Submit your winning fiction and poetry

Lucent Dreaming’s 2021 competitions are here! Submit your best unpublished short stories, poetry and flash fiction today for your chance to win our cash prizes, exclusive merch, and lots more. Our short story competition closes 28th February 2021. 

Lucent Dreaming 2021 Short Story Contest

Rules

  • Your entry must be between 2,000 and 5,000 words.
  • Your entry must be previously unpublished.
  • No simultaneous submissions. 
  • You must be 18+ to enter.
  • Your entry must be written by you!
  • You must submit your entry as a .doc or .docx file.
  • We must receive your entry by our deadline on February 28th at 9pm UK time.
  • You can submit up to 5 entries per round and you cannot resubmit or edit your entry once we have received it.
  • Each entry, excluding free entries, must be accompanied by a £4 entry fee which you can pay via our shop or via PayPal.
  • Entries are free for those from low-income backgrounds, from households earning £16,000/$20,000 or less per year. There is no need to declare or prove your income threshold.

Any entries that do not follow these rules will be automatically disqualified.

How to enter

Pay your entry fee through our shop, then go to Tinyurl.com/LucentContest and fill out our entry form. If you qualify for free entry, or cannot afford to pay your entry fee, skip the payment step. If you can’t submit through our Google form, attach your .doc or .docx file with your word count, pen name and submission title to lucentdreaming@outlook.com with the subject 2021 SHORT STORY CONTEST by the deadline.

Judging

Your short story will be judged on its premise; the quality of writing; whether we feel for your character and your story’s overall coherence. We will announce the winners of the contest in July.

Prizes

(Awarded if we receive 20 or more qualifying submissions)

1st Prize

  • £100
  • Fiction Bundle
  • Your story published on our website and in our magazine
  • Limited edition merch
  • Free editing for a year

2nd Prize

  • £50
  • Your story published on our website and in our magazine
  • Limited edition merch

3rd Prize

  • £25
  • Your story published on our website
  • Limited edition merch

Terms and conditions

  1. Our prizes are only awarded if we receive 20 or more qualifying submissions.
  2. By submitting to the competition you agree that if you win or place in the competition, you grant Lucent Dreaming the unrestricted right to publish and broadcast your work in print, online, audio, performance and video.
  3. Winning entries may not be published elsewhere until May 2022. 
  4. We’ll disqualify entries that don’t follow our rules, are offensive or otherwise inappropriate.
  5. We can’t accept entries not written in English.
  6. We’ll use your email address to contact you regarding your contest entry. We may contact you about publishing your entry in an upcoming issue.
  7. Entries are free for those from low-income backgrounds, from households earning approximately £16,000 or less per year. There is no need to declare or prove your income threshold.

Lucent Dreaming 2021 Poetry Contest

 

 

Rules

 

 

  • Your poem must be between 1 and 56 lines long (including line spacing).
  • Your entry must be previously unpublished.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • You must be 18+ to enter.
  • Your poem must be written by you!
  • You must submit your entry as a document file.
  • You can submit up to five poems per round and you cannot resubmit or edit your entry after it has been submitted.
  • We must receive your entry by our deadline on May 30th 2020 at 10pm UK time.
  • Each entry, excluding free entries, must be accompanied by a £4 entry fee which you can pay via our shop or via PayPal.
  • Entries are free for those from low-income backgrounds, from households earning £16,000/$20,000 or less per year. There is no need to declare or prove your income threshold.

 

 

Any entries that don’t follow these rules will be automatically disqualified.

 

 

How to enter

 

 

Pay your entry fee through our shop, then go to Tinyurl.com/LucentPoetry and fill out our entry form. If you qualify for free entry, or cannot afford to pay your entry fee, skip the payment step. If you can’t submit through our Google form, attach your .doc or .docx file with your line count, pen name and submission title to lucentdreaming@outlook.com with the subject 2020 POETRY CONTEST by the deadline.

 

 

Judging

 

 

Your poem will be judged on: the quality of writing; whether we respond emotionally and/or intellectually and your poem’s overall coherence/style. We will announce the winners of the contest in July 2020.

 

 

Prizes

 

 

(Awarded if we receive 30 or more qualifying submissions)

 

 

1st Prize

 

 

  • £100
  • Poetry Bundle
  • Your poem published on our website and in our magazine
  • Limited edition merch
  • Free editing for a year

 

 

2nd Prize

 

 

  • £50
  • Your poem published on our website and in our magazine
  • Limited edition merch

 

 

3rd Prize

 

 

  • £25
  • Your poem published on our website
  • Limited edition merch

 

 

Terms and conditions

 

 

  1. Our prizes are only awarded if we receive 30 or more qualifying submissions.
  2. We’ll disqualify poems that don’t follow our rules, are offensive or otherwise inappropriate.
  3. We can’t accept poems not written in English.
  4. By submitting to the competition you agree that if you win or place in the competition, you grant Lucent Dreaming the unrestricted right to publish and broadcast your work in print, online, audio, performance and video.
  5. Winning entries may not be published elsewhere until May 2021.
  6. We’ll use your email address to contact you regarding your contest entry. We may contact you about publishing your entry in our upcoming issue.
  7. Entries are free for those from low-income backgrounds, from households earning approximately £16,000 or less per year. There is no need to declare or prove your income threshold.

Lucent Dreaming 2021 Flash Fiction Contest

 

 

Rules

 

 

  • Your entry must be between 400 and 1,500 words.
  • Your entry must be previously unpublished.
  • You cannot submit a story you have currently submitted elsewhere, i.e. No simultaneous submissions.
  • You must be 18+ to enter.
  • Your entry must be written by you!
  • You must submit your entry as a .doc or .docx file.
  • We must receive your entry by our deadline on July 31st 2021 at 9pm UK time.
  • You can submit up to 5 entries per round and you cannot resubmit or edit your entry once we have received it.
  • Each entry, excluding free entries, must be accompanied by a £4 entry fee which you can pay via our shop or via PayPal.
  • Entries are free for those from low-income backgrounds, from households earning £16,000/$20,000 or less per year. There is no need to declare or prove your income threshold.

 

 

Any entries that do not follow these rules will be automatically disqualified.

 

 

How to enter

 

 

Pay your entry fee through our shop, then go to Tinyurl.com/LucentFlash and fill out our entry form. If you qualify for free entry, or cannot afford to pay your entry fee, skip the payment step. If you can’t submit through our Google form, attach your .doc or .docx file with your word count, pen name and submission title to lucentdreaming@outlook.com with the subject 2021 FLASH FICTION CONTEST by the deadline.

 

 

Judging

 

 

Your short story will be judged on its premise; the quality of writing; whether we feel for your character and your story’s overall coherence. We will announce the winners of the contest in September.

 

 

Prizes

 

 

(Awarded if we receive 50 or more qualifying submissions)

 

 

1st Prize

 

 

  • £100
  • Fiction Bundle
  • Your story published on our website and in our magazine
  • Limited edition merch

 

 

2nd Prize

 

 

  • £50
  • Your story published on our website and in our magazine
  • Limited edition merch

 

 

3rd Prize

 

 

  • £25
  • Your story published on our website
  • Limited edition merch

 

 

Terms and conditions

 

 

  1. Our prizes are only awarded if we receive 20 or more qualifying submissions.
  2. By submitting to the competition you agree that if you win or place in the competition, you grant Lucent Dreaming the unrestricted right to publish and broadcast your work in print, online, audio, performance and video.
  3. Winning entries may not be published elsewhere until December 2022.
  4. We’ll disqualify entries that don’t follow our rules, are offensive or otherwise inappropriate.
  5. We can’t accept entries not written in English.
  6. We’ll use your email address to contact you regarding your contest entry. We may contact you about publishing your entry in an upcoming issue.
  7. Entries are free for those from low-income backgrounds, from households earning approximately £16,000 or less per year. There is no need to declare or prove your income threshold.