Submissions should be previously unpublished works of non-fiction, fiction, or poetry, generally less than 5000 words, concerned with any aspect of healthcare and healing, illness, the human body, the human condition.

One submission of prose and no more than three poems per submission (poems must be uploaded as individual files). We will consider simultaneous submissions, but ask that authors withdraw their piece from our submittable account immediately if their work is accepted elsewhere. Please do not send submissions in PDF form. MS Word or other comparable formats are acceptable. Any works submitted as a PDF will not be considered.

On a related note, we maintain an email list that is used to a) notify you of future calls for submissions, and b) keep you up to date on our yearly medical humanities conference at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  To do that, we ask that opt in using the form here on our website.

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Please submit your fiction piece here. Please include the name of the piece in the submission title. Please title the attached document with the name of the piece.

We prefer MS Word, TXT, or RTF format.

PLEASE NO PDFs. We cannot accept PDFs submissions.

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Please submit your poetry pieces here. If submitting more than one poem please fill out the form again. Please include the name of the piece(s) in the submission title. We prefer MS Word, TXT, or RTF format. PLEASE NO PDFs. We cannot accept PDFs submissions.

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Please submit your nonfiction pieces here. Include the name of the piece in the submission title. Please title each attached document with the name of the piece.

We prefer MS Word, TXT, or RTF format.

PLEASE NO PDFs. We cannot accept PDFs submissions.

The Examined Life Journal