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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

    Artwork or Photography: All artwork and photography is in digital format (JPEG). Scanned images have a resolution of at least 300 dpi and are not larger than 20MB.

Author Guidelines

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.


All non-poetry written submissions should be in this category.  This includes, but is not limited to book excerpts, essays and short stories.

The Bunion (Satire)

The Bunion is a place for satirical medical news and humor related to experiences with which medical students, faculty, and clinicians are all familiar. Such experiences can involve the FSU College of Medicine, the medical school experience, or healthcare in general. Content is not intended to offend or humiliate anyone. All names are factitious and any resemblance to actual people would be merely coincidental.