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. Please submit only once during the submission period. Simultaneous submissions accepted.
For poetry submissions: Limit up to five poems, with no more than 10 pages total. Word counts are not necessary for poetry submissions.
For prose submissions: identify piece as fiction or nonfiction, type double-spaced, and put word count on the first page (2,500 word max). Pieces that exceed the 2,500 word limit will not be reviewed.
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.
For examples of previously published fiction pieces, browse our excerpts page.
For examples of previously published non-fiction pieces, browse our excerpts page.
For examples of previously published poetry, browse our excerpts page.
For examples of previously published visual art, browse our Artists' Gallery.