Seeking writers with disabilities
Do you have lived experience of disability or facing barriers to full and equal participation? Manitoba Possible would love to hear from you!
Manitoba Possible is accepting submissions for Explore Possible, a thought leadership initiative bringing stories of lived experiences to Manitobans and the world. Submissions are accepted throughout the year. Please keep the following guidelines in mind when submitting your pitch.
Explore Possible Programming Values
Our Explore Possible content will educate, entertain and inform the general populations of Manitoba and Canada, with an emphasis on sharing and representing those from the disability or Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
1. We amplify unique stories of lived experience and thought leadership on culture, social justice and societal issues.
2. We provide a platform to challenge assumptions and stigma.
3. We produce content that is suitable for all audiences and represents a diverse array of backgrounds.
4. We pay an honorarium for all accepted material.
Manitoba Possible provides programs and services to Manitobans with disabilities and Deaf and hard of hearing communities. Our services emphasize choice and self-determination. Through our work in community education and training, we also serve business communities and the general population of Manitoba in bringing awareness to lived experiences, eliminating barriers to full and equal participation, and working collaboratively towards an inclusive and accessible society.
What is Explore Possible?
It’s a year-long initiative running from April 2021 to March 2022 that will amplify a minimum of 12 unique perspectives to Manitoba, Canada, and the world. We’re searching for our featured thought leaders, and encourage Canadians of any age to apply. The writer must be a Canadian resident and have a lived experience of facing barriers.
What kind of articles are eligible?
We are looking for never-before-published submissions of articles ranging from 300 – 900 words. Submissions should explore ideas, social issues, and experiences unique to a lived experience of disability. Submissions that stimulate conversation, action, educate or inform are encouraged.
What exposure will the articles get?
The Explore Possible initiative is about amplifying and sharing narratives of lived experience. Successful submissions will be posted on the Explore Possible blog where there are over 4000 unique visitors every month, shared on social media to over 3500 followers, and excerpts will be included in Manitoba Possible’s quarterly newsletter, “The Possible” that goes into over 8500 inboxes four times per year. Excerpts may also be shared in a quarterly feature in the Winnipeg Free Press and in partnership with other media outlets as arranged by Manitoba Possible.
Is there compensation?
We are offering twelve honorariums of up to $150 for the successful submissions. The amount of the honorarium is dependent on the length of the submitted article.
· 900 words – $150
· 750-899 words: $125
· 600-749 words: $100
· 450-599 words: $75
· 300-450 words: $50
*Co-authors are subject to the same rates.
Manitoba Possible looks forward to reading your pitches! Let’s Explore Possible.