& sometimes at night the world is a ring donut i put my finger through *pink sprinkles* even pingu knew of jealousy to melt the ice white but to control shapes would be something every hope i have is a twist in the silver bangle i could never muster the strength to make a dent… Read More O by Mari Lavelle-Hill (Lucent Dreaming Issue 4)
I confess that I’ve been dying of blanderwoot for as long as I can remember, walking the empty stage in which the curtains smell like snitterpoop, and when I look out into the audience all I see are the faces of guttergnomes, belidians, and children of the living dead that I grew up with in… Read More Soliloquy by Jeffrey Zable (Lucent Dreaming Issue 4)
On the face of it, anyone who isn’t familiar with the form might presume that writing flash fiction (a story told in roughly 1,000 words or less) is much easier than crafting a 5,000 word short story or climbing the literary Everest of brewing up an 80,000 word novel. However, whilst it is true that… Read More Thoughts on… Writing Effective Flash Fiction [by Matt Kendrick]
It’s finally here! You are invited to Lucent Dreaming’s first ever Flash Fiction Contest. It’s free to enter and you could win our coveted Lucent Dreaming merch, publication & an Amazon gift card! All stories will be considered for publication in our upcoming special flash fiction issue. Download the Lucent Dreaming Flash Fiction Contest PDF or… Read More Enter our first ever free-to-enter Flash Fiction Contest!
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on the importance of feedback. It was a whistle stop tour of how to go about getting, giving and using feedback without being able to delve in too deep on any particular aspect. Since the first edition of the Lucent Dreaming podcast (Somniloquy) focused on the… Read More Thoughts on… the Language of Feedback [by Matt Kendrick]
The morning was warm and startling, a heavy summer setting. The garden had been neatly transformed into a scene of delicacy and elegance, with a large wooden table running through the middle of it. About thirty gentlemen and ladies sat around in suits and colourful summer dresses, politely scoffing and laughing in all the right… Read More American Summer by Harriet Compson (Lucent Dreaming Issue 3)
Writing can often be a solitary process. Whether we are scribbling ideas on a notepad in a quaint little coffee shop or frantically hammering towards a word count goal on our half hour lunchbreak, most writers spend a lot of time looking inwards and consulting no one but ourselves on everything from a story’s structure… Read More Thoughts on… the Importance of Feedback [by Matt Kendrick]
Looking for a challenge? We want to read your best and brightest original short stories. We’re looking for character-focused stories, stories about hope, adventure and meaning. Our contest is free to enter and you could win an Amazon gift card, limited edition Lucent Dreaming merch and publication on our website. Your entry must be inspired… Read More It’s here! Enter our Winter Short Story Contest – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 14TH
Harshal, whose piece ‘Pollination’ is published in the second issue of Lucent Dreaming, is an artist, writer, and photographer, charting identities through various art forms and taking on societal norms armed with nothing more than his cheeky wit and undeniable charm. He is the founding editor and art editor of Parentheses Journal. What inspired… Read More Harshal Desai in the Spotlight
Can you believe we’re here? It’s amazing! On Halloween just gone we celebrated 1 year since we launched Lucent Dreaming online. Since then, we’ve printed 2 fantastic issues, published 24 incredible contributors, held a launch event, hosted three contests, changed websites, opened an Etsy shop and, most recently, started a Patreon page. We’ve learnt so… Read More HAPPY 1 YEAR TO LUCENT DREAMING!