Subnivean’s editorial mission is to curate and produce bone-deep, high-caliber literary art that speaks urgently to an evermore-connected international audience. 

We publish four issues per year: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer. 


The Subnivean Awards offer writers the chance to have their work read and blurbed by one of our luminary final judges, and to read at a virtual event featuring the celebrity judges.


Seven finalists' work will be forwarded on to a final judge, and published in the summer issue — where our two winners (one in fiction, one in poetry) will also be announced. Winners will receive blurbs about their writing by the final judge who selected it, as well as $150 each.


FINAL JUDGE IN POETRY, 2020-21: U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera
Entry fee: $7
Deadline: February 21
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"Poetry is a call to action, and it also is action."
JUAN FELIPE HERRERA, U.S. POET LAUREATE EMERITUS


Distilled. Precise. Goosebump-raising and downright amazing. Juan Felipe Herrera is looking for poems that shoot from the hip, heart and head. Subnivean is always grateful for the opportunity to read your work. The poems that we are looking for need not fit into a particular mold; rather, we're seeking work that breaks the mold, grinds it into a fine powder, pours it in a pot of water and brings it to a boil, schleps it up a steep mountainside, drizzles it across the snow and lets it cool, there, into the desired shape.

  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, provided that you notify us if another publication beats us to accepting your skilled work.
  • For the Subnivean Awards in poetry, please submit up to six original, unpublished poems, in a single document. We do consider English translations, so long as the work has not been published in English before. Subnivean reserves first North American publishing rights; upon publication, rights revert immediately to the author.
  • Competition entries are read blind: please do not add identifying information to your manuscript.
  • Technical obstacles? We'll try our best to help you get around them. Please contact us at SubniveanMag@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading your submission, and notifying finalists by March 15, 2022; winners in May.


NOTE: Because Subnivean will never charge readers to access the full contents of our issues, we collect a literary competition fee. All revenue raised from the competition supports the publication's annual production cost, as well as Subnivean-related events and activities. In short, when you enter this contest, you are supporting not only literature at large, but specifically the efforts and endeavors of this publication, and of the hardworking SUNY undergraduate staff that is nose-to-grindstone right now, bringing you high-caliber content amid the internet's clamoring chaos.


Our deepest gratitude.

The Subnivean Awards offer writers the chance to have their work read and blurbed by one of our luminary final judges, and to read at a virtual event featuring the celebrity judges.

Seven finalists' work will be forwarded on to a final judge, and published in the summer issue — where our two winners (one in fiction, one in poetry) will also be announced. Winners will receive blurbs about their writing by the final judge who selected it, as well as $150 each.

FINAL JUDGE IN FICTION, 2020-21: Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler  

Entry fee: $7  

Deadline: February 21

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"Writing is a dying form. One reads of this every day." DANIEL "LEMONY SNICKET" HANDLER 

Distilled. Precise. Goosebump-raising and downright amazing. Daniel Handler is looking for stories that shoot from the hip, heart and head. Subnivean is always grateful for the opportunity to read your work. The stories that we are looking for need not fit into a particular mold; rather, we're seeking work that breaks the mold, grinds it into a fine powder, pours it in a pot of water and brings it to a boil, schleps it up a steep mountainside, drizzles it across the snow and lets it cool, there, into the desired shape.

  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, provided that you notify us if another publication beats us to accepting your skilled work.
  • For the Subnivean Awards in fiction, please submit an original, unpublished story up to 6,000 words. We do consider English translations, so long as the work has not been published in English before. Subnivean reserves first North American publishing rights; upon publication, rights revert immediately to the author.
  • Competition entries are read blind: please do not add identifying information to your manuscript.
  • Technical obstacles? We'll try our best to help you get around them. Please contact us at SubniveanMag@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading your submission, and notifying finalists by March 15, 2022; winners in May.

NOTE: Because Subnivean will never charge readers to access the full contents of our issues, we collect a literary competition fee. All revenue raised from the competition supports the publication's annual production cost, as well as Subnivean-related events and activities. In short, when you enter this contest, you are supporting not only literature at large, but specifically the efforts and endeavors of this publication, and of the hardworking SUNY undergraduate staff that is nose-to-grindstone right now, bringing you high-caliber content amid the internet's clamoring chaos.

Our deepest gratitude.

Subnivean is always grateful for the opportunity to read your work. 

We are a small undergraduate staff, so it can take 2-4 months for us to read carefully through every submission. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, provided that you notify us if another publication beats us to accepting your skilled work.

Please submit an unpublished story or standalone excerpt of 6,000 words or less, in a single document. We do consider English translations, so long as the work has not been published in English before.

Subnivean reserves first North American publishing rights; upon publication, rights revert immediately to the author. Due to the impact of COVID-19-related budget cuts upon the SUNY system and our department, we are unable to pay contributors—but we hope you'll still send your work our way now, though we pay only in undying affection and by shouting our contributors' good names from the mountaintops.

We look forward to reading your fiction.


Technical obstacles? We'll try our best to help you get around them. Please contact us at SubniveanMag@gmail.com.

Subnivean is always grateful for the opportunity to read your work.

We are a small undergraduate staff, so it can take 2-4 months for us to read carefully through every submission. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, provided that you notify us if another publication beats us to accepting your skilled work.

Please submit up to six original, unpublished poems, in a single document. We do consider English translations, so long as the work has not been published in English before.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, provided that you notify us if another publication beats us to accepting your skilled work.

Subnivean reserves first North American publishing rights; upon publication, rights revert immediately to the author. Due to the impact of COVID-19-related budget cuts upon the SUNY system and our department, we are unable to pay contributors—but we hope you'll still send your work our way now, though we pay only in undying affection and by shouting our contributors' good names from the mountaintops.

We look forward to reading your poems.


Technical obstacles? We'll try our best to help you get around them. Please contact us at SubniveanMag@gmail.com.

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