The Mary Seeman Humanities Award 2019

Call for Submissions: Mary Seeman Humanities WRITING Award: 2019

The Mary Seeman Humanities Award: 2019: Deadline April 12, 2019

This award is intended to encourage creative and scholarly activity in the interface between the humanities and issues related to mental illness and emotional well-being. The award is open to students from Dentistry, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Medicine (including undergraduate, residents and fellows), Nursing, Medical Radiation Sciences, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, psychology , Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto, as well as students from medical humanities disciplines including literary studies, history, bio-ethics and disability studies. The award is based on documented evidence of completed work of artistic and/or scholarly merit that contributes to a better understanding of the human condition. Submissions will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity and relevance to mental health and illness.

Please note only one submission per applicant will be accepted.

The following guidelines are suggested to assist applicants in preparation of their submissions.

1. a) The submission must be sole-authored and previously unpublished. To qualify for inclusion the submission must be:
i. a scholarly essay in the area of humanities and mental illness

ii. a personal memoir, medical illness narrative

iii. a short story

iv. a description of program development that integrates humanities and mental health
All above formats may be illustrated, if appropriate, by drawings, photography or video but the core of the submission must be a well-written narrative
Word content of submitted narratives should be no greater than 4000 words.

If applicants are uncertain about the suitability of a submission, they are encouraged to contact any of the committee members. Submissions will be judged by the committee, with outside consultation where appropriate.

Deadline for submissions is April 12, 2019. The award consists of a certificate and cheque for $ 500.00

Prospective applications and queries should be addressed to:

Dr. Ron Ruskin Department of Psychiatry ( Mount Sinai Hospital 600 University Avenue, Toronto, M5G 1X5