You have a story to tell, and Betty’s Battleground wants to help you tell it.
We are seeking guest posts on a variety of mental health topics. Check out our calls for submissions below:
Tales From the Other Side
Are you a clinician, friend, family member, or co-worker of someone living with PTSD, addiction, or a related mental illness? I need guest bloggers with perspectives from the ‘outside looking in’ for my “Tales From the Other Side Series.” Many of my guest posters have co-occurring disorders or PTSD themselves, as well as having a story to tell about how someone elses’ disorder affected them. Some have no experience with mental illness except as an observer. I am interested in stories from either!
Parenting with Mental Illness
I am conducting e-interviews of parents living with one or more mental illness for my feature interview series. If you are interested in being a featured parent, please fill out the general questions from the applicable survey below. You will need to verify your identity through social media/photos, though nothing will be shared without your permission.
If at least one of your diagnosis is PTSD, click here or copy & paste this into your browser: https://goo.gl/forms/c9KK01YfGvHToYf13
If you do not have PTSD, but parent while having another mental illness or disorder, click here or copy & paste this into your browser: https://goo.gl/forms/Jh2srnDSyTv0Dzo83
Are you a professional who wants to help people suffering from PTSD, addiction, or a related mental illness recover? Have you experienced trauma, addiction, or mental illness and want to write about the tools you have used to heal? Betty’s Battleground wants to host your healing words!
Betty’s Battleground is also interested in hosting general stories from the perspectives of people who have experienced trauma, addiction, and/or mental illness. While I encourage and accept conventionally formatted narrative pieces, I am actively seeking differently formatted pieces as well, such as open letters, listicles, multimedia pieces (that are blog shareable), etc. I am open to pitches, so please, if you have an idea, let’s chat.
Sexual Assault Survivor Awareness
Any kind of trauma or abuse is difficult-sometimes even impossible-to live through. PTSD is an incredibly sad disorder, no matter how you acquire it; however, surviving sexual assault comes with its own sets of unique challenges, feelings, and stigmas. This November 2017 I want to honor the experiences of other sexual assault survivors like myself by dedicating the entire month to stories by sexual assault survivors. I would like this to be an eclectic share; while I welcome straight stories from survivors and invite you to join me in healing through the use of radical honesty, I am also seeking differently formatted posts as well. “An Open Letter To My Friends About How Your Friendship With My Rapist Feels To Me,” survivor’s poetry, confessionals about the less discussed aspects of sexual assault such as: orgasm during rape, tending to your abuser after the fact, perceived consent, etc; courtroom diaries, fictional pieces written from the perspective of your assailant, or listicles are examples of pieces I am looking to publish in November. That list is not exhaustive; if you have an idea, please pitch it (spoiler: the answer is probably yes). Sexual assault is incredibly difficult to work past. While I think it is important to openly discuss the more private aspects of the experience, so that we can help others understand they are not alone and also to dispel the social shame associated with surviving sexual assault, it should not come at the price of your own mental well-being-I ask only that you write what you feel able to write. Veteran’s Day will be covered by this month; military sexual assault is far more prevalent than it is covered. If you are a current or former serviceperson who experienced or witnessed sexual assault or sexual harassment while in any branch of the military and are willing to share you experiences on Betty’s Battleground, please contact me.
Book of the Weeks
Are you an author with a published book in hardcopy? Would you like to see it featured with an honest review as a Betty’s Battleground “Book of the Weeks?” Please be able to send Elizabeth Brico a complimentary copy of your book, and also be available to complete an e-interview via e-mail. Fiction in the slipstream or speculative fictions genres, and non-fiction trauma or mental illness narratives have the best chance of being selected for feature and getting a good review. That is not exclusive however, so if you have a different type of book you’d like to see featured..it does not hurt to inquire!
The Junkie Monologues
This is a theatrical production by Elizabeth Brico which is not associated with Betty’s Battleground except that it has the same creator. I am seeking monologues from addicts in any stage of addiction or recovery to write monologues for a play about the reality of addiction. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to submit a monologue.
If you are interested in writing for any of these series, with the exception of “The Junkie Monologues,” please e-mail Elizabeth “Betty Mama” Brico at email@example.com For the “Monologues” please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Betty’s Battleground only accepts unique content-no exceptions. Betty’s Battleground will retain first publication rights. After three months all other rights will revert to the author but I ask as a courtesy that you provide a link back to the original post on bettysbattleground.com if you choose to reprint your article after the three month period.
When your guest piece goes live, part of the contractual expectation is that you will contribute to promotion by sharing the post link across your relevant social channels. You may also publish up to three paragraphs (or about 300 words) with a link to the rest of the post on Betty’s Battleground. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe sharing your piece due to the nature of the content, please contact Elizabeth Brico. If you do not contact Elizabeth Brico, the default expectation is that you will share the link with your social media followers. This includes all series and interviews.
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