The Medical Literary Messenger encourages submissions from the VCU Community and from authors outside the organization. We seek original, thought-provoking, and unpublished work related to medicine, illness, and the body.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.

All submissions should be made electronically through our online submission page. Please review our guidelines below.

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

General Submission Requirements

Submissions should be routed through the online online submission page.
Submissions may be printed anonymously at the author's request. You will find more information about this process on our online submission page.
When submitting work, please ensure that all documents are de-identified.
If you are submitting more than one item (e.g., two poems), please submit each separately. 

Submission Requirements by Genre

FICTION: Submissions should be limited to 3,000 words.
ESSAYS/NON-FICTION: Submissions should be limited to 2,000 words.
POETRY: You may submit 1 - 4 titled poems.
PHOTOGRAPHY/VISUAL ART: Images should be high resolution in .jpg format. Please submit a short description of the image.