Essay Submission

Do you have a compelling personal experience to share about living with a neurologic disease or disorder—or caring for a person who does? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Patients, caregivers, and family members are welcome to submit their first-person essays for publication consideration in the Neurology Now special department called "Speak Up."

Neurology Now is the official publication of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and is published six times a year by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins for neurology patients and their families. Copies of the publication are available through neurologist offices.

The publication provides accurate and important new information about advances in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic diseases, such as migraine, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other disorders. In addition, the publication strives to bring positive messages about wellness and prevention; basic research and clinical trials, and patient stories that stress strategies for coping with neurologic disorders.

Your essay should be written in a conversational style, and should be limited to about 600-800 words.

Please submit essays for consideration by email to the Neurology Now Managing Editor, Mary Bolster, at If sent as an attachment, the preferred electronic format is Microsoft Word. If possible, please name the file and use the extension ".doc" to send. Include your full name and a good quality digital photo with the essay. We will publish this information in the magazine. All work for Neurology Now must be original, and the AAN owns all rights. We do offer an honorarium for Speak Up essays published in print. However, we cannot offer an honorarium for online-only essays at this time.

Our editorial team will review all essay submissions. If we cannot publish your essay, we will get back to you within four weeks of submission. For more information, email