Incredible Chronically Ill And Disabled Magazines To Read And Submit To

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Magazines just for us!

Magazines for Chronically Ill and Disabled Folks

We live in a society that doesn't like to talk about disability, chronic illness, and mental illness. While things may slowly be getting better, we still have a long way to go.

I've long struggled to find journals and magazines by and for people like me. Living on the outside of society is a very lonely experience, something I think most of us can attest to. However, when I did find journals for disabled and ill people, I latched on to them. Over time, I've found more and more have been started by fellow disabled and ill people. For people like me, it's a blessing to have access to art and literature that depicts us.

If you read these 11 magazines about disability, you'll discover a ton of fantastic writers who have allowed themselves to be vulnerable through their work.

Promoting the voices of disabled and ill people is very dear to my heart, and I hope you'll give these magazines a read. It'll be worth it.


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1. Sick

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Sick is a print zine "written and created by chronically ill + disabled people, for all to enjoy." The zine currently lines the shelves in 17 stores in six different countries and publishes poetry, personal essays, and more.

Find Sick here.

2. Chronically Lit

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An online magazine, Chronically Lit "examine[s] and expand[s] representation of chronic illness in contemporary literature, media, and culture." On their site, you can find poetry, fiction, art, reviews, and essays. The editor-in-chief is Jay Vera Summer.

Find Chronically Lit here.

3. Doll Hospital

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A print journal with a focus on mental health, Doll Hospital is a biannual art and literature journal. The journal is more concerned with people surviving than success stories, something we don't see much of. Bethany Rose Lamont is the journal's founder and editor-in-chief.

Find Doll Hospital here.

4. Ailment

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Erin Catherine Batog, editor-in-chief of Ailment, presents a journal that focuses on chronic illness. The journal is empathetic toward those of us with chronic illness and supportive in raising our voices and illuminating out work.

Find Ailment here.

5. Blanket Sea

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Blanket Sea began with the hope to provide a safe space for "artists and writers living with chronic illness, mental illness, and disability." Alana Saltz is Blanket Sea's founder and editor-in-chief.

Find Blanket Sea here.

6. Wordgathering

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While Wordgathering is currently going through a transition, the journal will pick back up in December 2019 and will be published by Syracuse University. Wordgathering began as a writing group for disabled writers before blossoming into a magazine.

Find Wordgathering here.

7. Peculiars Magazine

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Peculiars Magazine uses art to support mentally ill artists and bring awareness to mental health issues. They published poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, and art. Their goal is to "create a community based on empathy and raise awareness around mental health."

Find Peculiars Magazine here.

8. Kaleidoscope

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An award-winning journal that "focuses on the experiences of disability through literature and fine arts," Kaleidoscope is a magazine that has been around since 1979 and is still going strong. They publish fiction, essays, poetry, book reviews, and artwork with a focus on disability.

Find Kaleidoscope here.

9. Monstering

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In a world that often sees disabled people as monstrous, Monstering is a beacon of light. They publish the poetry, fiction, reviews, and more of disabled women and non-binary folks "celebrating [their] monsterhood."

Find Monstering here.

10. Able

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With two issues under their belt, Able is a magazine that wishes to "increase representation for disabled and chronically ill creatives, young people and communities, both online and IRL." The magazine allows readers to explore different aspects of disability, chronic illness, and mental illness.

Find Able here.

11. The Deaf Poets Society

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The Deaf Poets Society is a journal by and for Deaf, disabled, chronically ill, mentally ill, and those with chronic pain. They publish an array of things, including reviews of books about deafness and disability, poetry, prose, and more.

Find The Deaf Poets Society here.

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