Uncomfortable Revolution® is an online glossy magazine packed with compelling, quirky content about chronic illness and disability. We are the magazine of the future: where Body Positivity includes our medical conditions, neuro-diversity, and 'mismatched' bodies.

We don't give medical or clinical advice. We are focused on how health or disability affects people's lives: their relationships, their careers, their love life, their families...pretty much every aspect of their existence. We're more interested in publishing How to tell your Tinder date you wear a colostomy bag? rather than How to wear a colostomy bag: a guide for patients.

A little bit about us

Do you know what to say to someone who’s been diagnosed with cancer? More importantly, do you know what not to say to someone who has cancer? When it comes to chronic illness and disability, there are all kinds of uncomfortable moments like this that can get pretty #awkward

Uncomfortable Revolution® was founded in June 2017 on the belief that we’re all better off by discussing our sensitive health topics, not by avoiding them, or worse avoiding the people who have an illness or disability. 

So, here’s where our story really begins. When founder Brendan McDonald was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, all of a sudden, he began having some pretty uncomfortable interactions with friends and coworkers.

I didn’t know how to tell people. I didn’t want to tell people. And when I did, there were uncomfortable awkward moments. Uncomfortable Revolution is a project that I started with some friends to use humor and a bit of biting wit to explore life's most awkward moments.” 


A revolution in awkwardness

Uncomfortable Revolution® is on a mission to change the way people talk about sensitive health topics by giving them a fun, accepting place to bring up uncomfortable topics. We welcome all colors, creeds, nationalities, and sexual orientations to join the revolution! 



This is UR revolution. Get uncomfortable.

Uncomfortable Revolution™ is looking for totally awkward personal stories and anecdotes about chronic illness and disability.  You may submit blogposts, photo essays, cartoons, animations, illustrations, videos, and audio.

Pitch us ideas for raw, authentic stories about life with disability or any health condition: from cancer, HIV/AIDS, and heart disease; mental illness, addiction or eating disorders; to MS and other mobility-affecting illnesses.

Our tone is humorous, authentic, and a bit quirky. We are never preachy. 

We define "chronic illness" as any physical or psychological health condition that is long-term and affects your everyday life. We define "disability" as a mismatched interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which they live

If you had the flu that one time, this isn't for you.


What we're NOT looking for:

  • Poetry
  • Medical/Clinical/Pharmaceutical/Nutritional advice. 
  • Undercover promo for your business or service 
  • Subject matter that does not fit the express theme of awkward conversations/moments that arise from chronic illness or disability
  • Subject matter that (whether intentionally or not) discriminates against an entire category of people (ethnicity, gender, political persuasion, religion, sexual identity etc.)
  • Pieces that require significant editing or re-writes
  • Anything that's not written in English. This is really our failure because we are monoglots. :(


What we want you to submit:

  • Authentic, true, raw stories of uncomfortable moments or conversations that have come up because of chronic illness or disability: whether you are the one diagnosed, or someone you know is
  • Stories could be about: conversations you did have; conversations you never got the chance to have; a gifting experience gone wrong; dating and sex: what's it really like?; what's it like at work, or life in general? Tell us the things you never get to talk about, but are dying to
  • Creative fiction works about chronic illness and/or disability
  • Stories that make us laugh, shout, scream, die slowly inside, cry, or want to hit somebody. Make us feel what you feel
  • Well-written/produced content that is ready-to-publish (i.e. typo-free) that you are the author of, or have permission to submit
  • Written pieces in the range of 500-1,500 words
  • Include a bio of no more than 100 words written in the third person, plus links to your social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn) and a portrait photo. 

Contributor Payments

  • We are currently unable to pay for submissions for person stories. 
  • All authors of original previously unpublished content will receive a US$30.00 gift voucher redeemable at: https://shop.urevolution.com 
  • We commit ourselves to promotion of your work, even if published elsewhere, on our website and social media platforms. 


So, get it off your chest! Send us your story idea by filling out the form below.

Uncomfortable Revolution™ is looking for articles on the intersection of pop culture, disability, race and ethnicity.  To improve representation of under-repressed writers, we particularly encourage Disabled woman and/or women of color to submit pitches.

Our overall tone is authentic, sometimes humorous,  and a bit quirky. We are never preachy. 

We define "chronic illness/disability" as any physical or psychological health condition that is long-term and affects a persons everyday life. 

What we're NOT looking for:

  • Commentary on medical/clinical/pharmaceutical/nutritional products or practices.
  • Anything that's not written in English. This is really our failure because we are monoglots. :(
  • Subject matter that (whether intentionally or not) discriminates against an entire category of people (ethnicity, gender, political persuasion, religion, sexual identity etc.)
  • Your own personal stories (please submit personal stories here).

What we want you to pitch:

  • Authentic, true, newsworthy stories about the intersection of the intersection of pop culture, chronic illness/disability, and if relevant, race and ethnicity.
  • People must be at the centre of the piece. 
  • Stories that will make us laugh, shout, scream, die slowly inside, cry, or want to hit somebody. 
  • We will consider listicles, short-form, and long-form pitches.
  • We love original high-quality photos (this is a bonus, not a requirement).
  • Include a bio of no more than 100 words written in the third person, plus links to your social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn) and a portrait photo. 

Qualifications: 

  • To be considered, journalists or writers must have a visible track record of published articles covering pop culture and social issues. If you have never been previously published strong academic qualifications relevant to your pitch are required.

Contributor Rights and Payment:

  • Uncomfortable Revolution will retain rights to the article [details are in the Terms and Conditions]. 
  • We currently pay moderate rates based on the newsworthiness of the article, the SEO value, and the complexity of the subject matter.  
  • We will always promote your authorship with your work on our website and social media platforms. 
  • All contributors receive full credit and author profile page with links to your social media profiles and/or blog on urevolution.com

Uncomfortable Revolution™ is looking for articles from journalists or professional writers on the intersection of pop culture and disability. 

Our overall tone is authentic, sometimes humorous, and a bit quirky. We are never preachy. 

We define "chronic illness/disability" as any physical or psychological health condition that is long-term and affects a persons everyday life. 


What we're NOT looking for:
 

  • Commentary on medical/clinical/pharmaceutical/nutritional products or practices.
  • Anything that's not written in English. This is really our failure because we are monoglots. :(
  • Subject matter that (whether intentionally or not) discriminates against an entire category of people (ethnicity, gender, political persuasion, religion, sexual identity etc.)
  • Your own personal stories (please submit personal stories here).

 What we want you to pitch:
 

  • Authentic, true, newsworthy stories about the intersection of the intersection of pop culture and disability.
  • People must be at the centre of the piece. 
  • Stories that will make us laugh, shout, scream, die slowly inside, cry, or want to hit somebody. 
  • We will consider listicles, short-form, and long-form pitches.
  • Short-form articles and long-form essays must be written in a journalistic style.
  • We love original high-quality photos (this is a bonus, not a requirement).
  • Include a bio of no more than 250 words written in the third person, plus links to your social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn) and a portrait photo. 

 Qualifications:
 

  • Journalists or professional writers must have a visible track record of published articles covering pop culture and social issues. If you have never been previously published strong academic qualifications relevant to your pitch are required.
  • Journalists or professional writers should have an established social media presence

 Contributor Rights and Payment:
 

  • Uncomfortable Revolution will retain all rights to the article. 
  • We currently pay moderate rates based on the newsworthiness of the article, the SEO value and the complexity of the subject matter.  
  • We will always promote your authorship with your work on our website and social media platforms. 
  • All contributors receive full credit and author profile page with links to your social media profiles and/or blog on urevolution.com


Uncomfortable Revolution®