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As many of you are probably aware, I am the Managing Editor of Disability Intersections, and have been working with DI’s amazing Editor-in-Chief, s.e. smith, to make the site a disability-centric and intersectional online magazine with lots of interesting, thought-provoking content.
The thing is: WE NEED SUBMISSIONS. So far, we’ve published some incredible longform work from disability community members Alice Hewitt, Lydia Brown, Brendan McHugh, Philippa Willitts, and more—but we are always looking for wonderful pieces with an intersectional bent to publish on the site! The greater the variety of voices (and disabilities), the better.
The choice of topic(s) is up to you, with the general guideline that you write about something that covers disability AND one or more intersections with other identity categories or issues. Below the cut are some (very general) topics to consider, but don’t feel like you have to limit your idea(s) to the topics listed here:
Seriously though, please pitch us! Some people have told me they feel intimidated, but we’re super-friendly and everyone has something to bring to the table. While we’ve run a lot of long-form, analytical pieces, that doesn’t mean they’re the only thing we’re looking for, and people who are nervous about submitting because they think their writing won’t be good enough might be surprised! Impostor syndrome is alive and well…and hey, if your writing DOES need a little polish, we provide editorial support to help you develop your skills. We welcome not just long-form critical essays but also personal narratives, creative nonfiction, and (fully captioned and described) visual art like cartoons and photo essays! Please do surprise us: Disability Intersections is about bringing focus to voices and perspectives that aren’t necessarily heard, and are in fact often actively suppressed.