The Lumen, an Edinburgh-based magazine for new writing and visual art on all aspects of medicine, illness and healthcare, is now accepting submissions for its first issue in summer 2013. The magazine welcomes submissions of new prose, poetry, essays and reviews from healthcare professionals, patients, students of all healthcare professions, and writers of all disciplines and backgrounds. Submissions of visual art are also sought. Submission deadline is 15 April 2013.

The Lumen aims to explore the texture, depth and diversity of the personal experience of medicine, from the realities of health, illness and suffering to the intricate daily challenges facing healthcare professionals. The Lumen will provide a space for the expression of the unique aspects of the medical encounter and the sides of the human condition it exposes.

The theme of the first issue is ‘the sharp and numb’ which can be interpreted as the submitter wishes.

Submission Guidelines:

Writers may include a short biography (<50 words) with their submission. Anonymous or joint authorship is permitted. All published works will be copyright of the author under a Creative Commons license.


Short pieces up to 3000 words in length in any style or genre. Stories should be standalone and complete works.


Poems up to 70 lines in length.

Non-fiction prose

Narrative/memoir and essays up to 3000 words in length


Short reviews of any current or historical artworks relevant to medicine and up to 500 words in length.

Visual art

Digital images (photographs/illustrations) up to 10 MB.

Full details can be found at

All submissions and queries should be sent to


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