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The Healing Muse

Literary Magazine






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An annual journal published by SUNY Upstate Medical University's Center for Bioethics & Humanities. We welcome fiction, poetry, narratives, memoirs and visual art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.

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  • Response time:  / 
    67 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    2 free, and additional copies are available at a discounted rate.

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 2500 words max

Max words: 2500

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Nonfiction - 2500 words max

Max words: 2500

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us


Max pieces: 5

no more than 10 pages total.


Visual art is not reviewed and accepted until after July 1.


Visual art is not reviewed and accepted until after July 1.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    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.

  • Author's rights

    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.

  • Additional info

    Please submit only once during the submission period.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

67 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

9 days

Fastest response time

149 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 315 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

53 days

12-month average response time

Submission calls

    All genres



The Healing Muse is a journal unique in its approach to illness, medicine, and the body. Composed of narratives, short stories, and poetry, this magazine can help those experiencing illness to understand and reflect on the healing process.






    Editor Deirdre Neilen, PhD avatar

    Deirdre Neilen, PhD


    Editor Andrea Chiaravalloti avatar

    Andrea Chiaravalloti

    Managing Editor

    Editor Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD avatar

    Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD

    Associate Editor

    Editor Nancy Schreher avatar

    Nancy Schreher

    Design & Graphics Editor