The Finger Literary Journal is an international publication rooted in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region and strewn around the globe by the students and faculty of Finger Lakes Community College. In a collaborative effort, FLCC has unearthed an amazing collection of art, poetry, creative nonfiction, and flash fiction in an insightful literary journal, oozing with creativity gifted from places all over the world. Let your mind wander through the pages as if you’re trying to get lost between the lakes we call home.

Here at The Finger Literary Journal, we know that, like us, many of our friends, followers, and contributors from around the globe have found themselves quarantined in a world of uncertainty. We also know that despite the challenges, the hardships, the heartbreaks, and the devastation this global pandemic has wielded against us, it hasn't been able to crush our creativity. 

So let's show this nasty virus what we got, shall we?

We are now accepting submissions inspired by and/or written or created since COVID-19 (a.k.a coronavirus) first decided to usurp our existence. Send your art, photos, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, personal essays, op-ed style rants...whatever you got, we'll consider it for publication in our COVID-19 Special Edition supplement to the 2020 issue of The Finger Literary Journal. (Please consider the guidelines below before submitting your work.)

While we await perusal of your artistic renderings of this wild history-in-the-making, we want you to know that your place in this world--as writers, poets, artists--is far bigger than it might feel at the moment, and your contributions matter now more than ever!

We thank you  in advance for your submissions and for your continued love and support. Wherever you may be, wherever you may go, know that the souls, spirits, and muses of each and every one of you remain steadfast in our hearts. 

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay inspired. 

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Pablo Picasso

Submission Guidelines for the COVID-19 Special Edition

Poetry: poems should be no more than 2 pages in length; limit 1 poem per submission; limit 2 submissions per person

Flash fiction: 1,000 word limit; limit 1 fiction piece per submission; limit 1 submission per person

Creative nonfiction (including personal essays): 1,000 word limit; limit 1 piece per submission; limit 1 submission per person

Art/photos: must be high resolution .jpg; limit 1 piece per submission; limit 2 submissions per person


*Note: We reserve the right to automatically decline submissions that do not meet the above guidelines. 

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