Submissions Open for Drs. Paulette and Jay Mehta Award in Creative Writing — Deadline Nov. 6

By Yavonda Chase

Writing — whether narrative or poetry — is a fundamental part of human communication, allowing writers to gain and express their perspectives, visions and insights while contributing to and affecting a reader’s knowledge, feelings and worldview. Many health care professionals have found deep insight and solace in writing, and some of Western culture’s great creative writers were health care professionals, including Florence Nightingale, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Carlos Williams, Walker Percy, Atul Gawande and Theresa Brown.

The Mehta Award is intended to inspire the writing of both creative fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose by members of the UAMS community. All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to submit materials to be considered for the award. Depending on the number and quality of submissions, first ($1000), second ($500) and third ($250) prizes will be awarded.

Each submission must be a maximum of 5,000 words and should be submitted by email to the chair of the Award Committee, D. Micah Hester, Ph.D., (, no later than Friday, Nov. 6. Submissions will be vetted by the committee, and winners will announced in January 2021, with a special Award Event following in February 2021.

The Mehta Award is made possible by a generous endowment from Drs. Paulette & Jay Mehta, and will be awarded annually beginning in 2021.