Yinz Mad? Radical Mental Health in Pittsburgh is a new serial zine publication by Inside Our Minds. We are excited to explore another avenue to center our voices and share our stories with the greater Pittsburgh community. 

Submission Guidelines

Current Theme: Open Theme in Radical Mental Health

We are currently accepting open theme submissions on the general topic of radical mental health. Radical mental health is a dynamic and innovative term that describes how individuals and groups are finding new ways to understand and conceptualize mental health. Radical mental health supports more inclusive and diverse perspectives on mental health, prioritizing the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness and madness as educators and experts.

Types of Work We Accept:

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Experimental Writing Pieces: if you write it, we will consider it!

Visual Art: visual, digital, and mixed media artwork, considered for a front cover feature or placement throughout the zine.

Reviews: Reflections on books, blogs/vlogs, film/media, and other art forms relating to radical mental health.

Academic: We consider academic submissions, but be mindful that we are a small zine with a word limit.

Written submissions should be no more than two pages, or 800 words. Visual art submissions should be a vertical half-page or less. We will consider only one submission per person for each publication.

Submissions are due by midnight on Friday, September 13th, 2019

Accepted artists will be notified by Friday, September 20th.

Questions? Email contact@insideourminds.org.

Or get the application link here.

Submission Criteria and Logistics

Equity and Inclusion: All submissions should follow our Intentional Space Clause, which dictates zero tolerance for discrimination and oppressive language. We prioritize submissions from individuals from marginalized communities, and we are working to center the voices of those with lived experience.

Payment and Publication Rights: Inside Our Minds is a community organization, fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3). We do not profit from donations received from zines, which go directly into our subsidized community programming. Because we understand how difficult it is for marginalized writers and artists to make a living, we will provide monetary awards for featured submissions (up to three per publication), amount based on funding availability. All published writers and artists will additionally get two copies of the publication at no cost. We will ask all accepted writers and artists to grant us one-time, non-exclusive serial and electronic publication rights to accepted submissions (meaning writers and artists will retain ownership of their work and are free to submit it for publication elsewhere at any time).

Submission Review Process: Submissions are reviewed by the Inside Our Minds Zine Committee, composed of members of the Inside Our Minds Team and community members. All submissions received by the deadline will be considered during an anonymous review. If any members of the Inside Our Minds Zine Committee make a submission for review, they will be expected to recuse themselves from the official discussion and vote. Editorial decisions are final. Writers and authors are welcome to resubmit for future publications.