Submission Guidelines

Turtle Way™ is Write into the Light‘s online literary art magazine. Our primary purpose is to deliver hope to those with mental illness through original works of literature and art that we create as we cope with and heal from our own mental illnesses.

We are currently accepting submissions in the following areas for our 2023-2024 issue(s):

  • poetry
  • prose
  • short-story fiction and non-fiction
  • essays, opinion pieces
  • meditations, inspirations
  • photography
  • artwork
  • illustrations
  • jokes, cartoons, humor (PG or G ratings only)
  • facts about mental illness (with link to source)

Submissions are open year-round.

To be a part of our mission, please submit your original work by closely following the submission guidelines:

  1. You must be the original author or creator, and sole copyright holder of the work you submit.
  2. Send literary submissions (maximum of 30 lines per poem, and 600 words per other writing forms) within the body of an email to (attachments will NOT be opened except for photographs and artwork.)
  3. Submit photos and artwork as JPEG or PNG files to (images should be at least 1200 pixels on the long edge.)
  4. By submitting your work, you grant Write into the Light™ (at the right to publish and archive your work on Turtle Way’s website (
  5. Please include a short third person bio and any pertinent contact information that you would like included with your work, such as an email, website or blog address, and Twitter or Facebook handle.
  6. Previously published material and/or multiple and simultaneous submissions are accepted for review.
  7. No monetary payment is offered.

Shine your light by joining our efforts to decrease the stigma of mental illness. Together we can increase public awareness and share our experience, strength, and hope with those who still suffer.

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