Stimming Unpuzzled: Official Guidelines for Submissions

We hope you’ll join us for Stimming Unpuzzled, an initiative which will showcase the importance of stimming in Autistic people’s lives. We plan to celebrate, honor, and raise awareness about these forms of self-regulation, communication, and self-expression. As always, the Unpuzzled Project is opposed to the oppressive behavior-modification strategy of “quiet hands”; we want you to have “loud hands”–flap, tap, flick, twist, spin, dance, sing, and rock to your heart’s delight. No matter how you stim positively, it is your way of making sense of the world around you and the world within you. We believe you should not be judged for your innate way of stimming.

To participate in Stimming Unpuzzled, please email us with your submissions and any questions, at: theunpuzzledproject@gmail.com. Here are the official guidelines:

  • Writing: poetry, articles, blog posts, short quotes, personal stories, etc. are all acceptable. Check by email for any other type of piece you wish to submit. As always, all work you submit must be entirely your own; we will not accept plagiarized work under any circumstances. Please let us know how you would like to be credited, whether this is by your actual name, a pen name, or anonymously.
  • Artwork: drawings, photography, comics, photographs of three-dimensional work, digital artwork, photographs of paintings, etc. are all acceptable and should be submitted as an attachment by email. Check by email for any other type of piece you wish to submit. As always, all work you submit must be entirely your own; we will not accept plagiarized work under any circumstances. Please let us know how you would like to be credited, whether this is by your actual name, a pen name, or anonymously. If you wish, you may include the title of the piece, an artist’s statement, and a brief bio of the artist.
  • Video: videos of someone speaking about stimming, demonstrating their stimming, musical performances on the subject of stimming, showing stim toys, etc. are acceptable. Check by email for any other type of piece you wish to submit. As always, all work you submit must be entirely your own; we will not accept plagiarized work under any circumstances. Please let us know how you would like to be credited, whether this is by your actual name, a pen name, or anonymously. If you wish, you may include an artist’s statement and a brief bio of the artist.
  • Other: please email us at theunpuzzledproject@gmail.com to let us know what your idea is. We are very open to out-of-the-box ideas!
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4 thoughts on “Stimming Unpuzzled: Official Guidelines for Submissions

  1. Patricia

    Hi there! I’m not autistic, but several members of my extended family are. I’ve been following the Autism Discussion Page on Facebook, and stimming has been a recent topic of interest/discussion. I don’t know if you’ve seen the page, but he’s doing his best to increase awareness/neurodiverse attitudes, etc. May I direct him to your project? I don’t have anything to do with his page, etc., just wanting to share 🙂 Thanks!

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    1. elliott Post author

      Please feel free to share! We need a lot of voices on these subjects to speak up and explain what autism really is and what it’s really like.

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