The Medical Literary Messenger encourages submissions from the VCU Community and from authors outside the organization. All submissions should be made electronically through our online submission page. Submissions may be printed anonymously at the author's request. We seek original, thought-provoking, and unpublished work related to medicine, illness, and the body. If you have a question about what constitutes previous publication, please contact us. We consider simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

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FICTION: Submissions should be limited to 3,000 words.

ESSAYS/NON-FICTION: Submissions should be limited to 2,000 words.

POETRY: Submit 1-4 titled poems. Please submit each poem separately into our submissions manager.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VISUAL ART: Images should be high resolution in .jpg format.


The Medical Literary Messenger does not provide payment for works published in the journal. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.