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, check out this month’s writing prompts below.

October Writing Prompts
**These are just ideas if you’re looking for some writing inspiration.
We accept submissions within all topics!**

October Writing Prompts

1. October is Bullying Prevention Month, and bullying doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Share a story about a specific type of bullying we don’t talk about. Describe your experience with this type of bullying — including how it affected you — and then share what you learned from your experience, giving support to people who can relate. If you use this prompt, add #Bully at the end of your submission.

Examples: We Need to Address the Mental Health Effects of ‘Adult Bullying’Shattering the Silence About Autism and Workplace Harassment

2. How does your or your loved one’s condition/disability affect Halloween? From trick-or-treating, to your choice of costume, to something even more specific most people aren’t even aware of, write a story about a specific challenge you face related to Halloween. Or, send us photos of your creative Halloween costumes – we’d love to see that too. If you use this prompt, add #Halloween at the end of your submission.

Examples: Why Halloween Is Painful for Me as Someone With Chronic Illnesses4 Ways to Support Families of Kids on the Autism Spectrum at Halloween

3. Parents: Think of one of your greatest parenting challenges, and then write a letter to someone who can relate. Parenting can be isolating — whether a mental illness makes you feel not “good enough,” a chronic illness makes it hard to keep up with the “other” moms, or advocating for your child who has a disability leaves you exhausted, write the letter you would need to read when things became too much. 

Example: To the Suicidal Mama Fighting to Stay Alive for Her Kids

4. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Share one thing the breast cancer awareness movement don’t often say about life after a breast cancer diagnosis. What message do you wish was included in this month’s advocacy efforts?

Example: Navigating October as a Breast Cancer SurvivorWhy We Can’t Forget Children During Stroke Awareness Month

5. 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! If you use this prompt, include the hashtag #News at the end of your submission.

Example: How It Feels to Watch Netflix’s ‘Unbelievable’ as a Rape Survivor

Thank you for sharing your story with The Mighty!

We’re humbled to have you with us.