The Pegasus Review: a Medical Literary Journal

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Submissions Open: November 1, 2021- February 1, 2022

Medicine & the Muse is pleased to announce a solicitation for unpublished short stories, essays or poetry addressing patients and providers facing chronic or life limiting illness. Fiction and non-fiction submissions are welcome. 

Contest Guidelines:

Short Stories/Essays: Less than 2500 words Poems: Less than 50 lines

Dual submissions permitted, if they are in different genres. No more than two submissions. Simultaneous submissions permitted, but please withdraw your piece if it gets published elsewhere.

Open to all. Stanford affiliates encouraged to apply.

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2022 Winners announced: March 22, 2022

Judges include: Drs. Steve Asch and Lucy Kalanithi, Stanford physicians writers, Dr. Jay Baruch, Brown University Alpert School of Medicine physician writer, Shannon Pufahl, Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing, Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner and Stanford professor of English, and Executive Director of Stanford Medical Humanities & Arts program, Jacqueline Genovese

Award: Total of 3 Winners: First place $500, Second place $250, Third place $250. Honorarium made possible by the generosity of a Stanford Palliative Care benefactor. 

Notes before uploading submission document:  - Must be font size 11 or greater  - Provide title page with the title of your submission. Do not include your name anywhere on your submission, including on the title page.

If you have any inquiries, please email Christy Hartman at with the subject line “Kalanithi Writing Award.” To submit, please use an existing Submittable account or create a new one.

Submission Guidelines attached separately. 

Submission Guidelines attached separately. 

Submission Guidelines attached separately. 

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