Subnivean never flees from chilling poems, penetrating stories, words that whip our perspectives around. Housed at the State University of New York at Oswego, where 4x more snow falls on our city than Manhattan, we’ve learned to persist. When winter comes, we reject migration. We use the cold itself as insulation.

Juan Felipe Herrera. Arisa White. Molly Giles. John Sibley Williams. Sofie Harsha. Meg Hurtado Bloom. Jane Wong. Keenan Norris. Donna Steiner. Amit Majmudar. Jendi Reiter. Siamak Vossoughi. Angie Kang. Megan Merchant. David Moore. Louise Wareham Leonard.

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The weird, wild, wonderful writer also known as Lemony Snicket awaits your short, experimental story. The Subnivean Awards offer eight finalists the chance to have their work read by a final judge. Winners will receive blurbs — plus, some cold hard cash.

...submit your fiction


Named one of "25 Living Legends" by Oprah, April Sinclair is looking for a legendary short story: one that's unmistakably literary — a timeless classic in the making — yet leaves readers stunned, surprised, shivering. Might you be writing such a story?

...submit your fiction



Distilled. Precise. Goosebump-raising and downright amazing. Luminary poet, playwright and children's book author Arisa White is looking for poems that shoot from the hip, heart and head.

...submit your poetry


Thanks to Our Readers for Putting Us on the Map


— News feature shines a bright spotlight


February 1, 2021

Thanks to all y'all, we've grown even since providing the numbers for this SUNY Oswego news feature

Beyond reaching thousands of readers around the globe in our first 3.5 months, Subnivean has received submissions from writers working in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Canada, India, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Australia, Palestine, Japan, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Austria, Portugal, Paraguay, Morocco, Norway, Germany, Ireland, Poland, South Africa, Pakistan, Nigeria, New Zealand and 45 U.S. states.

Writers, join the party: the Subnivean Awards, and our Issue 2 reading period, are now open.

The Great Lake Review
Issue 89 Release Party


—featuring SUBNIVEAN Issue 1 contributors


November 19th, 2020

7pm est/4pm pst

Want to get read to like a baby at bedtime by emerging and award-winning authors? Join the SUNY Oswego community in launching Issue 89 of the Great Lake Review — est. 1974 and run by undergraduates ever since. The evening's author lineup will feature Subnivean Issue 1 authors Sofie Harsha, Siamak Vossoughi, Megan Merchant, Jendi Reiter and Arisa White, reading alongside Great Lake Review Issue 89 contributors. Zoom in on November 19th: doors open at 6:50pm E.S.T. and the reading begins at 7pm.     


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