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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.

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ISSUE06

SUBNIVEAN AWARDS
2022-2023
FINAL JUDGES

POETRY

KAZIM
ALI

"Where to now? Only the previously unknowable and unspoken will bring us there." — Kazim Ali

Kazim recently graced the cover of The Writer's Chronicle. Read the feature on him.

 

Kazim is looking for poems that shoot from the head, heart and hip.

Send us your best and most badazz.

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FICTION

JOAN
SILBER

"A story depends on things not standing still, on the built-in condition of impermanence." — Joan Silber

Joan was recently interviewed by The New Yorker. Read her story or interview.

Joan is looking for stories that whip our perspectives around.

Give us goosebumps with your well-wrought writing...

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LISTEN

SUBNIVEAN
EPISODE 2: TURNING TABLES

Get ready to be read to like a baby at bedtime. Episode 2 features the work of Jesse Breite, Eleanor Johnson, Bryn Dodson and Brandon Amico. Special thanks to the editing and production team: Lydia Seki, Naomi Ellis, Miles Weber and Soma Mei Sheng Frazier.

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WATCH

THE SUBNIVEAN
AWARDS

What do U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera and Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler have in common? 

Subnivean. (And a love for ice cream.) Here they are discussing soft-serve and more—and announcing our 2022 Subnivean Awards winners in poetry in fiction, after a terrific reading by the finalists: Avtar Singh, Alicia Rebecca Myers, Zach Swiss, Artemisio Romero Y Carver, Melissa Brown, Moni Brar and Lauren Holguin.

"I don't wanna do that: I don't wanna memorize a poem in a field..."

— Daniel Handler

NEWS & EVENTS

NEW WRITERS AWARD 
— A scholarship competition

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 10, 2022

Subnivean invites talented new writers to participate in a special opportunity for high school students living in our New York headquarters’ seven-county region: Oswego County, Onondaga County, Oneida County, Herkimer County, Madison County, Cayuga County and Cortland County. 

 

Finalists will earn 

 

  • Two mentorship sessions, and editorial support, from an award-winning author

  • A blurb about your work by Subnivean

  • An invitation to read your work at a SUNY Oswego event spotlighting all five finalists

 

The winning writer will earn all of the above, and

 

  • Publication in Subnivean

  • A $100 bookstore gift certificate

  • A $1,000 scholarship to attend SUNY Oswego as a creative writing or English major

For more information, click here.

ANNOUNCING A NEW COMPETITION
— Writers, get those keys a-clicking

AUTUMN 2022

This November, Subnivean will announce two phenomenal final judges for the 2022-23 Subnivean Awards competition (who will succeed U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera and Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler) and open the contest to entries from writers living and working around the globe. 

 

We will also announce a special opportunity for high-school-aged writers living in our headquarters' six-county region: Oswego County, Onondaga County, Oneida County, Herkimer County, Madison County, Cayuga County and Cortland County. 

Central New York high school students, get ready to show up and show out.

GET READ TO LIKE A
BABY AT BEDTIME 

— An evening with Juan Felipe Herrera, Daniel Handler and the Subnivean Awards finalists

WEDNESDAY
April 13, 2022

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler have never met, despite their shared heavyweight writer status.

 

Want to be there when they do? 

 

Subnivean invites you to join these legendary writers at a virtual event this spring. Their public conversation will be followed by a literary reading featuring the 2022 Subnivean Awards finalists: Avtar Singh, Alicia Rebecca Myers, Zach Swiss, Artemisio Romero Y Carver, Melissa Brown, Moni Brar and Lauren Holguin. Join us, and prepare to get read to like a baby at bedtime! 

 

WHEN? 
7pm ET / 4pm PT, April 13

HOW DO I GET IN ON THIS?                   

Stay tuned: link forthcoming...

 
COST OF ADMISSION? 
Whaaat? We wouldn't do you like that. $0.

SUBNIVEAN @ AWP
— Join us at the 2022 AWP Conference

Friday
March 25, 2022

With so many students eager to build thriving literary communities, and so many voices around the world clamoring to be heard, it is inevitable that undergraduate-staffed publications will be increasingly globalized. Subnivean is structured to function 100% remotely: for the majority of its existence, the publication was staffed by an online, asynchronous class of total strangers who would not have recognized one another in person, thriving and growing through a global pandemic that decimated many literary entities. How?

This publishing, editing and tech panel—comprised of intergenerational "lit' nerds" building global dialogue and community via a digital venue recently recognized as an extraordinary debut magazine by the CLMP— seeks to answer questions of reach, resources and representation.

WHEN?

12:10pm ET, Friday, March 25

WHERE?

120C, Pennsylvania Convention 

Center, 100 Level
1101 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

THANKS TO OUR READERS FOR PUTTING US ON THE MAP
— News feature shines a bright spotlight

MONDAY
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 4.5 months (on every continent but Antarctica: get with the program, penguins) we've received submissions from writers working in the United States, United Kingdom, Ukraine, China, Singapore, Brazil, Myanmar, Belgium, Russia, Latvia, Tanzania, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Zimbabwe, Canada, Bolivia, Australia, Palestine, Japan, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Austria, Portugal, Paraguay, Morocco, Norway, Germany, Nigeria, Poland, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, India, Ireland, Bangladesh, Philippines, Kenya, Netherlands, Finland, Taiwan, Belarus, Romania, Algeria, South Korea, Mongolia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Israel, Greece, Malta, the Dominican Republic and 49 U.S. states as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

So, writers from North Dakota, our U.S. holdout, let's do this: our Issue 7 reading period is now open

 

Updated 09/13/22

2021 FIRECRACKER AWARDS 
— Subnivean announced as a finalist 

MONDAY
May 10, 2021

If you feel the ground shaking beneath you today, that's the result of much barefoot jumping up and down by Subnivean's international community.

 

Why barefoot? Because this nod from the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) rocks our socks off!

Regardless of which deserving publication earns the top

Magazine: Best Debut prize at the June 23, 7pm EST awards ceremonySubnivean is honored to be among the Firecracker Awards finalists. We urge you to join us at this free, virtual event and check out the other finalist publications, as well: more good reading for your commute, lunch break or bedtime...

SNICKET, WHITE & SINCLAIR: 
Literary Legends in Conversation

"I would recommend, like, a bottle of Jim Beam ... before Googling yourself." 

 

 — Daniel Handler

What do Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler), April Sinclair (whose book, Coffee Will Make You Black, will soon be a major motion picture) and luminary poet Arisa White have in common?

Subnivean. Catch these heavyweight authors in conversation, and then prepare to get read to like a baby at bedtime by the Subnivean Awards finalists: poets Chaun Ballard, Joan Kwon Glass, Canaan Morse and Emma Wynn; fiction writers Nicole Lynn Cohen, Jared Green, Angie Kang and Kyle Rea.