Submission Guidelines 

 

 

GENERAL Considerations…

Submissions are open now and there is no deadline. To ensure as many stories as possible are shared we will upload 12 new stories on a regular basis.

Submissions should be no longer than 2000 words.

Submissions are open to all ages, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and life experiences. This is an inclusive, safe space.

Anonymous submissions will be accepted.

MENTAL aims to include as many submissions as possible. We cannot guarantee inclusion of all submissions, the editorial team will work to ensure as many voices as it can are heard.

The MENTAL editorial team retains the right to edit copy according to MENTAL guidelines, and at the editor’s discretion. These will be kept to a minimum to ensure the author's words are authentic and respectfully communicated. If you want to understand this further, please ask!

 

What to write about?                                                                                              

The content should fit within the mental health area – this is as broad as you wish to interpret it. You could choose to write about a friend or family member who has experienced mental health, the mental health system, your experiences with medication, your workplace, therapy, your triumphs or achievements. It is entirely up to you.

The writing style is up to the individual; narrative, descriptive or expository essay, poetry, journal writing, short stories and personal essays will be considered.

The information is personal, and at the discretion of the individual as to how much (or little) they wish to share.

Information that is defamatory, racist, sexist, ageist, or offensive to others will not be accepted. This will be at the discretion of the MENTAL editorial team.

The content will be published with no affiliation or association with sponsorship or branding. If this should change during the editorial process, all applicants will be notified.

                                                                                                                                                       

Timeframe

 All applicants will receive an email within 2 weeks of submitting their story. This email will notify them of the status of their submissions, the process, MENTAL guidelines, and next steps where applicable.

The MENTAL team, will endeavour to respond to all individual queries during the submission process, and be available to assist where possible.

 

Confidentiality

 The MENTAL editorial team respect confidentiality. If you have an anonymous submission this will by no means be shared publicly under any circumstances.

Submissions that are not being published will not be kept on file or stored in any way, and no information will be shared.Contributors are very welcome to fully disclose their story with the support of MENTAL.

 

Safety

MENTAL is designed to offer a personal perspective on mental health, and to emphasise the importance of supporting individuals, friends, whānau and communities who have experienced, or know someone experiencing mental illness. The platform will be produced with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged to provide any psychological or other kind of advice.

The MENTAL team will act respectfully and kindly towards all contributors however they cannot take responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the contributors. The publisher will not be liable for any physical, psychological, emotional, financial, or commercial damages. Contributors are responsible for their own choices, actions, and results.