“Narrative Matters” is the peer-reviewed, personal-essay section of the policy journal Health Affairs. Begun in 1999, it publishes literary nonfiction—based on firsthand encounters—that carry a policy message. These “policy narratives” link a story or anecdote to the big picture. They relate a strong incident or anecdote that draws the reader in and puts the policy issue on the table.
How To Submit A Manuscript: “Narrative Matters” manuscripts are submitted online through the Health Affairs Web site at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ha
Manuscripts for “Narrative Matters” do not need an abstract. Submissions will be reviewed both within and outside of Health Affairs.
What We’re Looking For:
- Well-written anecdotal stories, based on encounters with the health care system, that explore the personal, ethical, and moral issues of delivering or receiving health care today
- Topics with broad implications for health care that touch on policy issues
- Unique stories or perspectives with an insider’s view
- Introspective stories that reveal the author’s evolution in thinking about a health policy issue based on personal experience
- Stories with dialogue and with a distinct beginning, middle, and resolution
- A minimum of academic or technical language
- 2,500 words or less
- No editorials, op-eds, or commentaries; no footnotes or academic citations
Contact: Ellen Ficklen, editor of “Narrative Matters,” at 301-656-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org . The “Narrative Matters” section is published with support from the W.K. Kellogg
Further information at: http://www.healthaffairs.org/NM.php