The Adirondack Review is an online quarterly magazine of art and literature. We publish poetry, fiction, works of translation, creative nonfiction, and book reviews, plus a full slate of art and photography per issue. We value work that invites our readers to visit an altered perspective, one which may effect a new worldview and reveal fundamental entanglements among people, objects, and the evolving spaces they occupy.

Open Reading Periods

We accept art, photography, and translation submissions year-round. We accept poetry, fiction, reviews, and essay submissions during four open reading periods. Our next open reading period will begin on June 1, 2018.

Contests

Our 46er Prize for Poetry is open annually from January 1 - February 28, with the winner being published in the summer issue. The Fulton Prize for Fiction is open from July 1 - August 31, with the winner being published in the winter issue. Each prize is $400 plus publication.

A Note About Submission Fees

For almost eighteen years, we have not charged for submissions during open reading periods. We also never charged for subscriptions or sold space on our pages to advertisers. Ultimately, though, this meant that we struggled to keep up with payments for web hosting, submission management, and software. In addition, we ardently wished we could compensate our tireless editors and talented contributors for their exceptional work.

So, as part of a soft relaunch and redesign, we have decided to charge $2 for submissions. In return, moving forward, your donation will help us pay editors and contributors for their work. Your generosity also ensures that this magazine continues to exist. We're always imagining new features and community-based practices, and can't wait to keep evolving for years to come. 

Stay tuned for more. And thank you, as always, for your support. We couldn't do any of it without you.

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We welcome all forms of poetry. You can submit up to 5 poems in a single submission; please use Word or another text format, and separate each poem with a page break. 
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We accept short fiction up to 5,000 words. Please do not submit PDF files--Word is best, but other text formats are fine.

We welcome experimental and genre-bending stories, as well as flash and lyrical prose. 

We welcome work in all mediums, formats, and colors. If you submit photos of sculpture, please try to have the sculpture take up at least 2/3 of the frame.

Send up to 10 images of your work in JPEG format. The images should be at least 3"x3" and 72dpi.

A note that puts your submission in context with a broader artistic project is encouraged, if appropriate, but not required.

We welcome works of poetry or fiction translated from any language other than English. In your submission, include the original and translated work, as we prefer to publish both. Please also include bios for yourself as well as the original author.

We welcome essays that challenge our conception of current events and overlay the creative arts with socio-political ideas and issues. 

We welcome book reviews that expose our readers to exciting authors and books published by small presses. Please submit your review in a Word document or text file and include the publisher's information and release date of the reviewed title. 

There is no word count or format we're looking for, but we prefer not to publish negative criticism. Take a look at previously published reviews for a sense of our style.

Color Project: NY is a collaborative photography project. All participants from all over the world are welcome to submit, and no photography experience is required.

As New York City's landscapes, economies, cultural touchstones, and neighborhoods evolve, two things have remained constant: the energy and movement of its inhabitants and the stalwart underground subway system. Our project is interested in the relationship between neighborhoods and the ways in which people arrive and depart from them. Every day, millions of people cross neighborhood boundaries to go to work, to teach and learn, to spend time with friends. 

New York's subway map is itself a work of art: bright, meandering lines reach to every corner of the five boroughs, striating the landscape. This spectrum of lines, letters, numbers, and subway stops is an aggregate of the identity of the city itself: a multi-faceted and ever-changing community that is both a collection of microcosms and a united force.

This project intends to portray New York City in a new way: using photos taken all across the city, we'll reconstruct the entire NYC subway map. 

Here's the rub: every photo must feature the color that corresponds to that location's subway line. 

For example: if you live in north Brooklyn, maybe you're near the L line. Take a photo of something grey in your neighborhood and send it in. 

Or maybe you're visiting in Times Square. Since the 123 (red), NRQ (yellow), S (grey), and 7 (purple) trains all service Times Square, take a photo featuring any one of those colors and send it in. 

We'll take all of your submissions (multiple submissions are welcome) and build the subway map photo by photo along those colored subway lines: in the end, we'll have a subway map comprised of nothing but photos. The resulting collection will represent a kaleidoscope of different perspectives of the city from citizen photographers based all around the world.

Submission details:

  • feature one color at a time: try to have the featured color dominate the frame
  • identify the subway stop closest to the shot
  • tell us your name and home city
  • editors have the right to reject any photo for inappropriate content




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Since 2000, our digital journal has operated through the dedication of many volunteer editors, artists, and writers. We're extremely proud to publish new work four times a year and hope to keep it up for many years to come. 

If you have the means to support us by making a donation, you will help us pay for web hosting fees, submission manager fees, editors' stipends, and payment for contrinutors. We also have a number of new collaborative and community-based projects up our sleeves, and any additional funds will go a long way in making those happen.

Thank you so much.

Yours,

Angela & Staff