Thank you for your interest in writing for CURE. Our magazine brings the latest cancer updates, research and education to patients, caregivers and health care providers.
Cancer is a complex disease both scientifically and personally. Our approach is to provide scientifically based information for the lay reader. This requires special care taken by our writers in accuracy and tone. Our audience is struggling with a devastating disease that includes myriad drugs and prognoses. We want to provide them information and hope while being careful not to make medical claims that may make their own journey more difficult. We include the human voice of patients in our articles. Therefore, please approach all writing as featurized. We use quotes and the voices of not only physicians but also actual patients.
Accuracy is essential. To varying degrees, we will provide outlines and suggested contacts. We ask that you enterprise interviews with survivors and incorporate their comments where appropriate. Please avoid patients who have been interviewed for prior publication or those who have been showcased by pharmaceutical companies. People with cancer want to read about other people with cancer. Finding patients can take some time. Talk with your editor about ideas for your local. We will be glad to collaborate with you on the stories as we work toward the goal of making cancer more understandable for those who are on the journey.
Because we are committed to error-free information, we ask that you confirm all facts with sourcing provided either in a comment field or at the end of the document. We also require an interview release from all patients. Our fact checker is also required to verify all facts given in quotes, so if a source gives a number or statistic, ask for the study or source.
We accept queries, but no unsolicited manuscripts. Please include enough detail in queries to demonstrate that you have resources for the science behind every story. Send all queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not fax queries. You must agree to the terms stated here and in the writer's guidelines, listed below, before accepting an assignment from us.
All writers MUST have medical writing, preferably cancer-related, and interviewing experience. DO NOT send us your materials if this does not describe your experience. Pay is approximately $1/word with a 50% kill fee for the magazine and $0.50/word for web-exclusive content. Payment is made on acceptance and all work for CURE must be original. In addition, you must be willing to sell CURE all rights to your work. If you agree to our terms and would like to write for CURE, please mail or email your resume and three or four relevant clips to:
We will be glad to work with you on the stories as we work toward the goal of making cancer more understandable for those facing the journey.
CURE editorial staff
Queries should be no longer than one page and give the hook of the story, background on what makes it cancer news, and recommendations for interviews.
Writers should have working knowledge of cancer, its treatments and processes.
Writers will be expected to interview physicians, who may make statements that, in context, are confusing or present information inaccurately. To be very accurate, we suggest the following when gathering information from physicians.
It is expected that you will send the completed story to the physicians interviewed to confirm accuracy, content and for factual changes and story approval. It is also expected that you will have all patients interviewed review the portion(s) of the article that pertains to them and sign an interview release form to be provided by the publisher.
It is expected that you will provide the sources for all medical, statistical or other material in the document in a bibliography at the end of the article. It also helps our fact checker if you provide the source in a comment where it occurs in the story. Do not rely on medical data given to you by a doctor. You must verify all statistics, trial data, etc. given to you with a documented source.
Writers should be careful to balance any claims of drug or treatment efficacy by citing studies and conflicting research, if any.
Please identify all physicians and their affiliate institution fully.
We use a modified AP style. Please use present tense for attribution.
Please find patients who have not been interviewed before.