Kolawole Samuel Adebayo in the Spotlight

Kolawole Samuel Adebayo (he/him), whose piece ‘The Poem in Which I Open Myself Like a Door’ is published in issue 7 of Lucent Dreaming, is an old soul in a young Nigerian body whose poems seek to awaken the human consciousness. His works have appeared or forthcoming on Kanstellation, The Kalahari Review, Glass Poetry, Button Poetry, Burning House Press, The

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Announcing our judges: Kandace Siobhan Walker and Matt Kendrick

Introducing our Lucent Dreaming Prize Judges for 2022

We’re so excited to introduce Kandance Siobhan Walker and Matt Kendrick, our respective poetry and flash fiction judges for the new Lucent Dreaming Prize, with a top prize of £1000 in three categories: poetry, flash fiction and short story. Both judges will be reading the top 50 longlisted entries in their respective categories. More about the judges Kandace Siobhan Walker

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Lucent Dreaming 2021 Flash Fiction Competition, Winning and Highly Commended

We are delighted to announce the winners of Lucent Dreaming’s 2021 Flash Fiction contest. The winning stories appear below, and will be published in our upcoming 10th issue next month. Highly commended stories will appear in issue 10 of Lucent Dreaming which is available to preorder. 1st Place Jeffrey Skinner, ‘Mission Creep’ 2nd Place Julia Clayton, ‘Dacre Must Fall’ 3rd

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Lucent Dreaming 2021 Poetry and Short Story Competition Winners Announced!

We are delighted to announce the winners of Lucent Dreaming’s 2021 Poetry and Short Story contests. The winning poems and short stories will appear below, and in our upcoming 10th issue. We would like to thank everyone who entered this year’s poetry and short story categories. We had a very difficult job narrowing down our top pieces in both categories.

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Issue 9 arrives!

Lucent Dreaming issue 9 has arrived at Lucent HQ and we think it’s our best one yet. Subscribe today from only £20 to purchase your copy. Issue 9 features prose and poetry inspired by fairytale and folklore. And, to celebrate our upcoming third anniversary of issue 1 this April 28th, we’ve gone all out with a foil cover for our

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Lucent Dreaming 2020 Poetry and Short Story Contest Winners Announced!

After one of the toughest judging periods in our 3+ year history, we are proud to announce the winners of Lucent Dreaming’s 2020 Poetry and Short Story contests. Read the winning poems and short stories below, and in our upcoming 8th issue. Our winning pieces comprise the judges’ unforgettable favourites, often timely, some dark, and some that bring us close

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Rana Shabibi in the spotlight Lucent Dreaming interview

Rana Shabibi in the spotlight

I wrote Mutability during the first UK lockdown in 2020, which was a time of great instability and upheaval. It was my way of processing all the disorientation and confusion around me.

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Rose Segal in the spotlight Lucent Dreaming interview

Rose Segal in the spotlight

Tonight we put the spotlight on Rose Segal, whose poem ‘Inventory of Important Things’ is published in issue 10 of Lucent Dreaming. You can watch and listen to the author read the piece on YouTube. So, what inspired your piece ‘Inventory of Important Things’? Can you tell us a little more about what it’s about?  We were inbetween house moves

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E.S. Northey in the spotlight Lucent Dreaming interview

E.S. Northey in the spotlight

Tonight we put the spotlight on E.S. Northey, whose story ‘Grimoire’ is published in issue 10 of Lucent Dreaming. So, what inspired your piece ‘Grimoire’? Can you tell us a little more about what it’s about? I had been listening to an interview with the writer Alan Moore. He lamented the lost power of writers and explored the shared language

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Julia Clayton in the spotlight Lucent Dreaming interview

Julia Clayton in the spotlight

The idea for ‘Café Herakles’ came about when I was planning a trip to Vienna and reading a lot of guidebooks.  I began to wonder just how much legwork went into researching these books, and whether guidebook writers were ever tempted to plagiarise each other’s work.

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Elisse Sophia Ahmet in the spotlight Lucent Dreaming interview

Elisse Sophia Ahmet in the spotlight

Tonight we put the spotlight on Elisse Sophia Ahmet, whose story ‘Lost in the Waterpark’ is published in issue 10 of Lucent Dreaming. You can watch and listen to the author read the piece on YouTube. So, what inspired your piece ‘Lost in the Waterpark’ in issue 10? Can you tell us a little more about what it’s about? I

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Mollie Russell in the spotlight Lucent Dreaming interview

Mollie Russell in the spotlight

Tonight we put the spotlight on Mollie Russell, whose poem ‘Echolalia: Researching the Frankenstein Stage Play’ is published in issue 10 of Lucent Dreaming. You can watch and listen to the author read the piece on YouTube. So, what inspired your piece ‘Echolalia: Researching the Frankenstein Stage Play’’? Can you tell us a little more about what it’s about? The

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Heather Cripps in the spotlight Lucent Dreaming interview

Heather Cripps in the spotlight

“I got into writing through doing fanfiction. I loved other people’s and books so much I wanted to continue exploring them, and when I’d done that for a bit I thought it would be cool to try and write my own stuff.”

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Jeffrey Skinner in the spotlight Lucent Dreaming interview

Jeffrey Skinner in the spotlight

“I had never read a contemporary poem, and I was stunned. “You can do this with language?” I thought, and went to the library to take out a stack of contemporary poetry. Soon after I began writing.”

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Rory Say in the spotlight Lucent Dreaming interview

Rory Say in the spotlight

“The story’s opening sentence (“It wasn’t until the eve of her thirtieth birthday that Louise learned she had died as a young girl.”) came in a kind of flash and dug into me.”

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