Sharing a story about trauma or emotional upheaval can be difficult. If you fear that recollecting something will cause unbearable stress, keep it to yourself for now, or write it down on paper and tear it to shreds. The mere act of expressing yourself has proven to produce positive, measurable changes in physical and mental well-being.

If you’re ready to share your story with a network of individuals united by the common belief that mental, physical and emotional pain are important topics to discuss, follow the guidelines below.

Focus on a single event

We feature true stories of pain and healing, stories that dismantle the shame of living with mental, physical or emotional trauma, and stories of individuals and organizations helping to heal their communities through grassroots efforts. All stories are between 1000-2500 words—too short to encapsulate a lifetime, but long enough to get to the heart of a single experience. Be specific.

Write as openly and honestly as possible

We set ourselves apart from other platforms by valuing emotion as much as logic, questions as much as answers, and personal narratives as much as deeply researched scientific studies.

Above all else, we value honesty. Show us the grit, sweat, and rage of mental, physical, or emotional pain as well as its aftermath—be that joy in overcoming, fortitude in fighting against, or resignation in learning to live with the exigencies of pain and trauma in every form. Show us who you are and why you’re telling your story. Be bold in your approach.

Don’t fret over whether or not you’ll be published

Write, first and foremost, for yourself. Shoot photo essays for yourself. Write to heal. Our small team of editors pours over and responds to every submission we receive, and ENDPAIN is currently developing a digital tool that allows users to contribute to and search a global database of narratives that speak to all manners of pain and healing.

But for now—despite how important each story is—we can’t publish everything. Write anyway. Submit below.


    I authorize End Pain, Inc. and its affiliates, and each of their successors and assigns (collectively, the "Company"), to use the stories(s) submitted herein on the Company website (the "Content"), for the purpose of promoting the Company and its products and services. I understand that the Company's intended use of the Content may also include my name, photographs and other visual likenesses of me, and any other information or images that I provide to the Company (together with the Content, the "Content Materials"). I agree that the Company owns all right, title and interest in and to the Content Materials in any form, and I hereby assign to the Company all copyright and other proprietary rights in and to the Content Materials. Additionally, I hereby grant to the Company a perpetual, irrevocable, fully-paid-up license to use such Content Materials to promote the Company and its products and services throughout the Company's worldwide properties (including but not limited to any websites owned, operated and/or maintained by the Company) and in connection with the Company's various promotional activities in any medium now known or hereafter developed. I forever waive any rights of publicity and privacy with respect to the Content Materials, and any other legal or moral rights that might preclude the Company's use of the Content Materials or require my permission for the Company to use the Content Materials for the purpose of promoting the Company and its products and services. I agree not to sue or assert any claim against the Company relating to the Company's use of the Content Materials as contemplated by this Agreement.

    I agree and understand that all editorial decisions about the use of the Content Materials are solely at the Company's discretion, and that the Company may summarize or otherwise edit the Content for the purpose of promoting the Company and its products and services. In addition, I hereby waive any right to inspect or approve the final version of the Content Materials. Although it is the Company's present intention to use the Content Materials, I understand that the Company has no obligation to do so.

    I represent and warrant that my use of the Content and the use thereof by End Pain, Inc. is not unlawful, is not defamatory and does not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including but not limited to, any copyright, trademark, or rights of privacy or publicity.

    This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, as applied without giving effect to any conflicts of law principles that would require the application of the laws of any other state. This Agreement shall be binding on me, my heirs, representatives, successors and assigns. This Agreement represents the complete agreement between me and the Company with respect to its subject matter and supersedes any other discussions, negotiations and agreements with respect thereto. The Agreement may only be amended by a writing signed by me and an authorized the Company representative.

    I represent that I am over eighteen years old and fully understand the terms of this Agreement.
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