Fourth Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition (Medical Humanities)

We invite you to submit an essay of no more than 1,600 words in length by 31st March 2016, for the Fourth Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition. The winners will receive prizes of $1,500 and selected participants will have their articles published in Hektoen International.

Two prizes will be awarded:

Military Prize—on a medical topic related to wars and veterans.

Suggested subjects may include stories from the battlefield; tales of heroism; psychological effects of warfare and post-traumatic stress; history of wars; medical and scientific innovations arising from warfare; field hospitals and military hospitals; treatment of the wounded; paramedics and nurses in war; book reviews; and museums about the military.

One prize of $1,500 will be awarded.

General Prize—on any of the many other subjects currently featured in Hektoen International.

Suggested subjects may include medical education, cardiology, neurology, nursing, and doctors and their patients as well as topics in art, literature, history, and ethics as related to medicine. For a fuller list and examples, we encourage you to review Hektorama.

For the Famous Hospitals section, we welcome articles on the Charité of Berlin, the Allgemeines Krankenhaus of Vienna, and Bellevue Hospital of New York, as well as some of the other great hospitals of the world.

For the Physicians of Note section, we would particularly consider articles about Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Asclepiades, Elizabeth Blackwell, Realdo Colombo, Paul Ehrlich, William Heberden, James B. Herrick, Thomas Hodgkin, Edward Jenner, Nikolai Korotkoff, William Osler, Irvine H. Page, James Paget, Ronald Ross, Benjamin Rush, Johann Schoenlein, and Ludwig Traube.

We would also encourage articles about the medical aspects of the lives of illustrious persons such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, John Calvin, Rosalba Carriera, Mary Cassat, Anton Chekhov, Winston Churchill, Emperor Claudius, Christopher Columbus, Oliver Cromwell, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Edward V, Artemisia Gentileschi, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Frida Kahlo, Lois Mailou, Masaccio, Cosimo di Medici, Michelangelo, Michel de Montaigne, Toni Morrison, Napoleon, Samuel Pepys, Marcel Proust, Sergei Rachmaninov, Rembrandt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Murasaki Shikibu, Tobias Smollett, Lawrence Stern, Amy Tan, Kara Walker, Virginia Woolf, and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow.

One prize of $1,500 will be awarded.

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.
  • 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. See the Articles section below for formatting guidelines.
  • Articles may include images. If you provide an image, please review the guidelines in the Illustrations section below.
  • Contest submissions should be sent to by 31st March 2016.
  • Submissions will be read by the editors and contest judges for Hektoen International.
  • The winners of the contest will be announced by email around 1st June 2016.
  • The winning articles will be published in the Summer 2016 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



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, size 12, and double-spaced. Please format in Chicago style or AMA style
    • References for quoted and cited material formatted in Chicago style or AMA style, with the endnotes in numerical order

File format/name

Please save the submission as a Word document by the author’s last name followed by the title (or abbreviated title).

For the article “Big Hugh” by Dr. Smith, save as follows: Smith_Big Hugh.doc


Articles may be accompanied by images. 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)
  • Save the caption as a Word document by author last name. In the example of Dr. Smith, the illustration would be captioned as follows: Smith_Caption.doc

Important: Be sure you have the rights to any image prior to including it with your submission.

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: 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 on publication.


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.

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