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 – whatever you want them to be.

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 with lived experience.

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.

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

May Writing Prompts

1. What’s one surprising or specific way your condition or disability affects your mental health? May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and while not everyone has been diagnosed with a mental illness, everyone has mental health – and living with any condition or disability can affect it. Whether you struggle with anxiety because the world isn’t accessible to you, or everyday pain leaves you feeling depressed, let’s get honest about our mental health. If you can, share what helps you cope. Examples: I Have Chronic Pain, and I Struggle Every Day With Suicidal ThoughtsWhat Millennial Burnout Feels Like When You Have a Disability.

2. What’s one thing most people take for granted that isn’t always accessible to you? Depending on what conditions we live with, there are many ways the world isn’t necessarily built for us. This spans from literal barriers (like a building not being accessible) to less obvious barriers, like how hard it can be to apply for a job if you have a learning disability. Describe an accessibility issue that means a lot to you and use examples from your own life. Examples: A Sign Doesn’t Make It Accessible; When Depression and Anxiety Affect Your Ability to Keep a Job.

3. Share a funny list of things only people living with your same condition or disability would understand. Add memes, picture or gifs if relevant. Let’s make each other laugh and feel less alone. Examples: 8 Ridiculous Things Depression Is Making Me DoEating Disorder Recovery — as Told By ‘The Office’

4. Tell a story about a time someone unknowingly or knowingly checked in with you in a creative way. How did it impact you? See our #CheckInWithMe community for inspiration.

Thank you for sharing your story with The Mighty!

We’re humbled to have you with us.