Mental Health and Substance Use 2013 Essay Competition

Mental Health and Substance Use 2013 Essay Competition

Closing Date: 1 December 2013

Student and New Writers: 1st prize: £200 book voucher

Mental Health and Substance Use announces the third annual Essay Competition. Students who are undertaking, or have recently completed, a mental health and substance use (coexisting, dual diagnosis, co-occurring, comorbid) course, at any level of study, and new writers who have not completed any formal training course, are eligible to submit to the competition. Entrants must not have previously published in this field.

Submitted essays/articles may be on any subject that falls within the scope of the journal, including: • clinical practice;

  •  management or administrative practice;
  •  ethics;
  •  transcultural issues and ethnicity;
  •  organisation and service development;
  •  legal issues;
  •  critical appraisal of programmes/articles;
  •  concept exploration and analysis;
  •  policy and procedural issues;
  •  education and training;
  •  research and evidence-based practice;
  •  leadership;
  •  complementary and alternative therapies;
  •  communications;
  •  prevalence and incidence; and
  •  case study.

Please submit your essay/article via email to


Instructions: Please read the following instructions carefully. Submissions that do not comply will be returned.

The submission must:

  •  be single authorship;
  •  not have been submitted, be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere;
  •  be between 2,500 and 5,000 words maximum;
  •  be in font Times New Roman, size 12 and double spaced;
  •  comply with the American Psychological Association (6th edition) reference style;
  •  include a title page (not included in the word count – this will be removed during judging) with the following details:
    •  essay/article title;
    •  the category of the entry, e.g., ‘legal issues’;
    •  your full name including title;
    •  your current job/position;
    •  your place of work/study mailing address including postcode;
    •  your work/study contact telephone number;
    •  your email address(es); and
    •  the final word count.

Please include as a separate file a signed and dated letter confirming:

  •  that this is your original work and has not been published nor is under consideration for publication elsewhere, and
  •  that your work has been checked for copyright breach, plagiarism and intellectual property.

Note: The essay awarded first prize will be published in the journal. Other entries may be published subject to recommendations from the Editor. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if the entries are of insufficient quality. For further information on the aims and scope of the journal visit:



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