The editors of Bluff & Vine have been producing their independent literary magazine for the past three years, sharing original fiction, non-fiction and poetry about the Keuka Lake region with the rest of the world. Now, they are announcing that they are accepting submissions for a fourth issue, and that they are now open to material reflecting the breadth of the Finger Lakes.
“We’ve been so proud to bring our beautiful Keuka Lake community to an audience of appreciative readers around the world,” said co-editor Bethany Snyder. “It’s been an honor to collect and publish work about this region by a variety of amazing voices. But we felt the time was right to broaden our horizons. There are a lot more stories to tell in the Finger Lakes.”
The covid-19 pandemic has delayed this year’s call for submissions, and the magazine’s editors understand the unique challenges that this troubled time has posed to creative expression. “We know that creativity is difficult to harness under the best of circumstances, and that sometimes as the stresses and sorrows pile up, the energy to put words together ebbs,” said co-editor Alex Andrasik. “But we also know that sometimes the opposite is true, that crisis and uncertainty can tear down the walls holding our words back.”
The editors encourage writers from throughout the region to submit original work of all kinds: fiction, non-fiction, memoir, or poetry, in any form. Work should demonstrate some connection to the Finger Lakes in setting, plot, or tone, but beyond that, the subject matter is at each writer’s discretion.
“We realize there might be a lot of pandemic-themed work on its way, and we understand and support that,” Andrasik said. “But we’re not necessarily looking to make a ‘pandemic issue.’ In the same way our first three issues focused on Keuka Lake, we’re hoping this issue will capture the vibe of the Finger Lakes.”
Snyder added, “Send us anything you have felt moved to work on. If your creative energy is low, take some pieces you might have saved in your files and give them a look with fresh eyes. You might have a gem waiting to be unearthed, and we’d love to print it.”
Pieces are due for consideration by September 30, and can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further guidelines, visit http://bluffandvine.com/submissions/. You can also find Bluff & Vine on Facebook, and past issues are available on Amazon, at Long’s Cards and Books in Penn Yan, and at libraries around Keuka Lake.
The editors are eager to learn what writers from all around central New York have to offer.
“We have been amazed by the diversity of topics and themes covered by the submissions we’ve received over the past few years, from reflective post-apocalyptic zombie thrillers to gentle memoirs of the last days of World War II,” Snyder said. “We’re looking forward to being surprised by this year’s round of writers.”