Call for Entries

Pulse Writing Contest

"On Being Different"

First prize $1,000 — Total prizes $3,000


Pulse–voices from the heart of medicine is pleased to announce a writing contest open to health and mental health professionals, to patients and caregivers, and to students in the health and mental health professions.

The purpose of this contest is to heighten awareness and deepen understanding of differences among us as we learn from one another, work together on a team or receive care from one another. Our goal is to foster more sensitive and compassionate communication, teaching, teamwork and care.

Entries are due by March 31, 2023. The first place winner will be awarded $1,000. Runner-up awards totaling $2,000 will be distributed to other noteworthy submissions.


The contest theme is: On Being Different. We are looking for first-person perspectives on what it’s like to feel different–different from those around you or from those in positions of authority–or to encounter differences that have implications for health and health care, and for differences that affect the healthcare workplace or healthcare education. Here are some possible issues you might address:

We invite you to write about your experience of being different–how it affects you, your learning, the work you do or the care you receive.


Submissions may be up to 1200 words in length. They must be true accounts that reflect your own personal experience or observed experience. They must be original pieces that have not been previously published. No fiction, please, and no poetry.

Pulse editors will review all submissions and award a total of $3,000 in prize money, including a $1,000 first prize, to the pieces judged to have most effectively captured the experience of being different. Some winning essays will be published in Pulse—voices from the heart of medicine.

To enter, please use the Writing Contest Submission Form.

This contest is made possible by a generous grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

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Call for Entries

Pulse Writing Contest

"On Being Different"