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Entries for the 2016 MJA Dr Eric Dark Creative Writing Prize are now open

MJA prizeEric Dark was a doctor who cared passionately about the natural world, an Australian pioneer of rock-climbing, bushwalking and conservation, and a writer concerned with politics, social justice,
civil liberties and reform of the medical profession.

He was also one of the first doctors to head to France at the outbreak of WWI, where he won the Military Cross for “great gallantry and disregard of danger”.

Eric retired at age 85 and died in 1987, aged 98.

He fell on a neighbourhood road early one morning. When asked what he had been doing, he said,

“The spirit of adventure came upon me”.

This prize is sponsored by Varuna, the Writers’ House and Doctors Who … , a Varuna initiative to nurture creativity, innovation and advocacy in the medical profession.

In partnership with Varuna, the Writers’ House, the Medical Journal of Australia’s creative writing competition is open to all practising and retired doctors, and medical students.

We’re looking for creative pieces of up to 1500 words, grounded in health or medicine and based loosely on the topic for 2016, “The spirit of adventure came upon me …”.

Practising and retired doctors

Medical students

Closing date

Submissions

Email: creativewritingcompetition@mja.com.au with any queries

Winning entries and other outstanding pieces of writing will be published in the MJA.

AMWA 2020 – Medical Writing and Communication During the COVID-19 Crisis

For those who attended the AMWA 2020 Special Virtual Event: 'Medical Writing and Communication During the COVID-19 Crisis' on Thursday 19 November, we are sure you would agree that it was an invaluable two hours. The calibre of speakers and their learnings from this unprecedented crisis were beyond our expectations. We are humbled by their willingness to give their personal time to share their experience with us. 

If you missed the live event, a recording will be made available to AMWA members in the Members Area shortly. If you are not yet an AMWA member, but would like to join, you can visit our membership and benefits page here. Annual membership is $80 for full members and $40 for students.

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