Underwater New York is looking for creative work inspired by our list of underwater objects, or by New York City's diverse waterways and waterfronts. The objects we collect on our site were discovered by divers or chanced upon by everyday New Yorkers. They are objects with documented histories or objects unexplained. We’re particularly interested in the stories that these objects evoke—though we welcome any work that engages with our city's waterways, in whatever form that work might take.
So: Choose an object from our list. Any object. They’re all available for your choosing, even if that object has already inspired multiple creations.
Imagine. Research. Invent. Explore. Create. Dive in.
We do require that, if you are creating from an object from our list, you remain true to the object with your story—i.e. if it was found in Coney Island Creek, keep the object anchored there.
Now go! Paint. Write. Compose. Photograph. Sing. Experiment. Just be sure to share your work with us when you’re done, and tell us if you find an object to add to our list.
As of 2019, we are moving toward a new publishing model where we will be putting up two issues a year. The first will be dedicated to sharing the work generated during our residency with Works on Water on Governor’s Island. The second issue, published in October, will be open to general submissions. For this issue, we are especially interested in, but not only interested in, work that takes on the themes of work and labor.
We accept work in any genre. Send us your investigative reporting, commentary, fiction, poetry, photo essays, short video, art installations, infographics, animation, music—or something else! We would love to see work that engages the historical, political, environmental, or ethical dimensions of our life on the waterfront. We know that the richness of our city and our creative communities relies on their diversity. If you’re a person of color, a refugee, an immigrant, if you identify as LGBTQ+, if you’re a bad hombre or a nasty woman, if you fly the flag of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen—we want to hear from you! We don’t publish everything, but we publish a lot, and we would appreciate the chance to share your work with our audience.
Please email all submissions or inquiries to submissions (at) underwaternewyork (dot) com. It's easiest for us if you submit with the following formats: images as .jpg, prose as .docx and poetry as both .docx and .pdf. We look forward to hearing from you!