Introducing Doll Hospital
illustration by eline
We are getting serious and antsy for more. We are tired of being spoken of, spoken for. We are dolls, dehumanised, objectified, fragmented, and our publication will be a caring hospital. Let us explain.
Doll Hospital is a free art and literature journal. It will be available both in print and online in different forms and content. Our aim is to create an accessible platform for artists and writers to share their lived experiences of mental health. We publish short stories, poetry, cultural musings, comic art and everything in between. We prioritize work that takes an intersectional focus. Doll Hospital looks to move beyond the two archetypes of ‘mental illness’: the tortured white man genius, and the delicate, white girl, loved not despite of, but because of, her ‘illness’. We need to do better.
We are particularly interested in work that emphasises the multiplicity of experiences, prioritising marginalised stories that may otherwise go ignored by so called ‘mainstream’ media.
To speak of your struggles is not a privilege; in our publication it is a right. We want to challenge the idea that in order to speak authoritatively on ‘mental illness’ you need to be a college educated white dude. If you’re dealing with mental health problems and have a story to tell, we don’t care about your clips, we’d be honoured to have you.
All mediums are welcome, though we’re particularly into poetry, fiction, personal essays, pop culture essays, illustration and comics. Oh, and nurse chansey fan art. For more info check out our submission page.
We also welcome all criticisms, ideas and more, because, to be truly intersectional and inclusive we need as many voices as possible. Message us via tumblr or shoot us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a small publication (like one girl with a laptop answering emails in her lunch break for no pay small) but we aim to pay each and every contributor for their hard work, and are currently applying to funding and seeking donations in order to make this a reality.
Follow us on tumblr so we can interact together, improve ourselves and keep us company on our journey towards making this publication a reality and a true success.
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