Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Calling All Nurses!

Call for Stories from Nurses

True-life stories from nurses who know

Kaplan Publishing, the #1 educational resource for nurses, is launching an exciting new
series of nonfiction books that share the stories behind the relationships, experiences, and issues nurses encounter on the job—whether they work in a hospital, clinic, home setting, hospice, private medical practice, or elsewhere.

These slice-of-life stories are written by nurses from all walks of life and provide
unique personal insights into powerful universal truths. Entertaining and educational,
inspirational and practical, each book will feature 20–25 true stories about the experiences and relationships that inspire and enrich the lives of nurses and all those who come into contact with them.

We are now accepting stories for the following anthologies:

REFLECTIONS ON DOCTORS
No one works more closely with doctors than nurses. What is it really like to work with
them? Share a story about an event that explores:
* A positive working relationship with a doctor
* Dealing with interns
* Power struggles
* Gender dynamics
* What you do if a doctor misses something or makes a mistake
* The challenge of public perceptions about nurses and doctors
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2008
Send stories to: nursesdoctors@gmail.com

FINAL MOMENTS: DEATH AND DYING
Experiencing the death of a patient is a rite of passage for most nurses. Share a story
about:
* Your first encounter with the death of a patient
* A patient who made a life-changing impression on you
* How you have dealt with grief
* The controversies of end-of-life decisions
* The challenges of caring for people as they die
* The harrowing experience of telling family members their loved one has died
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2008
Send stories to: nursesondeath@gmail.com

MEDITATIONS ON HOPE
So many people want to know how nurses do it. Share a life-defining or life-changing
story that explores:
* How you stay positive and focused
* How you maintain hope in the face of patients' suffering, or finding the silver
lining in a dark cloud
* Experiences that have brought you understanding and healing
* A patient, an event, or a day that buoyed your spirits or that required your greatest
reserve of strength
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2008
Send stories to: nursesonhope@gmail.com

GUIDELINES

Payment: $100 if published, along with a complimentary copy of the book.
Story length: 1,000–2,500 words
Point of view: First Person
Nonfiction: All stories must be true, previously unpublished stories from your personal
experience.
Tone: Inspiring, poignant, and, when appropriate, humorous.
Format: Microsoft Word, 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced
Contact info: Each submission should include your name, address, phone number, and
email address.
Remember: Tell a story that has a beginning, middle, and end. Write from your heart
about a life-changing or life-defining experience. Be sure to make your story
rich by vividly painting the characters, the setting, and dialogue.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions or provide status updates. If your story is selected for publication, you will be notified by e-mail. Manuscripts will not be returned. Authors may submit multiple stories for any of the three books.

Before final acceptance, you will receive an agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of publication. All manuscripts selected for publication will be subject to editing.

To Submit Your Story

Typed submissions are preferred, but we will accept a hand-written submission.

Each submission must include your contact information, including your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, if you have one.

Each submission also must include a story title and word count.

Electronic (emailed) submissions are preferred; mailed submissions are acceptable.

Email: In the subject line, cite the story title and the anthology for which the story is
intended. Type the story into the body of the email or send an attachment in
Microsoft Word. One submission per email.

Mail: You can send more than one story per envelope. Include one self-addressed,
postage-paid envelope for each submission. Send only the paper copy of the story; do
not send computer disks or CDs. Mail to:

Nurse Stories
Editorial Assistant
Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10006, USA

We cannot accept phone calls.
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