A journal of light verse since 1992
Thanks for submitting to Light: Please note that we are the 25-year-old journal of funny verse, not the new journal of non-comic poetry and photography of the same name.
As much as possible, Light now has a blind submissions policy. Managing and contributing editors won't see authors' identifying info (restricted to cover letters only) until an editorial decision has been made.
We welcome submissions to Light year round. Before sending work, please read at least one issue of the magazine, along with the following guidelines:
● We are looking for funny, well-crafted poems. Most of the time, this will mean work that rhymes and/or scans—but we are also open to comic free verse.
● Please submit only poems that have never been published online. (Posting a poem in a blog or on a public social-media page counts as publication. Workshopping a poem in a forum not visible to the public does not.) It’s fine if the poems have appeared in books or print journals--as long as those publications weren’t within the previous two years. You must own the copyright to the submitted work. (If the work has been printed before, please tell us where and when.)
● We do not consider simultaneous submissions.
● Please wait to hear back about each of your submissions before sending another.
● For now, we are accepting poetry submissions only--no prose, drawings, or photographs.
● Submit up to five poems, all in one electronic file, with a page break after each one--but don't put your name in the title of your submission or in the file containing your poems. Instead, please share identifying info in your cover letter only. The cover letter should include your name, your e-mail address, snail-mail address and phone number, anything else you'd like us to know, and a third-person paragraph about yourself that will run on the site if your work is accepted (most are under 100 words, but up to 200 is fine). Our online method of submitting is secure, easy, and greatly preferred; you will receive an automatic message letting you know your work has been received. Just click on "Submit" at the bottom of this page and take it from there... If you absolutely must send work by snail mail, however, please use the postal address below. Your poems need to be submitted in one of the following formats:
Word document (.doc or .docx) files
Rich Text Format (.rtf) files
● We try to respond to submissions within 10 weeks, though it may sometimes take a bit longer, especially for snail-mail submissions. Please let us respond to your submission before you send additional poems.
● Like most poetry magazines, Light is a nonpaying market—at least for now. We seek non-exclusive rights to your work. (See below.)
● Although accepted poems will usually be published within six to 18 months, there may be a backlog of other accepted work that delays publication. Multiple acceptances may be published in more than one issue. It's our understanding, in accepting your work, that:
- It’s original work, by you, and you hold the copyright.
- It has never appeared online before, outside of a workshop or private social-media page.
- It hasn't been published on paper within the previous two years.
- It has never been in Light's online version before.
- After the work is accepted by Light, you will not publish it elsewhere (in print or online) before it appears in Light.
- After the work appears in Light, you won't publish it elsewhere online for at least six months.
- While you retain all rights to your poem/s, we will post everything we publish in our online archives, and so require non-exclusive electronic permissions.
- We have your permission to include your published poem/s in a printed anthology. If possible, you will receive compensation for such an inclusion, either in dollars or copies.
If you have questions not answered here, feel free to contact Light’s editors at email@example.com
Our snail-mail address (again, online submissions are preferred whenever possible):
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
CPU Box 271051
Rochester, NY 14627-1051
*Please include an e-mail address in your cover letter.