Illumen is a magazine of speculative poetry.




Illumen Submission Guidelines

Submission Address

Illumen accepts submissions via email. See the guidelines for details.

Editor: Karen L. Newman

Submitting Your Work to Illumen

Before submitting to Illumen

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From the Illumen guidelines:

Speculative poetry is one result of the application of imagination to reality. In speculative poetry, one's "vision" often is taken from a different angle, from another perspective, perhaps even from another time and place. Speculative poetry is usually tinged with one or more of the genres. Thus, in speculative poetry you find hints of science fiction, fantasy, folklore, myth, the surreal...and yes, even horror. Good speculative poetry will awaken a sense of adventure in the reader.

That's what we're looking for: good, original speculative poetry. Yes, we will consider reprints, but we'll probably publish no more than two per issue. As regards length, we don't want to cramp your style, but poems of 100 lines or less probably will snag most of our attention.

Submission Guidelines Details for Illumen

Market Type: Magazine

Contact: Karen L. Newman, Editor


Accepts: Poetry

Reprints: Yes

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