Submissions Accepted for Annual Poetry Competition

NEOMED is now accepting submissions for the 41st annual William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition. Entries are welcome from 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, 2022.

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 will be invited to read their work alongside a featured speaker in the annual awards ceremony, which will be held during the Health Humanities Consortium Conference in March 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Last year’s speaker was "Comic Nurse" and innovator in the field of graphic medicine, MK Czerwiec. Past featured speakers include the physician writers Rafael Campo, John Stone, Audrey Shafer, Dagan Coppock, David Watts, Jay Baruch and Amit Majmudar (2003 NEOMED graduate and Ohio’s first poet laureate).

For submission details, eligibility criteria, and to submit online, please visit the competition's website. Contact with any questions.

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