Submit An Article

The Reluctant Spoonie is currently taking submissions for the following projects/ segments:

Please note that payment is not given for submissions to the blog. However, links to blogs and socials are permitted with your article and everyone who submits has the option to receive a thank you card which are sent out in batches twice a year (June and December).

Articles are accepted as a word doc., in the body of the email or as a audio file to be transcribed. Please email to discuss your specific requirements.

What is …..? Series

We are currently looking for people to write one-off informative posts on several chronic conditions in the style of this ‘What is POTS‘ post. The conditions we are currently seeking for this series are as follows:

  • M.E
  • EDS
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • M.S
  • Crohn’s
  • Any mental health condition e.g. depression, anxiety or BPD

If you live with one of these conditions and would like to write a short article on the main symptoms and treatments, please email your submissions as a word doc to thereluctantspoonie@gmail.com with the subject line ‘What is (your condition e.g M.E)’ and include a short summary paragraph of your piece in the email.

Fiction

A new fiction section will be launched in late 2020 to fill the void in representation of the chronic illness/ disability community in works of fiction. Amateur writers only. Please keep your submissions below 5,000 words. You may publish anonymously or under a pen name, please make that clear in your submission email if you wish to do so. 1 piece will be published per month and you will be informed of the publication date if your piece is accepted. You may also include a short author bio, written in the third person along with your blog and socials.

The following will be published in the new fiction section:

  • Short stories
  • Novel chapters
  • Poetry
  • Screenplays

All genres will be accepted and your piece does not have to be exclusively about chronic illness/ disability, but must have at least one character with a chronic illness/ disability that is obvious in the story. e.g. the character happens to use a wheelchair or has a food allergy.

Please email your submissions as a word doc to thereluctantspoonie@gmail.com with the subject line ‘fiction submission’ and include a short summary paragraph of your piece in the email.

*Disclaimer* The Editor has the right to reject any piece that does not fit with the values of thereluctantspoonie.com.

Spoonie Student Segment

Submissions are still being accepted for this popular segment, so if you are/ have been a student with a chronic illness or disability, then we want to hear from you.

Current themes that we are seeking are:

  • Living in halls/ dorms
  • Revision tips
  • Exam tips
  • General advice on living away from home for the first time

Please email to discuss if you have a piece on another topic.

Email your submissions as a word doc to thereluctantspoonie@gmail.com with the subject line ‘spoonie student submission’ and include a short summary paragraph of your piece in the email. You may also include a short author bio, written in the third person along with your blog and socials.

Sustainable Living Segment

We are currently taking submissions for the new sustainable living segment. All pieces must include chronic illness/disability with regards to sustainable living e.g. how straw bans harm those who require a straw to drink etc.

Current themes that we are seeking include:

  • Opinion pieces on topical issues such as straw and car bans
  • Reviews of sustainable products such as menstrual cups and vegan beauty products
  • Personal pieces about how you reduce waste/ live sustainable in your own home

Please email to discuss if you have a piece on another topic.

Email your submissions as a word doc to thereluctantspoonie@gmail.com with the subject line ‘sustainable living’ and include a short summary paragraph of your piece in the email. You may also include a short author bio, written in the third person along with your blog and socials.

If you would like to make a long term contribution to The Reluctant Spoonie, please see the Jobs page for current permanent positions