Poetry Guidelines

Line limit: Maximum 56 lines (including line spacing)

Pay rate: £10 and a contributor copy of Lucent Dreaming.

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

Language: English

Preferred themes: SELF/OTHER/ISOLATION

  • Surreal, experimental poems
  • Evocative poems that explore the themes of identity, inner-lives and society
  • Prose poetry
  • Sci-fi and speculative poetry
  • Poems that make us think and feel

Please read a copy of Lucent Dreaming to get a feel for the kind of writing we enjoy to give you the best chance!

Submissions Process

Please use our submission form to upload your submission.

If you are unable to use the form, 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 .doc/.docx file and in the format you would like your poem to appear.

Please allow up to 8 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.

If you have been previously published by Lucent Dreaming, please wait 2 issues before submitting again.

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 publish in print, 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