BYLINES never post opportunities that require a submission fee. Learn more.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Hektoen International Writing Contest

web site

Hektoen International invites you to send an essay of under 1600 words on the subject of Blood. The contest honors the achievements of the Red Cross, locally, nationally, and globally.

Two prizes will be awarded: $3000 for the winner and $800 for the runner up.  

The deadline is January 15, 2020. 

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.

Contest rules and guidelines
Submission of an article implies consent to publish in Hektoen International. If accepted for publication, an article may be published at any time regardless of the outcome of the competition. If major edits are made, proofs will be sent to the authors before publication.

Essays that are accepted for publication in the journal may also be available to readers before the winners are announced.

The contest is open to participants 18 years or older.

For multiple author articles, only one person should submit the entry and communicate with the editors.

Entries should be no longer than 1,600 words and must also include at least one image, following our article and image guidelines, including a cover page and proper formatting of both text and images. Incomplete submissions will be deemed ineligible for competition.


  • Contest submissions must be sent to contest@hektoeninternational.org by Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 12pm Central Time. Submissions sent after the specified time will be deemed ineligible for competition.
  • Submissions will be read by the editors and contest judges for Hektoen International. The editors of the journal will recommend submissions and edits for publication and contest judges will read the original submission presented by the author.
  • 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 should 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.



Article guidelines

Articles must be unpublished, original work that relates medicine to the humanities and no more than 1,600 words in length. Each submission should include:

A cover page with:

  • Author(s) names, titles/degrees, professional affiliation, and location (as you would like it listed in the journal)
  • A biography no longer than 100 words
  • The author’s contact information

Article text with:

  • The title and page numbers in the document header
  • The full text of the article inTimes New Roman, size 12, and double-spaced. Please format in Chicago style (chicagomanualofstyle.org) or AMA style (www.amamanualofstyle.com)
  • References for quoted and cited material formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style or AMA Manual of Style, with the endnotes in numerical order.
  • Submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word document by the author’s last name followed by the title (or abbreviated title).


For example, the article “Big Hugh” by Dr. Smith, would be saved as: Smith_BigHugh.doc

Image guidelines
Please include at least one image that complements the article being submitted. Final image choice will be determined by journal staff. Rights to images must be acquired by the author prior to submission.

Images must be:

  • High quality and saved as a .JPG
  • Titled by author’s surname and short article name. For example, an image to accompany the article “Big Hugh” by Dr. Smith would be saved as follows: Smith_Big Hugh.jpg
  • Accompanied by a caption. Provide a Word document with the following information:
  • Caption and source (including address of website where you found the image)
  • For artwork, please provide the title and date of work, the artist’s name, and the location of the artwork (museum or private collection)
  • The caption should be sent as a Word document by author last name. In the example of Dr. Smith, the illustration would be captioned as follows: Smith_Caption.doc

Patient Consent/Confidentiality
Our confidentiality policy is based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Please refer to this document if you have any questions: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/. Authors/artists should protect the confidentiality of all persons and not reveal personal details without their consent.

Review process
The editorial board and the journal editors review contributions for appropriateness of originality, style, and content. All editors advise the Editor-in-Chief, who makes the final decision on publication to the journal.


Copyright
Authors retain the copyright to their submissions to Hektoen International. We request, however, that authors refrain from submitting their work for publication for four months after the piece has been published. Authors are requested to notify us and reference the Hektoen International website as the original publisher in subsequent publications of the article.

All submissions are presumed to be the stated author/artist’s original work. Authors are responsible for procuring the right to accompanying images.

Blog Archive