NAMI Submission Guidelines
NAMI is always accepting submissions for its many publications—like the NAMI Blog and Advocate magazine. Unfortunately, we can’t accept every submission received, so the best way to ensure publication is to follow these guidelines. Here’s what we’re looking for:
- Length: Max 1,000 words
- Style: Plain language, or, write how you talk
- Tone: Friendly, informative, empathetic and reliable
- Structure: Try to use headings and bullet points, if possible
- Topic: Strategies for living well, fresh insights, practical tips, ways to end stigma, your experience with mental illness (as a family member, caregiver, individual, friend, advocate, etc.), or whatever else you’d like!
Submissions that violate the Suicide Reporting Guidelines will not be accepted.
If you’re battling a case of writer’s block, check out a few pieces that have been published for a bit of inspiration:
How to Submit
- Attach a Word doc to your email. We'd prefer your wonderful writing to come to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a fully-formed draft in a Word document.
- Make sure you have citations/linking. We like our content to be backed by research, which means you should link to any statistic or health claim you reference.
- Don't forget a brief author’s biography. All authors may have a 50-word bio at the bottom of their piece; you are permitted to reference your personal/company website or blog.
The NAMI Blog is now accepting submissions for 2019! Here are the themes* for the year:
January: Tips and Tricks for Coping with Mental Illness
February: Millennials & Mental Health
March: Stories of Discrimination
May: Mental Illness in Pop Culture
July: Minority Mental Health Month
August: Personality Disorders
September: Suicide Prevention
October: Myths & Facts
November: Caregiver & Family Stories
December: No theme
*These themes are subject to change