Stone Canoe Literary Awards

Stone Canoe considers for inclusion previously unpublished works of short fiction, creative nonfiction, technical writing, short plays, poems, and works of visual art created by people who live or have lived in Upstate New York (not New York City). We will be accepting submissions for the 2016 edition, Stone Canoe No. 10, between March 15 and July 31, 2015. We cannot consider work submitted outside these dates. The editors’ decisions are final and will be communicated by October 31, 2015.

Basic Submission Criteria:

Stone Canoe is a community project committed to showcasing the work of artists and writers who live now or have lived at some point in the Upstate New York region (not New York City).Submissions will not be reviewed unless accompanied by a short biography of no more than 100 words.

Please write your biography in the third person and include when you lived in this region in your short biography if you do not currently live in the area.

Note: The writer/artist must have a first-person connection to Upstate New York, unless the writer is a veteran, 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, and working in the area currently or at some point in the past. If you are uncertain if you meet this requirement, feel free to contact 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(s). .

Submission Rules per Genre:
Drama: one piece not to exceed 10,000 words (include word count).
Fiction: one piece not to exceed 10,000 words (include word count). Pieces by emerging writers will be considered for the Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize for Fiction as well as for publication.
Nonfiction: one piece not to exceed 10,000 words (include word count). Pieces by emerging writers will be considered for the S.I. Newhouse School Prize for Creative Nonfiction as well as for publication.
Poetry: up to five poems. Please indicate stanza breaks where the text may run onto more than one page. Emerging poets must submit at least three poems to be considered for the Bea Gonzalez Award for Poetry as well as for publication. Poems may be submitted as a single document, but each poem must start on a new page.
Visual art: up to five images. Emerging artists must submit at least three works to be considered for the Hedy and Michael Fawcett Prize for Visual Arts in addition to publication. 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.

NOTE: There is no limit to the number of genres in which you may submit work. Please submit your first genre through the submission form per the instructions below. If the software claims you have submitted your limit of pieces, contact Allison Vincent at for simple instructions on how to submit in any additional genres. Consideration for awards requires no fees or additional forms. All submitted work will automatically be considered for any awards for which you are deemed eligible. If more pieces are submitted than allowed for on the rules listed above, Stone Canoe editors will not review any additional pieces submitted once after the maximum number per genre has been reached.

ATTENTION VETERANS: Please be sure to include in your brief biography either that you are a U.S. military veteran. Please note your dates and branch of service (e.g, 2010-2012, Army). Veterans do not have to have served in combat. This group qualifies for consideration for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families Prize for Written Work by a Veteran within the drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry genres. NOTE: This veteran’s award is the only category that does NOT require the writer to have a connection to Upstate New York.

If more pieces are submitted in any one genre than the maximum stated here, Stone Canoe editors reserve the right to review only the maximum number of pieces specified as selected at random by the genre’s editor.

To submit your work:

fill out our submission form online during the period specified and attach an electronic copy of your work.
Writers should submit work in either Rich Text Format (rtf) or as a MicroSoft Word® document.
Visual artists should attach low resolution (72 dpi) tif, gif or jpg images. If accepted for publication, high resolution images (approx. 300 dpi at 7″x10″ image size) will be required. Images need to be submitted individually into your account. Please do not combine them for the purposes of submission.

If you have any questions or difficulty with this form or with online submission in general, please contact Robert Colley at or 315-480-9660.

All rights for individual works revert to contributors upon publication, though Stone Canoe will seek permission to feature submitted work on its web site.

Contributors receive one copy of each issue in which their work appears and are featured on our web site.

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