Welcome to our Mighty community. We’re so happy you’ve decided to share your story with us.
If you are a returning contributor, click here to go to the MVP.
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.)
- PARTNERS: submit your story here.
- 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].
- Still have questions? Check out our FAQ.
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.
October Blogging Prompts
**These are just ideas if you’re looking for some writing inspiration.
We accept submissions within all topics!**
October’s Writing Prompts
1. Sometimes the least likely people show up when we need them most.Describe a moment when someone you didn’t expect to be there helped you or a loved one in some way. Why was this meaningful to you? What can others learn from this moment? If you respond to this writing prompt, use the hashtag #HelpEachOther at the end of your post.
2. Create a list of questions you wish you’d asked your doctor the day you received significant medical news (i.e. a diagnosis, a surgery recommendation, a prognosis, etc.). Sometimes in the moment when your doctor asks you if you have any questions, even though you have a ton, you can’t think of one. Then you go home and they all come back to you. Create a list you wish you’d had that may help others going through what you went through. What should you have asked, or, what should your doctor have been sure to go over with you? If you respond to this writing prompt, use the hashtag #QuestionsForDoctors at the end of your post.
3. Let’s talk bullying. Unfortunately, many people with health conditions and their loved ones are bullied at one point in their life for being different. If it’s not too painful to recall, write about a moment you faced a bully and how you dealt with that — or how you’re working through it now? How do you wish you had handled the situation, or, if you’re proud of how you reacted, what would you tell others facing similar problems? If you respond to this writing prompt, use the hashtag #EndBullying at the end of your post.
4. October can be a challenging month when it comes to food. With Halloween, and the holidays around the corner, many people with food challenges — from allergies to sensory issues to disordered eating to dietary restrictions — find this time of year difficult. If you are one of them, describe a moment when your or a loved one’s health condition made a food experience challenging. What do you wish others understood about you in this moment? How did you handle it and what advice would you give for people like you?
October’s Poetry Prompt
For poetry, please post as a Thought with the hashtag #MightyPoets. Do not submit poems through the contributor network.
“These are #MySymptoms…”
Living with the symptoms associated with both physical and mental illness can be challenging — people who’ve never dealt with certain health conditions often don’t understand how the visible and “invisible” symptoms someone experiences affect their day-to-day life, and therefore it’s easy to feel isolated, frustrated or misunderstood.
That is why for October’s poetry prompt, we’re asking you to write poetry about the symptoms you experience or have experienced in the past due to a health condition using the hashtag #MySymptoms. By writing poems about these everyday experiences with symptoms, we hope you can bring light to what you’re going through, and maybe even help process through them.
Thank you for sharing your story with The Mighty!
We’re humbled to have you with us.