The Labor Issue, Fall 2019

Underwater New York is now open for submissions for our fall issue. While we remain interested in submissions that follow the general constraints of our mission—creative work inspired by our list of underwater objects or by New York City’s diverse waterways and waterfronts—for this issue, we are particularly interested in the theme of LABOR and WORK.

Think: stevedores, cruise lines, Coast Guards, life guards, fishers of men, bait & tackle, sex work, oyster beds, pipe lines, wastewater treatment plants, L train service, salvage divers, caissons, trade routes, rum runners, pirates. Think: 19th century South Street Seaport boarding house proprietors, 20th century Brooklyn Navy Yard shipbuilders, 21st century Bronx River revitalizers, 22nd century flood zone houseboat homesteaders. We’ll pay special attention to indigenous perspectives as well as work that engages with the legacy of slavery in New York and the forced labor of enslaved people. Think of what labor in, on, or around the waterways of New York City means to you and your community. Interpret the theme as broadly as you wish. We welcome fiction, poetry, film, painting, installation, music, animation, essay, and collaborative or hybrid forms.

Thanks to a generous grant from PSC-CUNY*, we are able to pay a $50 honorarium to this issue’s contributors.

We prefer the following formats: images as .jpg, prose as .docx, and poetry as both .docx and .pdf. Please email all submissions or inquiries to submissions(at)underwaternewyork(dot)com.

We look forward to hearing from you!  

Deadline: August 19

*A PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York.