Patient stories and creative arts are powerful tools to share the impact of eosinophil-associated diseases. Patient stories and creative arts such as posters, songs, or poems can be used to educate and raise awareness of these conditions among the public, health care providers, researchers, government officials and others. Other patients also benefit from reading/viewing the stories and creative work of others who also live with the same condition. We invite you to share your stories and creativity with APFED so that we may in turn share them with others!
Please see below for our contributor guidelines, FAQs, recording tips, and the form to make your submission.
- Relevant topics of interest will be considered for publication. Examples of these include but are not limited to the journey to diagnosis, tips and strategies for living well with an eosinophil-associated disease, clinical trial experiences, advocacy efforts, and inspiring stories.
- Content may be written or video-based. Please write/speak to a broad and diverse audience of patients, families, caregivers, and healthcare providers who have an interest in eosinophil-associated diseases. APFED strives to educate these audiences and raise awareness.
- APFED reserves the right to edit the content for length, clarity, readability, medical accuracy, and relevancy.
- Information and resources listed on APFED platforms are for informational purposes only and do not constitute any endorsement or recommendation by APFED. Content should not promote nor market commercial products; branded pharmaceuticals; healthcare provider or clinic/institution; events; or corporations, business entities, or digital community -based platforms or social media channels that are not administered or maintained by APFED.
- We recommend written submissions be between 500 and 1,500 words. Please keep video submissions to 5 minutes or less.
- You may be asked to submit a photograph to publish along with written story submissions. For written submissions that do not include a photo, APFED will select a stock image that aligns with the topic matter of the submission. All photo submissions must be property of contributor, free to use, and you must have permission obtained from all people who appear in the photo.
- APFED does not publish book excerpts.
Does APFED pay for content contributions?
No. Content submitted to APFED for publication is submitted voluntarily. APFED does not pay for articles, stories, or creative arts.
How do I know if my submission is selected?
APFED will notify you if your submission has been approved for publication and on which platform(s) it will appear. You may request to review any edits made before publication. You are welcome to link to your contribution on our platform(s), and/or share it via your social media channels.
May I submit my story or creative arts to other publications/platforms?
Yes. When you submit your story or creative arts to APFED, you will be asked to provide permission for APFED to print, and acknowledge that the platform on which it is published may be copyrighted, but you retain the right to publish your work on other platforms, so long as a.) what you submit to another platform is not an exact replication of the version that you submitted to APFED, or b.) the acknowledges that the material was originally produced on an APFED platform. Please email email@example.com if you have questions.
- Videos may be created via desktop recording. If you are using an external camera, position it on a stable surface.
- Recordings ideally should be no longer than 90 seconds in length, but APFED will consider a video up to 5 minutes in length.
- Recordings may be saved as any standard type video file (e.g., .wmv, .avi, .mov)
- Use good lighting when recording your submission. Avoid bright lights behind you.
- Record against a visually-appealing backdrop. Avoid standing or sitting in front of a cluttered area.
- Keep in mind that your entry will be shared with the public. Use precautions that you deem necessary, such as not revealing your last name, address, or any other information you wish to keep private.
- Run a short test to ensure your microphone is working and playback is sufficient.
- Speak slowly and clearly, and keep your eyes directed at the camera.
- Be sure you aren't recording other people who have not consented to participate.
- Review your video before submitting.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org