Illuminations is now accepting poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction submissions for Issue 33, to be published in Spring of 2018. While this is an open issue, we are especially eager to receive submissions from Cuban and Cuban-American authors for a featured section on new Cuban/Cuban-American writing. If you are interested in submitting your work, please find our guidelines at http://illuminations.cofc.edu/submission/index.php The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2018.
Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing made its first appearance in Columbia, South Carolina in 1982 under the editorship of Peter MacMillan. The issue featured poems by Seamus Heaney, Stephen Spender, and newcomer Sam Boone. Subsequently edited from England, Japan, and Tanzania, the magazine returned to South Carolina in 1996 where it is edited by Simon Lewis at The College of Charleston. Over these many years Illuminations has remained consistently true to its mission statement to publish new writers alongside some of the world’s finest, including Nadine Gordimer, James Merrill, Carol Ann Duffy, Dennis Brutus, Allen Tate, interviews with Tim O’Brien, and letters from Flannery O’Connor and Ezra Pound. Illuminations has a strong tradition of publishing work in translation including special issues devoted to Romanian poetry and to Cuban and Latin American poetry. The magazine sincerely values the chance to promote the work of emerging writers, and we take pride in the fact that a number of new poets whose early work appeared in Illuminations have gone on to win prizes and accolades.