What Are The Letters?

To The Girl Who Feels Broken is a book that invites women from around the world who want to share their experience with mental illness, chronic illness and struggles of identity and acceptance.  The aim of this book is to remove the idea that we are alone in the way we percieve ourselves, and allow us to embrace every emotion, feel understood and supported.

The goal of the book is to help those stuggling with feelings of self worth.  The letters and poems act as a message of hope, resilience, power and support.

The letters are a gift to others who are going through the same struggles, emotions and isolation as you – a gift to help those who need to hear your encouragement, your understanding and your story.

Topics To Write About

We accept all topics and conversation points about living alongside chronic illness and mental health.  For examples, you could write a letter to a women/your younger self living with;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Trauma
  • Disability
  • Feelings of unworthiness
  • Loneliness
  • Grief
  • Body Image

Guidelines

There are some simple but important guidelines to writing your letter or poem for the book, and submissions need to follow these to be accepted:

  • Write your letter in the first person
  • Think of writing to someone; your past self or someone who needs to hear you encouragement and story
  • No more than 1000 words
  • Start your letter or poem with ‘To the girl who feels’
  • Proof read for correct spelling and grammar
  • Write in English
  • Submit your work through the form below, do not email.
  • Be supportive, gentle and encouraging
  • it can help to imagine someone in deep suffering in front of you as you write
  • End the letter with ‘love from’ your first name or a pseudonym
  • Note that not all submissions are guaranteed to be published
  • You will recieve an email notification of the status of your work
  • You may submit up to 3 letters

Joining The Project

The project comprises of 3 stages:

  1. Take your time to write your letter or poem.  This can an emotion and also therapuetic process – move slowly through your project to create your final piece.  Once your have submitted your work we can not accept any changes.  We strongly suggest that once you have finished, sit with your work for a few days  before submitting it and see if any changes or growth happens from what you have written.
  2. If your letter or poem is accepted to be published in the book you will be put onto our book newsletter which will keep you up to date with the publication details and release date.
  3. Your letter or poem will be published on our website.  You can see an example here.

Your Submission

To be a part of the project simply submit your letter or poem to us by following the link below.

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 1st MAY 2020