Submit Your Story

What we’re looking for:

You!

We are looking to hear from people who are willing to share their life experiences in the categories of Mental Health, Sexuality, Death & Grieving, and Body Image.

We accept articles on all four subjects on a rolling basis.

What you’ll do for us:

By providing your story, you will help us move one step closer to fulfilling our Taboo Tab goal–we can’t start these important conversations without you!  When you submit your story to us your article is part of and belongs to the Taboo Tab project.  However, as a writer, you do reserve the right to request that your story be removed or modified in any way and at any time.  Additionally, you may post your piece on your own blog or site–we just request that you link back to tabootab.com if you choose to do so!

What we’ll do for you:

We are dedicated to making sure your story is given the utmost respect, and can have the utmost impact. Once your submission is approved, our editor will go through and ensure that everything is clear, open, non-judgmental, and specific to your experience. Then, your piece will be sent to our photographer who takes a unique, artistic photo for each article–visuals are important and expressive, and we are dedicated to using images that uniquely express YOUR experience. You will be consulted at every step along the way, and have a final say on what is posted. You may request the use of a pseudonym if you prefer.  If you are a blogger or writer of any kind, you may also request that we link to your website when crediting you for your story.

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2 thoughts on “Submit Your Story

  1. I’m a bit concerned with the lack of trigger warnings on any of your eating disorder articles. I do credit you for putting a warning on your suicide and rape stories, and I think that’s an important and critical step in running a blog that discusses sensitive issues. I know that discussions of restricting, binging, disordered thoughts, etc. can be extremely triggering for an individual with any form of eating disorder, or who is in recovery. I don’t fault you for talking about disorders, however I do believe you should have warnings in place for anyone who may encounter the articles.
    One thing I would also like to see — and I don’t know whether you solicit stories or how much control you have over what comes in — is a discussion of disorders other than anorexia. I would like to see at least one article about bulimia, and preferably one each about binge eating disorder (BED) and EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). BED is becoming more and more prevalent, and EDNOS is one of the least “known” but equally terrifying disorder to have as it often goes unnoticed. If you do not have a way of controlling the types of submissions you get, I think it would be valuable if you yourself or one of your colleagues put together even a short article with basic facts and/or research about the lesser known disorders so you have the issue better covered than you do now. I would be happy to submit, however there is no anonymous option.
    I applaud you for your willingness to discuss topics that may not be widely- or well-discussed in mainstream society, however I think that currently the range of some of those topics is rather narrow. Best of luck in your future!

    1. Thanks for all your comments!
      1) We do ensure that certain triggers are removed from all ED stories–for example, we do not include specific mentions of weight or eating patterns that people could compare themselves to. That said, it is still probably a good thought to put trigger warnings on these posts just in case, and I will do that right away 🙂
      2) While we cannot control what submissions we get, and while a post with basic information would be valuable, we try to stick to stories and testimonies and avoid dispensing any sort of medical advice on a site like this (I don’t know if what you suggest falls into that category). We are actively trying to grow our site to include stories regarding the EDs you mentioned.
      3) We would LOVE to get articles on these subjects. If or someone you know has a personal experience in with BED, EDNOS, or anything similar, we certainly encourage you to get in touch with us–this is a relatively new project and we are constantly growing our base. When you send something through the submission form, it goes directly to our editor’s personal inbox and your email address is ONLY used to reach you (from her, directly) as a Taboo Tab contributor. Many of our contributors are published under a pseudonym, and we are happy to work with you to ensure your anonymity if that is your preference.

      I hope this answers all your questions/concerns! Thank you for the feedback.

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