CFS: Hospital Drive (Creative Writing)

HOSPITAL DRIVE, an online journal launched in the fall of 2006, encourages original creative work that examines themes of health, illness, and healing. Submissions are open to anyone, preferably those involved with providing, teaching, studying, or researching patient care. All submissions are reviewed by the editorial board. Poems, short fiction, personal essays, reviews, photography, and visual art will be considered. See .


CFS: J General Internal Medicine

The Journal of General Internal Medicine seeks two types of high quality work for its Healing Arts section:
·        Text and Context consists of excerpts from literature (novels, short stories, poetry, plays or creative non-fiction) of 200-800 words followed by an accompanying essay of up to 1000 words discussing the significance of the work for clinical practice or medical education and, where appropriate, linking it to the clinical or medical education literature. Essays should include up to 3 learning objectives/discussion questions and may include up to 5 references. Please consult the January 2010 JGIM for an example of this type of submission. The author is responsible for submitting a detailed reference of the creative work and obtaining copyright permission for its use in JGIM.
·        Materia Medica consists of well-crafted, highly readable and engaging personal narratives, essays or short stories of up to 1500 words and poetry of up to 100 lines. These pieces should focus on a given experience, person or event that informs or illuminates the practice or teaching of medicine. We are interested in narratives that “show” through story (scene, dialogue, etc.; i.e., “Mr. Hernandez’ skin color matched the white sheets. I leaned over to see if he was breathing and he opened his eyes. ‘I’m dying, doc,’ he said. ‘You don’t need to lie no more.’) rather than either narratives which tell the reader what happened and what to think (“this patient taught me so much about professionalism”) or case reports focused on medical details. If non-fiction, please either mask the subject’s identity or gain their permission prior to submission. This is a regular section in the journal so submissions are rolling and ongoing.
Material may be submitted electronically here:
Please contact us with questions and address all queries to the Healing Arts Editors Louise Aronson and Jennifer Best .

CFS: Nursing Ed Perspectives (Research & Creative Writing)

The National League for Nursing’s Nursing Education Perspectives has a page called “EndNote” where it publishes poetry and very brief essays by nurses, about nursing and nursing education. For more information visit: . In addition, Nursing Education Perspectives is always eager for scholarly submissions for peer review. For more information or inquiries, contact Leslie Block, Managing Editor, Nursing Education Perspectives (National League for Nursing). Email:

CFS: Poems (J of Medical Humanities)

Call for Poems for publication in the Journal of Medical Humanities

Poets are invited to submit up to three poems on the theme of birth/beginning/rebirth. Interpretation of the theme (physical, emotional, etc…) remains with the poet and may be addressed directly or indirectly. Poems must be unpublished. Prompt notification is requested if accepted for publication elsewhere. Poems should not exceed seventy lines (12 point font, one inch margins), but may be of any form.

Submit via email to  with the poem(s) all attached in one single Word document. Make sure that the document itself includes your name, email address and mailing address. Include a brief bio in the body of the email. Deadline is June 15th.

Selected poets will be notified and asked to write a brief commentary on their poem. Poems will appear with commentaries and an introduction by the editor in the Journal of Medical Humanities. Non-selected poems may not be acknowledged.

Questions may be directed to Sarah Cross at .

CFS: Creative Nursing

Creative Nursing is an issue focused journal, unique in its recognition of the values inherent in the nursing profession. Excellence and professionalism are not exclusive to any one discipline or specialty, and the editors of Creative Nursing are dedicated to developing nursing leaders at all levels and in all settings. Each issue of Creative Nursing: A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience, and Collaboration brings readers insights into topics of interest to nurses from various practices and settings. Issues usually contain several articles related to one central theme. Creative Nursing also considers for publication manuscripts on topics related to both the practical and theoretical aspects of the nursing profession, including:

  • Original articles presenting thoughtful discussion of a topic and often including a review and summary of the available body of knowledge concerning the topic
  • Interviews with clinicians and other experts in various fields related to the current theme
  • Personal stories and first-hand accounts related to thematic issues
  • Commentaries and opinion pieces

Feature sections may include:

  • Editorials
  • Commentaries and essays
  • Reviews of books and other resources
  • Creative works
  • Letters to the Editor

For further information:

CFS: Ars Medica

ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanities is an international literary magazine exploring illness, the body, healing, and the culture of medicine. Fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and artwork are preferred. For submission/subscription info, see

CFS: Poetry (CHEST)

CHEST, the Journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, invites submissions of up to 3 previously unpublished, quality poems, maximum 40 lines, on subjects of some medical relevance. CHEST, with a subscriber base of 22,000 readers. E-mail submissions to