Getting into writing – an interview with Célia Schouteden of Peculiars Magazine

Célia Schouteden (editor)

Peculiars magazine is a platform created with the aim of bringing awareness around mental health, through art. We showcase artists from all over the world: some are photographers, some are poets, some are illustrators, some are writers,… but they all have one thing in common: they’re fighting their demons. They’re survivors.

Why did you start your publication?

Peculiars’ journey started back in December 2017 so the publication is pretty recent. My goal has always been to help people feel less alone and that’s why I started the magazine: to remind ourselves, the fighters, that we’re never alone, we don’t have to fight this on our own, we shouldn’t. It probably sounds cliché but it’s so true: we’re stronger together and that’s why I created Peculiars. As a mental illness survivor myself, I feel the need to relate to someone, meeting like-minded souls gives me courage, especially when they’re recovering. It helps to know there is something more than this constant battle inside. I hope others feel the same.

What is the most gratifying element of publishing the written word?

I think the most gratifying element of publishing (words or/and art in this case) is to feel how moving it is for the writer or artist: to be published and read/seen. And also how moving for others it is to read and admire their work; to know that someone somewhere can relate and maybe needed that piece of someone else at that particular instant to feel understood is priceless. Sometimes it only takes one detail to save us from ourselves.

Crystal Lee Lucas

What are your happiest memories in your writing/publishing career?

It just started but I would say that every time I get to talk to a like-minded soul makes me incredibly happy! I’ve showcased a few of my favourite artists (such as the sweet & talented Crystal Lee Lucas) and each time I feel very lucky. Admiring someone so much and then being able to share something they created is very special.

Do you self-publish?

Yes, we’re planning on doing so. Our first issue will hopefully be out this year and I couldn’t be more excited! We’re raising money to help us a little (Claire and I are volunteers and we’re still in college so it’s kind of hard to publish it on our own for now) but it’s definitely a non-profit magazine: we plan on donating to associations when all our magazines are sold. We see that as a collaboration between our community and us. After all, we all have the same goal: raising awareness.


Who can submit to peculiars magazine?

Anyone can submit. Sure, I’m always looking for artists to illustrate our content but above all we need writers, poets, people who want to express themselves, people who want to speak up. You’re important so if you feel like sharing a piece of yourself then email me at It’s all we’re looking for: your authenticity, your uniqueness and what you want to communicate. Everyone has a story worth being told.

If you have a publication or promotion – tell us.

Issue 1 is a work in progress. We’re waiting for submissions! Also, we hope that people will help us and contribute to it.




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