Illumen

The Light of the Soul, Even a Soul of Silicon
Gather ‘round, young ones
Listen to the wind.
Hear the echoes of the ancestors.
Taste the salt of the sea.
See the stars of ancient worlds.
Feel the metal of your cyber limbs.
Know the thrill of magic.
Journey into the Light of Illumen.

What We Want

Illumen publishes original poems sci-fi and fantasy genres, with some horror. We also include various art, articles, reviews, and intervies. Describe other worlds in poetic prose, challenge heroes and villains with eloquent words, show the nightmare of real life in all its disgusting mud and muck. We want your electric dreams, your fevered nightmares, your tales of magic, the wonder of a new robotic mind, and more.

Publishing Details

Edited by Tyree Campbell, this is a quarterly digest of speculative poetry published in January, April, July, and October.

Its format is perfect-bound magazine, 6 x 9, color cover and b&w interior.

We recommend you check out our previous publications to get a better idea of what we’re looking for.

You can pick up cheaper, older issues here:

Submission Details

  • Poems
  • Illumen considers poems between 12 and 100 lines long. Payment for poetry is 2 cents per word for original poems with a minimum payment of $3.00. Reprints receive 1 cent per word . Scifaiku and related forms will receive $1. If you are chosen as a Featured Poet, you will be paid a flat $15.00 for the poetry in the issue in which you are featured.

    AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ILLUMEN POETRY

    Making twisty-squeakies of one’s intestines is great fun at parties, but it really doesn’t belong in speculative horror poetry. Speculative horror poetry evokes moods, often dark and spooky ones. It should not make you upchuck. Remember: twisted is an attitude, not an action.

  • Art and Illustrations
  • Illustrations should complement the speculative aspects of the poetry. We’re looking for 2 or 3 pieces each issue that reflect this. Cover art is printed in color while inside art is in black and white. We suggest a minimalist approach to illustrations: less is more. Greatly detailed illustrations can distract from the poetry. We’ll consider both original and reprint illustrations.

    Payment for llustrations is $5 for original illustrations, $3 for reprints, $12.00 for cover art.

  • Articles
  • Those who submit articles for consideration have a loose rein on the topic. All we ask is that the article address some aspect of speculative poetry. We like to see articles between 800 and 2000 words. We print no more than two articles per issue. We prefer original articles, but we will consider reprints.

    Payment for articles is $12 for original articles, $5 for reprints

  • Reviews
  • We like to see reviews of collections of speculative poetry. Because such reviews are usually “dated,” we consider only original reviews of current or upcoming publications. We like to see reviews between 800 and 1200 words. W print no more than two reviews per issue. We will not consider reprint reviews.

    Payment for reviews is $7.

    In addition to the above payments, each contributor also receives one contributor’s copy of the issue in which their work appears.

    How to Submit
    Submit your work to illumensdp@yahoo.com
    In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission, your last name, and the type of work submitted; poetry or art.

    Here’s an example:“Submission – Mackey – ART”

    Submit poem[s] either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment.

    Submit art as a jpeg or png attachment.

    Next, make sure your contact information is in the upper left corner of your manuscript and in your email. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript.

    Contact information example:
    Edgar Montrose Word Count: 3427
    1101 Kaboom Street
    Mushroom, NY 12117
    edgarbang@greenred.com
    paypal [if any]: muchloot@wallet.com

    If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.

    Please, do not put any fancy formatting into your submissions, such as adding your name, title and page number randomly throughout the story, headers and footers, or anything else that might take away from reading and editing. It is important to note that style is much different than the above, and centering certain parts, bold, or italicized type is acceptable.

    An example of what we don’t want:

    Story story story story. “Story, story?”

    Author Name / Story Title / Page Number

    Story. Story story story story.

    It takes a great deal of time to read and edit things properly, so if we see things like this Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.