***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way***

 Want to submit? We suggest first reading pieces already published on the site, then checking out our conversation about why we began Chronically Lit, and our Six Questions For interview to better understand what we are and are not looking for. 

Chronically Lit: talking loudly about chronic illness straddles the literary and mainstream writing worlds. Our vision is to examine and expand the representation of chronic illness in contemporary literature, media, and culture. 

We generally respond in 3-6 months. 

Note that our first 100 submissions every month are free, then only tip jar submissions are open. If you cannot afford to pay to submit, wait until the first of the next month and it'll be free again. :) 

We pay a token $10 per accepted publication out of our own pockets. If you think you know how we can monetize (without intrusive, exploitative ads), send an email.

Submission guidelines:

  • Please only submit one item per category at a time (except poetry & art)
  • Please read guidelines of individual categories before submitting
  • Please use 12-point font (except comics) and double space prose
  • Please include the word count in your cover letter
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • Please only submit previously unpublished writing



***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way***

We're looking for art to stand alone, and images to pair with writing. We're open to paintings, drawings, photographs, illustrations, and more. Submit up to 5 pieces at a time.

***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way***
We're looking for art to stand alone, and images to pair with writing. We're open to paintings, drawings, photographs, illustrations, and more. Submit up to 5 files at a time.

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way*** 

Send us comics that are single-panel or much longer, rooted in memoir or fiction. Send us your art-poetry hybrid work that may or may not be "comics." We are interested in visual narratives grappling with the various aspects chronic illness. 

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way*** 

Send us comics that are single-panel or much longer, rooted in memoir or fiction. Send us your art-poetry hybrid work that may or may not be "comics." We are interested in visual narratives grappling with the various aspects chronic illness. 

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way*** 

We're looking for first-person essays. The essay doesn't have to be about you, necessarily, but you must be present in it. (That said, please don't try to fit your entire life story into one essay.) We're open to researched and reported essays, too, as long as that first-person point of view is present. We're also interested in more literary essays and experimental forms.

We publish the occasional long read, but are much more likely to accept work under 2,000 words.

Most of the essays we publish will likely be by people experiencing chronic illness, but we're also interested in essays by people who don't have illness themselves but are adjacent to it in some way--as a spouse, parent, child, medical professional, etc.

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way***

We're looking for first-person essays. The essay doesn't have to be about you, necessarily, but you must be present in it. (That said, please don't try to fit your entire life story into one essay.) We're open to researched and reported essays, too, as long as that first-person point of view is present. We're also interested in more literary essays and experimental forms.


 We publish the occasional long read, but are much more likely to accept work under 2,000 words.

Most of the essays we publish will likely be by people experiencing chronic illness, but we're also interested in essays by people who don't have illness themselves but are adjacent to it in some way--as a spouse, parent, child, medical professional, etc.

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way*** 

We're looking for reviews of books, movies, music, art, essays, etc. that focus on or even mention chronic illness. While reviews in both traditional journalistic and academic styles are welcome, we are also looking for reviews that inject the author into them, or are written in a more creative style.

Note: This category is for fully written reviews. If you just want to make us aware of something for our link roundup or as a suggestion for review, please email us instead of using this form.

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way*** 

We're looking for reviews of books, movies, music, art, essays, etc. that focus on or even mention chronic illness. While reviews in both traditional journalistic and academic styles are welcome, we are also looking for reviews that inject the author into them, or are written in a more creative style.

Note: This category is for fully written reviews. If you just want to make us aware of something for our link roundup or as a suggestion for review, please email us instead of using this form.

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way*** 

We would love to see interviews with writers who write about chronic illness, writers who have chronic illness but do not write about it, and other creatives with chronic illness. We are also open to more experimental interviews and interviews with unexpected people (your doctor? nurse? neighbor? parent?) as long as the interview is related in some way to chronic illness and literature or media.

There's no hard word count limit, but we envision interviews generally falling between 800 and 3,000 words.

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way*** 

We would love to see interviews with writers who write about chronic illness, writers who have chronic illness but do not write about it, and other creatives with chronic illness. We are also open to more experimental interviews and interviews with unexpected people (your doctor? nurse? neighbor? parent?) as long as the interview is related in some way to chronic illness and literature or media.

There's no hard word count limit, but we envision interviews generally falling between 800 and 3,000 words.

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way*** 

We're looking for fiction related to chronic illness in any way, even subtly. Flash fiction is fine. There's no hard upper limit, but under 3,000 words is preferred.

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way*** 

We're looking for fiction related to chronic illness in any way, even subtly. Flash fiction is fine. There's no hard upper limit, but under 3,000 words is preferred.

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way*** 

Submit up to five poems combined in a single document.

 ***All submissions should relate to chronic illness in some way*** 

Submit up to five poems combined in a single document.

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