Below, you’ll find our editorial guidelines for contributing writers. The Mighty aims to share honest stories in a responsible and respectful way. We believe through storytelling, we can actually help people. To do that, we need everyone submitting a story to feel safe. These guidelines are here to help make that possible. They should encourage, not hinder, you in telling your story. If you’re concerned your story wouldn’t comply with a guideline, don’t turn away; email an editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to work with you on it!
The Mighty has grown into a platform where thousands of people people are sharing stories around hundreds of disabilities, diseases and mental illnesses. These stories come from all perspectives — from people with disabilities, from patients, from family members and friends, from doctors and therapists, from educators and more. Each person has a different reason for writing. Some write to educate, to ignite change, to raise awareness. Others write to find a community, to let someone else know he or she is not alone, to provide empathy. Some write to inspire, to encourage, to flip a stereotype on its head, to end stigmas. Some write to say thank you, to highlight beautiful moments in life. Some write because they simply have a story to tell.
Here are guidelines we believe will help people share their stories in a responsible and respectful way. We’re excited to have you join our Mighty family!
When submitting a story, please consider the following:
Please note that we do edit stories and their titles for length, clarity and our own editorial guidelines. For example, this might mean your title will be changed or certain language will be removed. If we feel we’ve made significant enough changes or altered your original tone, we’ll run it by you first. We never want to misrepresent your voice or message.
If your story is published on our site, it may be republished in full with your byline on a reputable Mighty partner site, such as The Huffington Post or Yahoo.
Also, unfortunately, we can’t publish every story or blog post that we receive on The Mighty. Please don’t take us turning down a story as us saying your stories don’t have value. We have a small editorial team currently, but we hope to one day have a spot for every story we receive on the site. Your stories have so much value.
Know you’re in a safe space where you can be honest about your feelings. We’re not here to tell you how to feel. Reach out to an editor if you’re concerned with how your story or parts of your story will be perceived. We’re here to help, and we’re grateful that you’ve chosen The Mighty to share your story.