Resources for writers

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Weekly Writing Prompt

Fall is in full-swing, with days shortening, leaves changing, and morning frost becoming familiar. This week, write a poem, story, essay, song, or play set in autumn.

Submit your response by Oct 1, 2023 by emailing it directly to You may copy your text into the body of an email or attach it in a word document. All creative writing responses will be shared on @adkctr4writing and Note: You are expected to edit your own submission before sending it.

Regional Literary Magazines & Presses

Black Lawrence Press – Independent publishing company founded in upstate New York & named after the St. Lawrence River.

Boreal Zine – A handmade, staple-bound zine of poetry, photography, essays, and ephemera about the environment and life in the Adirondacks.

Blueline Magazine – Literary magazine dedicated to the spirit of the Adirondacks. Operated out of SUNY Potsdam since 1979.

Nine Mile Magazine – Print literary magazine published twice a year with a special focus on Central New York.

Stone Canoe – Literary journal published by the YMCA’s Downtown Writers Center that publishes work by writers and artists who are current or former residents of Upstate New York.

The Adirondack Review – Online literary quarterly founded in the spring of 2000.

The Gardan Journal – Collaborative publication intended to foster conversations about creativity and its processes among and across all disciplines.

The Saranac Review – Online literary magazine out of SUNY Plattsburgh.

Up The River – Online journal of poetry, art, and photography from Albany Poets Press.

Other North Country Publications

Adirondack Life Magazine – Print magazine exploring the region’s people, places, wildlife, history, and public issues since 1969.

Lake George Mirror – Newspaper devoted to the interests of the Queen of American Lakes. Very supportive of the literary arts.

The Adirondack Almanack – Community-powered bulletin board promoting and discussing current events, history, arts, nature, outdoor recreation, and other topics of interest to the Adirondacks and its communities.

Regional Prizes & Grants

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize – A $2,000 prize given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a resident of upstate New York. The winner also gives a reading and teaches a master class at Utica University.

New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Grants

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grants

NYS Literary Organizations, Residencies & Retreats

Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency by Collar Works – Artist residency in Washington County offering 2 and 4-week residencies for individual artists and 1-week residencies for families.

Greater Thousand Islands Literacy Council – Promoting literacy in Lewis and Jefferson Counties in NYS, including the Old Forge area.

Focus Retreat Center – A place to focus with supportive peers, without distractions. Book your own affordable retreat. Based in Malone, NY.

Just Buffalo Literary Center – Bringing the world’s greatest writers to Buffalo, hosting poetry events and readings, and supporting the development of young writers for over 45 years.

Saltonstall – Two programs in Ithaca, NY for New York State artists and writers: a juried summer residency program and self-directed, do-it-yourself retreats.

Writers & Books – Literary nonprofit founded in 1981 and located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts.

Yaddo – A retreat for artists and writers in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Regional Arts Councils & Orgs

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council – (Glens Falls) Arts organization offering festivals, programs, and other support for artists.

Plattsburgh Arts Coalition – Funding, opportunities, and support for artists promoting the idea of community over competition and to foster collaborations within the arts community.

Strand Center for the Arts – (Plattsburgh) Arts organization & theater offering artisan markets and classes for all ages, including literary arts for adults and children.


Artist Communities Alliance – A searchable directory with information on artist residencies.

Indie Bookstore Finder – Search by zipcode to find an independent bookstore nearby.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants

Poets & Writers – Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers.

Submission Opportunity Aggregators

Chill Subs – A free, easy-to-use, searchable database for discovering publication opportunities of all kinds.

Duotrope – A subscription-based service for writers and artists that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual arts publishers and agents. Though Duotrope has many free features, subscribers are offered more information on various outlets and opportunities.

Submittable – The leading submission software on the internet. 95% of literary publications will primarily use Submittable to take submissions from writers. It’s free to use and very user-friendly. Submittable also offers its own searchable database of submission opportunities.

Where to Submit – An exhaustive list of submission opportunities, from open calls for literary mags and journals, book submissions. chapbook submissions, prizes, residencies, and more. Free to use, but not searchable.