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  Bubble Wrap  by Berges Alvarez.  Spring 2016 Intima.

Bubble Wrap by Berges Alvarez. Spring 2016 Intima.

General Information Intima publishes original contributions of literary and artistic merit that relate to the theory and practice of narrative medicine. Please see specific guidelines on the genres and submit your piece(s) in the most appropriate category. Intellectual property rights are retained by the author. All work submitted becomes the property of Intima and may be reproduced in part or whole at the discretion of the Editors in future publications either online or in print. We do not welcome simultaneous submissions. Please do not submit previously published work or work that has appeared on a blog. The best way to know what we are looking for is to read past issues of the Intima.

Patient Privacy Notice
Intima adheres to legal and ethical guidelines in accordance with academic and health community publication standards.  As clinicians, patients, and family members, we feel strongly that patient privacy and confidentiality should be maintained at all times.  We simultaneously recognize that narrative power depends on intimate, singular encounters and the sharing of personal accounts in a respectful and safe environment. To maintain these standards, contributors should review the confidentiality guidelines in the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), with particular attention to the 18 commonly accepted "unique identifiers." We also encourage contributors to seek permission before submitting patient stories, and to fictionalize or change identifiable information whenever possible and appropriate to maintain patient confidentiality and privacy.  Please contact with any further questions or concerns.

How to Submit
Any quotations or citations should follow MLA style formatting. Manuscripts and media should be submitted online via the Intima online manuscript submission and review system. The comments section of the submission form should contain your name, contact information, word count, and any contextual information you'd like us to know or that you'd like published alongside the piece. The manuscript itself should not include the author's name or other identifying information.

Please submit as a Microsoft Word (.docx or .doc) file; media should be submitted in JPEG, PNG, or MP3/MP4 format. We accept poetry and prose works (genre specific word count and page limits apply), as well as artwork and multimedia. No more than two (2) submissions per genre per review period will be considered, except in the Poetry category where up to three (3) submissions are allowed.  More detailed submission guidelines can be found below.

If you have any additional questions, please email

Please review all of the guidelines and click the button in the top left corner when you're ready to submit your work starting Friday, March 2, through April 2, 2018 at 11:59pm.

NOTE: The manuscript and file should not include the author's name or other identifying information. Before you submit your entry, make sure all identifying signatures have been removed from the document. Do not use your name when naming/creating the file or your submissions will be disqualified.                                     

Academic papers should describe, discuss or explore the study and practice of narrative medicine, its methodology and technique and should include properly cited academic references. A bibliography is required. Submissions should be no more than 5,000 words.

We seek captivating fictional stories with unique literary voices that incorporate themes related to health, illness, medicine and patient-provider experiences. Submissions may be excerpts of a longer work and should be no more than 3,000 words.

Field Notes
Field Notes will include descriptive and narrative essays that highlight first person accounts of from clinicians, patients, healthcare professionals and caregivers.  These works should be of an anecdotal nature which describes self-reflection and experiential knowledge or changed perspective acquired through the practice of narrative medicine and/or participation in narrative medicine based workshops.  Submissions should be no more than 1,500 words.

Non-Fiction submissions should demonstrate clinical resonance from a personal, familial, or professional perspective and be written in a strong literary voice. While non-fiction pieces may likely contain a personal opinion or anecdote, or be written as an essay, they should highlight a particular event, time period or sequence of events experienced with a clear narrative arc.  Submissions may be excerpts of a longer work, and should be no more than 3,000 words.

Intima welcomes poetry that deals with any aspect along the illness/healing/caregiving continuum. Poems should preferably be no longer than one page in length; while submissions of up to three (3) poems per submission period will be considered, each poem must be submitted separately and will be reviewed separately.

 Intima features audio or visual recordings that explore themes in Narrative Medicine. Please use the submissions form to upload audio recordings as MP3 files. For video submissions, use the MP4 file format. Please contact with questions.

Studio Art
Intima welcomes painting, photography or other visual representations of narratives as opportunities to explore boundaries of health, wellness, and the power of telling. Please send images in .jpg, .gif, or .png format only, as.pdf, .psd, .tff, and .doc files aren't web-compatible. File name: Only use letters, numbers, underscores, and hyphens in file names. Other characters (like question marks, percent signs, and ampersands) may upload incorrectly or cause unexpected behavior in galleries. File size: When it comes to image size, bigger isn't always better. There is a 20 MB limit on all images, but we recommend you use image files of less than 500 KB for best results.Color mode: Save images in RGB color mode. Print mode (CMYK) won't render in most browsers. Color profile: Save images in the sRGB color profile. Image width: We recommend uploading images at a width of 1500 pixels.