Literary Journals with a Disability Focus

The following is a list of literary journals featuring work written by and / or curated for people with disabilities. These publications have a creative (rather than lifestyle) focus.

All links are current as of April 2018. If you find a non-working link or newly defunct publication at anytime in the future, or if you know a journal or magazine that should be added to this list, please let me know. I appreciate your help in making this list as comprehensive as possible. Thank you!

— Nicole Melanson


Ailment – Chronicles of Illness Narratives

Submissions from patients (those with chronic mental and physical illness), caretakers, family and friends affected by a loved-one’s illness and practitioners (healthcare providers) will be considered. Responses to the creative prompt may be submitted in non-fiction, essay, poetry, photography, drawing or painting form.


Barking Sycamores

Featuring neurodivergent literature & art, Barking Sycamores accepts poetry, short fiction, hybrid genre, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and artwork submissions.


Blanket Sea

Blanket Sea is an arts & literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of artists and writers living with chronic illness, mental illness, and disability.


Breath and Shadow

Breath & Shadow is a quarterly literary journal that promotes disability writing and culture, thereby promoting cross-disability pride and community. The journal’s goal is to empower and create opportunities for people with disabilities in the literary field.


Chronically Lit

At Chronically Lit, we talk loudly about chronic illness. Our mission is to examine and expand the representation of chronic illness in contemporary literature, media, and culture.


Deaf Poets Society

The Deaf Poets Society is an online literary journal that publishes poetry, prose, cross-genre work, reviews of Deaf or disability-focused books, interviews/miscellany, and art by D/deaf and/or disabled writers and artists.


Exceptions Journal

Exceptions Journal is dedicated to publishing artistic and literary works for and by people with visual impairments. They accept submissions in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and multimedia.


The Healing Muse

The Healing Muse is the annual journal of literary and visual art published by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics & Humanities. We welcome fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs and visual art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.



Kaleidoscope magazine creatively focuses on the experiences of disability through literature and the fine arts. Unique to the field of disability studies, this award-winning publication expresses the experience of disability from the perspective of individuals, families, friends, healthcare professionals, educators and others.



Monstering is a magazine, written by and for disabled women and nonbinary people.




Pentimento is an ad-free literary magazine for the disability community. We accept submissions by an individual with a disability or an individual who is part of the community, such as a family member, therapist, educator, etc.


Snap Journal

Snap is an independent online voice for people who have a disability, a mental illness or who are deaf. It is owned and directed by members of this community. Snap is a quality literary journal publishing a diverse range of creative works.


Tiny Tim Literary Review

Tiny Tim Literary Review is a triannual literary review with a goal to normalize chronically ill/disability narratives in addition to humanizing medical professionals through their stories.



Wordgathering is an online quarterly journal of disability poetry, literature and art dedicated to providing a venue where the work of writers with disabilities can be found and to building up a core of work for those interested in disability literature.

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