the healing muse

Submission Guidelines & Editorial Policy

The annual journal of literary and visual art that is published by Upstate Medical University's Center for Bioethics and Humanities, is looking for artists and writers for next year’s fall publication! We welcome fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs, drawings, photography, and graphic art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine and healing.

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.

We recommend that you read excerpts from one or two of our past issues before you submit.

Submissions are acceptable in hard copy or by email:

  • Mail hard copies to:

    The Healing Muse
    SUNY Upstate Medical University
    Center for Bioethics and Humanities
    618 Irving Ave.
    Syracuse, NY 13210

Please include SASE with your submission.

  • Email submissions:

    In the subject line, please put poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or visual art.

    Please submit your text in a Word document and attach it to the email. Artwork may be submitted by email or on a CD.


  • For prose submissions, identify piece as fiction, or non-fiction, type doubled-spaced, and put the 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 clear originals, slides, or an electronic file at 300 dpi. Most of the artwork published is printed in black and white, so please take this into account when submitting your work. All original artwork, slides, photographs, and disks, if mailed by the post office, will be returned to the author. Please include SASE with your submission. Visual art is not reviewed or accepted until after July 1. We thank you for your patience.
  • Manuscripts and artworks are considered with the understanding that they have not appeared previously in print or electronic format (including the Internet). 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. We require First North American Serial Rights (the rights to the written work return to the author after the journal is published). We reserve the right to edit the work to be consistent with the journal’s specifications.
  • 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.

Questions? Please e-mail us at The Healing Muse:

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Accepted annually September 1 through May 1.