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Open Minds Quarterly

The poetry and literature of mental health recovery

About Open Minds Quarterly: Dedicated to writers worldwide who have survived depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses. Poetry, fiction, essays, true-life stories, and more.

Contact Information:

Editor: Dinah Laprairie

Northern Initiative for Social Action

680 Kirkwood Dr., Bldg. 1

Sudbury, ON P3E 1X3 Canada

Phone: (705) 675-9193 x8286



Submission/Subscription Information:

Genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: yes (see website) Online submissions: no Reading period: year-round Response time: 3-4 months Payment: no Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 1492-7705 Founded: 1998 Issues per year: 4 Copy price: $7 Average pages: 28 Subscription (ind) 1 year: $24.95 Subscription (inst) 1 year: $49.95

Publisher's description: Often, people with mental illness are stigmatized, or overlooked. Once you read an issue of Open Minds Quarterly, you'll see what we see: insightful and spirited people with stories to share. Our magazine opens minds and opens hearts through the voices of writers worldwide who have survived depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses. In each quarterly issue you’ll see how others are expressing their experience with illness, in:

  • PERSONAL STORIES of struggle and recovery from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and more
  • POETRY showcasing the talent and insight of mental health consumers, on topics of all kinds
  • ESSAYS and opinions on mental healthcare
  • BOOK REVIEWS, consumer artwork, and more!

We also host special issues and our annual poetry contest.

Says one of our readers, "It is good to get reminders that there is a league of people who understand."

Our contributors will impress you with how they have turned their difficult life experience into literary expression. From new writers to experienced ones, Open Minds gives you the voice of today’s mental health consumer. It's like a support group in your mailbox.

Be moved. Be inspired. Open your mind.

Recent Issues:

The Spring 2014 issue is an in-depth special topic issue on the power of peer support in mental health recovery. Inside is Canadian leader in peer support, Stéphane Grenier’s, thoughts on why health and safety in the workplace shouldn’t focus only on physical safety; Annie Jollymore’s account on why the she feels the AIDS movement is further ahead in peer support; a poem about withholding judgment and criticism of others, unless you have truly walked in their shoes, and more. The 2014 winners of the 12th Annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest are also included inside. Contributors include Marty Hadge, Joye Henrie, SueAnn Jackson Land, and Ashley Laframboise.

Volume 15 Number 4, Winter 2014: Open Minds Quarterly publishes quality, insightful writing from people with lived experience with mental illness. In the Winter 2014 issue, Kate faces her phobia head on—all 94 feet of it—in her essay about cetaphobia; John King shares his experience of Al-Anon and how he feels that sometimes strangers can be the best support of all; and reflections from a PhotoVoice project in Northeastern Ontario taking on stigma in the Emergency Department, were included. Touching poetry and a special letter from the Editor can also be found inside. Contributors include Frank Sterle, Joye Henrie, T.A. Abrams, and Bob Marrin.

Volume 15 Issue 3, Fall 2013: This issue features “Why Men Cry in the Dark” by Michael Marks; “Diamonds for Ryan” by Melissa Toni; a perspective from Laura K. Tully; a book review by Scott Neigh; the 11th annual BrainStorm poetry contest honorable mentions Beverly Cummings, Linda Biasotto, Ashley Laframboise, and Kristin Roedell; and poetry from Michael Lee Johnson, David Rushing, Michael Joseph Penner, Marie Newsom, Jerry Hauser, Mark Summers, and Kerry Young.

Volume 15 Issue 2, Summer 2013: Featuring “Night Attention” by Jonathan Jay Taylor, “Hunger” by Amanda Leduc, “13 Titanium Screws” by Aaron Lee Moore, plus poetry by Jerry Hauser, Annette Krizanich, Sari Krosinsky, Denise Fletcher, Joye Henrie, Mark Summers, Tamara Simpson, Michael Lee Johnson, Joseph E. Arechavala, Kerry Young, David Rushing, Paul Dupuis, and Michael Joseph Penner.


last updated 06/2/2014