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.

February Writing Prompts

1. The one word you’re tired of hearing. As someone with a condition or disability, what’s one word you wish you could banish from everyone’s vocabulary? Why does this word bother you so much, and what do you wish people understood about what you hear when this word is used.

Examples: Please Don’t Use the ‘B-Word’ to Describe My Autistic SonThe One Word Your Partner With Anxiety Doesn’t Need to Hear

2. A letter to my future/current partner. Write a letter to your current significant other – or a future one. You could write a list of things they need to know about your condition/disability, explore some of the unique challenges you might face or describe some of the reasons you’re thankful for them.

Examples: To the Husband With the Wife Who Has Depression; Dear Future Boyfriend, From a Girl With Bipolar Disorder

3. You’re not “too” sensitive. What’s something you’re particularly sensitive to because of your or your loved one’s disability or condition? Why are you sensitive to this, and what do you want people who think you’re “overreacting” to know?

Examples: When Your Brain Can’t Handle a ‘Small’ Change in Plans; If Someone With Chronic Illness Says They’re Tired, Please Think Before Responding, ‘Me Too’

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: 4 Powerful Mental Health Takeaways from the Netflix Docuseries ‘Cheer’Why It Matters That Shaq Got Emotional Talking About Kobe Bryant

5. Submit a video! This month 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.