Open Issue of Survive and Thrive (Spring 2022) & Poetry Issue (Fall 2022); also Peer Reviewers

deadline for submissions: 
February 28, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Survive and Thrive
contact email: 

Submissions (2/28/2022 & Rolling Thereafter)

 Survive and Thrive (S & T) seeks papers, creative nonfiction, personal narratives, poetry, visual arts, and media in the medical humanities for its open issue (nearly complete for Spring 2022) and its poetry issue (Fall-Winter 2022).  Deadlines for earliest consideration are the last day of February 2022;  deadlines for subsequent issues will roll throughout the year.  See

 Aims & Scope (2/28/2022)

Survive and Thrive (S & T) also seeks to open the pool of its peer reviewers.  Because S&T accepts manuscripts from academics, medical professionals, patients, survivors, and other caregivers, individuals willing to serve as peer reviewers should email with an indication of the genres, perspectives, and topics they feel comfortable reviewing.  See


About Survive and ThriveSurvive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine is dedicated to improving the odds of survival and living well through education. We are committed to engendering and facilitating restorative therapies for the sick and injured, their caretakers, families, and medical professionals. We welcome all who are dedicated to saving lives and the aesthetic experience in healing regardless of the kind of illness or injury.  See the "Aims and Scope" below for more about submissions sought.

Survive and Thrive (S & T) is an open access, digital, peer reviewed journal, supported by St. Cloud State University Digital Archives. S&T will publish twice yearly and will support multimedia publications and remix as well as traditional forms of texts. Publications remain the copyright of the authors but the journal reserves the right to the particular publication in which the piece is published. With opportunity, the Journal may publish a hard copy version of some issues. In joining Humanities to Medicine, we begin with responding to the primary question of the Humanities: What is it to be Human? The Editors want to thank Saint Cloud State University and its repository for their support.  See for more information.



Aims & Scope

Survive Thrive: Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine aims to provide opportunities for sharing research, artistic work, pedagogical dialogue, and the practice of Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine. Although it is linked to the Survive and Thrive Conference and Arts Festival, the Journal serves its own mission in education and the practice of Humanities as they relate to illness, injury, and trauma. One of the primary aims of the journal is to bring Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine to patients, survivors, and caregivers. Its emphasis, therefore, is on patients and survivors and their needs, and while aware and supporting profession medical education, the journal is most concerned with an audience broader than an academic audience. We encourage physicians and others in the Medical Profession to practice Narrative as Medicine by submitting their work, especially when it encourages them to be artists – visual, performance, and literary. The scope of the journal is eclectic in that it considers all the disciplines of Medicine and the Humanities while focusing on their relationship and the needs of survivors and patients. Examples of areas of interest include but are by not means limited to:

  • PTS(D) – All survivors of trauma experience post traumatic stress. For some that trauma becomes a disability but all must manage the stress for survival and perhaps learn to thrive with it. Living post trauma is living in recovery and requires understanding and resources in order for the survivors to survive and thrive. We want to explore the challenges together and provide some of the understanding and resources necessary for surviving and thriving.
  • Brain, Heart, and Mind – Exploring the complex and lively relationship of brain, heart, and mind is an essential element in surviving and thriving. Among the many interesting possibilities is an exploration of possible benefits in the brain’s recovery after trauma – benefits that would not have been possible without the trauma. Understanding the brain’s power to rewire and the importance of stimulating the brain after injury offers a chance to move from the study of pathology to finding ways for a survivor with brain injury to thrive.
  • Testimony, Witness, and Advocacy – Testimony, Witness, and Advocacy are the foundations of Narrative Medicine. Survivors can and do learn to practice the skills and arts of these three columns of Narrative Medicine, and artists in the visual, performing, and literary arts will benefit by helping those survivors who are silent to tell their stories.
  • Careers in Medical Humanities – Being a practitioner of medicine AND the arts opens pathways for re-imagining career and vocation in Education, Medicine, and Industry. Offering those who practice Medical Humanities options for using their talents and skills is an essential mission of Survive and Thrive.
  • Bioethics and Medical Humanities – Issues of ethics in relation to medicine are central to our thinking and knowing together. Philosophy, spiritual considerations, and the implications of technology, for example, offer topics of particular interest.
  • Research in Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine – Original research and proposals for research related to our aims are encouraged and will be reviewed carefully.