Now Accepting Submissions for the 40th Annual William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition

NEOMED is now accepting submissions for the 40th annual William Carlos Williams poetry competition. We welcome submissions from medical students currently enrolled in schools of allopathic or osteopathic medicine located in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada. The submission deadline is midnight eastern time on Dec. 31, 2021.

Each year, the William Carlos Williams competition receives hundreds of entries, which are judged by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University.

The top three prize-winning poems will receive a monetary award ($300, $200, and $100 for first, second, and third place, respectively) and will be considered for publication in the Journal of Medical Humanities. In addition, the first-, second-, and third-place prize winners are invited to NEOMED to read their work alongside a featured reader in the annual awards ceremony in April. (COVID permitting; travel expenses are paid by NEOMED’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.)

Past featured speakers include the physician writers Rafael Campo, John Stone, Audrey Shafer, Dagan Coppock, David Watts, Jay Baruch, and Amit Majmudar (NEOMED graduate and Ohio’s first poet laureate).

For submission details, eligibility criteria, and to submit online, please visit Contact with any questions or for additional information.

-Submitted by Rachel Bracken

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