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. 


Rewire.News x Disabled Writers Fellowship

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 emerging disabled writers with publications for mentoring and career development. 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.

This fellowship application is for Rewire.News, opening April 17 and closing May 17. Rewire.News is a daily online publication devoted to health, rights, and justice. They are looking for reported pieces, analyses, commentaries, and personal essays about the ways in which people are affected by systems of oppression or policies that restrict their autonomy.

Please take your time with this application: Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have questions, email disabled.writers at gmail.com — the initial application process is administered by Disabled Writers, not Rewire.News, and they will be unable to assist you. 

Acceptance to a Disabled Writers/Rewire.News 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. Rewire.News reserves 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.


Please provide a brief biography.
Have you been published before? With which publications, and when?
Please briefly discuss your interest in Rewire.News and what you're hoping to get out of your fellowship.
Please provide links to up to three clips/work samples. (They don't need to be professionally published, and a link to your clips page is fine.)
Please provide three broad pitch ideas for topics you're interested in writing about, the angle you'd like to take, and how you'd report them. Take a look at the topics covered by Rewire.News to learn more about their style and tone. The committee uses these pitches to evaluate your pitching skills and interests. You will be pitching stories for publication directly to Rewire.News at a later date if selected.

About Our Writing Fellowships

Daily Dot x Disabled Writers Fellowship Application