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Narrative Healthcare Writing Opportunities

Thanks to Facilitator Carol Scott-Conner for letting us know about these spring 2021 submission opportunities. Please let us know if you hear of other such opportunities and/or are published anywhere we might read your work. We’re always looking for guest bloggers here, so reach out through the Contact page if your spirit and schedule allow and we’ll put our heads and hearts together. We appreciate your supporting the efforts of the Narrative Healthcare Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University.—LRU Narrative Healthcare Editorial Team

Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine is a weekly online publication that reaches a very wide readership. Here is a link: Pulse: Voices From the Heart of Medicine (Links to an external site.). You can sign up for free (voluntary contributions are welcome, of course) and receive a piece of writing—poetry or short nonfiction—every Friday. Every month they also issue a call for short nonfiction prose pieces (40-400 words) on a particular topic. These are then collated and web-published under that topic as the feature “More Voices.” 

The Examined Life Journal is a print journal published once a year by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where Scott-Conner resides. It publishes short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The submission period will be open through April 1, 2021. Fiction and nonfiction must be 5,000 words or fewer. For poetry, you can submit up to three poems as a single submission. There is a modest submission fee ($3). Here is a link to the journal with a bit more information. The Examined Life Journal (Links to an external site.)  I regret that the information on the website is so scanty. Staff (all volunteer) are spread thin right now. I am the fiction editor and have been on the ed board since it started. If you are interested in this journal but can’t find enough information on the site, contact me ( and I’ll send you anything that might help.

Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine is an online journal published by Columbia University. They have just opened for submissions. See their site: for further information. Note that this is a relatively short submission window and you only have up to March 12 to submit.

The Perkoff Prize of the Missouri Review is a new competition for medically-themed writing. See: and note that this closes March 15, 2021.


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