Links of Interest

Note: Writers can submit to most of the places listed here.  This page does not include genres or payment.  Please see the websites if you would like details.

1.  Blanket Sea is "an arts and literary magazine featuring work created by people living with chronic illness, mental illness, and disability".

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.

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.

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."

11.  Monstering Magazine is a literary magazine for disabled/neurodivergent writers who identify as female or nonbinary.  They are also actively seeking multi-marginalized disabled women/nonbinary people to join their staff.

12.  Tiny Tim Literary Review will have their first quarterly issue out by year's end.
From their Submittable:  The goal is to normalize chronically ill/disability narratives in addition to humanizing medical professionals through their stories. We'll be taking in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction work primarily.

13.  The Deaf Poets Society is an online literary and art journal for disabled and neurodivergent writers.  The website has audio guidelines and text descriptions for all images.  It has gotten some serious press coverage.

14. AWP Disability Caucus was formed to "allow for disabled individuals to network and discuss common challenges related to identity, writing, and teaching while professionally leading a literary life".  Because of the caucus and other individuals, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs is improving their accessibility.

15. The Disability Literature Consortium This site has DisLit news and resources for disabled/neurodivergent writers (some I don't have on this list).

16.  Zoeglossia is a community for disabled writers run by Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black, and Connie Voisine.  The only project listed, as far as I can tell, is a retreat program for poets.  But, since they're just getting off the ground, things may expand.  Currently, their Facebook page appears non-operational.

17.  Autonomous Press is a press that wants to further academic access and "promotes the representation of disability and/or disabled voices".  There is also a NeuroQueer Books imprint which "focuses on queer issues, queering, sexuality, gender, or critical response to other aspects of identity (such as race, class, disability) as they interact with neurodivergence and psychological development".

18.  The Writing in the Margins Mentor Program matches up an experienced editor or traditionally published author with an emerging writer from a marginalized group (in this case, writers of color and disabled writers).  The purpose is to get a manuscript prepared to send to potential publishers.  There is no cost, and the application form is straightforward.

19.  The Perch Magazine is an online literary magazine established in 2013 by The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health dealing with all facets of mental health.

20. Writers and Poets with Disabilities Facebook group.  "This is a group for sharing ideas, new publications, articles, and so on based expressly around being a writer who identifies as having a disability."

21. New Mobility "covers active wheelchair lifestyle with articles on recreation, travel, people, health, relationships, media, culture, civil rights and resources. Eighty-five percent of our readers have disabilities, most caused by spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy."

22. Ability Magazine is one of the more well-known disability publications. "General editorial subjects included in ABILITY Magazine are Humor Therapy, Headlines, Legislation, Health/ Medical Updates and Advancements, Sports, Assistive Technology, Human Interest, Diversity Employment, Housing/Universal Design for People with Disabilities, International Issues, Travel and Book Excerpts. Cartoons are also accepted. Queries/ articles not falling into one of the above categories are still accepted." 

23. Medical Literary Messenger publishes"original, thought-provoking, and unpublished work related to medicine, illness, and the body." 

24.  Rogue Agent Journal is an online literary magazine of poetry and art focusing on the body.  From the website:  "We are gods of our own bodies. We are servants to our own bodies. Our bodies are signifiers. Our bodies are false signifiers. Our bodies are liars. Our bodies are truthtellers. If our bodies are oppressed by an outside force, we are "written over." Rogue Agent wants to retaliate. Rogue Agent wants reconciliation. Rogue Agent wants to share your stories about the poem that is the body."

25.  The New York Times Disability Column considers full essays (no pitches) via email with the word "disability" in the subject line.  The editor is Peter Catapano.

26.  Disabled Writers helps journalists find disabled sources for articles and helps editors find disabled journalists.

27. Exceptions Journal is a literary publication for blind/visually impaired writers... mentions students specifically.

28. Intima "is a literary journal dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Narrative Medicine, an interdisciplinary field that enhances healthcare through the  effective communication and understanding between caregivers and patients."

29. The Healing Muse is a literary journal focused on the themes of medicine and healing.

30.  Reclamation Press From the website:  "We publish books by people within diverse disability communities. We seek authors living at intersections such as disability, race, and class. We strongly believe that people living at the junctions of multiple communities create books that expand our horizons and enrich the lives of individuals and communities."
Hashtags of Interest:

1.  #LiterarySpoons is a hashtag on Twitter where any disabled/neurodivergent writer can Tweet links to whatever they write, even blog posts!  There is even a "showing" time where everyone can share.  Remember to use "trigger warnings" when applicable.

2.  #ArtfulSpoons is a hashtag similar to #LiterarySpoons, with the difference being any form of art can be included   I've seen some gorgeous jewelry, lush fabric creations, delicious-looking culinary delights, and more displayed.

3. #CripLit is an excellent hashtag for all things disability literature/writing.  There is also a monthly #CripLit Chat.

4. #DisLit is used to discuss disability in literature.  It is often used with #CripLit.

5. #WriteDis is for disabled writers and people who write disabled characters. (There is also a Twiter account linked to it.)


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