There is value in exploring the storylines and perceptions that create our sense of identity and impact our experiences. Understanding our personal narratives can be a critical step towards objectifying what happens to us and allowing self-observation without judgment to begin.
When thoughts and feelings are externalized, we can begin the process of alchemizing pain into meaningful growth. We can dissociate with the stories that no longer serve us, and we can expand or enhance the aspects of ourselves that we enjoy and want to feel more deeply.
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 healing 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.
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. We publish all matters of the human experience—never supposing one individual’s pain to be greater than the other—valuing utmost the process by which you interact with your pain experience.
Above all else, we value honesty. Show us the grit, sweat, rage, or quiet surrender of mental, physical, or emotional pain as well as its aftermath—be that joy in accepting, fortitude in healing, or the gratitude in pain and trauma of every form. Show us who you are and why you’re telling your story. Be bold in your approach.
Write, first and foremost, for yourself. Shoot photo essays for yourself. Write to heal. Our small team pours over every submission we receive, and ENDPAIN is currently developing features for our audience to further explore narratives and tools that speak to all manners of pain and healing. And while we believe each story is important, however, we can’t publish everything. Write anyway. Submit below.