Pre-Release Zine & Call for submissions


Call for submissions/interviews

The Rosehip Medic Collective is working on a second installment on our “Alternatives to EMS” project. Two years ago we presented case studies, history and theoretical discussion of institutional Emergency Medical Services and alternatives both past and present. We sought input from street medics, disaster responders, outreach workers, and others—but mostly we critiqued different methods of providing emergent care and dreamed about what could come next.

Now we embark on a story-gathering project that will culminate in an anthology – a sequel to our “Alternatives to EMS” zine, featuring the personal stories of informal/unlicensed and professional health workers.  To kick off the search, we have produced a pre-release zine, with both stories and submission guidelines

We are looking for stories of individual and group successes or learning moments in working towards community-directed care. We define this as being care that which:

  • emphasizes consent and best practice are equally important
  • respects the parameters of care set by the communities with whom we work
  • supports all people’s rights to understand, access and direct their own health and wellness
  • embraces harm reduction and non-judgmental care
  • prioritizes self-care of providers

We are looking for stories of individuals and groups that have organized to confront, challenge, dismantle, or subvert harmful and oppressive healthcare systems. We want to hear stories of broken rules, collaboration, re-appropriation of resources, insubordination, and lessons learned the hard way.

  • How did you confront dangerous or ineffective top-down management as a healthcare provider?
  • How did you work with co-workers to provide care in unsupportive workplaces?
  • How do you stand up for yourself/your patients/your coworkers against oppression in the healthcare system?

We want to speak with professional and volunteer disaster responders, street medics, nurses, EMT/Paramedics, outreach workers, village healthcare workers, herbalists, doctors, and people of other backgrounds and healing traditions. People may choose to prepare and send us written statements, or to contact us to set up phone and in-person interviews. We also welcome recommendations of illustrations, documents, or interview subjects.  Attributed and anonymous submissions are welcome, and all submissions and interviews will be sent to the author/interviewee for editing before publication.

If you have ideas or submissions for us, please email us at and let us know what you are thinking and how we can best contact you.

Also please check out (and share) the pre-release zine and original Alternatives to EMS zine for inspiration.

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