Light, formerly known as Light Quarterly, is a journal of humorous poetry. It's published by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Foundation for Light Verse, Inc. Light's twice-yearly issues feature funny, well-crafted verse about all sorts of things. Its Poems of the Week are inspired by topics currently in the news (political or otherwise).

We're open to work from the left or the right,
to formal or free verse, refined or with bite,
to thought that's like ours or that's different by half:
we just want good stuff that'll make people laugh.

Click below for info on submitting poems to our biannual issues and/or our Poem of the Week feature.

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:

SUBMISSIONS FOR REGULAR ISSUES OF LIGHT

● 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, 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 12 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.

SUBMISSIONS FOR LIGHT'S "POEM OF THE WEEK" FEATURE
See separate guidelines page.

ACCEPTED 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. 

When submitting work to Light, you agree 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.
● If 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 for at least two months (though you're of course encouraged to share links to your work via email and social media).
● While you retain all rights to your poem/s, we have non-exclusive electronic permission to post accepted work in our online archives and share it through social media.
● 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 reprint a poem originally published in Light, you will give us a credit line and, when possible, a link to Light's home page.

If you have questions not answered here, feel free to contact Light’s editors at lightpoetrymagazine@gmail.com

Our snail-mail address (again, online submissions are preferred whenever possible):
Light
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
CPU Box 271051
Rochester, NY 14627-1051
*Please include an e-mail address in your cover letter.


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● In a single electronic file, submit one or two funny, well-crafted poems tied to something currently in the news (political or otherwise). Use one of the following formats:
Word document (.doc or .docx) files
Rich Text Format (.rtf) files

● Put "Poem of the Week" in your title field.

● Since Light has a blind submissions policy, as much as possible, don't put your name in the title of your submission or in the file containing your poems. Instead, share identifying info in your cover letter only. The cover letter should include your name, e-mail address, snail-mail address and phone number. You don't need to send a bio with Poem of the Week submissions.

● We don't consider simultaneous submissions.

● You may submit up to two POTW poems per week. (If sending two, please put them in the same file.)

●The weekly POTW submission deadline is Friday at noon, Pacific Time.

● Unless you're invited to do so, please don't resubmit a poem that wasn't chosen from an earlier submission.

● Submissions will be read by Editor Melissa Balmain and/or Managing Editor Kevin Durkin, or a guest editor (to be announced).

● Except for the procedures described above, all our usual guidelines and policies apply. (See "Poems for regular issues of Light" guidelines.)

SUBMISSIONS FOR REGULAR ISSUES OF LIGHT 
See separate guidelines page.

ACCEPTED POEMS

Poems chosen from among each week's POTW submissions will run the following Monday; if you don't receive an acceptance by Tuesday, feel free to submit your poem elsewhere. On rare occasions (and with notice to the poet), we might hold an accepted POTW to run another week, or consider a POTW submission for one of Light's biannual issues instead. All accepted POTWs will be archived and searchable on Light's website, just like poems in our regular issues.

Like most poetry magazines, Light is a nonpaying market—at least for now. We seek non-exclusive rights to your work. (See below.)

When submitting work to Light, you agree 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.
● If 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 for at least two months (though you're of course encouraged to share links to your work via email and social media).
● While you retain all rights to your poem/s, we have non-exclusive electronic permission to post accepted work in our online archives and share it through social media.
● 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 reprint a poem originally published in Light, you will give us a credit line and, when possible, a link to Light's home page.

    If you have questions not answered here, feel free to contact Light’s editors at lightpoetrymagazine@gmail.com