Hektoen International Essay Contest 2016

The sixth Hektoen International Grand Prix Essay Competition will award three finalists for original essays relating to art, history, literature, education, personal narratives, and music as they relate to medicine, as well reports on famous physicians or hospitals.

Articles must be unpublished, original work that relates medicine to the humanities and no more than 1,600 words in length. Articles may include images. Submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word document.

For multiple author articles, only one person should submit the entry and communicate with the editors. Authors retain the copyright to their submissions.

There is no entry fee.


Open worldwide to participants 18 years or older.


Three awards will be presented to the top three finalists: (1) award of 3,000 USD to a top finalist and (2) awards of 800 USD to two runners-up. Winners of the contest will be announced by email in early 2018 and winning articles will be published in an early 2018 issue of Hektoen International.

  • Art Essays

    Unlocking the secrets of a Bohemian painting, Bernard Brabin
    Portraits of vision: Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sally Metzler
    Alcohol and the art of David Teniers Jr., Mirjana Stojkovic – Ivkovic

  • Literary Essays

    Walt Whitman: a difficult patient., Jack Coulehan
    Sir Roderick Glossop: Wodehouse’s “eminent loony doctor”, Paul Dakin
    Patrick Branwell Bronte (1817-1848)…, J.M.S. Pearce

  • Infectious Diseases

    Katherine Anne Porter and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, Cristóbal S. Berry-Cabán
    Ernest Black Struthers: missionary life…, Peter Kopplin
    Reflections on early 20th century tuberculosis…, Gregory Rutecki

  • Music Box

    Music and brain, Rayda Aaishah Joomun
    Mozart “Effect” on us…, Vincent P. de Luise
    Was the Mozart Effect evident Mozart?, Harishnath Ramachandra

  • Personal Narratives

    Life of a blanket in the medical center, Fredna DeCarlo
    The girl on the gurney, Diana Pi
    Phantom pains, Daly Walker

  • Science

    Redifining the war on cancer, Justin Shea
    Serendipity: is it mere lucky coincidence? Isuri Upeksha Wimalasiri
    Using bacteria in cancer therapy, Andy Tay

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