Disabled Writers is a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, and journalists connect with disabled sources. Our goal is specifically to promote paid opportunities for multiply marginalized members of the disability community, and to encourage editors and journalists to think of disabled people for stories that stretch beyond disability issues. 


About Our Writing Fellowships

Disabled Writers in partnership with Alice Wong and the Disability Visibility Project® and Vilissa Thompson and Ramp Your Voice! is excited to announce our fellowship program, which places disabled writers with publications for mentoring and career development. Our program specifically targets developing journalists who have limited experience, and those with minimal or no publication credits are encouraged to apply. Participating publications will accept fellows to work on three pieces — whether separately or as a series — in collaboration with an editor.

These paid fellowships are open to all emerging disabled journalists, regardless of their affiliation with Disabled Writers.

Publications interested in partnering with Disabled Writers on fellowships to improve newsroom diversity and foster opportunities for developing disabled journalists can email disabled.writers at gmail.com to learn more—we offer full or partial funding to assist with the costs of mentoring and supporting fellows. 

Individuals interested in donating to support our writing fellowships can contact disabled.writers at gmail.com or donate to the Disability Visibility Project®, which funds this and other initiatives to improve disability representation in media. Many additional thanks to the Awesome Foundation: Disability Chapter for their financial support. 

Acceptance to a Disabled Writers fellowship is not an offer of future employment, but a short-term contract for three articles produced in collaboration with one or more assigning editors. Publication partners reserve the right to decline publication, with a predetermined kill fee, if one or more articles proves unsuitable. Disabled Writers acts as a facilitator at the outset of the fellowship but is not involved with day-to-day administration.

Cyrée Jarelle Johnson selected as Rewire.News Writing Fellow

Cyrée Jarelle Johnson selected as Rewire.News Writing Fellow