Signal Boost: Feminism and Mental Health – Call for Submissions

Found via FWD (feminists with disabilities) blog:

Feminism and Mental Health – Call for Submissions – Deadline: June 1, 2010

Call for Submissions:

The lived experience(s) of mental health in feminist communities

Call for submissions from people of any gender who identify with feminism and have lived experiences of a psychiatric diagnosis.

Our upcoming anthology, Feminist’s Navigate Mental Health (working title), will explore the complexities of navigating mental health and how a feminist identity may (or may not) shape those experiences, thoughts and feelings.

Submissions are welcomed in the form of personal short stories.

The submissions received will shape the outcome of the book. The final

manuscript will be submitted to relevant independent publishers.

Possible themes may include (but are not limited to):

o Coping – what works and what doesn’t

o Any positive aspects of your mental health that are commonly considered deficits

o Treatment preferences and past experiences

o Medication

o Personal/lived understandings of your diagnosis (acceptance or rejection)

o Stigma/tension around mental health issues in the feminist community

o Feminism and well-being/strength/empowerment

o Feminism and distress


o Remember to take care of yourself while writing about topics that may be distressing;

o Good writing skills are great, but not mandatory! We will work with you to edit your piece;

o Submissions should be saved in .doc or .rtf, size 12 font, Arial or Times New Roman, and double spaced;

o 500 to 4000 words

o Include contact information and a brief biography;

o Only email submissions will be accepted;

o Submission deadline is June 1st, 2010.

Who we are

The women behind this project are Jenna MacKay and Alicia Merchant. Jenna is a psychiatric survivor and community activist who is particularly interested in violence and mental health. Alicia is a freelance writer and contributing editor for various magazines and has been published in CR Magazine, thirdspace and the Globe & Mail. Both self-identify as feminist, are interested in critical perspectives of health and live in Toronto. This project is not affiliated with any institution or organization.

Comments, concerns, questions and submissions should be directed to:

[email protected]