We invite submissions that are in accordance to our values and aims. Please read our Editorial Policy before making submissions.
While emailing your pieces, please write ‘Mad in Asia submission’ followed by type of article in the subject line. Send submissions, queries and ideas to [email protected].
Please follow guidelines for article types below. We are open to making exceptions to the word lengths specified if a particular piece requires more space. Please discuss with the editors.
Please make all submissions in Microsoft Word or Open Office document, font Times New Roman, size 12. Please include a title and a short author bio (maximum 100 words). We are open to making exceptions to this as we know that some people may wish to retain anonymity (for example, for a personal story piece). Please discuss with the editors if this is the case.
Mad in Asia is geared towards non-academic readers. Please keep footnotes and references to a minimum. Citations of ideas and other authors should be, as far as possible, incorporated into the body of the text. Please keep readability factor in mind. If your submission is accepted, the editors will work with you to ensure this.
The most frequent reason we may not accept your submission is that it doesn’t fit our values and aims as well as our style and format.
We are unable to pay our authors as our funding is small and restricted to the everyday running of the website.
In case you are making submissions to multiple magazines, blogs, and newspapers, please inform us while making the submission. And please inform us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. Once we’ve accepted your submission and start working on it, we would like to know immediately if you are considering publishing it elsewhere. Mad in Asia is run by a small team who work part-time and we would like to minimize the amount of work we do on a piece if it is going to be published elsewhere.
The materials on Mad in Asia are protected under Creative Commons License. Once a piece is published in Mad in Asia, we will retain exclusive copyright for a period of 15 days from the date of publication. Within this period, the piece cannot be re-published elsewhere even in an adapted and modified form. Thereafter, it must be acknowledged that the piece was first published in Mad in Asia.
Instructions for submission:
Features, research articles etc.: Well-researched and evidenced. We will not consider articles that perpetuate the bio-medical paradigm of psychiatry and psychology. We are interested in articles that seek to change the ways in which we think about mental health, madness and uphold the human and civil rights of people and communities. Word count: 1500-2000.
Audio-visual submissions: We accept audio-visual submissions (interviews, conversations, short films, photo essays etc.). The audio-visual files must not be more than 20 minutes in duration and should be sent as .mp3, .m4a, .ogg, or .wav files. Photo essays should include no more than 10 photos. Please send all photos as JPG files.
Personal stories: A ‘personal story’ is defined as your story of being in relation to psychiatry and/or the mental health system, told from an angle that inspires critical rethinking of systems and practices. It may also include your opinions and analysis of what happened to you. It can be about a specific event, or about your overall journey, provided it fits the length requirements and has a narrative arc. We will not consider generic stories about psychiatry or the mental health system. We are interested in more than just a recovery narrative and we are certainly not looking for ‘misery lit’ or ‘illness narratives’. Word count: 1500-2000.
Creative writing: We invite short story, flash fiction, poetry, graphic stories, artwork etc. We are willing to be flexible in terms of length and word count for this section so please discuss submissions with the editors.
Reviews: We invite reviews of books, films, art shows etc. Please discuss these with the editors before you send a submission for this section. Maximum word count: 600 words.
Upon acceptance for publication:
If your piece is accepted for publication, you will be notified within 3-4 weeks.
If your story is accepted for publication, one of the editors will work with you to make the piece ready for the front page. This might include suggested edits, changes, deletions, or additions, and will happen in collaboration with you.
You will be asked for a short bio and a profile picture to go with your piece. Exceptions to this can be discussed and agreed with the editors.