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SUNY student work sought for literary magazine


Guidelines & Submit

Gandy Dancer publishes writing and visual art by current students of the State University of New York (SUNY) campuses only. We also feature the work of one SUNY alumnus in each edition as our “Post Script.” We only consider previously unpublished work. If selected, Gandy Dancer retains first publication rights. After publication, rights revert back to you and we ask that you credit us with the first publication thereafter. Simultaneous submissions are permitted—if your piece is accepted elsewhere, inform us immediately through Submittable by withdrawing your work or, in the case of poetry and visual art, adding a note to your submission detailing which specific pieces we should no longer keep under consideration. Once an author agreement is signed, work can no longer be withdrawn.

Deadlines: Gandy Dancer uses rolling submission windows. To be considered for fall issues, works must be received by October 8. To be considered for the spring, they must be received by February 23. Any works submitted after these deadlines will be considered for the following issue.

We will accept one submission per genre from an author at a time, but feel free to submit to as many different genres as you like. Text submissions must be formatted as .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Please only use .txt or .rtf if absolutely necessary.

Fiction: We accept submissions up to 25 pages.  Stories must be double-spaced in Times New Roman or a similar font. We are unlikely to accept genre or fan fiction, though stranger things have happened…

Creative Nonfiction: We accept submissions up to 25 pages.  CNF; must be double-spaced in Times New Roman or a similar font. All CNF submissions will be considered for the Parry Family Nonfiction Prize: an award of $100, along with publication in the journal, for the best essay published in Gandy Dancer this academic year.

Poetry: We accept submissions of three to five poems. Poems must be submitted as a single document in Garamond or a similar font. Please do not submit poems separately. Format as you would like to see in print.

Visual Art: We accept up to five submissions of art in the most popular file formats, such as .jpg, .tiff, .png, and .pdf. Quality photos of three-dimensional art are welcomed too. Submitted images should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be at least 5 inches wide. Make sure all your works are titled!

We’d like to get to know you, so please include a third-person bio in your cover letter, seventy-five words or less. Here’s a template if you get stuck:

Dean Tripp might be a senior at  SUNY Geneseo. He’s studying creative writing when he’s not at home in Argyle, New York ignoring nature. He plays too many video games and binges Netfix ad nauseam. 

If you have any questions, please contact our managing editors: Please allow four months before querying our editors regarding submissions.


2018 Scholarships to NY State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College

2018 SCHOLARSHIPS to New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College

To Teachers of Creative Writing:

Several generous gifts and the Institute’s commitment to access and diversity enable us to launch a scholarship competition each year. The competition is open to students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate programs (including those who graduate in May 2018) who are nominated by their creative writing instructors. Please note the scholarships cover TUITION ONLYRoom and board expenses are the responsibility of the student.
In 2017 the Institute awarded approximately 60 tuition scholarships to students from, among other institutions, Univ. of Chicago, Northwestern Univ., Univ. of Rochester, George Washington Univ., Univ. of Iowa, SUNY-Stony Brook, Ohio State Univ., Vanderbilt Univ., NYU, Univ. of Florida, Christian Brothers Univ., Pitzer College, Harvard Univ., Yale Univ., Fashion Institute of Technology, Barnard College, Skidmore College, Ramapo College, Univ. of Sydney, U-Calif-Davis, Univ. of Idaho, The New School for Social Research, Princeton Univ., Union College, Sarah Lawrence College, Seton Hall Univ., Columbia Univ., Univ. of Massachusetts-Boston, Emory Univ., Univ. of Colorado-Denver, CUNY-Brooklyn College, Florida International Univ., Marian Univ.-Indianapolis, Univ. North Carolina School of the Arts, and Warren Wilson College.
This year the scholarships are offered for two-week or four-week workshops (July 2 to July 27) in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Our teaching staff includes the following writers.

: Claire Messud; Rick Moody; Amy Hempel; Adam Haslett; Garth Greenwell; Danzy Senna; Joanna Scott; Howard Norman; Jonathan Dee; Adam Braver; Victoria Redel; and Elizabeth Benedict

: Vijay Seshadri; Henri Cole; Carol Muske-Dukes; Rosanna Warren; Campbell McGrath; and

Peg Boyers

: Phillip Lopate and James Miller

: Paul Auster; Russell Banks; Ann Beattie; Frank Bidart; Carl Dennis; Nick Flynn; Rivka Galchen; Louise Gluck; Mary Gordon; Margo Jefferson; William Kennedy; Jamaica Kincaid; Joyce Carol Oates; Joseph O’Neill; Caryl Phillips; Robert Pinsky; Francine Prose; and Charles Simic
To nominate students, send an email to indicating the names and email addresses (please be sure the emails are current) of those you recommend to us. Only names & emails required. Up to six nominated studentsfrom each writing instructor are welcome. We are of course looking for promising writers, and hope to increase the diversity of our student body.
All faculty nominations must be received AT THE LATEST by February 25th. All student applications are due by March 10th. The names of scholarship award winners, along with their schools, will be announced to all applicants on or around MARCH 20th.
Program applications and further information on the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College may be found at the following link for the Writers Institute web site:
Many thanks and best wishes,

Robert Boyers, Director, New York State Summer Writers Institute
Professor of English, Skidmore College
Editor, Salmagundi
815 N Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Call for Critical Abstracts and Creative Submissions

Call for Critical Abstracts and Creative Submissions

Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era
For this edited collection, we seek essays that investigate contemporary elegy within the black diaspora. We are especially interested in essays that discuss contemporary black writers’ responses to personal and public deaths, challenging some of the foundational components of the elegy, while still drawing on the form. One could look at the contemporary poem of mourning as a challenge to the elegy in its past form, as a commemoration of diasporic challenges (including police brutality), and/or as a vehicle for addressing concerns with citizenship and belonging. One could look to the poetry of Terrance Hayes, Tyehimba Jess, Mahogany Browne, Nikky Finney, Jericho Brown, Aracelis Girmay, Evie Shockley, Danez Smith, Claudia Rankine, Fred Moten, Warsan Shire, and Dominique Christina, among many others; one could also look to elegiac prose by authors such as Jesmyn Ward, Edwidge Danticat, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, to name a few. In addition, we invite contemporary creative writers working within the genre of elegy to submit. We are especially interested in poems or short creative prose pieces that grapple with Black Lives Matter themes, such as racial bias within the criminal justice system, police killings of black men, women, and children, and the surveillance of black communities. Putting these critical and creative works in conversation, Revisiting the Elegy will explore how mourning feeds our political awareness in this dystopian time, as black writers attempt to see, hear, and say something to the bodies of the dead as well as to living readers.

Creative submissions (2-3 elegiac poems or short prose pieces) and 500-word essay abstracts are due by March 30, 2018.
Contributors will be notified by April 15, 2018.
Completed 6,000-8,000 word chapter submissions will be due by October 30, 2018.
Please send queries and submissions to Drs. Emily Rutter (errutterATbsuDOTedu) and Tiffany Austin (tiffanyuaustinATgmailDOTcom).

Dr. Tiffany Austin currently teaches rhetorical and creative writing at the University of The Bahamas. Her research interests center on African Diaspora studies, including African American, Caribbean, Afro-Latino(a) and African literature. Austin has published poetry in African American Review, Callaloo, Obsidian, pluck!, Valley Voices, and Sycorax’s Daughters, a speculative literature anthology. Her photo essay “A South in Sound” was recently published in TriQuarterly, and her essay “The Gendered Blues in Sonia Sanchez’s Morning Haiku” also appears in the edited collection Sonia Sanchez’s Poetic Spirit through Haiku (2017).

Dr. Emily Ruth Rutter is Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University, where she teaches courses in Multi-Ethnic American and African American literature.. She is the author of two monographs: Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line (University Press of Mississippi, May 2018), and The Blues Muse: Race, Gender, and Musical Celebrity in American Poetry (University of Alabama Press, Fall 2018). Her research has been published in the journals African American Review, South Atlantic Review, Studies in American Culture, Aethlon, and MELUS, and her book chapter on African American women poets appears in A Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry.

Gandy Dancer, SUNY literary magazine, seeks submissions

Hello all! Please share this message with your English, Writing, Photography and/or Arts Department faculty and students, or anyone who you think might be interested:
Calling all fellow brooding writers and tormented artists,

Gandy Dancer, a SUNY-wide literary magazine founded and housed at SUNY Geneseo, is currently open for submissions for our spring issue, Volume 4 Issue 2, and we need your magnificent work! We’re looking for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and artwork from either current SUNY students or recent SUNY graduates. We want to hear your diverse and unique voices, and we’re always just as excited to see work that pushes boundaries as we are about work that bolsters and illuminates the time-honored traditions upon which our artistic community stands. Check out our previous issues (available both online and in print) and submission guidelines to get a better sense of what we’re all about.

We look forward to seeing your brilliant words, images, ideas, confessions, stories, sonnets, photographs, and everything in between, and sharing them with and beyond our SUNY community. The deadline for this issue — February 24 — is sneaking up, don’t miss it!

“If I had a magazine I could spend my time filling it with the best conversation the world has to offer.”– Margaret Anderson. Let’s share with the world what we have to offer. And please spread the word!
Warm regards,
GD Editorial Staff

Undergrad Writing Awards

Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards
Deadline: March 15, 2016
The Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award and Myong Cha Son Haiku Award welcome unpublished, original poems.
Submissions to the Iris N. Spencer Award should be composed in the traditional modes of meter, rhyme and received forms. Both competitions will award a first place prize of $1,500 and a $500 runner-up prize.
The Rhina P. Espaillat Poetry Award celebrates original poems written in Spanish or translations of Spanish poems to English. First prize is $500.
Submission Guidelines:
The annual competition is open to all undergraduate poets who are enrolled in a college or university in the United States.
The author’s name, address, email address, telephone number and the school you attend should be submitted on a separate
There is no fee to enter. Submissons may be a combination of poems for the Iris N. Spencer Award, the
Myong Cha Son Haiku Award, or the Rhina P. Espaillat Poetry Award. Multiple entries are accepted.
All submissions must be submitted no later than March 15, 2016 and sent electronically to poetryATwcupaDOTedu

or mailed to:
WCU Poetry Awards
Poetry House
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383


Connotation Press accepts submissions


CP_Logo500Connotation Press accepts submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, play writing, screenplay, interview, book review, music review, video (for spoken word or music or…), etc. Basically, we′re looking at virtually every genre or crossover genre you can create.

Connotation Press only accepts online submissions, and we read submissions all year long. We generally will respond to submissions within six weeks; if you don′t hear back from us by then, feel free to inquire about the status of your manuscript. Please wait for a response before sending a second submission in any one genre.

We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We only accept original, previously unpublished work. Translations should be submitted with original texts. Indicate that you have copyright clearance and/or author permission.

If your work is chosen for publication, we may ask for a brief interview, conducted by one of our editors, in addition to a traditional author′s bio and a photograph.

What Digital Formats We Accept

Text Submissions: .doc or .rtf
Visual Art Submissions: .jpg or .png
Video Submissions: AVI, MPG, MP4
No PDF Format

Guidelines by Genre

You must include a headshot (jpg, gif, png) and a short bio.

POETRY: Please submit not less than three and not more than five poems per submission.

FICTION: Please submit one story of any length or chapter at a time, or 1-5 flash fiction pieces.

CREATIVE NONFICTION: Please submit one piece of any length or segment of a piece of any length at a time.

DRAMA: Please submit original, previously unpublished full-length plays written in English.  One-acts are also acceptable, but please do not submit more than one play (full-length or one-act) at a time.  Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted.  All submissions should be typed in standard professional play format. Please include a title page that shows the play’s title, the author′s name, copyright information, and year of authorship.  A cover letter with a brief biography, production history and contact information may also be included.  All submissions should be in MSWord (.doc or .rtf).  To give us time to read your play, please allow six months after submitting.

INTERVIEW: Submit a short treatment about the subject before submitting.

REVIEWS: We will read all unsolicited reviews. However, if you would prefer to submit an inquiry first, we welcome that as well.

VIDEO-POETRY: Please submit one at a time due to file size restrictions on attachments.

UNDERGRAD: For the undergrad section we are asking writing teachers around the world for their best and brightest new writers. Our hope is that the teacher will introduce the undergrad to Connotation Press and assist her or him to compile a submission. For some new writers this will be their first submission process, and we gratefully welcome those writers.

When documentation is required for any submission, please use MLA style format.

Connotation Press holds first serial rights for material that we publish. The copyright automatically reverts to the author upon publication. We do not require that material be copyrighted prior to submission. Additionally, Connotation Pressretains the right to publish and reproduce the work in print and electronic or website publications, in the original format or as part of an anthology or compilation, and to authorize third-party online databases that reprint Connotation Press materials to publish and reproduce the work.

Thanks, and Good Luck!

13th Floor Magazine seeks writing + art

Submission Guidelines

How We Publish

13th Floor Magazine will be publishing twice a year, at the start of the Spring and Fall semesters. Each issue will be an ebook and print edition sold via The ebook will be free for the first week of publication, as well as all previous issues. We are a student run and self funded organization, and unfortunately cannot pay authors or artists. Please use this free promotional week to obtain your copy of the ebook.

Publishing to Amazon means that anyone in the world can purchase the ebook and read your work. Our very first issue was read by over 100 people in the US, Italy, Canada, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. It’s a great opportunity for exposure!

Types of Work Accepted

Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, micro-fiction, novella, personal essays, comics, drama, painting, photography, transcripts, epic poems — there are no limits to your creativity. Put your heart and soul into it!

Reading Period

Ongoing. Submission deadlines for individual issues will be publicized.

Submission Format – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

  • Files should be in the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf
  • Files should be named as the title of the piece and the genre only (e.g. MockOrange_poetry.doc).
  • Do not put your name anywhere in the document. Do not put your name in the filename. We read blind, so that our editors do not know the name of the submitter.
  • Include a brief bio in the body of your email (NOT in your submission document file) maximum 150 words. How you write your bio is up to you, but remember to keep it professional and as polished as your submission. If your submission is accepted for publication, your bio will be included in the magazine. Bios may be edited.
  • Indicate the genre your piece fits into. For example, prose poetry, flash fiction, micro fiction, noir, short fiction, nonfiction, etc.
  • All prose and poetry should be double spaced and in a standard font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Ensure your submission has been thoroughly edited for spelling and grammar so that it represents your best work possible. We follow the standards of the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
  • For more tips on professionally formatting your document for submission, please read Formatting 101 by Marlys Pearson.

Submission Format – Visual Art

  • A professional-quality photograph should be taken of your artwork and submitted as a  .jpg minimum 300 dpi. Consider presentation when taking your photograph. For example, if you are taking a photo of your painting, be sure it’s not angled and is cropped appropriately. If you are taking a photo of your sculpture, choose a simple background free from clutter such as furniture and doorways. Photograph using natural or natural-colored lighting to preserve the integrity of your colors. Ensure your image is free of glares that will make it hard to see your work.
  • Do not put your name in the filename. Use the title of your work in the filename only.
  • Include a brief bio in the body of your email (NOT in your submission document file) maximum 150 words. How you write your bio is up to you, but remember to keep it professional and as polished as your submission. If your submission is accepted for publication, your bio will be included in the magazine. Bios may be edited.
  • Indicate the medium your artwork is in. For example, “oil paint on canvas” or “felt, buttons, cotton thread and polyfil in sculpture format.”
  • If your work is chosen for the cover, we may need to alter the dimensions in order to accommodate the cover format. If you do not want to be considered for the cover, please indicate that in the body of your email submission.

Email Submission

Once you have professionally prepared your submission, email it to Don’t forget to include your bio in the body of your email!

Good Luck!