Poetry Guidelines

Please note that we are

CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS. (We have filled all our poetry slots.)


Line limit: Maximum 28 lines including lines between stanzas

Pay rate: We are currently unable to offer payment for poetry but published contributors will receive a free copy of Lucent Dreaming.

Forms: Any, as long as your poem accords with some of our preferred themes.

Language: English

Preferred themes:

  • Surreal;
  • Evocative poems that explore dreaming/reality/life/living/emotions;
  • Situational and prose poetry*
  • Sci-fi and speculative poetry*
  • Poems that give us space to think, feel and dream*

*Please see our fiction submission guidelines for a detailed list of themes we prefer/avoid.


Submissions Process

Please email submissions to submissions@lucentdreaming.com with POETRY SUBMISSION: TITLE in the subject line.

Include your name, cover letter, and line count in your email. Your cover letter should contain any publishing history, and anything about yourself you feel is relevant.

Submissions should be submitted as a .docx file and in standard manuscript format in the format you would like your poem to appear.

Please allow up to 3 weeks for a response before inquiring about the status of your submission.

Please only submit one poem at a time. Wait until you’ve been accepted or rejected before sending us another.

Please don’t send anything that is currently submitted elsewhere (simultaneous submissions). And please don’t submit poems that have been previously published in English, including poems you have published yourself, be it on your blog, or anywhere else.

By emailing us your poem, you acknowledge that if your story is accepted, you are giving the Lucent Dreaming team:

the exclusive right first to electronically publish the poem on this website, and

the right to republish the poem in or in connection with Lucent Dreaming, including electronic or hard copy promotional material and printed compilations, provided that authorial credit is given in every instance of reproduction.

Lucent Dreaming licenses its published content (when modified, edited, presented, or formatted by Lucent Dreaming, i.e. our version of your work) as CC-BY-NC. If you have any questions relating to CC licensing, please contact us at dreaminglucent@gmail.com

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