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Taking Submissions: For a Friend

May 15, 2022

Deadline: May 15th, 2022
Payment: £100 and a free contributor copy
Theme: Writing that is a source of comfort, inspiration, learning and escape.
Note: All genres are acceptable but keep the theme in mind, not overly looking for horror unless it really fits.
Note: Apologies for the short window, this hit my inbox this morning.

We are looking for prose and poetry to publish in our For a Friend anthology, a giftable collection of writing for oneself or a friend. We are open to a wide range of genres and styles that fit the theme. As a guide, we think we are looking for pieces that range from words of encouragement to life advice-styled poetry and prose, to love letters you might send to a friend, i.e. writing that is a source of comfort, inspiration, learning and escape. We are looking especially for work from writers of colour and working class writers living in the UK.

The submission window for the anthology is open until May 15th. We encourage you to read our previous publications to get a feel for the style of writing we enjoy and give you the best chance. If you do not have access to a copy of Lucent Dreaming via your library, and have no or very low income, please email [email protected] to receive a free copy.

Word Limit: 400-3,999 words for prose

Line Limit: 72 lines for poetry

Pay Rate: Fixed £100 and a free contributor copy.

Language: English

We enjoy beautifully written prose and poetry, especially writing that embraces and explores inner-lives. 

We do not publish the following:

  • Fan fiction based on copyright texts
  • Gratuitous gore/torture and other violence for the sake of violence
  • Erotica


Submissions Process:

Please use our submission form to upload your submission. You may need to create a Gmail address.

Submissions should be unpublished pieces submitted as a .doc/.docx file and in standard manuscript format. Please don’t submit work that has been previously published elsewhere, including work you have published yourself, be it on your blog, or anywhere else.

We accept simultaneous submissions. Please contact us to immediately withdraw if accepted elsewhere.

Please allow up to 8 weeks after the submission window ends for a response before inquiring about the status of your submission.

Upon acceptance, the Lucent Dreaming team will send a contract for you to sign.

Via: Lucent Dreaming.


May 15, 2022