The Finger is an international literary magazine based at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY. The diners in our town serve breakfast all day. Their toast may be a little dry at times, but that's why we have homemade jam to sweeten things up. We're talking the real McCoy here, not some mass produced off-the-shelf stuff. And not only is it sweeter than your first kiss, it has seeds in it.

And it gets everywhere. Your lips, beard, fingers. Maybe your shirt, too, if you let go and get all into it.

But no matter how hard you try, that residual, sweet stickiness lingers. Just like The Finger stays with you long after you've devoured an issue. We're the jam to your dry toast. Get a taste of the high-quality, homemade fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art between our covers that comes in from all over the nation, and be ready for your senses to riot. 

Ends on April 1, 2017

Find your muse.
Let her speak. 
Then add a cover letter that includes an accurate address, so that we may send you copies of The Finger if we decide to publish your materials. 

We accept:
Keep it to roughly 2 pages per poem.
If we're enthralled, we'll keep reading.
Poem(s) can be single space.

2 submissions max

Ends on April 1, 2017

Take us somewhere we haven't been before.
Make us believe every single word that's written.
Then add a cover letter that includes an accurate address, so that we may send you copies of the magazine if we decide to publish your materials.

We accept:
Up to 2 flash fiction pieces @ 500 words or less
Up to 2 short stories @2,500 words max
Up to 1 short story @5,000 words max

Ends on April 1, 2017

We are looking for stories well-told. That make us say...damn, I wish I wrote that. Please include your name and address in the cover letter so we can send you contributor copies once published. 

We accept:
Up to 2 short pieces @500 words
Up to 2 submissions @ 2,500 words or less
Up to 1 submission @ 5,000 words or less


Ends on April 1, 2017

Be it artwork or photography, help us see the world in a way we haven't before. Give us a new perspective. In your cover letter, please include an accurate address, so that we may send you copies of the Issue if we decide to publish your materials.

We accept the following:

For the website:
4 photos maximum
600*800 dpi
.jpg format

For print:
600*800 dpi
300 dpi
Max 2 submissions
.jpg format

Ends on April 1, 2017
We offer cash prizes and publication to the finest entries in poetry, flash fiction, short creative nonfiction, and art/photography. Our editorial staff will select the best in each category from submissions accepted for publication in The Finger. 

Flash fiction: If you're used to pages and pages of character development and dialogue, you're going to have to sharpen your sword and make it happen in one **CONTEST WORD LIMIT: 500 WORDS MAX**  

Hint: your first line better not just get the reader's attention. It better put it in a headlock. 

Short Creative Nonfiction: You've got a story. Tell it better than anyone else could. And tell it like your hair's on fire. **CONTEST WORD LIMIT: 500 WORDS MAX**

Poetry: Be in the moment. The genuine, gritty, gorgeous moment. And give us the words that will move us there. 

Art/Photos: The cover of an international literary journal. That's what you'll earn if your best is selected. The fruits of your craft will grace the cover of our Fall 2017 issue. In addition, your cover will be given recognition at the AWP conference and in other venues in our community.   

*** All contests close on 4/1/17 at 11:59 p.m. 
*** Cash prize amounts will be determined and announced in the spring