We’re opening for submissions again

Yes, you read that right – we’re now open again for submissions, of writing, art, music… or whatever else you come up with! Tomorrow (Saturday 29th) will see the release of our fourth issue, on the theme of Debunking Disabilities, and with this issue we will also be re-opening for submissions for later issues.

This issue is particularly special for me personally, as we’re conquering some of the biggest misconceptions and issues when it comes to all types of disabilities, medical conditions, additional support needs and neurodiversity (mental health will have its own dedicated issue in either July/August time). In case you didn’t know, I live with a number of disabilities, and this issue will also feature a mini piece from myself, about the differences I’ve found between issues relating to physical disability, and neurodivergence/mental illness.

We’re also having the Highland Children’s Forum as one of this month’s featured charities, as they are the parent organisation of Inspire Highland (the group that inspired – get it? – both this site and our charity magazine. Go check our their Facebook page (in the link above) to see some of the great projects we’re working on in our mini-groups… including an Angus the Autism Bear picture book? Wow!

What we’re looking for at the moment

For submissions this time round, we’re specifically looking for writing that fits one of our upcoming themes. The few themes we’ve decided for definite so far include:

  • June: Silver Linings/Uplifting Writing
  • July: Mental Health
  • August: Arts and Crafts
  • September: Music!

(We’re particularly excited about the music issue… hence why we’re now accepting submissions of all media types! Whatever you come up with, chances are we’ll love it, so get in touch!)

We’ll be open for submissions to each issue up until the middle of the month (usually roughly the 15th), to give us enough time to design each issue and publish a line-up prior to release. We have no submissions fee (but are a non-paying publication… although we do accept previously published works!) and do our best to respond to submissions within 48 hours of submitting.

You can submit by email, or by contacting us via our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

We’re Launching Our First Competition!

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”

– Langston Hughes

The last twelve months have been difficult for all of us – and so the quote above is more apt than ever. Because while you might not have a clue who Langston Hughes is (personally, I haven’t got a scooby), we all know the importance of hope. Hope is what keeps us going, sustains us with faith and trust in the future whenever the here and now seems bleak.

Just like at the moment, right? Right – and because we know just how rubbish it all is, we’ve decided to host a competition! Hopefully to be the first of a few, at least, but for now…well, anyway. Yay!

So…what’s the competition? Well, I’m glad you asked!

The Daydreamers’ Day Out competition is a ‘creative competition’ – that means that we’re accepting entries in various forms, from poetry to visual art, to bucket lists and Pinterest boards – where we’re asking you to tell us some of your most ambitious dreams for post-lockdown life. What will you do on that fateful first day out of the house? Where would you go, if you could go anywhere, with anyone, and do anything?

And as much as it’s plenty of fun to sketch out daydreams, there’s another incentive that’ll make you want to enter even more: we have some pretty cool prizes up for grabs. The contest is open to all ages (although under 18s will be judged in a separate category from the adults’ entries) and all abilities, and entries will be judged according to their creativity and the quality of the ideas, rather than style of brushstroke or spelling and grammar. Prizes for the adults include a bottle of gin (which has been very kindly donated to us by Shetland Reel Distillery), while the kids’ prizes are a little more chocolate-themed.

To enter, we’re making things as straightforward as possible: send a file (if writing), or a scan/photograph (for artwork), to jodiemsandiford@outlook.com, making sure to include your full name. The entry fee is £1 – with all funds going to support our current featured charities – and when you email us, we’ll send you details on how to pay. (Yes, we do have a JustGiving page, but the rates there mean that a £1 donation becomes more like 60p.)

For more information, or if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below, or visit our Facebook page to get in touch.

Celebrate Microvolunteering Day

You want to get involved and give back to the community, but can’t fit another big commitment into your busy schedule? Then microvolunteering might just be the thing.

Microvolunteering is a small, bite-sized task or project, that is quick and easy to perform. Best of all there’s a range of things you could do online, in as little as 30 minutes. Donating processing time on your computer, signing an online petition, or promoting a charity on social media are all examples of microvolunteering that you could do today.