But You Don’t LOOK Sick: Battles we fight with invisible illness – an Anthology

Indie Blu(e) Publishing  is accepting submissions for an anthology about the lived experience of chronic, invisible medical illness. If you have been diagnosed with such an illness (for example: lupus, MS, fibromyalgia, migraine headache, etc.) or are a caretaker for someone who has, share your truth with us. We believe that creative expression can enlighten, connect, support, and heal.

Writers and artists can submit up to three pieces of creative work (poetry, prose, essay, and/or original Artwork.)  Pieces of writing should be limited in length (under 1,000 words.)   Using a pen name or publishing anonymously is acceptable.  You will be asked to provide a brief biography (75 words or less) to be included in the anthology.

You will be notified if your work is accepted. Please do not consider non- acceptance as any diminishment of your experience, but as with any publishing venture, we must try to fit the individual pieces together into a strong whole.

Submission of previously published pieces is acceptable if you still own the rights to your work.

Artwork can be submitted in black and white OR color, but all artwork should be black and white compatible.

All submissions should be uploaded to our Submittable page by midnight, Friday, April 19, 2019.

CLARIFICATION OF THE FOCUS OF BUT YOU DON’T LOOK SICK: BATTLES WE FIGHT WITH INVISIBLE ILLNESS – AN ANTHOLOGY

Many of you have reached out to us to see if it acceptable to submit your writing and art about depression, anxiety, and PTSD to But You Don’t LOOK Sick: Battles we fight with invisible illness – an Anthology.  Although these are important, and often poorly understood invisible illnesses, our goal with But You Don’t LOOK Sick is to focus on the lived experiences of those diagnosed with chronic medical illness such as lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, MS, chronic Lyme, etc.

As writers and artists living with chronic, invisible medical illnesses, we want to feel represented.  To be visible.  To be understood.  Although depression, anxiety, and PTSD are often closely linked with chronic, medical illness, we could not possibly do all of these themes the justice they deserve in a single volume. 

We hear your eagerness and need to express yourself creatively about your lived experience with mood and anxiety disorders in a future  anthology.  Know that it is firmly on our radar.

Kindra M. Austin

Candice Louisa Daquin

Rachel Finch

Christine Ray

Angie Waters

Call For Submissions for But You Don’t LOOK Sick: Battles we fight with invisible illness – an Anthology

Indie Blu(e), the publisher of We Will Not Be Silenced, is now accepting submissions for an anthology of writers and artists who live with a chronic but invisible illness, or who care for someone else who does. The focus of this anthology is revealing the honest experience of living with invisible illness. We want it all: your humor, anger, grief, your survival stories, coping strategies, and your journey to carve out a new life after such a life-changing diagnosis (if you are lucky enough to get one!). We know so many artists who struggle with chronic illnesses that are poorly understood and we believe that your creative expressions can enlighten, connect, support, and heal.


All interested writers and artists can submit up to three pieces of creative work. Submissions can include Poetry, Prose, Essay, Short Fiction, and/or original Artwork. Pieces of writing should be limited in length (under 1,000 words.) Using a pen name or publishing anonymously is acceptable. You will be asked to provide a brief biography (75 words or less) to be included in the anthology.


You will be notified if your work is accepted. Please do not consider non-acceptance as any diminishment of your experience, but as with any publishing venture, we must try to fit the individual pieces together into a strong whole.Submission of previously published pieces is acceptable if you still own the rights to your work.


Artwork can be submitted in black and white OR color, but all artwork should be black and white compatible.All submissions should be uploaded to our Submittable page by midnight, Friday, April 19, 2019.