Submissions Guidelines

Luminous Worlds is open to submissions until 15 January 2016.

All submissions that fail to adhere to standard manuscript format will be rejected automatically. For a comprehensive guide on standard manuscript format, see the following link.

Files must be submitted in doc, docx or rtf format. Files must have the following naming convention.

Submission Title_Surname_DateOfSubmission

For example:

Harry Potter_Rowling_1Jan2000

This ensures that we can easily keep track of your submissions. If your title is unusually long, use a sensible extract. So instead of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time”, you might use “Curious Incident”.

Send all submissions to Please put the word “Submission” in the subject field.

Alongside your submission, please include a completed version of  the LW Author details form. This information is for promotional purposes in the case of acceptance, as well as for producing a statistical report at the end of a submissions period for your interest. If you wish to include a cover letter, please keep it under 150 words.

If accepted, the author undertakes to edit their work as per the advice of Luminous Worlds.

What we are looking for:

  • Fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories
  • Fiction of between 1000 and 7500 words in length

What we are NOT looking for:

  • Any story which depicts rape
  • Stories with a strong didactic slant
  • Erotic fiction
  • Fiction without a supernatural or speculative element
  • Poetry
  • Novel extracts

We do take reprints, provided you have clearance from your previous publisher. We also take simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if you are accepted elsewhere. We do NOT allow multiple submissions. Please wait until you have heard from us before submitting your next story.

Some things it may be helpful to consider:

  • We are strongly inclined towards unusual worlds. Setting your piece in a pseudo-medieval Europe and immediately migrating to Ye Olde Tavern will make your story a hard sell. Ditto for Star Trek-esque spaceships.
  • We are strongly inclined towards unusual characters. A Conan-the-Barbarian-type who calls women “wenches” and is out for revenge of some sort will make your story a hard sell.
  • Characters with powerful motivations and agency are generally more compelling to encounter than those who simply have things happen to them.


We are not presently a for-profit organization and rely solely on volunteers to produce this magazine. As such, we do not have the means to pay authors. We are well-aware that it is insulting to ask artists to give us their work in exchange for ‘exposure’, so we try our best to compensate authors by non-monetary means. Largely, this consists of illustrating the stories and providing what we hope will be useful information or contacts to accepted authors.


If you are interested in submitting art to the magazine, please provide a link to your online portfolio. Please do not email us your portfolio. Send the link to with the word “Art” in the subject line.


If you are uncertain of anything, please send an email to with the word “Query” in the subject line.