Magazines, Etc. (for Us)

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". [On Indefinite Hiatus] But, their press seeks chapbooks on and off.

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. [On Indefinite Hiatus]

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.  Kalonopia Collective is a literary platform for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and plays on the theme of 'vision.' All writers are welcome to submit but we're particularly made for visually impaired and blind writers." It's produced by I-Create Youth. 

7.  Hospital Drive Literature and art on healing, health, and illness. [On Hiatus/Maybe Closed]

8.  Ayaskala: Mental Health and Art (India) is a space for conversations about mental health. "Our primary focus is to create and curate a variety of art and content, presenting the multi-faceted nature of mental health purely through art-forms like poetry, short stories, CNF, photography – essentially anything art."

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.  Now charges a $5 USD entry fee. [On Indefinite Hiatus]

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 "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." [On Hiatus]

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 poets run by Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black, and Connie Voisine. They have a retreat for poets.

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 Disability Visibility Project is a community that discusses, advocates, and shares disability culture and experiences.  (This is where the #CripLit Twitter chat originated!)

19.  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."

20.  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."

21.  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." 

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  Medical Literary Messenger publishes"original, thought-provoking, and unpublished work related to medicine, illness, and the body." 

23.  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."

24.  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.

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

26.  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."

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

28.   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."

29.  The Barbellion Prize is awarded "to an author whose work has best spoken of the experience of chronic illness and/or disability".  All submitted books must be published in the current year (self-published books are acceptable).  No submission fee.

30.   Sins Invalid is a "performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized".

31.  Red Rover Magazine "is a literary magazine with the vision of encouraging people to create fiction and poetry in order to allow art to flourish in the modern world, as well as improve their own well-being and mental health".  Note:  The site has a lot of red.

32.  Cripple Magazine "Online magazine run by & for young disabled people. Where creatives can spill about disability, fashion, and more."

33.   Chronically Lit "Our mission is to examine and expand the representation of chronic illness in contemporary literature, media, and culture."

34.  DisABILITY & Romance (Open Facebook Group) is a new group for romance readers and writers searching for disability representation in the genre.

35.  Explicit Literary Journal is a "literary journal dedicated to show casing the visual art and writing of non speaking and semi speaking disabled writers and artists".

36.  Magnets and Ladders is a literary magazine for disabled voices. They consider fiction, poetry, memoir, and nonfiction. It's a project of Behind Our Eyes.

37.  S I C K  (UK) From the website: "S I C K is a thoughtful magazine written and created by chronically ill + disabled people, for all to enjoy." 

38.  Disability Arts Online (UK) From the website: "We give disabled artists a platform to blog and share thoughts and images describing artistic practice, projects and just the daily stuff of finding inspiration to be creative."

39.  It's Real is a magazine about mental health in the Asian-American populace.  Each issue is themed.

40.  Réapparition Journal is a publication/movement that hopes to "de-stigmatize chronic health conditions".

41. Serotonin is a literary journal of writing on the topics mental illness, neurodivergence, and suicide prevention. [On Indefinite Hiatus]

42.  First-Person Presence is a series of testimonies of "the community of people who have experiences that could be categorized as symptoms of illnesses primarily in the brain or nervous system". [On Indefinite Hiatus/Maybe Closed]

43. Ailment is a magazine for mental and physical chronic illness narratives. [On Indefinite Hiatus]

44. Capable Magazine is a literary journal that publishes stories of disability and chronic illness in various formats (poetry, songs, etc.) and is run by disabled/sick folks.

45. Corporeal "aims to gather experiences of embodiment from all walks of life".

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.)

6.  #FilmDis exists for discussions of disability, ableism, and disabled actors/cast members in movies and television.

7.  #HomeboundPhotography is for photographers who are homebound (or semi-homebound) to connect and share their art.

8.  #SubOpHUP for no-fee submission opportunities.


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