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Spooniehacker is a UK-based indie online magazine for all genders launched in 2018, created by and for chronically ill, disabled and neurodivergent people.

Spooniehacker was launched by Aly, a chronically ill journalist who had been forced to leave mainstream journalism because of their health conditions, with help from longstanding colleague Emily, who also deals with chronic health issues. Aly wanted to create a lifestyle platform that would allow sick and disabled people to have their voices heard (outside of the ableist demands of the media industry) and would also pay them for their work. At the time it was hard to find any publications doing this, although there are now several excellent ones. We recommend checking these out:

The Unwritten

Lacuna Voices

Sick Magazine

Bed Zine

If you run or are aware of any other publications looking for paid contributions from disabled, sick and neurodivergent people, please let us know so we can add them to this list.

The magazine closed in 2021 due to the worsening health of the editor.