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Calling all creatives

Interested in submitting a story, picture, poem, humor piece, comic, or brief article to the Wacky and Wonderful Mental Health Library (WW)?

We’re looking for inspiring, positive, humorous, or [insert  upbeat adjective here] words about mental illness.  Perhaps you have an upbeat story about your mom with Alzheimer’s, an article about overcoming stigma, an inspiring drawing for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or a comic strip devoted to helping others understand mental illness?  Whatever the case,  if you’ve got something to share, please send it our way.

Here are the guidelines:

1- Try to limit your work to 750 words.  JPEGs are best limited to a few megabytes.
2- No obscenities, triggers (self-harm, trauma), nastiness, offensiveness, or excessive negativity.  A certain amount of tragedy and struggle is normal and certainly accepted, but make sure it’s pertinent.  The piece must have a positive outcome.  Healthy humor in tough situations always wanted.
3-Send work to in the body of the email (no attachments please!).  Write “Submission” in the subject line.
4-There’s no fee to submit.  There’s no payment for publication.
5-All work will be considered.  The editor reserves the right for final selection.
6-Once accepted, the work might be edited without consulting you.  This would be done at a minimum and typically only to to reduce size or clarify something.
7-What we’re looking for:
–Artwork, cartoons, comics (JPEG files are best)
–Flash fiction, poetry, essays, educational articles, fun quizzes, humor pieces (Microsoft Word compatible)
     –Other fun stuff we haven’t thought of yet
8-Further instructions coming soon.


Editor Kim Rosenthal, MD is a psychiatrist based in North Carolina.  She also write obsessively and welcomes all creatives to join her in establishing the WACKY AND WONDERFUL RECOVERY WORKBOOK .  Don’t let the name fool you.  We’re serious, and we’re about healing. (Okay, we’re a little funny too. At times).