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Lifelines Literary Journal – Call for Submissions

Posted by on Monday, October 21, 2019 in Uncategorized .

Lifelines, Dartmouth Medical School’s journal of literature and art in medicine, is now accepting submissions for its tenth issue. We are pleased to invite submissions of original and unpublished short stories, essays, non-fiction, poetry, and artwork.

The journal has featured work by Guggenheim Fellows, winners of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition, physicians, medical students, and undergraduates, as well as from new authors and artists.

Lifelines is committed to exploring the experience of illness and practice of medicine. While we will consider a broad range of subject matter for publication, we look for pieces that represent or address the medical experience in some way.

If you could forward this email and the attached flyer to your students, I would be extremely grateful. This is a great opportunity for talented medical students to be published and share their work with a larger community of readers and viewers. The call for submissions goes out to many medical schools nationwide.

Our website, and past issues, may be found here:

The online submission form can be found here:

Lifelines Submission Guidelines:

  • Work must be original and unpublished
  • Remove all identifying information from the piece (Name, Institution, etc.)
  • Up to three submissions
  • Short Stories or Essays/Non-fiction: Fewer than 5,000 words
  • Poems: Fewer than 500 lines
  • Photographic or digital art: .tiff (preferred) or .jpeg file
  • Paintings, sketches, sculpture, or other artwork: one or more satisfactory photographs of the work in a .tiff file

Submissions for the 2020 issue will be accepted until Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (EST).

The online submission form will include the author/artist’s full name, email address, and title of the work. The selection committee expects to inform about the status of submissions by March 2020. The journal is published in print and online in Spring 2020.