About the Journal

HEAL stands for Humanism Evolving Through Arts and Literature. Bringing together writing and art from a variety of sources, HEAL is as a platform where medical students share their growth and development, where faculty and staff impart their knowledge gained from experience, and where members of the community express how health and healing have impacted their lives. HEAL strives to bridge the growing gap between patients and their providers while producing a meaningful creative outlet to those who participate in the publication of its quarterly digital issue and annual print journal. 

Journal Sections

The following submissions will be considered for publication:

  1. Prose (Fiction or Non-Fiction): Submissions should be less than 1500 words, and should center on the human condition. Topics may include, but are not limited to: medicine, illness, healing, aging, pain, emotion, etc. 
  2. Poetry: Submit up to three poems in a single file.
  3. Artwork or Photography: All artwork and photography should be submitted in digital format (JPEG). Scanned images should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Artwork cannot be larger than 20mb.
  4. Music: We are able to publish lyrics, as well as links to original musical compositions via SoundCloud. Links may be accompanied by a statement from the composer.
  5. The Bunion: HEAL's satire column.
  6. HEAL en Español: HEAL welcomes Spanish language submissions in any of the above categories.
 Please include a brief bio in the Comments section when submitting.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Sources of Support

HEAL is supported the Florida State University College of Medicine and The Jules B. Chapman and Annie Lou Chapman Private Foundation.