Gandy Dancer uses a rolling submission window. To be considered for the fall issue, submissions must be received by October 8 at midnight. To be considered for the spring issue, they must be received by February 23 at midnight. You must be a current or former student within the SUNY system in order to submit. Alumni should direct all submissions to the Post Script section of our Submittable page. 

We only consider previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are permitted—if your piece is accepted elsewhere, please inform us immediately through Submittable by withdrawing your work or, in the case of poetry and visual art, adding a note to your submission detailing which specific works we should no longer keep under consideration. Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are unable to offer feedback on work we choose not to publish. 

We accept one submission per genre from an author at a time, but feel free to submit in as many different genres as you like. 

If you have any questions, please contact our managing editors by emailing gandydancer@geneseo.edu. Please allow four months before querying our editors regarding submissions.

We accept submissions up to 25 pages. Stories must be double-spaced in Times New Roman or a similar font. We are unlikely to accept genre or fan fiction, though stranger things have happened… Text submissions must be formatted as .doc, .docx, or .odt. Please only use .txt or .rtf if absolutely necessary.

We accept submissions up to 25 pages. CNF must be double-spaced in Times New Roman or a similar font. Text submissions must be formatted as .doc, .docx, or .odt. Please only use .txt or .rtf if absolutely necessary. All CNF submissions will be considered for the Parry Family Nonfiction Prize: an award of $100, along with publication in the journal, for the best essay published in Gandy Dancer this academic year.
We accept submissions of three to five poems. Poems must be submitted as a single document in Garamond or a similar font. Please do not submit poems separately. Format as you would like to see in print, keeping in mind that our printed text area is 5 inches wide. Text submissions must be formatted as .doc, .docx, or .odt. Please only use .txt or .rtf if absolutely necessary.


We accept submissions of up to five works of art—especially photos, drawings, and paintings—in file formats such as .jpg, .tiff, and .png. Quality photos of three-dimensional art are also welcome. Submitted images should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be at least 5 inches wide. Make sure all your works are titled.
For this section of our journal, we select the work of one SUNY alumnus. We welcome any work of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, or drama from any SUNY graduate. All text submissions must be formatted as .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Please only use .txt or .rtf if absolutely necessary. 
  • We accept fiction or CNF submissions up to 25 pages, double-spaced in Times New Roman or a similar font. 
  • We accept poetry submissions of three to five poems. Poems must be submitted as a single document in Garamond or a similar font.
  • We accept drama submissions of one-act plays, monologues, scenes, or screenplays up to 25 pages in Times New Roman, Courier Typeface, or a similar font. 
  • We accept submissions of up to five works art—especially photos, drawings, and paintings—in the most popular file formats, such as .jpg, .tiff, .png, and .pdf. Quality photos of three-dimensional art are welcomed too. Submitted images should ideally be at least 4,000 pixels on the longest side.
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