Submit to Narrative Matters

All Narrative Matters manuscripts are submitted online through the Health Affairs Web site at:

Manuscripts for Narrative Matters do not need an abstract (enter "none" in the abstract field).

Submissions will be reviewed both within and outside of Health Affairs.

Manuscripts should:
  • Be 2,000 to 3,000 words
  • Use a minimum of medical, technical, or academic language
  • Be previously unpublished.
  • Have no academic citations or endnotes (a separate list of references is required), nor tables or figures

If you have any questions about the requirements for Narrative Matters or its editorial and peer-review processes, please contact Jessica Bylander, editor of Narrative Matters, at 301-347-3945 or

For more information on what makes a compelling essay, see "Writing for Narrative Matters."