Guidelines for Written Submissions

Deadline for Lantern Submission: 
Sunday, November 1, 2020 at midnight

How to Submit

1. SUBMIT WORK to Lantern@ursinus.edu OR Submit written work using form
Each Ursinus student is limited to five written submissions, in any combination of genres. Examples: 5 poems, or 1 short story + 4 poems, or 1 play +2 stories + 2 poems, etc.   If you have a staff position as reader or editor for a particular genre, you are ineligible to submit in that genre.  (Students may also submit up to 6 works in the Artwork category: see Artwork Submission Guidelines.) Although drama has no formal section in the Lantern, plays will be considered for acceptance in the magazine so long as they abide by the Submission Guidelines.

2. SUBJECT LINE OF EMAIL: If submitting via email, list only the genre of submission, i.e. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, or Drama. Several works of the same genre (e.g. Poetry) can be submitted as separate attachments to the same email.  Different emails should be used to submit in different genres.

3. BODY OF EMAIL If submitting via email, the body should contain your name, address, phone number, the title(s) of the works you are submitting, and the genre (again, different emails should be used for different genres). It is especially important for you to specify if prose is Fiction or Creative Nonfiction.

4. TITLE OF ATTACHMENT should NOT contain your name. It should have the title (or short version of the title) in all caps, and the genre in lower case. Examples: UPON DRINKING, fiction or TRAILS OF GLEE, poem or SANDBAG, creative nonfiction

 5. CONTENT OF ATTACHMENT

  • Should be in Microsoft Word, in black, 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • Should not have author’s name on it.  If your work is published, your name will be printed.  We do not print works by “Anonymous.”
  • Should have a title.
  • Poetry: SINGLE SPACE, single-space between stanzas
  • Prose: SINGLE SPACE, with page numbers in upper right corner.  Works of more than 15 pages seldom make it into the book, and 11-15 is a tough sell.
  • Should be brief—works of more than 15 pages seldom make it into the magazine, and 11-15 pages is a tough sell.
  • Should have page numbers in the upper right-hand corner

6. ACCEPTANCE & PRIZES. Submitters will be notified of acceptance and non-acceptance between mid-December 2020 and mid-January 2021. Accepted works are automatically entered into consideration for the Creager Prize, plus either The Lantern Poetry Prize or The Lantern Prose Prize, each of which carries a cash award in addition to publication.

7. ALL CONTRIBUTORS must respond promptly to Bio Editors, who will request contributor biographies between mid-December 2020 and mid-January 2021. Contributors are required to attend the Lantern Launch event (tentative date: early April 2021) unless they are studying abroad.

Any questions? Contact editor Adam Mlodzinski admlodzinski@ursinus.edu.