How to Share Your Story on The Mighty

Welcome to The Mighty’s community! We’re so happy you’re interested in sharing your story with us.

Right now, there are two ways you can post to The Mighty:

1. Submit your story to an editor and become a Mighty contributor.

Contributor Stories are essays that are selected and published by Mighty editors. Unlike a Thought, Contributor Stories go through a submissions process, and it can take a few days for us to review your story.

Right now, we don’t have the capacity to edit every submission we receive, so if we can’t edit your submission, it will be automatically posted as a Mighty Thought. You’ll get an email if this happens, and you can always delete it.

If your story is selected, it will be copy-edited for clarity and according to our editorial guidelines.

We currently do not offer compensation for general submissions. However, we do occasionally have paid opportunities for Mighty contributors.

It can sometimes take up to a month for submissions to be published on our site, so we appreciate your patience! We are continually working to make our publishing process faster, and you’ll get an email when your story is up. You’ll also get an email if we end up sharing your story on one of our Facebook pages!

If you are a returning contributor, click here to go to your portal.

If you’re submitting your story for the first time, sign up to submit your story here. But first, check out our editorial guidelines.

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 MSN or Yahoo. Once republished on a partner site, Mighty moderation standards do not apply and the piece cannot be removed from the partner site.

While you can read and comment on stories on The Mighty’s iOS app, you can’t submit a story through our app right now.

Still have questions? Head here to read our Mighty Contributor FAQs.

2. Post a Thought or Question.

Thoughts are the easiest and quickest way to share daily struggles, triumphs and updates with our community. They can be shorter musings, lists or even longer blog posts – it’s a great way to share whatever’s on your mind with a community that gets it.

Post a Question to receive advice from your fellow Mighty members. Ask a question about your disability, condition or anything else that’s on your mind, and get wisdom from people who’ve been there.

When you post a Thought or Question, include hashtags so your post shows up in communities that matter to you. You can include condition-specific hashtags (#anxiety, #autism, #fibromyalgia, etc.) and more general community hashtags. Check out some of our most engaged communities below:

  • #CheckInWithMe: A place where people seek and give support.
  • #52SmallThings: The Mighty’s year-long self-care challenge.
  • #MightyPoets: Share your poetry and read the work of others. Check out this month’s poetry prompt here.
  • #CheerMeOn: A place to celebrate accomplishments, milestones and wins – no matter how big or small – with others who understand their importance.
  • #DistractMe: While we can’t always take away the pain or discomfort, we can distract each other until it passes or feels more manageable. This is a space for anyone who just needs something or someone to take your mind off whatever they’re going through.

You can post a Thought or Question right now by downloading The Mighty’s iOS app. If you want, you’ll receive notifications when people “heart” or comment on what you shared. When you use our app, you can also include a photo with your post.

For more about how to post a Thought or Question on The Mighty, head here.

March Writing Prompts

1. Make a strong statement. Correct a misconception, fight an assumption or tackle an issue you’re passionate about related to your disability, chronic illness or mental illness. Then write a thoughtful piece backing up your strong statement. Helpful hint: think of a message you’d want to put on a billboard or sign.

Examples: Why Trauma Survivors Shouldn’t Think They Are ‘Lazy’; Yes, Using the R-Word Is a Big DealWhy Attendance Policies Are Ableist AF

2. Give someone hope. Think of a specific dark moment you’ve been through: the hopelessness of feeling like you’ll never get answers about your pain; a dark night of fearing no one will ever understand your mental distress; the worry about a loved one going through another operation. Talk to yourself in this dark moment, and share what you needed to hear. Be specific about what you felt, where you were, what was going on — and then offer words you think would help you and others who can relate.

Examples: To Anyone Who Feels Like Eating Disorder Recovery Is Impossible Right Now; To the Patient Just Diagnosed With Chronic Illness; To the Teenage Girl Who Self-Harms Because She Doesn’t Think She’s Worthy

 3. Same word, different meaning. Which commonly used word or phrase has a different meaning when you live with a chronic illness, disability or mental illness? Share your definition of that word, explaining why it’s different to those who don’t understand.

Examples: What I Mean When I Say ‘I’m Tired’ as Someone With Mental Illness; What ‘I’m OK’ Really Means When You Have a Chronic Illness; What Millennial Burnout Feels Like When You Have a Disability

4. React to what’s happening in the world. A new song. An interview with a celebrity. A comment from a politician. If something in the news cycle strikes a nerve or leaves you inspired, let us know why. Make sure to mark your piece as timely when you submit!

Example: Why Jameela Jamil Being Accused of Having Munchausen Syndrome Is Personal; Netflix Show ‘I Am Not Okay With This’ Nails Shows Real Effects of Suicide Loss

5. Submit a video! We’re testing out a new way to share your responses to these prompts, through video! Video responses are great if you have a few thoughts around a prompt, but maybe not enough for a written piece, however all responses are welcome! If you are interested, you can record your response to one or more of this month’s prompts using this form. Please note, you can submit both written and video responses.

We’re humbled to have you with us.