Future pharmacist: tell us what you think the profession has in store

The Pharmaceutical Journal is asking readers to write a short piece on the theme of ‘Future Pharmacist’, where the winning entry will receive an Amazon Fire 7 tablet.


It is important for every profession to have a clear idea about what it stands for and where it is heading. This is an age of great change, both within the pharmacy profession and the wider health service, which makes a clear sense of identity even more important.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has recently recognised this with its consultation on the role of the pharmacist
, launched earlier this year. But as a publication we would also like this year to explore how you think your profession will, or should, work in the future. We want to hear from you about how you see pharmacy in 5, 10 or even 100 years’ time.

This is why we are launching a writing competition today, open to all pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. We are asking all our readers to write a short piece on the theme of ‘Future Pharmacist’ for publication in The Pharmaceutical Journal.

It can be a long-form polemic on how the profession is changing, a dystopian piece of fiction on how pharmacy will be overtaken by machines, or even a light-hearted poem or sketch. And do feel free to be as creative as possible in your entries — we are looking for originality, flair and an engaging writing style. All entries will be read by the editorial team here at the PJ and we will inform the winners later on in the year. We will publish the best pieces we receive, both in print and online.

Special credit will go to entries that make us laugh, cry or teach us something new, while the winning entry will receive the Editor’s prize, an Amazon Fire 7 tablet. Entries from preregistration trainees and pharmacy students are also welcome, with a separate award for the best entry from those in training.

Good luck — we very much look forward to reading all your entries.

Competition rules

  • Entries must be emailed to our opinion editor Abigail James at: abigail.james@rpharms.com by 22 June 2018 – NOW EXTENDED TO 25 JUNE 2018. Entries should be no longer than 500 words, and include your name, job title, where you work and a portrait photograph.
  • All submissions must contain original material and must not be previously published or accepted for publication prior to submission. Promotion of other companies or websites is not allowed. 
  • Please evidence any figures and provide suitable references for any important facts in the article, where appropriate. 
  • The editorial team at The
    Pharmaceutical Journal have the final say on the winners of this competition and by sending your entry to us, you are granting permission for us to publish and use the content as we see fit. Competition entries cannot be revised once submitted.


Last updated
The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, April 2018, Vol 300, No 7912;300(7912):DOI:10.1211/PJ.2018.20204701

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