Writing Contest

The following award programs recognize medical student achievement.

American Medical Student Research Journal
Baylor College of Medicine 12th Annual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards


1. Only original poetry on a medical subject and by undergraduates currently enrolled in accredited United States medical schools is eligible.

2. By a copy of the student photograph I.D. card, entrants must document enrollment in an accredited American medical school in pursuit of the M.D. degree.

3. Each medical student may submit only one poem, not to exceed 2 pages.

4. Entries must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2014.

5. Poems must be on a medical subject.

6. Poems must be:

a. Original, not published or under consideration for publication, and not having previously received a poetry award.

b. Limited to two (2) pages, double-spaced.

c. In English; no translations from other languages.

d. Printed on 8.5 x 11 inch bond paper.

e. Accompanied by a cover page, with the following information:

Poet’s name

Current mailing and e-mailing addresses, telephone, and fax numbers if available.

Copy of photographed student I.D. card documenting medical school enrollment.

f. Submitted in six (6) hard (print) copies, as well as emailed to Peyton Davis (Peyton.davis@bcm.edu).

7. Entries will not be acknowledged.

8. A distinguished panel of qualified judges will assess the poems.

9. Winners will be announced in July, 2015.

The first prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $1,000.00

The second prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $500.00

The third prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $250.00

10. The first-prize poem will become the property of the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards program and will be submitted to a major medical periodical for consideration for publication.  If it is accepted for publication, the publisher will own copyright.

Submissions should be sent to:

Dr. David H. Berger

Chairman, Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards

Professor and Vice-Chairman, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery

Attention: Peyton E. Davis

Baylor College of Medicine

BCM MS 390

One Baylor Plaza

Houston, TX 77030


Deadline: December 31, 2014

in-Training, the online magazine for medical students at in-training.org, is looking for medical students of all class years to submit written and artistic works about their experiences in medicine for peer-edited online publication.

Committed to authentically representing the medical student voice, in-Training is run entirely by medical students and serves as an outlet for budding physician-journalists, writers and artists at medical schools around the globe.

We are looking for students interested in writing about any topic relevant to the medical student community, including technology, policy, ethics, law, and literature. We are also looking for students interested in covering breaking news as reporters, writing in-depth columns about topics they are passionate about, managing our social media accounts, and artists, musicians, and poets to produce creative works for our Off the Shelf section.

No prior writing experience is required.

We invite students and faculty to visit in-Training at in-training.org and subscribe to our twice-monthly newsletter at in-training.org/newsletter. Please fill out our interest form at tinyurl.com/intraining or contact us at editorinchief@in-training.org if you are interested in writing, editing or reporting for in-Training.

in-Training is also launching a writing internship in January 2015 and is looking for highly-motivated medical students who are interested in pursuing writing as part of their future careers for one-on-one mentorship with our medical student editors.

The Intima article submission

The Intima is an electronic journal founded in 2011 to stimulate thought, reflection, and conversation about the intersecting worlds of medicine, humanities and art, in the context of individual clinical experiences across the spectrum of health and illness.The Intima invites medical students to submit; submissions can include scholarly essays or articles; non-fiction, personal narratives; fiction; field notes; poetry; studio art; audio or visual multimedia. The next issue will be published in July; submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. 

William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition

The William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition is sponsored by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). The top three poets will be awarded $300, $200, and $100 respectively and will be invited to visit NEOMED on Mar. 27, 2015 to read their poems.  Their travel expenses will be paid by the Department of Family and Community Medicine.  Winning poems will be announced by Mar. 20, 2015.

Deadline: December 31, 2014