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Creative Writing Contest and Anthology

Each year the Carver College of Medicine announces a request for poems and/or short stories which will be reviewed and judged for publication in a College of Medicine anthology of creative writing works.

PDF iconRead the 2020 Anthology, featuring fiction winner Carol Scott-Conner, MD; poetry winners Ron Abrons, MD, Brittan Bettendorf, MD, and Scott Lindgren, PhD; and the writing of 23 Carver College of Medicine faculty, residents and fellows.


The following are eligible to submit a creative writing piece in the creative writing contest.

  • Faculty with a primary appointment in the College of Medicine
  • Resident and fellow physicians
  • Postdoctoral PhD fellows within the College of Medicine

Types of work

Submissions must be original previously unpublished works of fiction or poetry in English and authored by the submitter. Fiction must be a short story of no more than 2,500 words; poems must be no more than 140 words.

Writers may submit up to two poems and one short story.

Short stories may be any genre and all creative work may be about any subject. Work need not be concerned with healthcare and/or illness. All submissions must be submitted as a Word document, 12 pt. font size with 1-inch margins; poems should fit on one page. No nonfiction or personal writing will be considered.

If a submission does not meet the guidelines it will not be considered. Email Cate Dicharry with questions at cate-dicharry@uiowa.edu.

Submission details

The submission deadline is January 8, 2020.

Submissions should be made by email to cate-dicharry@uiowa.edu as separate attached Word documents. If you are submitting two poems, please attach each poem as a separate document with the title of the poem as the title of the attachment.

All entries will be read blind. Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your short story or poem.

Include in the email subject line: College of Medicine Writing Contest.

Include in the body of your email:

  • Name, phone number, and email address
  • Name of short story and/or poem(s)
  • Position within College of Medicine and advanced degree
  • Specialty

All submissions will be reviewed throughout January and final winners will be announced in February.