Writers often write about what they know, and to look for the universal in personal experiences. GPs bear witness to a greater raft of personal stories than many other professionals, and regularly come face to face with narratives of the most significant and universal themes. For a growing number of GPs, writing is a way of processing and maybe making sense of these experiences.
Putting a true or fictionalised account of these experiences out into the world allows others to benefit from them also. It is important that such writing is supported, and with this in mind, we are launching the first Dorset GP Creative Writing Competition, to encourage you to pick up your pens, or open your laptops, and play with words.
We are looking for short stories or poems, in any style or genre (fantasy, romance, literary, science or children’s fiction). All we ask is that they reflect the experience of a GP (or trainee GP).
Short Story: Up to 3000 words. We are looking for stories which engage, surprise or touch us. This can include ‘Flash Fiction’ (ie. 50-100 words).
Poetry: Up to 42 lines. We are looking for poetry that is honest and reflects the world that you live and work in.
Deadline 1 June 2017
Winning entry: £100 prize
Please submit your entry as a word document to GPTrainers@bournemouth.ac.uk with Creative Writing Competition, title of your work and your name, as subject of the email. Do not include your name on the word document as the judging process will be anonymous. T&Cs apply- for a copy, email GPTrainers@bournemouth.ac.uk