Contribute

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Interested in contributing? Wow, we’re excited!

If you want to contribute artwork, video or anything else that’s not text (here’s an example), please email us with some info about yourself and what you’d like to create for us (we can’t wait to hear from you).

Writers, check out our guidelines below, and then get pitching!

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please email us before pitching.

What we’re looking for

We publish articles by people who identify as spoonies*, and/or as disabled, and/or who have energy-limiting chronic illness. We are interested in articles for the following sections:

Features

Original reporting, both on issues affecting chronically ill and disabled people and on general topics from disabled/sick perspectives.

  • Sex and relationships
  • Family life
  • Politics
  • Culture
  • Travel
  • Business
  • Health
  • Spoonie community
  • …And much more

Have a look through our different categories and see what kind of things we’re already covering, such as this piece on ablesplaining and this one on moving back in with your parents (although we want totally new ideas too).

Should contain a range of sources (e.g. interviews, book/article or practical research, original photographs, personal experience, professional expertise). At present we pay £30 per feature, usually 500-1000 words.

We are not currently looking for features that are based on purely personal experience or opinion unless they offer a unique perspective on a current trending topic, like this piece here on the ‘Bird Box Challenge’.

Hacks

Spooniehacks (i.e. lifehacks) – tips and personal stories about managing symptoms or difficult people and situations related to your health – like this one on managing winter pain flares when you’re poor. The thing you worked out that made you feel like Einstein, or the tools you’ve gathered that have made it possible for you to live with a symptom or situation you thought you could never handle. Personal experience of what works for you rather than hard-and-fast advice (because there are no universal answers for many of these issues). 500-850 words, £30 per feature,

‘Splainers

We want to educate non-disabled people so individual spoonies don’t have to, like when we all shared the things we wish we could tell our family and friends about chronic illness. We take the things we are exhausted from having to explain over and over again and put them in clear language, so we can link family, friends and colleagues to them next time. 500-850 words, £30 per feature.

Style

Gorgeous things to buy from disabled creators. Photoshoots of amazing ill people looking cute as all hell. Compression tights looks. Styling your mobility aid. Interior design for your blanket fort. So many possibilities. Get in touch and we’ll discuss.

Reviews

We’re building a pool of people with a range of different conditions and impairments to review products, services, films, music, books and events. Get in touch to put yourself forward, stating what in particular you’d like to review and what review experience you have. £10 per review (plus the item, which we will call in for you if you don’t already own it). Currently we particularly want people to review health apps like this one.

How to pitch

Send us an email containing a brief outline of the article (or articles) you’d like to write. We need a working title and a few paragraphs outlining the main points you would cover (not the whole article), plus which sources you would use. We do not use work that has already been published elsewhere. We also need a bit of info about you and links to any of your other work. Send pitch emails to aly [at] spooniehacker [dot] com.

For more guidance on successful pitching, we recommend this great article by Journo Resources.

We are very short on both spoons and budget at this stage in the magazine’s development, so don’t be disheartened if we can’t publish you at first – you are welcome to pitch again in the future and we might also be able to suggest other places to try. Also please bear with us if there’s a delay in response – we are spoonies trying to juggle a lot of things while also managing our health.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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*If you’re not sure if you’re a spoonie, check out The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino. If it reflects your day-to-day life, welcome to the spoonie community!

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