Submissions

This collection welcomes submissions from anyone who considers themselves disabled, or substantially limited, socially, emotionally, cognitively, or mentally.

We have a one-month response time. We’ll often get back to you much sooner!

We currently pay $15 per published piece via Venmo or Paypal. 

Scroll down for our submission guidelines. 

General Submission Guidelines

(CLOSED - please do not submit unthemed work at this time.)

The content of the work you submit for general submissions does not need to be related to social, emotional, cognitive, or mental disability or substantial limitation. However, you yourself need to identify as part of the described community to submit.

To submit, simply email your work to substantiallyunlimited@gmail.com.

Specific guidelines to help your chances of publication are as follows:

  • Send 1-15 pages of your best work within the body of the email or as an attachment. You can also share a google doc with us at the above email address. You can send us more than 15 pages if you want, but we might not read all of it so put your best stuff at the top.

  • Please include a cover letter. It can be very simple, but please include how you fit into the community that this journal aims to uplift.

  • If you are selected for publication, we’d love to include your bio and social media handles. Feel free to include these when submitting to streamline things, and so we can follow you!

  • If you are selected for publication, you will be given the opportunity to produce an audio version of your work to make it more accessible for people who would rather not read it visually.

  • Simultaneous submissions are completely fine! At present, previously published work is also fine.

Themed Submission Guidelines

(CLOSED)

We release four themed issues per year, in winter, spring, summer, and fall. The deadlines for these themed issues are January 1 for winter, April 1 for spring, July 1 for summer, and October 1 for fall. The issues will be released both as PDF e-zines and on our website as links to individual artist pages.

Our first and current theme for the summer of 2022 is “stigma.” Please submit your work on this theme by July 1, 2022 to be considered for publication.

Questions for you to consider about this theme:

 

What does the word “stigma” mean to you? How does stigma related to mental health? To disability? When have you felt stigmatized in your life? Why and how? Who decides what is stigmatized? Is stigma based on difference? Are people afraid of difference? Why or why not? What language maintains or rejects stigma? Is stigma a stain? Is stigma a symptom of disease? Do stigmas belong in flowers?

A Note on Disability Language

Notes

On disability language and who we accept submissions from. 

We use disability language on this website because it is concise and names an experience that is connected to a large community of people experiencing similar feelings.

 

If you don’t like to call yourself disabled, that’s fine! That’s why we add “or substantially limited” behind every instance of the word “disabled.” If you consider yourself substantially limited instead of disabled, that’s cool too.

 

Or if you like diagnostic language rather than disability language, that is also cool. Or if you like the term "neurodiversity" rather than "disability." Or if you feel like you fit into the communities we’re describing but you don’t like to use any words to describe your experience – it's all okay and up to you.

A Note on the False Binary of Physical & Non-Physical

The point of this website/journal is to highlight people who are often excluded from disability conversation and spaces, as well as to explore the social implications of having any sort of disability.

 

You are especially encouraged to submit if your disability is not easily observed by the people around you on a day-to-day basis. That being said, if you feel that your disability impacts you socially and/or emotionally, even if it is primarily a physical one, please feel free to submit!

 

The point is not to exclude anyone, the point is to create space specifically for people who often are not welcomed in disability spaces.