Contribute

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Who can contribute to Spooniehacker?

We publish articles and artwork by people who identify as spoonies*, neurodiverse, disabled, and/or who have energy-limiting chronic illness (ELCI).

What are we looking for?

We publish original reporting on issues specific to sickness and disability as well as general topics from disabled/sick/neurodiverse perspectives.

Example areas: sex and relationships; family life; politics; arts; travel; business; health; spoonie community.

We pay £30 per feature, 500-1000 words. Examples: this piece on ablesplaining and this one on moving back in with your parents.

Plus we are always looking for pieces for the following sections:

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.

‘Splainers

Educating 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.

Style

Gorgeous things to buy from disabled creators. Photoshoots of amazing ill people looking cute as all hell. 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.

We pay £10 per review, plus the item. Get in touch to put yourself forward. Currently we particularly want people to review health apps like this one.

If you have something for us to review, please email us.

Do you publish personal stories/opinion?

We rarely commission pieces that consist purely of personal opinion or experience.

However, if you have a unique personal take on a trending topic, we’re interested in that, like this piece on the ‘Bird Box Challenge’. We’re also interested in personal takes combined with expert knowledge, such as this piece about becoming chronically ill as an NHS psychologist.

You could also pitch your story or opinion piece to The Unwritten.

How to pitch

Pitching articles

Email us with a brief outline of the piece you’d like to write. We do not use work that has already been published elsewhere.

We buy articles on an ‘exclusive rights’ basis, which means we own the copy: you cannot then use it elsewhere such as on your own site, although you can reproduce a few paragraphs and link back to the article on our site.

We need: an engaging title; a few paragraphs outlining the main points you would cover (not the whole article); a list of your proposed info sources; 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 article by Journo Resources.

Pitching visuals

To pitch 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). We buy images on a non-exclusive basis, which means you can use the work in other places too, such as your own site, although we very much appreciate a link  back to Spooniehacker if the artwork was commissioned specifically for us.

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

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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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