The Healing Muse

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


The Healing Muse is the annual journal of literary and visual art published by SUNY Upstate Medical University's Center for Bioethics & Humanities. We welcome fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs and visual art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for Healing Muse news and updates! 

Submissions are collected and juried from September 1st through May 1st. Limit up to five poems or one essay, no more than 10 pages per submission. Please submit only once during the submission period. Simultaneous submissions accepted.

For prose submissions, identify piece as fiction or nonfiction, type double-spaced, and put word count on the first page (2,500 word max).

Poems do not need to be double-spaced or have a word count.

Visual artists should submit an electronic file at 300dpi. We accept both color and black and white artwork. Visual art is not reviewed or accepted until after July 1. We thank you for your patience.

Manuscripts are considered with the understanding that they have not appeared previously in print or electronic format (including the Internet).  Artworks are considered with the understanding that they have not appeared previously in print.  We ask authors whose work is accepted to sign a statement declaring that their work has not been previously published by them or under another name.  We screen submissions for plagiarism. 

Confidentiality. The privacy of patients and clients of health care practitioners should be protected. Physicians and health care practitioners who write about their patients must alter identifying details and characteristics.

Contributors will receive two complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears; additional copies are available at a reduced rate.