Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing

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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation
Representative Authors: 
Seamus Heaney, Stephen Spender, Sam Boone, Nadine Gordimer, James Merrill, Carol Ann Duffy, Dennis Brutus, Simon Percik, Louis Bourne, Patricia Nelson, Ruth Schwartz, Lyn Lifshin, Kenneth Pobo
Online, Print
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Response Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
Contributor copies only
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
$15 for 2 issues
Less than 1,000

Editorial Focus

Over the past 40 years, Illuminations has consistently lived up to its mission to publish new writers alongside some of the world’s finest. They like to shed light on poetry from down the street and around the globe and have run feature issues on South African, Zimbabwean, Haitian, Cuban, Greek, and Vietnamese poetry, as well as on local South Carolinian writing. 

Tips From the Editor

Please note that we no longer accept submissions sent directly by e-mail, only via snail mail and Submittable.

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).

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

Contact Information

Simon Lewis, Editor
5 College Way
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Last updated: Mar 21, 2024