Friday, January 6, 2012

The Medical Humanities: Where to Submit

I've been helping to develop a Medical Humanities presence where I work as a primary care doc.

Healthcare can unfortunately be a spirit-draining endeavor. I started writing non-fiction narrative pieces as an outlet early on in my career.

Writing narrative non-fiction was startlingly therapeutic for me, and eventually lead to writing poetry. And that lead to writing fiction.

So I owe a lot to the medical humanities.

If you ever write poetry, fiction, or narrative non-fiction that explores the human condition or the intersection between medicine and life, here is a list of places that might accept your submissions.

For most of these, you don't need to be a doctor or be working in the healthcare environment to submit. Many of these journals also accept photography and artwork, along with poetry, fiction, and narrative non-fiction.

Consider it. The world would be a better place if everyone could share your stories!

26 comments:

Deborah Walker said...

That is an amazing list, Lydia. Thank you so much. Time to stretch myself, methinks.

Em-Musing said...

Narrative non-fiction? Wouldn't even begin to know how. I'll leave it to those, like you, who do and do it well.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We all start somewhere with writing and glad it brought you to fiction. Not sure if I could write something that would qualify.

mooderino said...

Thanks for the link.

mood

salarsenッ said...

Your last statement is so true!!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Thanks for the link, Lydia. I'll look into it for at least one of my short pieces. =o)

Bryan Russell said...

That's kind of awesome. I think some of the best writing out there these days is coming in the form of narrative non-fiction. They keep stealing all the good fiction techniques!

Joshua said...

And this post has been starred for future reference. Thank you!

Saumya said...

This is such a great and helpful post. Thanks, Lydia! And I'm glad that your writing helped you through your training. I agree with the draining part.

Jessica R. Patch said...

Great information. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

Slamdunk said...

I like the idea Lydia and I hope it is a movement that continues to grow.

Enjoy your weekend.

Kristen Wixted said...

I started writing poems about my cat when I was in grad school for speech pathology. I completely understand the spirit-draining endeavor!
Thanks for the list.

Emily Rose said...

This is great, thank you!

Little Ms. Fun said...

I would never expect such different fields to cross paths. Love it!

Julie Musil said...

Lydia, this is great! You know, I wrote an article on the health benefits of laughter and it was published in a teen girl magazine. It was lots of fun to write, and even though I'm not from the medical field, there was plenty of research for me to bury myself in. Thanks for the link to that amazing resource!

Rachna Chhabria said...

This is great, Lydia. Have a lovely weekend.

Krispy said...

Thanks for sharing this, and I love how medical humanities is what led you to fiction writing!

LD Masterson said...

A great resource. Thank you.

Angela Brown said...

Although I've heard of narrative non-fiction, I haven't studied anything about it to understand the first step in producing something. But, you made an interesting statement. You found the writing to be a wonderful outlet that led you to other things. I'll have to look into this more.

Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

Karen Lange said...

I'll have to look into this, thanks for the links!

Have a great weekend! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks for sharing, Lydia! I think I'll pass this link on to a friend of mine. Have a great weekend! :)

Belle said...

Nice of you to share this with everyone. I tried to read the excerpt but it wouldn't work.

Old Kitty said...

Awww you star! Thank you for sharing this list! Writing as therapy is always to be encouraged!! Yay!

Take care
x

lbdiamond said...

Sweet!

Leslie Rose said...

Wow. Never thought of writing in that vein (no pun intended). Thanks for the light bulb moment.

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