Here are the details, Friends


Katie Rose Guest Pryal founded DISABILITY ACTS in August of 2018, with some help from Karrie Higgins. She very quickly brought on Kelly J. Baker as a third editor shortly thereafter.

We founded DISABILITY ACTS because we were fed up with the challenges disability writers face placing our work in normate magazines. It’s not like we haven’t been successful hewing to normate requirements—we have been. And we appreciate the magazines that have given us space to write about disability.

But we, like other disabled writers, have been in situations where editors didn’t believe what we wrote was even real. Or we struggled to tell our stories within the parameters set by the magazine. CripLit is still a burgeoning genre, and it deserves its own space.

Here’s one of them.


The editors of D/A are also freelance writers; therefore, we don’t think it’s crass to talk about money. Right now, D/A does not pay. That’s because we have no money. We’re just friends who thought it would be great to volunteer our time to create space for disabled writers to publish their work. We volunteer our time to edit and publish pieces that wouldn’t otherwise be out there, and we think that time is worth it.

We are working on raising money to pay writers via crowdsourced fundraising. We have a tip jar on our main menu and after every piece we publish. Send your friends there. Every dollar counts. Once we have a sustainable fund, we’ll start paying writers for new writing.

But we don’t expect to make any money or see money pour in. Disabled people are poor. In our fantasy, monied normates fund us. Wow, how great would that be.

If you can’t write for free, that doesn’t hurt our feelings. How on earth could it? We don’t write for free, either. Here’s the deal: Submit your stories to paying outlets. If you end up with a story you can’t place, then submit it to us. We don’t mind being your last resort. Sometimes the stories that no one else wants are the weirdest, wackiest, very best ones of all.

We’ll keep a running update on donations received below.

Update as of 1/18/2019: We have received $10 in donations.

What we’re looking for

In DISABILITY ACTS, we publish #ownvoices disabled writers, broadly construed, who are writing about disability.

We publish “Essays, Screeds, Manifestos,” also broadly construed. We welcome multi/inter-media.

Sometimes we publish poetry and fiction.

Do you want to change the world? You’ve come to the right place.

Length: As of now, 900–2000 words, but we are flexible. Previously published on Medium or your blog? That’s also fine.

We’re glad you’re here.

Guidelines for how to submit — PLEASE READ

(1) Subject line: Put the word “Pitch” in the subject line plus the title of your pitch or piece.

(2) Write a pitch. (Here’s how.)

(3) Previously-published work: If you are pitching previously-published piece, email us the link along with your pitch.

(4) Our email: disabilityacts at gmail dot com.

(5) Twitter and Medium: With your pitch, include your Twitter handle and your Medium handle. (You’ll need to create a Medium account to publish with us.) Here’s the Medium Help Page.

(6) If you know one of us personally, you can email us your pitch directly with our personal email addresses. But if you do not know us personally, please use the main magazine email address.