CFS: Pulse (Poetry, Narratives, Essays)

Launched nearly three years ago, Pulse is a weekly online publication that each Friday afternoon delivers a first-person, healthcare-related story or poem to its subscribers. These pieces are written by (and intended for) patients, health professionals, students and caregivers–and lovingly edited by the Pulse staff. Pulse‘s concise, authentic and engaging offerings have drawn a growing audience–now nearing 6,000–and glowing reviews. “I not only read Pulse,” says Donald Berwick, new head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “I adore it…The supply of compelling, often poetic accounts is the best around.” An anthology, Pulse: The First Year, recently elicited these words from Perri Klass in JAMA: “All of the stories in this book…are told with a kind of urgency; these encounters change lives and mark memories. This collection is in some sense about writing for one’s life, making prose and poetry out of the examination room, the hospital ward, the frantic telephone call.” Pulse is not only a compelling read, its format and Archives make it a highly useful teaching tool. Anyone can subscribe to Pulse via our web site. It’s free. And we welcome submissions from anyone with health-related experiences. Visit: http://pulsemagazine.org/

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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CHEST, the Journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, invites submissions of up to 3 previously unpublished, quality poems, maximum 40 lines, on subjects of some medical relevance.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 poetrychest@aol.com

CFS: Poetry (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 illness/disease. Interpretation of the theme (physical, mental, 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 Poems must be unpublished.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 sarahcross@alum.swarthmore.edu  with the poem attached as a Word document. Make sure that the document itself includes your name and email address. Include a brief bio in the body of the email. Deadline is November 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 sarahcross@alum.swarthmore.edu

CFS: The Teacher’s Voice

The Teacher’s Voice has radically changed! It is now a free online magazine and teacher resource. They seek poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, and essays about the promise and hard truths of teaching in our schools and colleges. Chapbook and poetry contests too. The Teacher’s Voice, P.O. Box 150384, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Query: editor@the-teachers-voice.org . Visit www.the-teachers-voice.org .

CFS: Chest (poetry)

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, is beginning this new poetry section in January 2008. E-mail submissions to poetrychest@aol.com .

Call for Submissions: AJN, THE AMERICAN Journal of Nursing

AJN, THE AMERICAN Journal of Nursing (circ. 300,000), seeks poems and short personal essays on experiences related to health and health care for its Art of Nursing and Reflections departments. Authors need not be health professionals. Original perspectives and clear, unsentimental writing are preferred. $150 honorarium paid upon publication. Guidelines available at www.editorialmanager.com/ajn.