Annual Best Essay & Creative Work Award

The Best Essay in Medical Humanities Competition

Students, please consider submitting your essays and creative writing for the Best Essay in Medical Humanities Competition!

Past winners of the Best Essay Competition >


  • Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.
  • First place prize: $250; Second place prize: $100; Honorable Mention: $50.
  • Essay must be written for an approved Medical Humanities course (see current and past courses).
  • Essay must be written for an approved Medical Humanities course from summer 2022, fall 2022, or spring 2023.
  • Papers must be between 5-25 pages (minimum of 1,250 words and maximum of 6,250 words).
  • Creative works are eligible (and may be shorter than 5 pages) -- see note below**
  • Student does not have to be a declared minor in the MDHM program.
  • Winners will be announced at the start of May 2023 and recognized during a Medical Humanities commencement reception.

**For creative or digital projects, please include a 250-word statement for reviewers that addresses the following questions: How did this project incorporate research into its design and construction? What ideas does this project communicate, and how does it seek to communicate them?

Upload instructions:

  • Format: PDF
  • For digital projects (such as web sites, videos, etc.), please include a URL/link to the work with the 250-word statement to be submitted as a PDF.
  • Cover sheet containing:
    • Your name
    • Project title
    • Class project was produced for
    • Class's professor
    • Semester and year class was taken
    • Subsequent pages: The submission itself

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