Stone Canoe, a journal of arts and ideas from Upstate New York, was founded at Syracuse University's University College, and is now published by The YMCA's Downtown Writers Center, at the Arts Branch of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse. The annual publication appears each February.

Stone Canoe showcases the work of a diverse mix of emerging and well-established artists and writers with strong connections to Upstate New York. In doing so, we hope promote a greater awareness of the cultural and intellectual richness that characterizes life in the region. We do not accept work by writers and artists who are not current or former residents of Upstate New York. For the purposes of Stone Canoe, we define this as those portions of the state outside of New York City and Long Island. Your bio note must include information that documents your current or past residency in the region. The only exception to this requirement is for writers who are US military veterans.

Submissions are accepted from March 15 through July each year for publication the following spring. Please note the following deadlines for individual categories:

VISUAL ART: July 1

POETRY: July 8

DRAMA: July 15

FICTION: July 22

NONFICTION: July 22


Please note that we are not interested in work that has been previously published in another form, including online journals.

Please do not submit work in more than two of the categories listed above in a single year.

As much as possible, we try to respond to submissions no later than October each year. If you have not heard about your submission, and it is later than October 15, feel free to contact us by email.

If your piece has been simultaneously submitted to other journals, and is accepted for publication elsewhere, PLEASE withdraw it from our submission process immediately.


Ends on July 22, 2017

Fiction submissions are limited to one piece not to exceed 8,500 words (please include word count). At times, sponsorships make it possible for us to offer prizes for contributors... should funding be available, and if a prize is offered, pieces by emerging writers (those writers who have not yet published a novel or a full-length collection of stories) will automatically also be considered, and no further action is necessary.

Please include a biographical statement (not a CV) including details of your past residency in Upstate New York. If more than one story is submitted by the same person, Stone Canoe editors will review only the first work received. The exception is for flash fiction; up to five flash fiction pieces under 500 words may be submitted in a single submission.

Note: The writer must have a first-person connection to Upstate New York, but the piece submitted can be about anything at all. The work does not need to involve New York State. Examples of qualifying connections include but are not limited to: being born here, even if you moved away later; going to college at an upstate school such as SUNY Binghamton, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, etc.; working in the area currently or at some point in the past. If you are uncertain if you meet this criterion, please feel free to contact stonecanoe@syracuseymca.org for consideration of your particular situation.

Please indicate if your work has been submitted simultaneously to another publication. You may include your name on the piece.



Ends on July 29, 2017

Nonfiction submissions are limited to one piece not to exceed 8,500 words (please include word count). Pieces by emerging writers (those who have not published a full-length book of nonfiction) will also be considered for our annual nonfiction prize, should funding continue to be available. Please include a biographical statement (not a CV) detailing your past residency in Upstate New York. If more than one nonfiction piece is submitted by the same person, Stone Canoe editors will review only the first work received.

Note: The writer must have a first-person connection to Upstate New York, but the piece submitted can be about anything at all. The work does not need to involve New York State. Examples of qualifying connections include but are not limited to: being born here, even if you moved away later; going to college at an upstate school such as SUNY Binghamton, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, etc.; working in the area currently or at some point in the past. If you are uncertain if you meet this criterion, please feel free to contact stonecanoe@syracuseymca.org for consideration of your particular situation.

Please indicate if your work has been submitted simultaneously to another publication. You may include your name on the piece.

Ends on July 8, 2017

Poetry submissions are limited up to five poems. Please indicate stanza breaks when the text extends beyond a single page. Emerging poets (those who have not yet published a full-length book of poems) will automatically be considered for the Bea Gonzalez Prize for Poetry. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel the Prize should funding not be available.

Poems may be submitted as a single document, but please start each poem on a new page. Include a biographical statement (not a CV) including details of your past residency in Upstate New York. If more than five poems are submitted by the same person, Stone Canoe editors will review only the first five poems received.

Note: The poet must have a first-person connection to Upstate New York, but the poem(s) submitted can be about anything at all. The work does not need to involve New York State. Examples of qualifying connections include but are not limited to: being born here, even if you moved away later; going to college at an upstate school such as SUNY Binghamton, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, etc.; working in the area currently or at some point in the past. If you are uncertain if you meet this criterion, please feel free to contact stonecanoe@syracuseymca.org for consideration of your particular situation.

Please indicate if your work has been submitted simultaneously to another publication. You may include your name on the piece.

Ends on July 15, 2017

Drama submissions are limited to one piece not to exceed 10,000 words (include word count).  Please include a biographical statement (not a CV) indicating your connection to Upstate New York as your cover letter. If more than one play is submitted by the same person, Stone Canoe editors will review only the first work received.

Note: The writer must be a current or former resident of Upstate New York, but the piece submitted can be about anything at all. The work does not need to involve New York State. Examples of qualifying connections include but are not limited to: being born here, even if you moved away later; going to college at an upstate school such as SUNY Binghamton, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, etc.; working in the area currently or at some point in the past. If you are uncertain if you meet this criterion, please feel free to contact stonecanoe@syracuseymca.org for consideration of your particular situation.

Please indicate if your work has been submitted simultaneously to another publication. You may include your name on the piece.


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Visual Art submissions are limited to five images. Each image should be submitted individually to ensure that the title and details are matched to the correct image. Dimensions are not required for photographs if the size is variable. Work by emerging artists is automatically considered for the Hedy and Michael Fawcett Prize for Visual Arts, a $500 cash prize. Any type of visual art is considered. Published pieces have included such diverse types as sculpture, ceramic, photography, drawing, quilts, jewelry, installation views, and video stills.

Please also include the following with each piece of work you submit:

1. The caption for the work, in the following format: Artist Name, Title, Medium/Materials, Dimensions, Year Completed. The caption will appear in the published book exactly as it appears here, so please ensure your caption is correct.

2. A biographical note detailing your past residency in Upstate New York.

If more than five images are submitted by one individual, Stone Canoe editors will review only the first five images received.

Note: The artist must have a first-person connection to Upstate New York, but the piece(s) submitted can be about anything at all. The work does not need to involve New York State. Examples of qualifying connections include but are not limited to: being born here, even if you moved away later; going to college at an upstate school such as SUNY Binghamton, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, etc.; working in the area currently or at some point in the past. If you are uncertain if you meet this criterion, please feel free to contact stonecanoe@syracuseymca.org for consideration of your particular situation.

Please indicate if your work has been submitted simultaneously to another publication. You may include your name on the piece.

Ends on July 8, 2017
Please refer to individual categories for all category-specific guidelines and length restrictions.

Your cover letter must include a brief biography (60 word maximum), providing evidence of your military service. NOTE: This is the only category that does NOT require the writer to have a connection to Upstate New York. The writer must have personally served in any branch of the United States military, but veterans do not have to have served in combat.

Please indicate if your work has been submitted simultaneously to another publication. You may include your name on the piece.

Please note that all submissions in Veterans Writing will generally be considered both by our Veterans Writing editor, and also by the appropriate editor for the genre of the work (poetry, fiction, etc.). This means your submission may take longer to review than usual. If you do not hear from us by November 1st, please contact us by email.