CFS: Poetry (Pulse)

Pulse Is Accepting Poetry Submissions!

Judy Schaefer and Johanna Shapiro, editors of Pulse, are delighted to let you know that they are ready to accept poetry submissions for the coming year! They invite you to submit your poems from now until September 15, at which time they will review every submission and select those that will appear in Pulse between November 2010 and October 2011.

Here are some guidelines:

  • You may submit up to three poems for consideration;
  • Each poem may be up to two pages in length (but shorter is perfectly fine!);
  • The subject matter should be related to illness experiences and/or healthcare;
  • They welcome submissions from patients, family members, students and health professionals;
  • They prefer poems depicting personal events; and
  • Most of all, they want good poems that help us understand illness, health and everything in between.

They invite you to visit their Archives so that you can leaf through poetry that has appeared in past issues of Pulse. When you’re ready to submit a poem, please review and follow the Submission Guidelines carefully. This will allow the editors to consider your submission blindly–that is, without the reviewer knowing who the poet is–something the editors insist upon.

The journal’s poetry co-editor, Judy Schaefer, edited the first biographical/autobiographical work by English-speaking nurse-poets, The Poetry of Nursing: Poems and Commentaries of Leading Nurse-Poets (Kent State University Press, 2006); and co-edited the first international anthology of creative writing by nurses, Between the Heartbeats (University of Iowa Press, 1995) and, more recently, Intensive Care (University of Iowa Press, 2003).

Judy Schaefer RNC, MA and Johanna Shapiro PhD Poetry Editors Pulse–voices from the heart of medicine


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