Friday, July 1, 2016

Do You Want a List of Resources?

There are a handful of literary magazines that are disability/neurodivergent-friendly.  There is a writing contest or two.  A few grants are specifically available for disabled artists.  As far as writer retreats and conferences, I have no idea.

I haven't found a comprehensive list of resources for disabled/neurodivergent writers.  I'm wondering:  Should I create one?  Would any of you find it beneficial?

I'm only one person.  If I make this list, I'm going to need your help.
What does an accessible conference or retreat look like for you?  If I'm going to be contacting people, I should know what someone other than me needs to fully access a place.

What magazines/retreats/contests/other resource do you know to be open to our community?  What has been your experience with them?

Could you please ask for recommendations from your other disabled/neurodivergent writer friends, acquaintances, or family members?  The more information we can get together, the better.

Well, I guess I'll wait and see what everyone thinks.
Thank you.


  1. I'd be interested in helping you with this list. Can you give me some ideas on what makes a lit mag or resource disabled/neurodivergent friendly? I have a some disabled poets in my local poetry group and many online friends who may be able make suggestions. I post these types of lists on my blog, so maybe we can start tracking stuff or get a list together?

    1. Thank you for the offer!

      Currently, I'm trying to ask disabled and/or neurodivergent writers what it means for them because we all have different needs and I can only state what works for me.

      I'm hoping to take people's answers and kind of devise a set of (loose) criteria. I already know it won't be perfect in each instance. I just want to get close.

      You can ask those disabled poets what places they love sending to and want to get published in. Then ask them if there are high-tier journals they won't touch and why. Some of what they say won't have anything to do with disability... but some will.