Your chance to influence future GPs

A unique writing competition for GPs with up to £800 in cash prizes.

Have you had a memorable experience in your everyday practice that young doctors could learn from?

Could you write it up in a readable style suitable to be shared with the rest of the profession?

GP newspaper and the RCGP have joined forces to find and share key learning points from the everyday lives of GPs that can be used to educate future generations.

Your stories will help registrars and young doctors to see reflective learning in a real-life context, and to appreciate the rich variety of GP life.

All submissions will be considered for inclusion in a book to be published by the RCGP, as a companion to the new GP curriculum. A selection will be published in GP newspaper.

Three submissions will be chosen by the judges as the most valuable to future GPs, and those authors will win cash prizes. The first prize is £400, second prize is £250 and third prize is £150.

You do not have to be a budding novelist to succeed but the judges will consider how well you communicate your message.

To provide some inspiration, we have compiled a list of topics that may have yielded learning experiences over the years (see box).

The full list is available at our dedicated online resource centre:

How to enter
Write up your experience and learning points in an article of between 300 and 800 words. Tell us what happened, what you did and what you learned. You can enter as many times as you like.


Complete and sign the entry form (see right) and submit with two typed copies of your entry.

You can print also a copy of the entry form from the online resource centre at, where you will find full details of the competition, example entries and more suggested topics.

Hot Topics
You can write about anything that has influenced your practice, and enter as many times as you like. The following list may help you to focus:


  • Anecdotes
  • Continuity of care
  • Decision-making
  • Diagnosis
  • Difficult patients
  • First day in the practice
  • Good Samaritan
  • Home visits
  • Life as a registrar
  • Misunderstandings
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-treating
  • Teamwork
  • Unusual encounters
  • Working relationships
  • Work-life balance

 More topic suggestions at

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