Enter the H2U 2018 Story Contest


Write and share your true story, and you could win a cash prize and publication in Health to You magazine. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest begins January 1, 2018 and ends February 11, 2018

Hurry! All stories must be submitted by February 11, 2018. No purchase necessary to enter or to win.

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Three winners will each receive  a Visa gift card, a free 1-year membership in H2U and 5 copies of the Health to You magazine to share with family and friends, H2U members may receive recognition from their local H2U affiliate.

1st Place: $50 Visa gift card, publication in Health to You magazine and H2U.com.
2nd Place: $25 Visa Gift card, publication at H2U.com, and recognition in Health to You magazine with a link to your entry at H2U.com.
3rd Place: $15 Visa gift card, online publication at H2U.com and recognition in Health to You magazine with a link to your entry at H2U.com


  1. Entrants must be at least 18 years old. No upper limit!
  2. Contestants do not have to be H2U members to enter.
  3. Employees or employee family members affiliated with H2U or HCA Healthcare are not eligible.
  4. Word count should be 500-700 words. Stories longer than 750 words will be disqualified.
  5. Only two entries per person will be judged.


  1. Your story must be a true story about something that happened to you. Be sure it is your story to tell. For ideas, think about events in your life that have shaped you in some way. Good stories have a beginning, middle and end; they involve actions and consequences. What was the conflict? How was it resolved?
  2. Stories must not have been previously published.
  3. Keep it clean. Stories should be suitable for all audiences. Avoid offensive language and content. Humor is welcome.
  4. If you're mentioning someone in your story who might be embarrassed to be identified, use a pseudonym.
  5. IMPORTANT NOTE: We reserve the right to edit your story to fit our guidelines. If edits are needed, you will have a chance to review and approve them.

Submission Process

  1. Stories must be typed. At the top of each page of your manuscript, please include: name, home address, phone, email (if any), and the total word count of your story.
  2. Manuscripts may be submitted by postal mail or email (preferred). Unused stories will be destroyed. We cannot return manuscripts.
    1. Email entries to: h2u@h2u.com with the subject line "H2U Story Contest"
    2. Mail entries to: Story Contest, H2U National Office, P.O. Box 1300, Nashville, TN 37202-13003.
  3. Please include a recent photograph (preferably in a digital format like .jpg) that we may use if your story is a winner. Photos are not required for entry. We cannot return printed photos and will destroy any that we do not use.
  4. IMPORTANT NOTE: By entering this contest and sending us your story and photo, you are granting us permission to publish it in Health to You Magazine and at H2U.com for a period of 12 months.


Stories will be judged by a team of writers and editors from the HCA Healthcare corporate communications department in Nashville, Tennessee. Winners will be selected based on the quality of the writing and how well the subject matter connects with H2U readers.


  1. The contest begins on January 1, 2018 and stories must be submitted by midnight on February 11, 2018.
  2. Winners will be notified by telephone by February 23, 2018. If we fail to reach the winner by phone, notification will be via email or postal mail (if email is not answered).
  3. Prizes will be mailed to winners by April 15, 2018.

Privacy Notice

We will not share your information with anyone not associated with H2U. Your contact information will only be used to carry out the terms of this contest.

Download the official rules here. ››