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. 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.

2. 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.

Thanks again for choosing to share your story with us! If you need some inspiration, check out this month’s writing prompts below.

September Writing Prompts
**These are just ideas if you’re looking for some writing inspiration.
We accept submissions within all topics!**

September Writing Prompts

1. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. From your experience, what’s an issue related to suicide prevention we don’t talk about enough? From the moment you first experienced suicidal thoughts, to the stress of crisis intervention, to everything that might happen in between, get specific about one aspect of suicide prevention you think is important but undiscussed, and explain using your own experiences why we should be talking about it.

Examples: Why Telling Me to ‘Reach Out’ When I’m Suicidal Doesn’t Help; Don’t Forget People With Disabilities When You Talk About Suicide Prevention; Why I’m Speaking Up About How Suicide Is Discussed in the Emergency Room

2. Share a photo you posted on social media that doesn’t tell the whole story. Maybe it’s a selfie you posted when illness left you stuck in bed for weeks, or a vacation photo that masks the fact that you were struggling with depression. Share the photo and the story behind it, and get honest about how living with an illness or condition affects these “picture perfect” moments we want to share on social media.

Examples: Dear Social Media Friends, This Is What You Didn’t Know About My Suicide Attempt; Behind the Vacation Photos of a Person With Chronic Illness

3. Do you live with a condition no one’s ever heard of? We want to hear your story. Describe what it’s like living with your condition and share what you wish people understood about it. Why is your condition so unknown, and how does this affect your treatment options and quality of life?

Examples: Empty Nose Syndrome: The Illness No One Has Heard Of; The Bulimia-Like Eating Disorder You May Not Have Heard Of

4. Write a response to something in the news — good or bad. 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! If you use this prompt, include the hashtag #News at the end of your submission.

Examples: Why Taylor Swift’s ‘The Archer’ Is the Chronic Illness Anthem I Didn’t Know I NeededWhat HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ Got Right About AddictionWhat I Wish Former Olympian Shawn Johnson Knew About a Down Syndrome Diagnosis

5. September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about Alzheimer’s since your or your loved one’s diagnosis? Share something you or your loved one has experienced during their Alzheimer’s journey that you never anticipated (good or bad).

Examples: 4 Lessons I Learned Volunteering for Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease; My Reality as the Girlfriend of a Man With Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

6. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, share a time when a stranger reacted to your child’s cancer in a memorable way (this could be positive or negative). What did they do or say, and how did it affect you and your child? What lesson do you hope others learn from your experience?

Examples: When I Said the ‘Wrong’ Thing to a Cancer Patient’s Parent; To Those Who Stare at My Daughter Who Has a Rare Disease

Thank you for sharing your story with The Mighty!

We’re humbled to have you with us.