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Want to Join The Underbelly?

We would love to feature your article, personal essay, art, or poetry.

Submissions can include either your personal breast cancer experience or a depiction of how cancer affects us all (whether you’ve had cancer or not!). 

Currently Seeking Articles About…


Tell us how you’ve found the compassion to give yourself Grace – grace you so freely give others, yet withhold from yourself. How is it you receive and give yourself mercy, kindness and thoughtful consideration under the weight and stress of cancer?

Share the ways in which you practice Gratitude. Do you find yourself feeling extraordinarily grateful for things since cancer entered the mix? Perhaps you find it unexpectedly difficult to feel thankful given that cancer has entered your life so undeservedly. Do you keep a nightly list, a joy jar or do you meditate on the things you’re happy to have? Maybe you’re simply finding this piece more than hard.  That’s okay too, we get it.

We want to read about the Grit required to get through this cancer shit (no matter what stage you are). The courage and resolve it takes to keep forging ahead, to find the determination required to not give up, and the strength to reveal even the weakest parts of you on your most difficult days.

We all know it takes a helluva lot of every single one of these intangible things to navigate through the muddy quicksand, in and around cancer. Hopefully sharing them will resonate with those who haven’t quite dared to let themselves be seen, but are reading and watching all the same.

Article Requirements
1000 words or more.
Deadlines 11/15/17 & 12/10/17
Include a high resolution photo of yourself (one or two).
You might even get paid for your article (criteria here)!
Send us a quick email so that we can set up a contributor account for you!


Lastly, (if you’re at this point) we invite you to write a brief story about the ways in which you Give Back. It’s the giving time of year and we’d love to share the ways in which you express kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity to others.  Many of us search for ways to give back after we’ve faced cancer.  We want to share your story of paying it forward!

Giving Back Story Requirements
200 – 300 words.
Deadlines 11/15/17 & 12/10/17
Include a high resolution photo for us to share of you “giving back.”
These stories will be shared on our social media platforms.
Send your short story to us here.

How would I know if I'm a good fit for The Underbelly?

We invite you to share breast cancer experiences with harsh truths, irreverent humor, and relatable coping mechanisms. We’re looking for honest perspectives from all walks of life – queer, straight, trans, all races, all stages, all diagnoses, all treatment options (or none at all!). No sugar coating or excessive cheerfulness required. We are especially looking for feminist viewpoints (though not exclusively female) on all breast cancer-related topics and advocacy. We like stories that surprise, amuse, enrage, and illuminate. We’re showing our soft underbellies, now show us yours.

How do I submit my article, artwork, etc?

Email the following information to submissions@theunderbelly.org:

  1. Name, age, diagnosis date and details
  2. Story idea or finished piece
  3. Link to website, blog, or any other identifiable social media (your facebook, insta, etc)
  4. Bio information you’d like included on your contributor’s page
  5. Picture of yourself to go with your article (if you’d like it included)

What should my submission include?

Articles, stories, poetry, etc. should be at least 500 words, but no more than 2500 words. We want to read your story, but dissertations are a lot for readers to digest.

Please spell and grammar check your work before submission. We may review and ask you to edit or make corrections.

Images may be included provided they are licensed for creative commons, commercial use, or are of your own creation, or credit is given. If you need help with images, please ask.

What's included when my article is published?

All published pieces will have your byline. You’ll also be added to our contributors page which will feature your bio information + picture if provided, and link to your website and social media profiles (facebook, insta, etc). Additionally, you’ll have a user profile in WordPress, where you can view your previous articles and submit new ones for review!

How will I know when my piece will appear?

We will notify you if we’d like to publish your piece and when it will go up. When it appears, we’ll send you a link!

Will I be paid for my submission?

In order to be considered for payment, your article must be original, as in never published anywhere else before (including your blog). Paid articles must have at least 1000 words and a unique perspective, be organized, thoughtful, and informative, and connect with The Underbelly’s mission. Writers will be paid via PayPal $50 per approved article per month. It is the sole discretion of the Editors to determine which articles will be paid monthly.

Your article will include any links to your blog, business and/or social media.

Can I submit previously published articles or posts?

We would prefer to read fresh stories and ideas, but as long as the topic is currently relevant, we’ll consider previously published work on an individual basis.

Would you like to be featured on The Underbelly?

We do weekly MBC Spotlights and a personal story feature called The Corner of Cancer and Life. We’d love to share your story!

Open the tabs below to read about each and open the documents to see the guidelines for submitting.

MBC Spotlight

Click here to view the guidelines for writing your spotlight submission. MBC Spotlights are posted every Monday.

Corner of Cancer and Life Spotlight

How has cancer impacted and changed your life? Tell us your personal story for this feature. Read the guidelines for submission here.