Welcome to Cayuga Lake Books

A new project for 2021:
From the Finger Lakes: a Memoir Anthology

We seek prose and poetry submissions from writers who live or have lived in the Finger Lakes region, or anywhere in central New York. Your work may be set in this area or in other places.

The editors are looking for creative non-fiction prose that is no longer than 4,500 words; shorter work will be welcome. You can submit up to five poems for consideration. Please visit our Memoir Submission Guidelines page for details!

We will begin accepting submissions on February 15, 2021
Submissions will close on May 1, 2021
We will notify writers of our decisions before July 25, 2021
The anthology will be published in the fall of 2021

Writers whose work is selected will receive a free copy of the anthology. The book will be available at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, at other retail outlets, and on Amazon.com and other internet book sites.

Memories often make for great storytelling, and we’re interested in reading and sharing your well-told tales and poetry. For those who might be interested, we’re expanding the usual definition of a memoir—an author’s recollections of the past—to include writers’ personal responses to this unusual time in history we’re all going through. Already, writing has emerged which seems intended for future generations to look back on—essays and poems that record and try to understand the ways in which our lives are radically changing. The most successful short material concentrates not on sweeping social analyses but on small, personal changes in our experiences and perceptions. If you’d like to try writing in this vein, we’ll be glad to consider your work.

Our criteria for selecting all the submissions will be literary: we are looking for material that is very well written, original and thoughtful in style as well as subject matter—work that memorably connects the lives of readers and writers.

About Cayuga Lake Books:

This imprint was founded in 2012 by some authors from the Ithaca, New York area who were looking for an alternative to mainstream publishing.

The goal of CLB is to find and encourage talented, original writers who live in or have connections with the Finger Lakes region. As an umbrella group, the four principals consider submissions; we must all read and unanimously accept a work before we include it under our imprint. Once authors are on our list, we assist them with the process of editing, handling the complexities of copyright, ISBN, Library of Congress card numbers, bar codes, as well as seeing that the published work is available on Amazon.com and through international distributors like Ingram.

The completed paperback books are published in a quick turnaround time after acceptance, and the printed results are very handsome.

We also work with our authors to promote their books, helping them set up readings at local bookstores and libraries, putting them in touch with newspapers for reviews and radio stations for interviews, and publicizing their work on social media.

The Finger Lakes area is fertile with creative writers and we are proud to be in the forefront of helping them publish.