We're looking for the unexpected prose, poetry, hybrid, and multimedia pieces with rules replaced by something better.  Looking for risk and reward. Reinvention. Voices that haven't been heard that must be heard. Investigate possibilities with urgency. Authenticity. Show us how less is more for you in 2,500 words or less. Please send us your favorite. 

Important note: Students currently or formerly (within four years) affiliated with Sarah Lawrence College are ineligible for consideration or publication.

Thank you sincerely,

Casey Haymes

Editor


PS, we are returning to charging for submissions (except creative nonfiction) but have lowered the price. If the fee will prohibit you from submitting to Lumina, please email lumina@gm.slc.edu so we can work with you. 

Lumina seeks creative nonfiction that is fresh, unexpected, meaningful. Lumina values voices that are authentic, original, in command of the storytelling craft. We enjoy work that understands its context, work that examines ideas of truth. Your work may feel/look like poetry or fiction, or both, but if you believe the creative nonfiction editor would understand it best, send it along. We want to read it!


WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE SUBMITTING?
 

  • Please include a cover letter stating the number of pages and word count. Include a 100 word (max) bio at the bottom of your cover letter.
  • Format: Pieces should be formatted double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12pt font. Pieces not formatted under these guidelines will be disregarded.
  • Submit one submission at a time. Wait to hear back before submitting again.
  • Word count limit: 2,500 words maximum for prose pieces, or up to 2 flash pieces of 1,000 words each (submitted as a single document). 
  • DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission. Lumina likes work to speak for itself, so that emerging writers may be considered fairly against more accomplished bylines.
  • Previously published works will not be considered. 
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify Lumina via Submittable immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 
  • All work submitted will be considered for Lumina online and print. 


 Thank you for trusting us with your work. We look forward to reading!

 

Send us pieces that mix English with other languages or that are haunted by other languages, such as work you wrote in English while thinking in another language. 


All genres are welcome!


WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE SUBMITTING?

 

  • Please include a cover letter stating the number of pages and word count. Include a 100 word (max) bio at the bottom of your cover letter.
  • Format: Pieces should be formatted double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12pt font. Pieces not formatted under these guidelines will be disregarded.
  • Submit one submission at a time. Wait to hear back before submitting again.
  • Word count limit: 2,500 words maximum for prose pieces, or up to 2 flash pieces totaling 2,500 words (submitted as a single document). 
  • DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission. Lumina likes work to speak for itself, so that emerging writers may be considered fairly against more accomplished bylines.
  • Previously published works will not be considered. 
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify Lumina via Submittable immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 
  • All submissions will be considered for Online and/or Print. 


  Thank you for trusting us with your work. We look forward to reading!

 

FOR ARTICLES

Lumina’s blog seeks articles that examine the writing life in engaging and enlightening ways. Topics may encompass MFAs, the publishing industry, film and television, literary trends and tropes, and anything that has to do with what it means to be a writer in today’s increasingly complex society. We accept essays, listicles, how-tos, reviews, critiques, et cetera. We are looking for work that shines a light on the literary world from a variety angles and perspectives. The most successful submissions will be specific, eye-catching, in-depth, and concise. 

TO SUBMIT:

· Please include a cover letter including a three sentence (max) author bio.

· Article Word Count: 500-800 words.

· Format: Pieces should be double-spaced and formatted in Times New Roman 12pt font. Pieces not formatted under these guidelines will be disregarded.

· One submission at a time, and please wait to hear back before submitting again.

· DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission.  Lumina likes work to speak for itself, so that emerging writers may be considered fairly against more accomplished bylines.

· Previously published works will not be considered. 

· We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify Lumina via Submittable immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

· If you order an issue of Lumina with your submission, please supply your mailing address in your cover letter so that we can send you the issue without delay.

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FOR INTERVIEWS

Lumina is interested in interviewing established and emerging writers across mediums, as well as industry professionals in publishing, theater, film, and television. We’re interested in diverse voices (age, race, gender identity, et cetera). We’re interested in individuals that take risks, push the envelope, or have an interesting journey. We’re interested in individuals who are exploring the world in ways that others aren’t. If you are one such person, or are positioned to interview one such person, we would love to consider your pitch.

TO SUBMIT:

· If you want to interview a specific writer or industry professional, include a cover letter with your name, writing experience, links to a few writing samples (especially previous interviews you have conducted, though first-time interviewers are also very welcome), the individual you plan to interview, the primary angle, and 8-10 questions you plan to ask the interviewee. Please confirm the interviewee’s willingness and availability to speak with you prior to approaching Lumina.

· If you are an author or industry professional who would like to BE interviewed, please submit a cover letter with your name, writing and/or industry experience, why you would make a particularly fascinating/unique interviewee, and a concise explanation of the work you believe would be the strongest point of focus for the interview (good examples: a forthcoming novel, a story/poem that recently received an award, a successful film or play you had a hand in behind the scenes, et cetera). If you are a writer, please also link a BRIEF sample of your work.

· Format: Cover letters should be double-spaced and formatted in Times New Roman 12pt font. Pieces not formatted under these guidelines will be disregarded.

· One pitch submission at a time, and please wait to hear back before submitting again.

· If you order an issue of Lumina with your submission, please supply your mailing address in your cover letter so that we can send you the issue without delay.

Thank you for trusting us with your work—we will look forward to reading!

 

We are looking for a variety of media. Submissions may consist of videos of 3-5 minutes, ideally. Anything longer, up to 20 minutes, should warrant an exception to this guideline. Submissions may also consist of PDFs up to 10 pages of, for example, a graphic novel. If your work is not compatible with the Submittable platform, please attach a document with a link to your work.

At Lumina, we embrace and encourage free speech but not hate speech. We will not accept work that promotes any form of bigotry or prejudice.


WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE SUBMITTING?

  • Please include a cover letter stating a brief bio, no more than 100 words. Include website information. Also include any relevant details of the medium you're working in. 
  • Submit one submission at a time. Wait to hear back before submitting again.

 
 Thank you for trusting us with your work. We look forward to seeing it!

 

Lumina seeks fiction that is fresh and unexpected. Lumina values voices that are authentic, original and that completely absorb us with their command of the story-telling craft. We like work that understands its context and how it functions in our wider world; work that really says something. We like to laugh and cry, and the odd pop culture reference never goes amiss.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE SUBMITTING?

  • Please include a cover letter stating the number of pages and word count. Include a 100 word (max) bio at the bottom of your cover letter.
  • Format: Pieces should be formatted double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12pt font. Pieces not formatted under these guidelines will be disregarded.
  • Submit: one submission at a time, and wait to hear back before submitting again.
  • Word count: 2,500 words maximum per longer prose piece, or up to 3 flash pieces that add up to 2,500 total (submitted as a single document). 
  • DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission.  Lumina likes work to speak for itself, so that emerging writers may be considered fairly against more accomplished bylines.
  • Previously published works will not be considered. 
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify Lumina via Submittable  immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • All work submitted will be considered for Lumina online, as well as for Lumina print. 


Thank you for trusting us with your work. We look forward to reading!

 

Lumina seeks poetry that is fresh and unexpected. Lumina values voices that are authentic, original and immersive. We like work that understands its context and how it functions in our wider world; work that really says something and makes us feel. We like poetry that is playful and innovative in how form and structure bring the work to life.


WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE SUBMITTING?
 

  • Please include a cover letter stating the number of pages and word count. Include a 100 word (max) bio at the bottom of your cover letter.
  • Format: Pieces should be formatted in Times New Roman 12pt font. Pieces not formatted under these guidelines will be disregarded.
  • Submit: one submission at a time, and wait to hear back before submitting again.
  • Word count: Poets may submit up to three poems, 60 lines maximum per poem (in a single document). 
  • Include the titles of the poems you're submitting in both the filename and the title.
  • Please DO NOT include your name or any personal information in the body of your submission or in the filename. Lumina likes work to speak for itself, so that emerging writers may be considered fairly against more accomplished bylines.
  • Previously published works will not be considered. 
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify Lumina via Submittable  immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • All work submitted will be considered for Lumina online, as well as for Lumina print. 


 Thank you for trusting us with your work. We look forward to reading!

Lumina