Poetry: AJN

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NURSING (circ. 120,000), seeks poems and visual art related to health or health care for its Art of Nursing department. Authors need not be health care professionals. Original perspectives and clear, unsentimental writing are preferred. $150 honorarium paid upon publication. Query Art of Nursing coordinator: sylvia.foley@wolterskluwer.com



Journal of the American Medical Association seeks essays and creative writing, as well as original research. Categories include:

  • Commentary. These papers may address virtually any important topic in medicine, public health, research, ethics, health policy, or health law and generally are not linked to a specific article. Commentaries should be well focused, scholarly, and clearly presented and must have no more than 2 authors. Maximum length: up to 1200 words of text—or 1000 words of text with 1 small table or figure—and no more than 10 references. Commentaries not meeting these guidelines will not be considered.
  • A Piece of My Mind. Most essays published in A Piece of My Mind are personal vignettes (eg, exploring the dynamics of the patient-physician relationship) taken from wide-ranging experiences in medicine; occasional pieces express views and opinions on the myriad issues that affect the profession. If the patient(s) described in these manuscripts is identifiable, a Patient Permission form must be completed and signed by the patient(s) and submitted with the manuscript. Omitting data or making data less specific to deidentify patients is acceptable, but changing any such data is not acceptable. Manuscripts are not published anonymously or pseudonymously. Length limit: 1800 words.
  • Letter to the Editor. Letters discussing a recent JAMA article will have the best chance of acceptance if they are received within 4 weeks of the article’s publication. Letters may have no more than 3 authors. They should not exceed 400 words of text and 5 references; letters not meeting these specifications are generally not considered. They should be double-spaced and a word count should be provided. The text of letters should include the names, academic degrees, and primary institutional affiliations for all authors, and the e-mail address for the corresponding author. Letters must not duplicate other material published or submitted for publication and should not include unpublished data. Letters will be published at the discretion of the editors and are subject to abridgement and editing for style and content.
  • Poetry and Medicine. Poems related to the medical experience, whether from the point of view of a health care worker or patient, or simply an observer, will be considered. Poems should be original, not previously published or under consideration elsewhere, and no longer than 50 lines. Authors may submit multiple poems to JAMA simultaneously.

Questions about submitting poems may be sent to: jamapoems@jama-archives.org

Author information at: http://manuscripts.jama.com/cgi-bin/main.plex?form_type=display_auth_instructions

CFS: Hektoen Int’l (Medical humanities)

Hektoen International, founded in Fall 2008, is a journal that explores the interdisciplinary field of the medical humanities. It is published online by the Hektoen Institute of Medicine, a not-for-profit organization promoting medical research and education. The journal is named in honor of Doctor Ludvig Hektoen, a distinguished professor of pathology at the University of Chicago. Hektoen International features articles on the medical humanities from a wide spectrum of global and cultural perspectives as they relate to health and healing. The journal also maintains an online art gallery and library for archiving artwork and articles. Hektoen International accepts for consideration articles that explore medicine and the healing arts through the lens of the humanities, exploring such disciplines as history, art, anthropology, ethics, literature, philosophy, religion, and sociology.

Submissions can include:

  • Scholarly articles written in engaging language for a general audience of the intellectually curious, with references to substantiate research
  • Essays sharing a personal perspective on general or controversial topics, presenting a balanced and thoughtful point of view
  • Personal narratives captivating for their visceral, first-hand experience
  • Short fiction that is engaging in style and thought-provoking in nature
  • Poetry, eloquent and thoughtful, appealing to the conscience and the intellect
  • Art, in any medium, that reflects a uniqueness of style and perspective and that can be either a process, outcome or both

We DO NOT accept research papers, clinical studies, or unsolicited book or film reviews.

Further information at: http://www.hektoeninternational.org/aboutus.html

CFS: Yale J Humanities Medicine

Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine welcomes submissions for publication from doctors, nurses, patients, and others interested in the humanities and medicine. Prose submissions (articles, essays, etc.) should be emailed to Howard Spiro (howard.spiro@yale.edu). Please keep in mind that YJHM is an online journal, and full-length scholarly articles with many footnotes may not be best suited for our readers. Poetry submissions should be directed to Bill Rector and Fred Platt: poetry@yjhm.org

Along with your submission, please include a brief bio and photo of yourself. We will include these with your essay or poem if published. We also ask you to subscribe to the journal so that you can be notified when/if your piece is published and also be able to keep up with the other work that goes up on YJHM. We will review your submissions as quickly as possible and get back to you by email with any suggested revisions. If accepted, pieces are usually published relatively quickly. However, we ask that you do not inquire about the status of the piece until four weeks after your submission or acceptance due to the high volume of material we receive.


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/

CFP: Int’l Symposium, Poetry & Medicine

Call for Papers: 2012 International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine, Saturday 12th May 2012

Symposium venue: Henry Wellcome Lecture Theatre, Wellcome Collection, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, United Kingdom

Submissions are welcome for oral or poster presentation during the Symposium. Email the Symposium Office to express interest in submitting a Symposium Abstract. Oral abstract deadline – 12midnight GMT – 12th February 2012 | Poster abstract deadline – 12midnight GMT – 31st March 2012


Key themes will include: history of interactions between medicine, health and poetry; impact of health and disease on the writings of the professional poet; poetry as therapy; the nature of the body, and anatomy; the history, evolution, current and future state of medical science; the nature and experience of tests; use of poetry in health professional training, the experience of doctors, nurses and other staff in hospitals and in the community; the experience of patients, families, friends and carers in these situations; the experiences of acute and long-term illness and dying, of birth, of cure and convalescence; the patient journey; the nature and experience of treatment with herbs, chemicals and devices used in medicine.

The Symposium will end with awards for the 2012 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

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 http://hospitaldrive.med.virginia.edu .