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John Henahan Writing Prize

Apply for the John Henahan Writing Prize

Applications for 2024 now open

Apply for the John Henahan Writing Prize

Burnout is a chronic issue in ophthalmology, leading a growing number to abandon the field early in their careers. What should be done to reduce unnecessary stress in training and practice, allowing for a successful long-term career?

Young ophthalmologists are invited to submit their answer to that question in an 800-word essay for the John Henahan Writing Prize. The author of the winning essay will receive a €500 bursary and a specially commissioned trophy, awarded during the 2024 ESCRS Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The winning essay will be published in EuroTimes.

The competition is open to ESCRS members (including the free membership available to trainees) age 40 or younger on 1 January 2024. Submit your essay no later than 14 June 2024 to

Cover page: All essays must include a cover page with the following information:

  • Author’s name
  • Contact information (e-mail and phone)
  • Institution/affiliation
  • Stage of ophthalmology training
  • Date of birth
  • ESCRS member number

Writing tips: Submit your essay in MicroSoft Word or a similar text format (no PDFs, please). The punctuation, syntax, and grammar in your essay should reflect the high standard of content published in EuroTimes. Please remember to limit your essay to 800 words. We encourage you to have a colleague read your essay before you send it to check for style and grammar mistakes. Please include citations for any studies mentioned and state whether AI tools were used in the production of the essay.

Deadline: The closing date for entries is 14 June 2024. Send your essay with cover page to

Winning essays: Past winners have all shown some original insight and personal style in their essays. You can read recent winning essays by clicking on the links below.