The Lumiere Review Writing Contest
The Lumiere Review is excited to announce our first ever Writing Contest! We accept both poems and prose from all writers. That said, we particularly encourage emerging writers, as well as those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA, or disabled, to submit to our contest.
We seek submissions that have electrifying and inventive narratives, honest and visceral language, and a distinguished sense of craft.
Submissions are accepted from December 1, 2020 to January 15, 2021, 11:59 EST. All submissions are also considered for publication in ISSUE 04. We accept entries from previous contributors and submitters.
We will choose one winner each for POETRY and PROSE. They will each receive a $100* prize and publication in our upcoming issue. We will also be shortlisting a few finalists in each category whose works will also be considered for publication.
Our staff editors will select a longlist of poetry and prose to send to our contest judges, who will select the winners and finalists. Read more about our judges (Yanyi, Cathy Linh Che, and Elle Nash) and the work they are looking for. We will notify winners and finalists by early March.
The contest is free for all and you may submit one prose piece or up to 3 poems as a single attachment. You may submit once in each category.
*Prize money may increase from $100.
All contest submissions should be sent to email@example.com with the subject line “Contest Submission – Poetry” or “Contest Submission – Prose.” Submissions without this subject line will not be considered for the contest. We are open to general submissions as well.
Cover letters are encouraged but not necessary, but we do require a 3rd person biography in the body of the email. Prose or a group of 3 poems should be attached in the email as a single Word or PDF document. Each poem should not be longer than 2 pages and prose should not exceed 2,000 words.
We accept simultaneous submissions. Do let us know if an unpublished piece has been accepted elsewhere. We also accept previously published work as long as you have the rights to them (and that you provide us with details on which publication to credit).
Do NOT include any identifying information on the document, including name, contact information, biographies, etc. Any submissions with such information will be disqualified.