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Open Minds Quarterly
The poetry and literature of mental health recovery
About Open Minds Quarterly: Dedicated to writers worldwide who have survived depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses. Poetry, fiction, essays, true-life stories, and more.
Editor: Dinah Laprairie
Northern Initiative for Social Action
680 Kirkwood Dr., Bldg. 1
Sudbury, ON P3E 1X3 Canada
Phone: (705) 675-9193 x8286
Genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews
Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: yes (see website) Online submissions: no Reading period: year-round Response time: 3-4 months Payment: no Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 1492-7705 Founded: 1998 Issues per year: 4 Copy price: $7 Average pages: 28 Subscription (ind) 1 year: $24.95 Subscription (inst) 1 year: $49.95
Publisher's description: Often, people with mental illness are stigmatized, or overlooked. Once you read an issue of Open Minds Quarterly, you'll see what we see: insightful and spirited people with stories to share. Our magazine opens minds and opens hearts through the voices of writers worldwide who have survived depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses. In each quarterly issue you’ll see how others are expressing their experience with illness, in:
- PERSONAL STORIES of struggle and recovery from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and more
- POETRY showcasing the talent and insight of mental health consumers, on topics of all kinds
- ESSAYS and opinions on mental healthcare
- BOOK REVIEWS, consumer artwork, and more!
We also host special issues and our annual poetry contest.
Says one of our readers, "It is good to get reminders that there is a league of people who understand."
Our contributors will impress you with how they have turned their difficult life experience into literary expression. From new writers to experienced ones, Open Minds gives you the voice of today’s mental health consumer. It's like a support group in your mailbox.
Be moved. Be inspired. Open your mind.
Volume 15 Issue 3, Fall 2013: This issue features “Why Men Cry in the Dark” by Michael Marks; “Diamonds for Ryan” by Melissa Toni; a perspective from Laura K. Tully; a book review by Scott Neigh; the 11th annual BrainStorm poetry contest honorable mentions Beverly Cummings, Linda Biasotto, Ashley Laframboise, and Kristin Roedell; and poetry from Michael Lee Johnson, David Rushing, Michael Joseph Penner, Marie Newsom, Jerry Hauser, Mark Summers, and Kerry Young.
Volume 15 Issue 2, Summer 2013: Featuring “Night Attention” by Jonathan Jay Taylor, “Hunger” by Amanda Leduc, “13 Titanium Screws” by Aaron Lee Moore, plus poetry by Jerry Hauser, Annette Krizanich, Sari Krosinsky, Denise Fletcher, Joye Henrie, Mark Summers, Tamara Simpson, Michael Lee Johnson, Joseph E. Arechavala, Kerry Young, David Rushing, Paul Dupuis, and Michael Joseph Penner.
Volume 15 Issue 1, Spring 2013: In this issue of Open Minds Quarterly, we hear from two writers about their first experiences in the psych ward. Melissa Rae Toni writes about her fairly recent experience as a young adult of twenty-one in “Psych Ward Games,” while Allan Jones remembers what it was like back in 1971 when he was thirteen years old in “The Book of Al.” Underlying both stories is the sense of being part of a surreal experience, being removed from what is “normal.” Each author expresses a need to connect to the people in the psych ward.
last updated 11/11/2013