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Kaplan Publishing's Call for Stories from Nurses

True-life stories from nurses who know

Kaplan Publishing, the #1 educational resource for nurses, is launching an exciting new series of nonfiction books that share the stories behind the relationships, experiences, and issues nurses encounter on the job--whether they work in a hospital, clinic, home setting, hospice, private medical practice, or elsewhere.

Entertaining and educational, inspirational and practical, each book will feature 20-25 true stories written by nurses about the experiences and relationships that inspire and enrich the lives of nurses and all those who come into contact with them.

We are now accepting stories for the following anthologies:

Reflections on Doctors

Meditations on Hope

Final Moments: Death and Dying


No one works more closely with doctors than nurses. What is it really like to work with them? Share a story about an event that explores:

  • A positive working relationship with a doctor
  • Dealing with interns
  • Power struggles
  • Gender dynamics
  • What you do if a doctor misses something or makes a mistake
  • The challenge of public perceptions about nurses and doctors

Submission Deadline: March 22, 2008

See guidelines. Please send stories to:


So many people want to know how nurses do it. Share a life-defining or life-changing story that explores:

  • How you stay positive and focused
  • An experience that helped you decide whether to continue a career as a nurse
  • How you maintain hope in the face of patients' suffering, or finding the silver lining in a dark cloud
  • Experiences that have brought you understanding and healing
  • A patient, an event, or a day that buoyed your spirits or that required your greatest reserve of strength

Submission Deadline: March 22, 2008

See guidelines. Please send stories to:


Experiencing the death of a patient is a rite of passage for most nurses. Share a story about:

  • Your first encounter with the death of a patient
  • A patient who made a life-changing impression on you
  • How you have dealt with grief
  • The controversies of end-of-life decisions
  • The challenges of caring for people as they die
  • The harrowing experience of telling family members their loved one has died

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2008

See guidelines. Please send stories to:


Payment: $100 if published, along with a complimentary copy of the book.

Story length: 1,000-2,500 words

Point of view: First Person

Nonfiction: All stories must be true, previously unpublished stories from your personal experience.

Tone: Inspiring, poignant, and, when appropriate, humorous.

Format: Microsoft Word, 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced

Contact info: Each submission should include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

Remember: Tell a story that has a beginning, middle, and end. Write from your heart about a a life-changing or life-defining experience. Be sure to make your story rich by vividly painting the characters, the setting, and dialogue.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions or provide status updates. If your story is selected for publication, you will be notified by e-mail. Manuscripts will not be returned. Authors may submit multiple stories for any of the three books.

Before final acceptance, you will receive an agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of publication. All manuscripts selected for publication will be subject to editing.

To Submit Your Story

Typed submissions are preferred, but we will accept a hand-written submission.

Each submission must include your contact information, including your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, if you have one.

Each submission also must include a story title and word count.

Electronic (emailed) submissions are preferred; mailed submissions are acceptable.

Email: In the subject line, cite the story title and the anthology for which the story is intended. Type the story into the body of the email or send an attachment in Microsoft Word. One (1) submission per email.

Mail: You can send more than one story per envelope. Include one self-addressed, postage-paid envelope for each submission. Send only the paper copy of the story; do not send computer disks or CDs. Mail to:

Nurse Stories Editorial Assistant
Kaplan Publishing
1 Liberty Plaza
24th Floor
New York, NY 10006, USA

Kaplan cannot accept phone calls.

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