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Open Minds Quarterly
Open Minds Quarterly is a literary magazine that
publishes the writings of consumer/survivors of mental illness. Often,
people with mental illness are stigmatized or overlooked. Once you read
an issue of Open Minds Quarterly, you will agree that consumer/survivors are strong,
creative individuals who have stories to share.
Our magazine opens mind and opens hearts. Poetry, fiction, essays,
first-person accounts, and more. You will find it all in Open Minds Quarterly.
Be part of the change.Click
on the links below to learn more about Open Minds Quarterly and how you
can participate, either as writer, subscriber, or supporter.
Our HistoryOpen Minds Quarterly, the official publication of The Writers' Circle, began as
a two-page newsletter distributed across Ontario in 1998. Now, through
its international distribution, Open Minds Quarterly informs mental
health professionals, fellow consumer/survivors and their families and
friends, as well as society at large of the strength, intelligence, and
creativity of consumer/survivors.
Our MissionThe purpose of this publication is to decrease the stigma
surrounding mental illness by enlightening others of our experiences and
illustrating that mental illness should be viewed in the same way as any
other illness - it is not asked for, it is not a personality flaw or a
weakness. It is debilitating and scrutinizing, but it becomes even more
so when society cannot see beyond the mask of mental illness and view
the individual underneath with an open mind.
You can join the growing number of loyal subscribers to Open Minds Quarterly!
An 8-1/2" x 11" glossy magazine, Open Minds is published four times a
year, in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. In each 28-page issue you can
expect to find poetry, fiction, first-person accounts and reviews, not
to mention the winning poems of the annual Brain Storm Poetry Contests.
And if you're curious about our writers, you can turn to the About the
Authors pages to learn more about them.
You will also be pleased with the artwork displayed on the cover of
each issue, all of which is produced by artist/members who work in the Artist's Loft.
Open Minds Quarterly is published by NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action,
a charitable organization developed and run by consumer/survivors of
mental illness. Your subscription to Open Minds Quarterly supports the
employment and occupation of consumers who want to make a difference in
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Support Open Minds Quarterly
- Donate - Every penny counts! Open Minds' publisher, NISA, is a charitable organization, and donation receipts are available.If you want to support Open Minds Quarterly, there are a number of ways you can do so.
- Subscribe - New and renewing subscriptions keep Open Minds Quarterly alive.
- Visit your local library - Does your library carry Open Minds Quarterly? If not, let them know you'd like to see it on their shelves.
Buy a gift subscription for a family member or friend, or a local mental health organization.
- Volunteer - Contact the editor to discuss volunteer opportunities. Most volunteer jobs are local, but all help is welcome.
Circulate your old issues - Ask a local mental health organization or your doctor's office if they would like your old issues.
Tell everyone about Open Minds Quarterly!
Businesses and organizations can:
Download Submission Guidelines here.
Advertise - Open Minds Quarterly's ad rates are reasonable and reach a loyal audience.
- Sponsorship opportunities are available. Make sure your
organization's name is at the forefront at our events, contests and in
Subscribe - Mental illness affects one in four people. You never know who in your office may need it.
Volunteer - Open Minds Quarterly seeks event volunteers.
Donate prizes - We like to offer prize packs to contest participants. Can your company send something along?
Support OMQ!Click here to find more ways to support Open Minds Quarterly.
Download Rate Card here.
********************************************************* Coming in 2013! 11th Annual Brainstorm Poetry Contest.
for Submission Guidelines.
For further information please contact Dinah Laprairie: at 705-675-9193 ext. 8286