We invite you to submit an essay of no more than 1,600 words in length by January 31, 2015 for the following contests:

  • The Hektoen Grand Prix – $1,200

Participants should write a Famous Hospitals essay about a historical or current hospital for the Hektoen Briefs section. One prize will be awarded. Please see the Famous Hospitals section of the Hektoen Briefs for examples.

  • The Hektoen Silver Prize – $1,000

Participants may write an essay for any of the Hektoen Briefs sections other than Famous Hospitals, namely:

One prize will be awarded. For examples please see the Art Flashes, Literary Vignettes, Moments in History, and Physicians of Note sections of the Hektoen Briefs.


Contest rules and guidelines

  • 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. Members of the Hektoen Editorial Board are not eligible to participate. Eligible participants may enter both contests.
  • Entries must be no longer than 1,600 words and may include one image. For more information about submitting images please see the “Illustrations” section below.
  • Clinical studies or case reports are not eligible.
  • Contest submissions should be sent to contest@hektoeninternational.org by January 31, 2015.
    • For submissions for the Hektoen Grand Prix, please write “GRAND PRIX” in the title of your submission and in the subject line of your email.
    • For submissions for the Hektoen Silver Prize, please write “SILVER PRIZE” in the title of your submission and in the subject line of your email.
  • Participants should certify that their work is original or that they have copyright ownership and permission to use any images submitted.
  • Submissions will be read by the editors and contest judges for Hektoen International and peer-reviewed. For articles accepted for publication, the authors will have the opportunity to review the edited pieces and make minor changes. Some editors’ revisions will be sent to participants before the contest winners are announced.
  • The winning articles will be published in the Summer 2015 issue of Hektoen International. Other articles may be published in the journal’s Front Page (Frontispiece), Hektoen Briefs section, or Hektoen Library before or after the contest winners are announced.
  • The winners of the contest will be announced by email on June 1, 2015.
  • Please send articles or inquiries to contest@hektoeninternational.org.     



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 in Times New Roman, font 11 and double-spaced. Please use the Chicago Manual of Style format (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org) or AMA Manual of Style format (www.amamanualofstyle.com).

Be sure to spell-check in American English prior to submission.



Please make sure that your references are accurate before submission. Quotations should be referenced, as should related works cited in the text. References should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style or AMA Manual of Style, with the endnotes in numerical order.


File format/name

Please save the submission as the title (or abbreviated title) followed by the author's last name.

For the article "Big Hugh" by Dr. Smith, save as follows:

Big Hugh_Smith.doc



You may include one image with your article. If you include an image, please send a JPEG image and a Microsoft Word document with the following information:

  • Captions and source (address of website where you found the image)
  • For artwork please provide the title, medium, dimensions, and date of work as well as the artist's name, country of origin, and years of birth and death

For the illustration of the figure "Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh save as follows:

Fig 1_Starry Night_van Gogh.JPG

For an illustration from the public domain, provide the source in lieu of the artist's name, as in the case of a photo of a beech tree from Wikipedia:

Fig 1_Beech tree_Wikipedia.JPG


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 reviewers and editors advise the Editor-in-Chief, who makes the final decision whether to publish the article.


Authors retain the copyright to their submissions to Hektoen International. We request, however, that authors refrain from submitting their work for publication for 4 months after the piece has been published online. Authors are also 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. Rights to images submitted for illustration should be acquired prior to submission.