A project of the Disability March, “Lives in the Balance” invites artistic submissions from disabled writers and artists whose lives and health are threatened by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the proposed cuts to Medicaid.

To highlight the ways that the looming repeal of the Affordable Care Act and cuts to Medicaid will devastate those with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses, we welcome submissions of essays, artwork, poetry, and photos about what your life is like, what you worry about, what you have been through to gain care and access. This series will highlight the experiences and perspectives of those people who will be directly affected by the repeal of ACA and/or cuts to Medicaid.

We know that many people have healthcare access struggles. This series is devoted to the experiences of those people who will be personally and directly affected by the repeal of ACA and/or cuts to Medicaid. Our aim is to focus on those stories in order to get them stories out into the world. We will not publish the following for this series: stories of parents or spouses of those with disabilities; solidarity posts; those who have experience with temporarily disabilities; those who work with disabled people; those who will be affected by medical cuts but who do not deal with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities.

These can be straightforward descriptions, literary essays, reflections, or non-traditional/lyric essays. You can include poetry, images, and anything else you feel moved to include.


  1. Please send essays up to 3,000 words (a little longer is fine, and shorter is definitely fine) as a .doc or .docx attachment to disabilitymarch@gmail.com
  2. We will not publish every entry we receive—we apologize in advance for needing to be selective due to the aims and nature of this project.
  3. Our intent is to not do much if any editing to these.
  4. We understand that no one is safe when insurance and healthcare are rationed. Therefore, we are fine with publishing your work under a pseudonym if you choose.
  5. Please include a photo, graphic, or a picture of original artwork in .jpg format with a description of the image. The photo can be of you but it doesn’t have to be. It can be any image you’d like to accompany your words.
  6.   If any of these guidelines present a barrier to access to this project, please email us at disabilitymarch@gmail.comto tell us how we can make changes.