Share Your Story
Diabetes impacts people — patients, caregivers, researchers, neighbors, classmates, colleagues — in a multitude of ways. Your voice, your experience or your life hack will inspire someone else along their journey, so we invite you to tell your story. Thank you for sharing with the Beyond Type 1 and/or Beyond Type 2 communities; we can’t wait to hear what you have to say!
Requirements for Writing a Personal Feature
- Pick a focus – decide what makes your story stand out from other stories. We prioritize sharing stories from and resources for people with underrepresented lived experiences. (Do you have a special skill or have had a unique experience that you want to share? It, of course, should relate to type 1 diabetes in some way!)
- Choose an inciting incident – After you have a focus in theme, (e.g. skateboarding, music, fundraising, insurance management, motherhood, mental health, finding community, etc.) think of an experience involving that subject matter. Describe a specific event or moment that impacted you and changed the way you or others think.
- Word Count: 600-1200, split into 2-3 sections with subheaders for readability
- Bio: 3-5 sentences (your location, interests, any fun facts and your relationship to diabetes).
- Photos: 3-5 high-resolution photographs (at least one landscape (wide) photo for your article’s header and one headshot for your bio).
- Connect your story to social media: Include any social media accounts (Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blog, etc.) so others can follow you and see what you’re all about!)
- Prepare a description of your article for the social media platforms you use and would like to share your story on. (For example, write a tweet or brief Facebook message that explains your piece, so when your story goes live on our platforms, you’re ready to share it on yours as well.)
- Send your story with photos, a bio and social media descriptors to email@example.com
Before you write, see what others have done in our stories section.
Requirements for Writing Clinical Content
Are you a doctor, diabetes educator, nutritionist, personal trainer, technophile or simply an expert in a specific field? We are always sourcing compelling content for the type 1 diabetes community that addresses health and wellbeing, which may include anything from mental health and the physical sciences to hacks in technology and product reviews.
We prioritize resources and content that does not yet exist on other diabetes platforms and encourage submissions from folks with underrepresented backgrounds. If you are a trained specialist, tell us how you help others in your field. If you’ve recently discovered something that makes your T1D life better or improves the life of someone you love with type 1, share it with us.
To pitch your idea, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Topic: What will be the subject of your writing?
- Credentials: List all certifications and relative experience. What makes you the expert?
- Write an opening: This should be approximately a paragraph and detail what you’ll cover in the piece. Have it include a “thesis-like” statement of intent so there are no surprises for the reader. This will also show your writing style and voice; remember that the Beyond Type 1 platforms lead with people-first language and use an engaging and informal tone.
- Make an outline: Let us know what you plan to cover and include. This does not need to be incredibly detailed, but we’d like to see what the content will entail.
- Research: If additional research is required beyond your expertise, include accurate, cited information from reputable sources.
- Word Count: If your pitch is accepted, your final piece should be 600-1200 words, split into 2-3 sections with subheaders for readability
- Bio: 3-5 sentences (your expertise, location, interests and your relationship to T1D).
- Photos: a headshot for your bio and any relating photographs (you in your field or products, etc.)
- Connect your story to social media: Include any social media accounts (Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blog, etc.) so others can follow your expert advice!)
See examples of Beyond Type 1 clinical writing:
- Pregnancy Overview
- Cold and Flu and What to Do
- Stress — Why and How You Should Reduce It
- The 10 Best Thanksgiving Tips to Hit Your Plate
Are you a professional writer and interested in covering a Type 1 diabetes topic? Contact us.
Don’t have time to write a feature or clinical piece, but have an incredible story or valuable information to share? Pitch it to us, and we might interview you on the topic.
Looking for other ways to contribute content? Submit to our Instagram wall.