What We Seek
We are a platform for voices that offer a critical examination and rethinking of mental health, madness and disability through a psycho-social lens. We care about narratives from and about persons with psycho-social disabilities, users and survivors of psychiatry, and people with ‘mad’ identities in the Asia Pacific region.
We aim to be a hub for trans-cultural knowledge exchange, learning and collaboration towards social change. We are looking for submissions that seek to change the ways in which we think about mental health and madness, towards greater justice, plurality and inclusion.
We wish to remain accessible in every way, which also means we publish for an audience that is not necessarily academic.
We will showcase innovations from the Asian-Pacific region that promote community inclusion, self-determination and human rights, and challenge coercive, top-down approaches.
We will not publish materials that uncritically perpetuate the dominance of the bio-medical model.
We publish new articles weekly on a rolling basis and are always open to submissions in a variety of formats and genres. You can send us:
Essays and opinions
We are looking for original, well-researched, thoughtfully written articles that contribute to a critical rethinking of systems and practices surrounding psychosocial disability and healing, particularly the dominant biomedical model.
We will publish philosophies, theories, research evidence and practice framed for the non-academic reader, and particularly welcome entries dealing with the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Creative writing and artwork
We invite original short stories, flash fiction, poetry, illustration or artwork that promote pluralistic understandings of distress, disability, wellness and healing.
Audio and video
We’d be excited to receive interviews, conversations, short films or photo essays that aim to amplify unheard voices, change communities and make inclusion a reality.
Guidelines & Editorial Policy
Non-fiction writing may be around 1500 words in length, but under 2000 words.
The word limit for fiction and creative writing, and number of images or length of video for visual submissions, is flexible and can be discussed with the editors.
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.
If your work is accepted, the editors will work with you to make the piece ready for publication. This might include suggested edits, changes, deletions, or additions, and will take place in collaboration with you.
Simultaneous submissions & republishing
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.
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 and linked back to the original.
- Please write to us at [email protected] with your pitch or finished piece.
- Please send written pieces as Word/Pages documents or Google Docs attached to the email. (not as PDFs, JPEGs, etc.)
- 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 on with the editors.
- The most frequent reason we may not accept your submission is that it doesn’t fit either our aims and values, or our style and format.
We do not pay for contributions as a rule, unless we have solicited and commissioned them from authors whose work we are previously familiar with. However we are committed to encouraging and supporting contributors from various marginalised backgrounds, and have a limited annual fund to help us do this. We will do our best to consider each case in light of this and will let you know if we can offer an honorarium once we accept a piece for publication.