Submissions

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, but 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 conditions, or strategies to improve access to healthcare are also well within the scope of this anthology.

Submission Procedure & Pay Rate

Stories should be unpublished/original or never-before published in English, and between 2000 and 8000 words. We pay 8 cents per word, and payment will be sent within 60 days of publisher receiving signed contract. We claim first world electronic rights, 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, and 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.

Underrepresented Demographics

Writers need not feel compelled to reveal their demographics. However, we welcome and encourage writers of underrepresented demographics, including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion are strongly encouraged to submit. We need diverse stories.

Inland Empire Writers

We are reserving one additional spot for a writer from the Inland Southern California region. To be eligible for consideration in this category, the writer will need to disclose details regarding if they live, work, worship, or attend school in San Bernardino or Riverside counties.