About Bellevue Literary Review

"No human thing is more universal than illness, in all its permutations, and no literary publication holds more credibility on the subject than the Bellevue Literary Review." -- NewPages.com 

The Bellevue Literary Review, founded in 2000, was created as a forum for creatively exploring a broad array of issues in medicine and society, using fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to better understand the nuanced tensions that define our lives both in illness and in health. We are devoted to publishing writing that brings together the perspectives of patients, caregivers, family members, students, healthcare professionals, and the general public, allowing for deeper understanding of others’ experiences.

Founded by physician-writers who had frequently incorporated literature into their clinical teaching, the BLR was also initially conceived as a way to improve communication skills and to foster a greater sense of empathy in doctors-in-training. This focus expanded to the general public, given the broad and expanding societal interest in topics of illness, health, and healing. The aging of the population, the greater presence of illness in everyday life, and the intense political and economic focus on healthcare have combined to drive health-related issues into the public discourse in an unprecedented manner. By bringing in the creative literary arts and a fresh set of voices, the BLR provides a unique contribution to this societal conversation.

The BLR is published by NYU Langone Medical Center as part of the Department of Medicine's thriving Division of Medical Humanities, which is also home to the Bellevue Literary Press, the NYU LitMed database, and a host of other programs. Our offices are housed in Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the United States, which has been witness to nearly three centuries of human drama.

We invite you to explore our website, where you'll find samples from past issues, interviews with our authors, roundtable discussions, and free study guides based on our theme issues. You can also find out how to submit your own work and learn more about our annual prizes.



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