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17th Celebration of Reflective & Creative Writing

Searching for a Better Understanding of Compassion: Where did you learn it, and how? What does compassion look like to you, in action? What classmates, colleagues and mentors have inspired you to be more compassionate? Share with us YOUR stories!

CRITERIA: Original work in prose, poetry, narrative non-fiction or illustration that demonstrates your authentic thoughts about the senses and experiences of compassion. Limited to one entry per person. Word limit: 800.

Unlike past years, this call is open to EVERYONE – students, faculty, staff, clinicians and community members.

DEADLINE: E-mail your submission to compassion@virginia.edu by Thursday, January 31, 2019. The following information must be included with your submission: your first and last name, your profession, and if a student, what institution you are enrolled.

By entering your work, you agree to the presentation and/or publication of your work in oral, print, or electronic format by or for the benefit of the University of Virginia without compensation. You understand that you will be credited as the author. Use of your work outside of these terms with the University of Virginia, however, will require your permission.


PRIZE: Top entries will be included in a forthcoming book about the praxis and development of the Compassionate Care Initiative. Pieces that are selected may be edited, in collaboration with the writers.