The Healing Muse 72


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.

The Healing MuseUnited States

Submission Periods

F Open to fiction submissions through Monday, May 1, 2017 (188.1 days from now).1
N Open to nonfiction submissions through Monday, May 1, 2017 (188.1 days from now).1
P Open to poetry submissions through Monday, May 1, 2017 (188.1 days from now).2


G General 

Audience, Poetry Forms, Styles & Topics

Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Personal.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics, including: Health/Medicine, Humanities (General, See guidelines), Memoir (General, See guidelines).

Types & Lengths

Y Essayup to 2,500 words
Z Narrative Nonfictionup to 2,500 words
P Poemno line limits known; up to 5 pieces
S Short Story1,000 - 2,500 words

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionN No monetary payment
N NonfictionN No monetary payment
P PoetryN No monetary payment

Submission Types

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
F Fiction OK OK No OK
N Nonfiction OK OK No OK
P Poetry OK OK No OK

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Before Submitting

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  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.


Date Added:
16 Jul 2007
Last Updated:
07 Sep 2016