Survival is a Talent - supporting writers with mental illness

Share Your Story

Writing Guidelines:

  • What genres am I looking for?

Narrative pieces written by individuals with a mental illness. I especially love stories that humanize individuals with a poorly understood illness. Bring the reader into your life and consider explaining things like when your symptoms first started to appear, what being diagnosed was like, how you came to terms with it, how you deal with discrimination, etc. If you make a connection to writing or creativity, all the better!

Individuals with a condition not already discussed on the blog are given priority.

  • What am I NOT looking for?

Poetry, news articles, or fiction. My readers want to read about your life directly. You can read an excellent example here.

  • How long does the piece need to be?

At least 300 words. Don’t stress yourself out and spend too much time on it.

  • What does the piece need to include?

Please send a few sentences about yourself in the third person, as well as a photo of yourself. You can include your social media links and website here. If you want to publish your piece anonymously, this is totally fine! Just be sure to let me know.

  • Any tips before submitting the piece?

Yes! Be authentic. Readers want the real you, not a fabricated version. Avoid longer sentences that the reader will get lost in. Hemingwayapp.com is a great resource for that. Also, consider including personal photos and subheadings. Edits will be made for SEO and grammar purposes.

  • Does it pay?

No, unfortunately. I wish I could pay for each blog post, but I simply can’t afford it. If you’d like to help me afford to support disabled writers though Stories of Survival, please consider a one-time donation or becoming a patron.

  • How do you submit your piece?

Fill out the contact form below. I look forward to hearing your unique story!

  • Do I accept pieces that have been previously published?

No. This will hurt the website’s ranking on Google. The posts can be labeled as spam if there are duplicate blog posts on multiple sites.

  • What if you want to write a general blog post about mental illness and/or writing?

If you’d like to submit a general blog post, I will be happy to consider publishing it on Survival is a Talent in a different category than Stories of Survival. Fill out the contact form, and let’s chat!

  • What if you want me to write a blog post to promote your blog or business and post it on Survival is a Talent?

That would be a sponsored blog post. I do those on a freelance basis. Examples of sponsored blog posts I’ve written before can be read here and here. If this is what you’re looking for, contact below.