Friday, September 2, 2016

Disabled and/or Neurodivergent Literary Links

Please see the Links of Interest tab for a full list of disabled/neurodivergent literary links.

Disabled/neurodivergent culture is alive and thriving, especially in the realm of literature.  To prove it, here are awesome literary magazines focused on disability/neurodivergence or are adjacent to them in some way.  And a literary contest about disability.

1.  Pentimento Magazine A literary magazine for the disability community which includes caretakers, friends, family, medical personnel, and the disabled people themselves.  *Pentimento is "temporarily in suspension".  Thank you Michael Northen for the update.*

2.  Kaleidoscope Magazine From the website:  "The material chosen for Kaleidoscope challenges and overcomes stereotypical, patronizing, and sentimental attitudes about disability. We accept the work of writers with and without disabilities; however the work of a writer without a disability must focus on some aspect of disability."

3.  Doll Hospital Journal Print literary journal of mental health.  Interested in how mental health and the ideas around it intersect with race, class, sexuality, etc.

4.  Breath & Shadow holds the distinction of being the first online literary publication dedicated to disabled people.  All (or most) of their staff is disabled, too.

5. Wordgathering is a journal of  literary work and disability. (As of 12/1/16, this link now goes to their website instead of their Facebook.)

6.  Bellevue Literary Review From their website:  "We are devoted to publishing writing that brings together the perspectives of patients, caregivers, family members, students, healthcare professionals, and the general public, allowing for deeper understanding of others’ experiences."

7.  Hospital Drive Literature and art on healing, health, and illness.

8.  Barking Sycamores is a publication for neurodivergent writing.  It has an annual print edition and publishes a variety of work, including hybrid pieces.

9.  PEN 2 PAPER: A Disability-Focused Creative Writing Competition All entries must have a disabled character or have a disabled theme.  They accept poetry, fiction, drama, comics, and nonfiction.  No entry fee.

Edited 9/13/2016:

10.  Amygdala Literary Magazine From the website:  "Amygdala's goal is to build a sense of community by creating a platform for people to bring mental health issues into dialogue. We seek to achieve this through original works including: creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and art. We are looking for work that elucidates the wide range of issues and emotions mental health disorders evoke."

Next week, I'll be talking about interesting changes popping into existence around disabled/neurodivergent writing, including two new literary publications. 


  1. Great to see these comments. A couple of updates that may be interesting to your readers. Pentamento is temporarily in suspension, but invites its readers to contribute to other disability lit magazines. The Wordgathering URL is We publish all kinds of literary work - not just poetry. Our next issue comes out in two days. Finally, the hottest new disability lit magazine is Deaf Poetry Society. You may want to put them on the list. Writers may be interested as well in the Disability Literature Consortium (of which several of these journals are members). They represent authors with disabilities at AWP.

    Michael Northen

    1. Thank you for the updates on Wordgathering's link and the status of Pentimento. I have changed the post to reflect the information.
      I don't list the Deaf Poets Society because there are two other posts with more disability/neurodivergent literary links. I am thinking about creating a fixed page with all of the literary links in one place.

      Thank you for stopping by, and for the information.

  2. Let's cease the use of the word, "awesome," as it's losing all meaning,and doesn't challenge authors ( who take authority over their work) to substitute a more expressive term. "Awesome" is used to describe toothpaste, and nuclear catastrophe.