NAMI Submission Guidelines
NAMI is always reviewing submissions for its many publications—like the NAMI Blog and Advocate magazine. Unfortunately, we only accept a small amount of the submissions 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.
Note: All submissions we accept go through an editorial process to fit NAMI's voice and style.
The NAMI Blog is now accepting submissions for 2020! Here are the themes* for the year:
January: Tips for Coping with Mental Illness
February: Personal Stories of Lived Experience
March: Ending Discrimination
May: Understanding Mental Illness
June: Building the Mental Health Movement
July: Stories from Diverse Communities
August: Early Intervention & Prevention
September: Preventing & Responding to Crisis
October: "Why I Vote for Mental Health"
November: The Importance of Support
December: The Best and Worst Mental Illness Portrayals
*These themes are subject to change