Kalanithi Writing Award

Paul Kalanithi was a physician writer and neurosurgery resident at Stanford University. In the final years of his training, he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. His memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, beautifully chronicles his reflections on living with illness and legacy. The Paul Kalanithi Fiction Award was created in his memory. 

Submissions Open: September 1, 2020

Medicine & the Muse is pleased to announce a solicitation for unpublished short stories, essays or poetry addressing patients and providers facing chronic or life limiting illness. Fiction and non-fiction submissions are welcome. For submission guidelines and to submit, click here

Contest Guidelines
Short Stories/Essays: Less than 3000 words
Poems: Less than 50 lines
Open to all. Stanford affiliates encouraged to apply.

Submission Deadline: Decemeber 1, 2020

Stanford faculty including Drs. Lucy Kalanithi, Matthew Stevenson, Steven Asch, and Medicine & the Muse Executive Director, Jacqueline Genovese. 

Honorarium made possible by the generosity of a Stanford Palliative Care benefactor.

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