All work must be your original unpublished creation. Submissions are reviewed and approved by the editorial staff and should be relevant to the theme of the journal, health care practice, or WesternU. Multiple submissions are welcome.
Text (essays, poetry, and creative fiction) should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file. There is no minimum or maximum character or word count, however, we reserve the right to edit long submissions used in the print magazine for space considerations. A general guideline is to keep essays around 1,000 words.
Photographs and fine art should be submitted separately as Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Adobe Illustrator (AI), EPS, JPG or TIF format. Please do not embed your photos into a Word or PowerPoint document. Resolution for images should be 300 ppi at a 5×8 inch print size (around 2400 x 1500 pixels) These guidelines are to ensure the best quality for print, but smaller or lower resolution images may be accepted at the discretion of the editors. If you need help scanning or photographing fine art, we might be able to help.
The submission form is open to everyone with a WesternU email address. Please use you WesternU login to access the form.
We encourage submissions from our extended WesternU community, Health Career Ladder students and their parents, preceptors, advisory council members, donors, and alumni who may no longer have a WesternU email address, etc. If you are unable to submit using the form, please send your submission or questions via email to HumanismMagazine@westernu.edu
For emailed submissions, please include:
Your name, as you would like it to appear in the magazine including degrees and titles
Your affiliation with WesternU and/or college or department (alumni, preceptor, career ladder student, etc.)
Title of your submission (optional but we strongly encourage giving your submission a title, otherwise it will be listed as “Untitled”)
Any notes about your submission such as captions for photos (location and date)
“As clinicians in training, we constantly have to adapt to whatever conditions we find ourselves in. Whether we are in the classroom, lab or clinic, we have to quickly learn what the rules are. As humans, we have to go through the process of knowing when to resist and when to give in. We picked this theme tor the magazine because everyone can relate to it, as we are all going through this process constantly. I hope that this year’s edition of Humanism Magazine will represent our internal struggles and the process of adaptation that makes us human.”
Natalie Osayande, OD ’19, Editor-in-Chief