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.

May Writing Prompts

1. For Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to hear about fictional depictions of mental health and mental illness that mean a lot to you. What was the first good depiction of your mental illness you saw in film or on TV? Which fictional character is your mental health hero? What lines from a TV show or movie stopped you in your tracks because they were so darn relatable? Write about these characters and TV/movie moments, specifically explaining what it meant to you as someone with a mental illness. 

Hint: When you’re writing about a TV show or movie, make sure to give enough context for someone who hasn’t also seen it! This means including a quick plot summary and other descriptions that bring the reader into the scene with you.

2. May is also Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. For our amazing contributors with borderline personality disorder, we want to know: what’s one aspect of borderline personality disorder we don’t talk about enough? It could be a specific symptom, an annoying misconception you see again and again, or the one thing (or a list of things!) you wish you could scream from the rooftop about BPD.

3. What’s something you’re tired of being ashamed of related to your chronic illness, disability or mental health condition? Living with a health condition or disability in a too-often ableist world can be hard enough – and it can make us feel ashamed about parts of our lives that aren’t actually shameful. What’s one thing you’re sick of feeling ashamed of? How does that shame affect your life, and what would you tell others who can relate?

4. Tell us a funny/heartbreaking/relatable story about parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re a parent, we want to hear the good, bad and ugly about parenting during the time of coronavirus. What’s one way you finally got your kids to focus on their school work? What’s one thing your child said that left you speechless? How does living with a health condition or disability — or parenting a child with a health condition or disability — factor into how you’re managing? No parenting shaming here — we want to hear your stories and share them so other parents feel less alone.

5. 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!

We’re humbled to have you with us.