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Submission Guidelines

As from August 1st, 2014, Illuminations will again be accepting submissions of poetry. Please send no more than six poems at a time.  

As a magazine devoted primarily to poetry we publish only one or two pieces of short fiction and/or non-fiction in any given year, and sometimes publish none at all. 

Please make sure that anything you send us has not been published elsewhere already and is not currently under consideration elsewhere.

In the case of a piece translated from a language other than English, please send us the original along with your translation (this is for review purposes only; we generally publish the translation only).

Mailed submissions should be sent, with an accompanying SASE for response, to Simon Lewis, Editor, Illuminations, Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001.

We also accept e-mailed submissions via is a $2:20 fee for e-mail submissions. To submit via e-mail, go to

Issue 32 (June 2017) will be dedicated to new writing from South Africa. We are consequently not currently considering unsolicited submissions for 2017. If you wish to submit work for consideration for issue 33 (2018), please indicate as much in your cover-letter.