Submit your work to Blood and Thunder!

All interested authors and artists are invited to submit original, health care-related, unpublished literary or artistic works.

The deadline for submissions for the 2017 edition of Blood and Thunder is May 31, 2017. Click Here to Read About How We Vote

To have your work considered for Blood and Thunder, you must follow these guidelines:

Authors/artists must submit works as an attachment to our e-mail addresses listed below. (Feel free to send 1 email to both address)

    • Email #1. 
    • Email #2.
    • Include in the subject line: "2017 Blood and Thunder Submission: Poetry and/or Prose and/or Visual"
      • (list only categories that apply to your works)
    • *Note*Any work submitted through the U.S. Postal Service (traditional mail) will not be considered and will be destroyed. 

Please include the following information in the BODY of your e-mail:

    • author/artist's name (including credentials you want printed)
    • title(s) of your work(s) AND their categories (ie: Poetry, Prose, Visual. PLEASE do this b/c what we think is poetry may be prose)
    • phone number
    • mailing address
    • a short biographical paragraph written in 3rd person

Attachments of your submission(s) must follow the following criteria:

    • Submission documents should NOT contain any personal information (ie the information listed above should only be in the email)
    • Please create one file/document for each submission
    • Prose/Poetry submissions should be in Word AND PDF formats with the below text formatting:
      • Single spaced
      • Times New Roman
      • Size 12 font
      • 3,500 word Maximum
      • Name each file with 3 zeros & the title of the piece. SAMPLE: "000My Life"

All work submitted must be related to health care. Submissions unrelated to health care will be rejected.  The decision on a work's relation to health care will rest with the Blood and Thunder editorial staff.  All decisions are final. 

Up to five works total, regardless of category, may be submitted by each author/artist.  If you send us more than five, we are not obligated to pick five from the lot.  They may all be denied consideration. 

Blood and Thunder cannot accept works previously published or due to be published by any other publications, including paper publications, internet publications, and prior publication in Blood and Thunder. 

Blood and Thunder acquires first publication rights, as well as rights to republish the work for promotional purposes. After publication, re-printing rights revert to the author, and may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgment to Blood and Thunder is made. 

The only direct compensation to the author or artist is in the form of one free copy of the edition of the journal in which their work appeared.  Monetary compensation is not possible. 

We require a signed “Letter of Agreement” prior to publication of any work. The author or artist will receive the document as an attachment with their email notification of acceptance into the forthcoming journal.  At this time, we require hand-signed, hard copies of the agreements.  Scanned, emailed, or faxed copies of signed Letters of Agreement will not be accepted as a substitute.  

Additional Visual Art Submission Requirements:

Blood and Thunder accepts original, health care-related paintings, drawings, & photography (photography of your sculptures is acceptable).

Any identifiable photograph of an individual must be accompanied by a release showing consent to be photographed and published.

All works should be sent in a (.JPG) or (.JPEG) format, scanned at a resolution 300 dpi or greater, be no greater than 6"X6", and have a file size no greater than 30 MB.  If the artist wishes to submit a higher resolution depiction of their work they may submit one after notification of acceptance.

Concerning photography of three dimensional artwork, such as sculptures, the artist credited must be the creator of the artwork in the photograph, not just the photographer.    

The Best of Blood and Thunder Awards 

One entry from each category (Prose, Visual Arts, and Poetry) will be selected from the accepted works in each category for that issue. Selection criteria will include how well the work demonstrates common themes or experiences in health care and the overall quality of the work.  The winning author or artist from each category will receive a certificate of achievement and have their biography featured along with their work on the "Best of Blood and Thunder" page.

Questions? Contact our OUHSC Staff Coordinator, Sara Bellatti, at


In the Summer of 2017, we will switch to online submissions via the OUHSC Qualtrics account! Therefore, anyone who submits for publication in the 2018 issue, will submit via our new process! All above rules and regulations will still apply, however, you will not have to email us your submissions!