Writing Competition 2017

Arguably the most important event of the year (arguably), The Auricle’s Annual Writing Competition is the Monash medical community’s opportunity to show off how much better at writing you are than your friends.

This year, we will be selecting both a preclinical and clinical winner, in addition to honourable mentions, all of which will be featured on the front page of the website and the MUMUS Facebook page. Winners will receive $75.00 deposited into the bank account of their choosing, as well as loads of fame and glory (we promise to like your Facebook post!).

You read correctly: there is actual money for stake here that you can use to purchase real things. Not to mention something that you could definitely use to fill up that awards section on your CV!

Without any further ado, the prompts for 2017 are:

  1. What’s your real motivation for studying medicine, and has it changed over time? Is it okay to be driven by the prospects of a financially lucrative and stable career?
  2. Tell us about an encounter with a patient that has significantly shaped your understanding of medical practice or changed your worldview.
  3. Describe an aspect of medical school or medical practice that we do poorly, and discuss how we could best remedy this.

This isn’t a high school English essay, so we encourage you to draw inspiration from the prompts and respond to them in a creative way.

Responses should be between 600 and 1,200 words in length, formatted as a .doc or .docx file and submitted publications@mumus.org. Submissions close at 11.59pm on Monday August 14 2017, so get out there and start writing. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!