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Submission Guidelines

We are currently CLOSED to submissions.

Can stories inspire a better Healthcare system, inspire the next generation of researchers and physicians to choose a health science career? Can a story inspire breakthroughs in medical care, or healthier lifestyles? Can a story heal?

“An awareness of literature can aid the practice of medicine, just as clinical experience certainly helps me in the writing of my books.”

From “Storyhealing” in Aeon.co (06 March, 2017), by Dr. Gavin Francis, practicing physician and author of Adventures in Human Being

Stories must be about the future of healthcare, and they must also be engaging. We want stories that make us feel the needs of patients, providers, or medical students. That means there must at least be a healthcare element in the story. The healthcare aspect is not limited to acute care scenarios such as infant cardiothoracic surgery or using a particle accelerator to treat cancer with a beam of protons. Stories that feature the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on longevity, overcoming the stigma of mental health, or strategies to improve access to healthcare are also well within the scope of this anthology.

Stories should be “Clean,” or free from profanity, glorified violence or “adult” sexual content. We’re not judging, but that sort of content is not suitable for this project. Think PG-13.

We welcome stories that grapple with controversial issues, but they should represent opposing views respectfully. We’re not looking for preachy stories or thinly veiled arguments for one side of an issue or the other.

Also, stories should be Faith-positive: Faith need not be featured in the story, but all faiths are welcome, not just Christian. If faith appears in the story, all faiths should be handled respectfully by the writer (although not necessarily by characters – faith could be a source of conflict).

We want diverse stories written by or featuring traditionally underrepresented populations. We’re especially interested in writers/characters living with disabilities, however, you need not reveal this information in your cover letter.

We are looking for science-positive stories where science might be misused, but is not vilified, and can be part of the solution. We’re looking primarily for hopeful futures for the field of healthcare. This does not necessarily mean a utopia, or even a happy ending. We also see the value of the cautionary tale, and health issues can sometimes be tragic, but if there’s not a potential ray of hope, it might be a harder sell. Ultimately, we’re looking for compelling stories.

Stories should be unpublished/original or never-before published in English, and between 2000 and 8000 words. We pay at least 8 cents per word, and payment will be sent within 30 days of publication. We claim first world electronic rights (text and audio), and first print rights.

Manuscripts should be in standard format (12-point, Times New Roman, double-spaced). We will try to respond within thirty days, but please do not query before sixty days.

Your cover letter should include the title and length of your story, a short bio, a brief summary of your significant publishing history and awards (may be included in bio),

Simultaneous submissions to other markets are ok, but you must notify us in your cover letter (if possible) or at least with a follow-up email (if it happens after submission). Multiple submissions are not allowed, unless a member of the editorial staff has invited you, in writing, to submit another story. If this happens, please make note of it in the cover letter.

All submissions should be sent through our electronic submission system. File format must be RTF, DOC, or DOCX. We will reject any story that does not follow these guidelines.

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