Open October 20 to November 5, 2018

“Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush. Whether your paintbrush is a tall paintbrush or a thin paintbrush or a stocky paintbrush or a scratched up paintbrush is completely irrelevant. What is relevant is that YOU HAVE A PAINTBRUSH which can be used to transfer your insides onto the canvas of your life — where others can see it and be inspired and comforted by it.”

— Glennon Doyle Melton

We use our bodies to move throughout the world. We decorate them with clothes, jewelry, and tattoos, but sometimes that’s not enough to make them ours. It’s hard to accept the body we’re in, and it’s even harder for those of us with bodies that don’t show up in magazines, or whose bodies don’t agree with us, or whose bodies have been used against us. Reconciling the way people view our physical form and the way we view ourselves can be a complicated and bewildering process.

When has your body disagreed with you? When has the world disagreed with your body? What do you do to make your body yours? Do you dance, dress up, eat healthy, and get piercings? When were you first made aware of how your body takes up space in the world? Why was this so important? Brain Mill Press is seeking your advice, experiences, reflections, and anecdotes in the form of personal essays under 1,750 words to publish on Voices.


Essay pitches will be reviewed for suitability by Brain Mill Press staff. If your pitch is selected, you will be given a mutually-agreed period of time to write your essay. You will receive editorial development and feedback on your submitted piece, a contract granting Brain Mill Press the limited right to reproduce your piece on Voices, and payment at industry-standard rates upon publication. You will retain all other rights to your work.

Your essay and profile will be promoted on our social media outlets. Your essay will contain your headshot and bio, as well as information you may wish to include about recent work and your website and social media links.

Brain Mill Press strongly encourages submissions from people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ writers, First Nations writers, and disabled writers.

Contact Brain Mill Press at with questions.

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