Hektoen International, the Online Journal of Medical Humanities, Essay Competition (Prizes: $3800 + Publication)
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Hektoen International, the Online Journal of Medical Humanities, Essay Competition (Prizes: $3800 + Publication)

Hektoen International, the online journal of medical humanities, has called for submissions for its essay contest on the theme for the essay contest is “Blood”. The winner of the prize will receive $3000 and a runner-up will receive $800.

According to their contest page: “We will consider essays on pioneers in hematology (such as Herrick, Minot, Murphy, Whipple, or Landsteiner), the history of venesection, barber surgeons, the use of leeches, and vampires; as well as historical aspects of blood transfusion, artificial blood, blood groups, blood preservation and blood banks, blood in surgery, blood diseases (such as pernicious anemia, sickle-cell disease, thalassemia, leukemias, and hemophilia), and the history and work of the Red Cross.”

The contest is open until January 15, 2020.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Entrants could be from anywhere in the world.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • There is no entry fee.

How to Apply

  • Submit an essay that is no longer than 1600 words on the theme of Blood.
  • Articles must be unpublished, original work that relates medicine to the humanities.
  • The essay must include at least one image.
  • The article and images must follow the journal’s guidelines. The submission must also include a cover page and proper formatting of both text and images.
  • Contest submissions must be sent to contest@hektoeninternational.org by Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 12 pm Central Time. NOTE that any submission sent after this time won’t be read.
  • Submissions will be read by the editors and contest judges for Hektoen International. The editors will also recommend some essays for publication in the journal. (Submission of an article implies consent to publish in Hektoen International.)
  • All applicants will be notified of the winning articles, which will be published on the front page of the Winter 2019 issue of Hektoen International.
  • Participants MUST certify that their work is original and that they have copyright ownership and permission to use any images submitted.
  • Please send inquiries to contest@hektoeninternational.org.
  • The deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2020.


Winner: $3000 and publication.

Runner-up: $800 and publication.

Some other essays will also be selected for publication in Hektoen International.


Best of luck.

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