Contribute to the Zebra Pit

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Health and Wellness Submissions

We currently have a full house at the Zebra Pit and aren’t accepting any new writers at this time for health and wellness topics. That being said, we do still showcase the occasional spoonie blogger by doing blog swaps. If you’re interested in swapping posts, please contact Michelle via email with the details of your proposal: thezebrapit(at)gmail.com (replace the (at) with an @ symbol). Please note: We swap with other CHRONIC ILLNESS Bloggers only!

Help the Zebra Pit grow our art and culture section and feature great artists like yourself. We aim to showcase the amazing skill and creativity found in the spoonie community, particularly those things which helps to explain and bring about awareness for medical conditions, disability, or mental illness. For more details please follow the link to our detailed submission guide. Thank you!

Cultural/Creative Submissions

Currently, we’re focusing on building our Spoonie Art and Culture Section and we need the help of artists, poets, writers and other creatives! Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Poetry, shorts, play manuscripts or excerpts about mental health, chronic illness, caring for a loved one with chronic illness, be it hopeful and inspiring or tough and poignant
  • Artistic work of any kind that attempts to describe some part of the chronic health or mental illness experience. If 3D art, a photograph or video of your art may be submitted.
  • Artistic audio, media, photography, found, mixed or upcycled art and video creations.
  • Criticism of art, media, writing, television, movies, plays, concerts, (any sort of pop culture or creative work) that seeks to examine the subject matter through the lens of disability rights, access or awareness or critical reviews of work created by or about disabled/chronically ill/mentally ill persons.
  • Artistic work by a member of the spoonie community that isn’t about chronic illness, but is submitted with a brief essay explaining how you relate to art as a disabled person, how art helps you cope with chronic illness, or any other subject that relates to art and disability. Feel free to get creative, but do query first if you feel like you might be going too far out on a limb 🙂
  • If you have something you think we’d be interested in that doesn’t fit any of the descriptions above, please query via email before submitting.

Submission Guidelines

In order for submissions to be accepted, the work must be:

  • Self-created, personally owned and previously unpublished on any site, forum or social media outlet. By submitting your work, you’re attesting that you own the rights to said work and are granting us permission to print.
  • No submission of essays or short stories should more than 2,000 words. If it’s longer by far and can be broken into a series, let’s talk.
  • Include a bio of no more than 175 words and includes no more than one link.
  • Include a head shot, or if you’re submitting anonymously, a symbolically representational picture to place beside your bio, which should be kept very general and can include a pen name if you would like.

To submit your work, send in the materials you’d like to have featured along with a bio to thezebrapit(at)gmail.com (replace the (at) with an @). Alternatively, you can submit a query here, but no attachments can be made. We look forward to hearing about your ideas and reading your work! We hope you will contribute!

Other Ways to Contribute

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If you’re looking for other ways to contribute to the spoonie/medical zebra community, there are a number of non-writing tasks constantly nipping at the Zebra Pit’s editor’s heels. Some of these jobs might be a lot of fun for someone who enjoys research, spending time on social media, can do some basic graphic design or has good administrative skills.

It would be good experience for someone who is considering starting their own site, is interested in spoonie topics and becoming more educated about health or looking to put some relevant experience on their resume. The editor is willing to do internships, or sponsor for capstone projects and community service projects, too). If you’re interested, shoot me a message with your interests and experience and how much time you’re willing to commit.

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