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
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