The Jacket Submission Form
“The Jacket” is a virtual radical mental health collage, centering the writing, artwork, and creations of people with self-defined lived experience with connections to the Greater Pittsburgh Area and Southwestern Pennsylvania. We define lived experience to include individuals who identify as M/mad, mentally ill, neurodivergent, psychiatric survivors, trauma survivors, and all other related conceptualizations of mental health, including those who do not use mental health labels. We hope this project will showcase the range of experiences, perspectives, and ideas of people with lived experience while driving more art-related opportunities and inquiries to writers, artists, and creators in our community. Learn more at

We are a small team, so submissions will be posted on the website as we have capacity, often within one week from the date of submission. If we receive a large number of submissions at one time, we may stagger posting over time.

The option to include submissions in the third issue of our zine, Yinz Mad? Radical Mental Health in Pittsburgh, is now open, and will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 2021.

This project is part of the Storytelling As Activism series, curated by Inside Our Minds, a project of New Sun Rising. Funding for this project is provided by Opportunity Fund.

If you have questions or would like to submit off this form, please email Thank you!
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Name / Pronouns
Leave blank if you'd like to be anonymous, or feel free to use a pseudonym or initials.
Submission Interest
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Location / Neighborhood / Connection to the Area
We center submissions from artists with connections to the Greater Pittsburgh Area and Southwestern Pennsylvania, but welcome submissions from all interested, no matter their location!
Contact Information (Private) *
Please supply your contact information (email preferred) in case our organizers need to get in touch with you about your submission. This information will not be shared in any way and will solely be used to communicate with you regarding your submission.
Contact Information (for the Public)
Optional: If you would like an email, phone number, website, or other contact information published with your submission, please include it below.
Submission Criteria
We are happy to accept submissions to display on the website and/or the zine (writing, poetry, photographs or images of artwork, photography, videos, photographs of creations, etc). For the website, each submission will be displayed as a single post, which has an upload limit of 1GB per piece. We are happy to feature both images and writing on a post if you are a multi-disciplinary artist. For the zine, we are looking for shorter pieces - submissions of four pages or less.

For poetry submissions, if you use unconventional formatting, please provide an image of your poem as you would like it to be formatted, as well as the text of the poem for an alt text description (for accessibility).

For image submissions, please provide an alt text description.

For video submissions, we can upload videos up to 1GB, or we can link to or embed your privately hosted video. Please provide captioning for any videos with dialogue.

If you are unsure of how to write an alt text description or caption your video, send us a message at - we will do our best to help as we are able!
Title *
Submission *
Please provide the text or a link to your submission here. You can also email your submission to (if so, indicate here so we know to look for it).
Brief Artistic Statement
Optional: Brief statement on your artistic process, materials / medium, lived experience.
Artist Bio
Optional: 50 words or less about yourself.
You grant Inside Our Minds permission to host your piece on the website and in a digital and print zine issue as part of the Storytelling As Activism project. *
You retain all creative rights to your submission and are free to perform and / or publish your submission elsewhere. You can have your submission taken down from the website at any point by sending us an email at *
We recognize the ongoing harm and violence of racism, colonization, sanism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, classism, misogyny, ageism, capitalism, and other forms of oppression and will not accept any submissions that promote or uphold discrimination and oppression. *
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