10 Literary Magazines Curated By and For People with Disabilities

A guest post by Ana Prundaru

Regardless of your disability or health status, the following ten barrier-breaking literary venues are absolutely worth your time.

  1. Monstering

A literary magazine for disabled women and non binary individuals, Monstering features a clean design and showcases pieces that intersect race, gender and class with disability, while addressing commonly faced issues of oppression, poverty and discrimination. The advice column “Dear Monster” adds a pleasingly offbeat touch to the otherwise writing-centric publication.

  1. The Deaf Poets Society

The editors of The Deaf Poets Society publish art, interviews, reviews, poems, prose and cross-genre works by deaf and disabled creatives. The issues are filled with hauntingly vivid creations, which draw heavily from personal experience and – in line with its manifesto – elegantly capture complex topics like intersectional discrimination, breaking down marginalising rhetoric about deafness or disability. Deaf Poets Society also offers community writing workshops focused on the lived experience of deafness or disability.
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A Few Things to Consider Before Submitting Your Work to a Literary Magazine

A guest post by Melissa Merritt

I’m sitting in front of a computer in the Center for Literary Publishing reading creative nonfiction essays that have been submitted for publication. I’m an editorial assistant with the Colorado Review, and sadly, I’ve spent most of the afternoon reading essays that for one reason or another just don’t fit our journal. I stretch and take a big breath before plunging back into the queue.

Next up is a sixteen-page essay that has been waiting its turn for about six weeks. I imagine the author, waiting patiently through these excruciating weeks to hear back about this essay, probably one of her favorites.

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A guest post by Yi Shun Lai

Since 2014 I have edited prose for the Tahoma Literary Review. This submission period we had a little over a thousand submissions; by the time I’m done, I will have read somewhere between 350 and 400 pieces of fiction and given feedback on a little over half of those. (We have awesome fiction readers at TLR to help with the remainder of the workload, and poetry makes up a massive chunk of those thousand submissions.)

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It Is Okay to Change Paths

A guest post by Tess Gerritsen

This piece is extracted from Signature’s 2017 Ultimate Writing Guide

Long before I became a doctor, I was a writer. At the age of seven I wrote my first suspense novel, about a blue zebra named Mickey who was warned never to go into the jungle. Naturally, Mickey went into the jungle. I bound the pages together with needle and thread and proudly announced to my father that I had found my future career. I was going to write books!

My father said that was no way to make a living. And that’s how I ended up in medical school instead.

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