The Medical Journal of Australia Dr Eric Dark Creative Writing Prize

The photo above is called Four Doctors and a Journalist and includes Dr Eric Dark, second from the right. Dr […]

The photo above is called Four Doctors and a Journalist and includes Dr Eric Dark, second from the right. Dr Dark was a prolific writer and his ideas also influenced the creative writing of his wife Eleanor.

(See the MJA article Eleanor Dark’s Slow Dawning: a woman in rural practice in the 1920′s)

Dr Dark’s publications included three articles that appeared in the MJA:

Medicine and the Social Order     April 3, 1937
Property and Health                     March 4, 1939
Some Medical Aspects of Crime   Jan 4, 1941

He also gave a 1943 lecture that was later published as a pamphlet in June 1944:
The Social Duties of Medicine      June 1944

Varuna, the Writers’ House is pleased to announce that it is building on Dr Dark’s legacy and has partnered with the Medical Journal of Australia to launch a creative writing competition open to all practising and retired doctors and medical students.

It will be judged by Varuna, the MJA and Dr Leah Kaminsky.

Creative pieces of up to 1500 words, grounded in health or medicine and based loosely on the topic “Splendid Isolation”, will compete in two categories:

Retired and Practising Doctors – Prize includes a 1 week residential writing retreat at Varuna the Writers’ House and a weekend writing workshop for doctors at Varuna lead by Dr Hilton Koppe and Dr Leah Kaminsky.

Medical Students – Prize includes a weekend writing workshop for doctors at Varuna.

Closing date: Monday 5th March, 2012

Submissions via email to creativewritingcompetition@mja.com.au

Winners will be announced at the “Doctors Who …” Dinner at the Fairmont Resort on Saturday 10th March 2012.

Winning entries and other outstanding pieces of writing will be published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
For more information visit the MJA Online.

 

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