The Rooted in Rights Blog is a platform dedicated to amplifying the authentic perspectives of disabled writers. We invite you to pitch us because your words have power and we want to help you share them. Please read the details below before submitting your pitch using the form at the bottom of the page.

What we’re looking for:

We’re seeking articles and op-eds on disability rights topics, written by people who identify as disabled. Note that you are not required to disclose your disability. If you identify as disabled, you are welcome to send a pitch for consideration. We also welcome supported storytelling, meaning that a disabled person who is unable to write can work with someone to share their story through an interview or Q&A format.

Examples of supported storytelling:

In order to have your piece considered for publication, keep in mind that it’s important to interweave your personal insights and experiences with broader cultural and disability rights issues. We accept a mix of narrative and reported pieces. To learn more about the mission and purpose of the Rooted in Rights Blog, read this Letter from the Editor.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

accessibility, community integration, criminal justice, current events, disability history and culture, discrimination, education, employment, healthcare, housing, immigration, intersecting marginalized identities, law, media, mental and physical health, parenting with a disability, relationships, sex, sexual harassment and abuse, stigmatization, technology, transportation, voting rights

What we’re not looking for:

  • product or service promotions/advertisements
  • political partisanship
  • pieces that have previously been published elsewhere
  • submissions from non-disabled writers

What to know before you pitch:

  • Rooted in Rights respects that language choice and identity are deeply personal, and will not edit how you refer to yourself.
  • We will review and consider all pitches, but cannot guarantee publication.
  • Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot reply to all pitches.
  • Please note we prioritize pitches that are timely and that do not overlap with previously published pieces. If you don’t receive a reply to your pitch, please review our pitch guidelines and know you are always welcome to pitch again!
  • If your pitch is accepted, in order to ensure publication, you must submit a complete draft and work with the editor on any requested revisions.
  • We pay on a sliding scale, with minimum payment being $100.
  • We accept pitches from disabled folks from any country. You do not need to be based in the U.S. nor a U.S. citizen!
  • Pitches and publications need to be written in English.

Please send all pitches using the form below. If you have any questions or if the submission form is inaccessible to you, please contact our Editor in Chief, Emily Ladau, at [email protected]

    Are you pitching an idea or a completed draft?
    Is the topic of your submission time-sensitive?

    Type your idea or copy and paste the full text of your draft in the following box. Or, attach it as a Word document.

    Please note that email addresses may be added to our communications list to keep you updated!