Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Pharos Poetry Competition

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2018 Pharos Poetry Competition

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To encourage medical students to write effective poetry.

Cash awards of $600 for first place, $350 for second place, and $200 for third place will be given out to three students. The three selected entries will be published in The Pharos.

Authors must be enrolled at medical schools with active ΑΩΑ Chapters or associations, but need not be members of ΑΩΑ. However, if applicants are members of AΩA, they must have active status. Only one entry per student.

Entries must be sent by online form. All entries must be submitted online no later than January 5, 2018. Winners will be announced April 2, 2018.

Poem Requirements:

  1. Poems must be written while the student is in medical school, must be the work of a single author, and must represent original work.
  2. The poem may be on any subject related to health or medicine.
  3. The poem must be single spaced, single column, and not exceed two pages of 12-point type with minimum 1-inch margins.
  4. Please do not include any images or special formatting with the poem.
  5. The poem must not have been offered to or published by any other journal or entered in any other contest and must be submitted to The Pharos, the official publication of ΑΩΑ, which has the right of first refusal.
  6. The poem must be submitted on an online form through the AΩA web site.
  7. Poems not meeting all requirements will be rejected.
  8. A committee of the editorial board of The Pharos will review the poems and select the winners.

Alpha Omega Alpha is committed to upholding a high standard of professionalism, compassion and humanism in medicine. Patients should be treated with dignity and their privacy respected. We will not accept submissions to any of our programs that conflict with these values, or contain bigotry, or highly politicized content.

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Updated on September 19, 2017.

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