Letter from the Editor

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Happy New Year!

The first day of a new year feels like a good time to announce the rebirth of Chronically Lit. 

My name is Jay, and I’m the CL editor. I founded Chronically Lit in 2018 to help make invisible illnesses more visible and to foster a literary community centered on chronic illness experiences. Although I had to put CL on hiatus in 2020 for multiple reasons — some involving the need to prioritize my health as I dealt with my own mental and physical illness struggles — I’m excited to bring CL back in 2022.

Things will be a little different this time around:

  • Instead of publishing on a weekly schedule, expect a new CL article about once every month (or so). 
  • We now pay for writing! 
  • Finally, open submissions of any genre are no more — that model led to an unmanageable deluge of submissions. Moving forward, our focus is narrowing. (See the Pitch or Submit page for more info.)

I envision CL becoming a wonderful home for first-person stories told by people living with chronic illness. These stories may take the form of personal essays, comics, illustrated essays, or hybrid/experimental writing. Also, I want CL to be “the” place to examine how chronic illness — including disability, mental illness, invisible illnesses, etc. — is portrayed in literature, arts, and entertainment.

In addition to regularly publishing on the website, CL will be active on Instagram and Twitter, so please follow us. If you’re a writer with chronic illness, head over to the Pitch or Submit page to see how you might be able to contribute. I look forward to reading your stories!

Jay Summer

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