Every month readers share their true first-person stories--in 40 to 400 words--on a different healthcare theme.
December 2019: My Aching Back
November 2019: Drinking
October 2019: How Can I Help?
September 2019: Showing Vulnerability
August 2019: Making Assumptions
July 2019: LGBTQ+
June 2019: Abortion
May 2019: Parenting
April 2019: Not Knowing
March 2019: Telling the Truth
February 2019: Holding On
January 2019: A Fresh Start
November 2018: Persevering
October 2018: Pretending
September 2018: Animals
August 2018: Feeling Anxious
July 2018: Addicted
June 2018: Prostate Blues
May 2018: Worry
April 2018: Reflections as Pulse Turns 10
March 2018: Guns
February 2018: Sleep
January 2018: Paperwork
December 2017: Holidays
November 2017: The Phone Call
October 2017: In Pain
September 2017: Tough Choices
August 2017: Afraid
July 2017: Health Care on the Line
June 2017: Miracles
May 2017: Stress and Burnout
April 2017: Crying
March 2017: Across Borders and Cultures
February 2017: Health Insurance
January 2017: Getting the News
December 2016: Hope
November 2016: The Middle of the Night
October 2016: Prayer
September 2016: Naked
August 2016: Race
July 2016: Mistakes
June 2016: Hands
May 2016: The Waiting Room
More Voices FAQs
What are you looking for in More Voices submissions?
Brief nonfiction first-person stories and reflections that arise from your own healthcare experience. (Sorry, More Voices does not accept poetry submissions.)
How about opinion pieces?
We don't run opinion pieces, but we are most interested in the story behind the belief, i.e., in the personal experience that led you to feel so strongly about something.
Do you accept submissions from non-healthcare professionals?
Most definitely. All Pulse features welcome pieces from patients, caregivers and anyone else with a healthcare experience to share.
Who is the More Voices audience?
Pulse readers are patients, health professionals, families and the general public. When crafting your story, please avoid medical jargon. Make sure that your piece would make sense to your sister-in-law, your teenage nephew or an old friend who is outside the medical field.
How do I submit?
Click on Submit to More Voices and fill out the form. It's pretty easy.
Can I submit more than one piece on a given theme?
We ask authors to limit their submissions to one piece per theme.
What will happen to my submission?
It will be reviewed and edited for length, flow, clarity and style by our More Voices editors. If your piece is accepted, you'll receive an email within a week letting you know that it's been posted. If your piece is not accepted, you will receive an email of regret.
What if I'm unhappy with the edits?
Given time limitations and our wish to accept and post pieces quickly, our editors are unable to engage in a back-and-forth exchange with authors over stylistic issues, although they will correct factual errors introduced by their editing. It is always your option to withdraw your piece, and we will take it down from our website--with no hard feelings.
Is there a deadline for making a submission on a More Voices theme?
There is no deadline. You may make a submission on any posted More Voices theme at any time.