So many literary magazines out in the world and yet, I am compelled to begin one of my own. I have to ponder what will make this one distinct. In my endeavors to seek publication, looking among the vast multitude of Lit mags, I couldn’t find one that consistently gave voice to invisible illness and those that love someone with an invisible illness. Because let’s face it, if you love a person with an invisible illness, your life is greatly impacted as well.
What do I define as an invisible illness? There are a plethora of mental illnesses that fall into this category. They are too many to name, but to give you an idea of the concept, I will ask you a question. How many times have you discovered a colleague, friend, or family member has begun taking an antidepressant, been hospitalized, attempted suicide, and you “had no idea they were even depressed.” Then there is a laundry list of anxiety disorders, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, and many more.
Physical invisible illness exists as well. Fibromyalgia is a huge one. There are days people with fibromyalgia feel okay and their medication manages their symptoms well. They can go places, be involved in activities, and you would never realize a thing was wrong. Then there are days they are confined to bed in so much pain they can not leave the house, afraid to tell friends because in the past no one believed them. Multiple Sclerosis in early stages is somewhat similar at times. There are types of cancer where treatment doesn’t cause hair to fall out. They appear “okay”. They aren’t. The list goes on. This is invisible illness.
How will I know for sure if someone who submits lives with/ loves someone with invisible illness or has it themselves? I won’t. I will have to accept their word on faith. How could I do otherwise?
I am eager to begin accepting submissions. I hope to release my first issue in Spring 2017. I am shooting for March 20, 2017.
If you would like to submit, please send your entry. Flash fiction no longer than 800 words. Creative Non-fiction or Essays contained to 800 words or less. Poetry, send no more 3 at a time with a 20 line maximum per poem. Art work can be sent as 3 images at a time. Simultaneous submissions are not allowed at this time.
Please send Submissions to
and place submission and the category in the subject line. Please send entries as a word document or PDF. Art work submissions as a high resolution jpg or png that allows size change without distortion. Include a 50 word third person bio and please include a sentence or two about your connection to invisible illness in the cover.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing your work!
Pat Berryhill – Senior Editor