Using This Form Instructions

Please submit your creative work using the Wards Submission form — one form submission per individual work.

For Cover Art Submissions, please email an editor directly:
Roselyn Neville
Ellen Gilberttson
Zachary Fica

Review the below document prior to submission:
Copyright and Creator Agreement

File Sizes: 20 megabytes (MB) maximum.
The total file size of entry files uploaded in one form submittal.

File Naming Format: “YearFormat(YYYY)_voices-residents_last-name_first-name”,  example:  “2021_voices-wards_smith_john.pdf”

Suggested Prepared Materials:
3.14 Biographical Info *

Rubor Biographical, short-form example

Biographical, short-form example
A few words about your creative history; and/or the genesis of the work; and/or a high-level description of your health sciences/health care relationship, including residency program, and year — or more in-depth information — are all gratefully accepted; may be published with the work you are submitting.

Form Sections Outline

1. Publication Information
2. Creative work
3. Personal information
* Required Fields

1. Publication information
1.1) Project *
1.2) Issue *

2. Creative work
2.1) Copyright / Creator Agreement Accepted? *
2.2) Work’s Type *
2.3) Work’s Year Created *
2.4) Work’s Title *
2.5) Work’s Content *
2.6) Upload Static Work File *

3. Personal information
3.1) Personal Identifier *
3.2) Previous Personal Identifier (if different)
3.3) Past Submittals *
3.4) Display Name *
3.5) First Name *
3.6) Last name *
3.7) Position/Title *
3.8) Phone Number (10 digit) *
3.9) Email *
3.10) Twitter
3.11) LinkedIn
3.12) Instagram
3.13) Website
3.14) Biographical Info *

Submission Guidelines/Editorial Policies


Submissions are limited to about 55 words in the form of personal narratives or stories, poetry, or a hybrid genre of creative nonfiction. They must relate actual experiences of the author; fictional accounts will not be accepted.  The use of creative techniques used in writing fiction—character description, setting, scene, dialogue, and conflict, for instance—is highly recommended.

Submissions of visual art also will be accepted for consideration as cover art.


Subject matter should address aspects of medical practice, education, and training, including but not limited to:  ethical dilemmas, mistakes, challenging emotional situations, tensions between personal and professional spheres, and patient encounters, especially those that are memorable for being inspirational as well as troubling.


The stories in Voices from Wards should be written creatively in a voice that is personal, not didactic or pedantic.  The writing should “hint” or “show,” rather than tell readers what are the submission’s “teaching points.”

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