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If you are a first-time contributor, sign up to submit your story here. But first, please read below:
- Take a look at our guidelines for contributing writers.
- If you are submitting poetry, follow these instructions.
- Take a look at our monthly blogging prompts (below).
- Include at least one photo with each post. If you’d prefer we use a stock image, let us know.
- If you’d like to submit a video, please email it to [email protected]
- Include a brief bio (1-4 sentences) and a photo for your profile. You will be prompted to do this during the sign-up process.
- Include your home address if you’re comfortable with that. (Occasionally we like to send things to our contributors. We won’t share or sell this without your permission.)
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- We also accept previously published blog posts. In this case, please include the link as well as the entire story (and let us know that you retain author rights over this story and the ability to publish it elsewhere).
- Send all questions to [email protected].
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Please note that we do edit stories and their titles for length, clarity and our own editorial guidelines. For example, this might mean your title will be changed or certain language will be removed. If we feel we’ve made significant enough changes or altered your original tone, we’ll run it by you first. We never want to misrepresent your voice or message.
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.
Also, unfortunately, we can’t publish every story or blog post that we receive on The Mighty. Please don’t take us turning down a story as us saying your stories don’t have value. We have a small editorial team currently, but we hope to one day have a spot for every story we receive on the site. Your stories have so much value.
December Blogging Prompts
**These are just ideas if you’re looking for some writing inspiration.
We accept submissions within all topics!**
December’s Writing Prompts
1. What’s a label you identify with – for better or for worse – you never thought you’d have before your journey with a health challenge or disability? Society likes to label us and that can have both negative and positive consequences. Tell us how being labeled this way makes you feel. Here’s an example: My Anxiety Makes Me Feel Like a ‘Mean Mom.’ If you respond to this prompt, include the hashtag #MyIdentity at the end of your submission.
2. Talk about a “taboo” emotion you experience — an emotion you feel like you aren’t “supposed” to feel. How do you cope with this emotion? What is a constructive way others can help you when you’re feeling this way? If you respond to this prompt, include the hashtag #TabooEmotions at the end of your submission.
3. Share a time a stranger surprised you (in a good way) in how they responded to your health challenge. What did they do, and how did it make you feel? If you respond to this prompt, include the hashtag #KindnessMatters at the end of your submission.
4. Describe a daily task that people may think is easy but can be difficult for you or a loved one. What makes this task difficult, and what do you wish other people understood about the challenges you go through? Also, if you can, share how you get this task done. If you respond to this prompt, include the hashtag #DailyTasks at the end of your submission.
5. Share a fear you thought you were the only having. Describe what it’s like to have that fear, and share some advice for others who experience it.
6. What’s a unique challenge you have around the holidays because of your health condition or disability? Describe it, and give advice to others who are also struggling with this around the holidays.
7. If you could give one gift to everyone who shares your condition or disability this holiday season, what would it be? Explain why you think this is something everyone should have. It can be a literal gift, or something more figurative.
December’s Poetry Prompt
The Mighty is currently holding its holiday card drive to send our love, support and #WarmWishes to patients spending their holidays in the hospital. We’ve partnered with McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, to deliver Mighty mail to children and adults with mental illnesses. We’re also proud to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, to send messages and artwork to display on TV screens throughout the hospital.
That is why, for the month of December, we wanted to get The Mighty Poets involved and send even more #WarmWishes in the form of poems. So share a poem with a reminder you needed to hear when you were struggling to a patient at McLean, or maybe a poem filled with hope to the children at St. Jude. Make sure you post your poem with the hashtag #WarmWishes and either #McLean or #StJude depending on which hospital you want this message to go to (hint: you can send several to each!).
For our Mighty artists out there; you can also submit artwork for the front of the cards being printed for McLean, or even a photo of a handmade card to be displayed on TV screens throughout St. Jude. Submit your artwork here.
Thank you for sharing your story with The Mighty!
We’re humbled to have you with us.