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Annals Poetry Prize

Annals of Internal Medicine offers a $500 prize for the best poem published in Annals each year. The winning poem is selected by a panel led by Dr. Michael LaCombe and 2 to 3 external judges.

We look forward to receiving your poems.

Congratulations to Veneta Masson, RN, MA, winner of the 2016 Annals Poetry Prize. Her poem "Tinnitus" was published in the 7 June 2016 issue (vol. 164, no. 11, page 763). Veneta Masson is a nurse and writer living in Washington, DC. Her career includes 2 decades in primary health care as a family nurse practitioner and clinic director and 9 years in international health. Her latest collection of poems, Clinician's Guide to the Soul, is available from her Web site:

Ms. Masson's poem was selected from poetry published in Annals in 2016 by 3 judges, Daniel Bosch of Emory University; Daniel Elpern of Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Abigail Zuger, who writes for The New York Times. Mr. Bosch is Lecturer in English at Emory University. His 2014 chapbook Octaves is online at Dr. Elpern edits and publishes Cell2Soul, an online medical humanities journal. Dr. Zuger is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Einstein and an infectious disease expert. Her Strong Shadows: Scenes from an Inner City AIDS Clinic was published by WH Freeman in 1995. She is a regular contributor to the NY Times.

Past winners:

2015: Lawrence J. Hergott, MD, "Tragedy of Shadows"
(published 20 October 2015 [vol. 163, no. 8, page 644])

2014: Joseph Gascho, MD, "The Joy of Medicine"
(published 16 June 2014 [vol. 160, no. 12, page 880])

2013: Bonnie Salomon, MD, "DLROW"
(published 2 July 2013 [vol. 159, no. 1, page 69])

2012: Daniela Matei, MD, "Bloom"
(published 21 August 2012 [vol. 157, no. 4, page 297])

2011: Daniel Bosch, "Agnosis: Cambridge"
(published 15 February 2011 [vol. 154, no. 4, page 226])

2010: Sarah Leeper, "What I Remember Most"
(published 5 January 2010 [vol. 152, no. 1, page 68])

2009: Beth Lown, MD, "Leylo and the Land Mine"
(published 7 July 2009 [vol. 151, issue 1, page 62])

2008: Bhuvana Chandra, MD, "Six Haiku"
(published 2 September 2008 [vol. 149, issue 5, page 367])


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