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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.


All submissions for The Healing Muse Volume 16 will be collected via Submittable, an easy-to-use online submission tool. Please click the button below to submit your work.


  • 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 an electronic file at 300 dpi. 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. 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.


Please e-mail us at: hlgmuse@upstate.edu