Share Your Story

2021 Poetry Contest

A cancer diagnosis can transform a person’s life in an instant, and often, patients, caregivers and survivors turn to art for peace and healing. We invite you to submit your poem(s) for the 2021 Poetry Contest now through August 15 for a chance to be featured in the Fall 2021 Issue of CURE® Magazine. All poetry submissions will be posted below upon receiving.

To be considered for the contest, please follow these directions:
• Send your submission to by August 15 as an attachment in a Word document and include "Poetry Contest" in the subject line.
• Document should include your name, title of poem, poem, and a short explanation of why you submitted your work and how it relates to your cancer experience.
• Poet can submit more than one poem but will only win for one piece if selected.
• The poem(s) must be submitted by, and attributed to, its creator(s).

Four winners will be selected by a committee of CURE® staff members. Winners to be announced by August 30. Take a look below for inspiration!

Share Your Story Submissions

There are so many questions that come with a cancer diagnosis — questions about treatment, side effects, caregiving, survivorship and more.
Your stories help us achieve our mission of combining science and humanity to make cancer understandable.
To share your story, submit it via a Word document to for your chance to have your story highlighted here, and please be sure to include "Share Your Story" in the subject line.
CURE® accepts submissions of personal essays from readers relating to their own cancer experience. Submission of your work to CURE® does not guarantee publication. CURE® does not offer compensation for general submissions.
Submissions shall:
• Consist of 500-800 words.
• Be submitted to as an attachment in a Word document.
• Consist of original work created entirely by you and of which all rights belong to you. The work should not have been published elsewhere or currently submitted elsewhere.
• Not violate any person or entity’s copyright, trademark, or right of privacy or any other right.
CURE® reserves the right to edit submissions for clarity, content, and length and in accordance with CURE®’s style guide and standards. By submitting your work to CURE®, you acknowledge that the ownership of the copyright rights in any edited version belong to CURE® as an original creation of a derivative work. You also acknowledge that if you submit work elsewhere, you will not have the right to use CURE®’s edited version without CURE®’s prior written permission.

Your Recent Stories

Having Compassion for Others During Cancer Treatment

June 17th 2021, 4:00pm


A woman with stage 4 ovarian cancer discusses the importance of having compassion for other people, because you never know what they may be dealing with.

From Tested to Transformed

June 1st 2021, 4:00pm


A survivor of fibrosarcoma shares his journey through treatment and how he learned to build strength and confidence after the ordeal physically changed his face.

The Cancer Diagnosis That Seemed to Make Little Sense

May 24th 2021, 4:00pm


A retirement counselor with bladder cancer shares the story of his diagnosis and his thoughts on treatment.

What Becomes Priority When An Illness Steps Foot Front and Center?

May 23rd 2021, 6:00pm


A survivor of multiple cancers over the span of 27 years expresses her feelings about her cancer journey through a poem.

The Underwater Tug of Cancer

May 16th 2021, 6:00pm


A retired public health specialist and survivor of both thyroid and breast cancer pens a poem about her experiences with treatment and what it’s like to be “pulled under the water” by cancer.

Traveling Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic As A Cancer Survivor

May 15th 2021, 6:00pm


A skin and breast cancer survivor expresses her thoughts on travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected her family.

Brain Cancer Interrupted My Life at the Peak of My Career

May 14th 2021, 4:00pm


A long-term brain cancer survivor shares the story of his cancer journey and where it led his life.

My Story: In Defense of Grief

May 12th 2021, 4:00pm


A man who lost his wife to melanoma explains how he channeled his grief into advocacy that led to a change in legislation.

Rage at the Sun

May 7th 2021, 4:00pm


A melanoma survivor pens a poem about his cancer journey, losing his wife to melanoma and how he lives his life after these experiences.

Stories of Loss and Survival with Melanoma

April 30th 2021, 4:00pm


Which story – of hope or fear – is the best experience to relate to help another?