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Submissions Open: September 19, 2022- January 8, 2023

Medicine & the Muse is pleased to announce an open call for unpublished short stories, essays or poetry addressing patients and providers facing chronic or life limiting illness.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: January 8, 2023 

Winners announced: March 11, 2023

Judges Include Drs. Lucy Kalanithi and Daniel Mason, Stanford physician writers, Dr. Jay Baruch, Brown University Alpert School of Medicine physician writer, Dr. Irène Mathieu, Assistant Director, Program in Health Humanities, University of Virginia, Grace Li, MD candidate and author of NYT bestseller, PORTRAIT OF A THIEF, 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.  2022 winners will be published in Anastomosis, Stanford University School of Medicine’s humanities and literary journal. 

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. 

Fee is $35 per entry.

If you have any inquiries, please email Christy Hartman at hartman7@stanford.edu with the subject line “Kalanithi Writing Award.” To submit, please use an existing Submittable account or create a new one.

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