9. Turning mistakes into learning opportunities. What’s one “mistake” you’ve made on your health journey — big or small — that you think could make a good learning opportunity for others. What mistake(s) did you make, why do you regret it, and what do you hope others take away from your experience? Bonus if you share what you learned from the experience (since mistakes are part of life!).

 

We’re humbled to have you with us.