Auguste Rodin, “The Gates of Hell”

“The relationship between physician and patient, if it were literally followed, would give us a world of extraordinary fertility of the imagination.”

—William Carlos Williams


Submit to Lifelines by December 15, 2019

Lifelines is accepting submissions of short fiction, essays, poetry, and artwork that address the experience of illness or practice of medicine. The deadline to submit to our 2020 issue is December 15, 2019.

While we will consider a broad range of subject matter for publication, we look for pieces that represent the medical experience in some way.

Although Dartmouth affiliates are encouraged to submit to Lifelines, the journal is open to all.

The selection committee is comprised of students, medical school faculty, doctors, writers, and artists. The committee reviews and selects works based on craftsmanship, originality, and content. Submissions are de-identified prior to review for selection. Submissions may be returned to the author with editorial suggestions prior to final acceptance. The committee expects to inform all authors and artists about the status of their submissions by March 2020.

Please note: All rights revert back to the author after first publication.

Click here to submit a work of short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or art.

See below for guidelines for submitting to Lifelines.


Submission Guidelines

You may submit up to three pieces of work in the areas listed below. Please use a separate submission form for each work.

All work must be original and unpublished.

For Written Work:

Please include a title with all written work, or specify that the work is untitled. Preferred file format is .doc or .docx. Upon submission, you will specify a genre for your piece (i.e. poetry, fiction, essay).

For fiction and essays, limit text to a maximum of 5,000 words.

For poetry, limit to 500 lines.

We will consider submissions from larger works if a reasonable excerpt can be adapted for the journal. Please contact us if you have a piece over 5,000 words that you would like to be considered.

For Artwork:

Please include a title with all artwork, or specify that the work is untitled.

For photographic art, please submit as .tiff (preferred) or .jpeg file.

For paintings, sketches, sculpture, or other mediums, please submit one satisfactory photograph of the work in a .tiff (preferred) or .jpeg file. If you seek advice on documenting your piece, please contact us.