The Gerald F. Berlin Creative Writing Award — Award Guidelines

The Gerald F. Berlin Prize is awarded for creative writing, prose or poetry, written by UMass medical students,residents, fellows, graduate students, and nursing students in programs based at UMass Medical School, Berkshire Medical Center, and Worcester Medical Center/St. Vincent’s.

Grand prize is $100, a reading at an Awards Ceremony in AMP III (S6 – 102) on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (12:00-1:30 PM), and publication in Worcester Medicine,  The Berkshire Medical Journal, and Streams of Consciousness.  The second and third prize winners will also have their work published in Streams of Consciousness.

Winners of the top three prizes and honorable mention will also have the opportunity to read excerpts from their work at the Award Ceremony.

2017 Call for Submissions

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017

Guidelines for Authors

Prose (short fiction or reflective essays):

  • 12 pt., Double-spaced
  • Not to exceed 2,000 words
  • Number all pages
  • Author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address and title should appear only on a separate cover page

Poetry:

  • Up to 3 poems in any style
  • Not to exceed 6 pages for the entire submission
  • Author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address and list of poem titles should appear only on a separate cover page.

Be Sure to Disguise Any Patient Details to Protect Confidentiality.

Be Sure to number your pages and include a title for your piece.

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED: Please do not submit your work for this award if you have already submitted your poem/essay/story for consideration for another award or publication.

Submit entries, in electronic format, by March 31, 2016 via e-mail to Regina Raboin regina.raboin@umassmed.edu

Judges

  • Richard M. Berlin, MD
  • David Hatem, MD
  • Susan Tarrant, MA

Past Awards

Information about past recipients can be found on on the Gerald F. Berlin Creative Writing Award home page.