What We're Looking For
What We're Looking For
Narrative Matters features personal stories about experiences with the health care system and the people in it using the power of literary nonfiction to highlight an important public policy issue. We’re interested in well-written policy narratives, told as first-person stories, that explore problems and concerns with health care delivery, roles of providers or patients, need for research, system redesign, and changes in public policy. Successful submissions will provide a unique perspective and reveal how the author’s thinking evolved over time.
The best way to see the types of manuscripts we'd like to receive is to read published Narrative Matters essays, found on the essay archive.
- • Exhibit the best qualities of literary nonfiction with attention to detail, dialogue, scene, and story arc with a distinct beginning, middle, and resolution told in compelling way.
- • Be a unique story or perspective written in the first person with an insider’s view.
- • Reveal the author’s evolution in thinking about a health policy issue on the basis of a personal health care experience.
- • Be 2,500 words or less.
- • Use a minimum of medical, technical, or academic language (and no jargon).
- • Be previously unpublished.
- • Not be a case study, illness narrative, editorial, op-ed, or commentary.
- • Have no academic citations or endnotes (a separate list of references is required); no tables or figures
If you have any questions about the requirements for Narrative Matters or its editorial and peer-review processes, please contact Ellen Ficklen, editor of Narrative Matters, at 301-656-7401 or email@example.com.
The Narrative Matters section is published with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
- From The Editor-In-Chief
- Entry Point: US Lead Crisis
- States' Social Service Spending
- Value Of Priority Review Vouchers
- US Cancer Drugs' Price Points
- Cancer Drugs' Value In Nine Countries
- Some Patients Pay Less For Opioids
- PEPFAR Investments In Governance
- Market Concentration And The ACA
- Understanding Hospital Profitability
- Aging And Health: Nursing Home Ownership
- Public Opinion Shifts About the ACA
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- CMMI’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus: Its Promise And Missed Opportunities 31 May 2016
- We’re Failing Adolescents And Families Coping With Behavioral Health Issues 31 May 2016
- Health Affairs Briefing: Behavioral Health 27 May 2016
- The ACA’s Section 1332: Escape Hatch Or Straightjacket For Reform? 26 May 2016
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- The Future Of The Individual And Small Group Markets May 18, 2016
- Asthma And Injustice On Chicago's Southeast Side May 02, 2016
- Patients' And Consumers' Use Of Evidence April 07, 2016
- Comparison Shopping For Health Care? April 06, 2016
- Variation In Health Outcomes: The Role Of Spending On Social Services, Public Health, And Health Care, 2000-09
- A More Detailed Understanding Of Factors Associated With Hospital Profitability
- Steady Increase In Prices For Oral Anticancer Drugs After Market Launch Suggests A Lack Of Competitive Pressure
- The Triple Aim: Care, Health, And Cost
- Cancer Drugs Provide Positive Value In Nine Countries, But The United States Lags In Health Gains Per Dollar Spent
- Patients' And Consumers' Use Of Evidence
- Understanding An Informed Public's Views On The Role Of Evidence In Making Health Care Decisions
- Incorporating Patient-Reported Outcomes Into Health Care To Engage Patients And Enhance Care
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