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 15, 2019

Wordsmiths: show us your skills.

Submission guidelines:

  • ONE poem per submission, 3 submissions per person max.
  • Each poem should be no more than two pages. 
  • All submissions need to be uploaded as Word documents; NO PDFs, please. 
  • Please include your name and the title of the piece as you would like it to appear, a valid and up-to-date email address, a brief bio of less than 100 words, and an address where we can mail contributor copies if we decide to publish your work. 
  • Please also indicate if you are a student or alum of Finger Lakes Community College with your graduation or anticipated graduation year. 
  • We ask that if your poem is selected for publication elsewhere, that you withdraw it from our submission list immediately.
  • We reserve the right to accept pieces contingent upon revisions and to reject pieces that do not comply with revision suggestions.
  • We reserve the right to reject pieces that are not properly edited and/or do no meet document or formatting requirements. 
  • We reserve the right to absolutely fall head over heels in love with your words.

Best of luck, and thank you for taking the time to share your work with us!


Ends on April 15, 2019

Submission guidelines:

  • ONE flash fiction piece of 1, 000 words or less per submission; TWO submissions max per person
  • Each piece must be submitted as a separate Word document attachment; NO PDFs PLEASE! 
  • Please clearly indicate your name and the title of the piece as you would like it to appear, a brief author bio of less than 100 words, a valid and up-to-date email address, and a current mailing address for us to mail contributor copies should we decide to publish your work.
  • Please also indicate if you are a current student or alum of Finger Lakes Community College and provide your graduation or anticipated graduation year.
  • We ask that if any of the pieces you submit are accepted for publication elsewhere, you kindly withdraw it from our submissions list.
  • We reserve the right to accept pieces that are contignet upon revision suggestions and to reject pieces that do not meet revision expectations. 
  • We reserve the right to reject pieces that are not properly edited or that fail to meet formatting and file requirements. 
  • We reserve the right to be awestruck by the power of your pen.

May the muses be with you. 

We are looking for narratives that make us say...damn, I wish I wrote that. 

Submission guidelines:

  • ONE creative nonfiction piece of 2,000 words or less per submission; TWO submissions max per person
  • Each piece must be submitted as a separate Word document attachment; NO PDFs PLEASE! 
  • Please clearly indicate your name and the title of the piece as you would like it to appear, a brief author bio of less than 100 words, a valid and up-to-date email address, and a current mailing address for us to mail contributor copies should we decide to publish your work.
  • Please also indicate if you are a current student or alum of Finger Lakes Community College and provide your graduation or anticipated graduation year.
  • We ask that if any of the pieces you submit are accepted for publication elsewhere, you kindly withdraw it from our submissions list.
  • We reserve the right to accept pieces contigent upon revision suggestions and to reject pieces that do not meet revision expectations. 
  • We reserve the right to reject pieces that are not properly edited or that fail to meet formatting and file requirements. 
  • We reserve the right to lose ourselves in the magic of a story well told. 

May the muses be with you. 



Ends on April 15, 2019

Be it artwork or photography, help us see the world in a way we haven't before. 

Submission guidelines:

  • jpeg format
  • ONE photograph or piece of art per submission; FOUR submissions maximum per person
  • As high of a resolution as possible
  • Please clearly indicate your name and the title of the piece as you would like it to appear, a brief author bio of less than 100 words, a valid and up-to-date email address, and a current mailing address for us to mail contributor copies should we decide to publish your work.
  • Please also indicate if you are a current student or alum of Finger Lakes Community College and provide your graduation or anticipated graduation year.
  • We ask that if any of the pieces you submit are accepted for publication elsewhere, you kindly withdraw it from our submissions list.
  • We reserve the right to accept pieces that are contingent upon revision suggestions and to reject pieces that do not meet revision expectations. 
  • We reserve the right to reject pieces that are not properly edited or that fail to meet formatting and file requirements and/or submission guidelines. 
  • We reserve the right to respond to uniquely created visual stimuli with intense emotion, morbid curiosity, and intellectual rambling.

Show us what art shows you. 

.jpeg format
4 photos maximum
as high of a resolution as possible


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