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.

April Writing Prompts

1. If you’re a medical professional or another person on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to hear your story. We want to hear about powerful moments, your current concerns and generally what life is like right now if you’re providing an essential service during the COVID-19 crisis. If you have a story to tell but don’t have time to write one, feel free to contact our managing editor, Jordan: [email protected]

2. If you’ve been tested and diagnosed with COVID-19, we want to hear your story. What was it like to get tested? What did the symptoms feel like when they first arrived, and how did any underlying conditions you have complicate this process? If you have a story to tell but don’t have time to write one, feel free to contact our managing editor, Jordan: [email protected]

3. Share a unique, funny or specific way you’re getting through self-isolation. Whether you’ve created a rule or game to help you get through certain tasks, picked up a few funny habits or have wisdom to share from your days at home with an illness, we want to hear how everyone’s coping. We’ve already published enough general lists about coping with self-isolation, so the more specific you can be, the better. 

4. Share a moment of kindness. A text from a friend. A moment in the grocery store. A medical provider who went out of their way. During this time, we’d love to hear stories about #MightyMoments of kindness and what they meant to you.

5. What the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing up for you. We’re looking for stories that aren’t necessarily about COVID-19 itself, but about the feelings and issues this situation is bringing up. How is past trauma affecting how you’re coping in self-isolation? How are your specific symptoms affected by what’s happening? What related issue is on your mind as the whole world is thinking about health? Now is a good time to bring attention to these topics.

6. Write a response to something timely. 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!

Of course, we’re also accepting stories not related to the COVID-19 pandemic at all — so if you’re inspired by another topic, please still submit your story.

We’re humbled to have you with us.