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Call for submissions for the Gerald F. Berlin Prizes for Creative Writing

Celebrating writing about experience in medical practice, awards will be presented April 30

UMass Medical School Communications

February 14, 2020

The 2020 Gerald F. Berlin Prizes for Creative Writing call for submissions is now open to medical students, nursing students, graduate students, residents, and fellows at UMass Medical School, Berkshire Medical Center, Worcester Medical Center/St. Vincent's and Baystate Medical Center.

The annual contest for creative writing, both prose and poetry, is sponsored by Richard Berlin, MD, and the Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library. Dr. Berlin, instructor in psychiatry and award-winning poet, established the awards to encourage creative writing among those studying medicine and to honor his father who struggled with a severe chronic illness.

The grand prize is $100 and publication of the winning entry 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. Created as a School of Medicine Capstone project, Streams of Consciousness is an online publication that allows students, residents, faculty and other members of the UMass Medical School community to share their experiences through works of poetry, prose and photography.

Berlin Prize winners will read their works at an awards event in the Rare Book Room of the library on Thursday, April 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Visit LSL Now for author guidelines and how to submit entries. The deadline is Sunday, March 1.