Submission guidelines

  • Please use the form below to submit your poem/s. We strongly suggest that you read at least two issues of Lighten Up Online (not just the submission guidelines!) before deciding whether or not to submit your own work..
  • Submissions should be in English. Please do not submit more than three poems for each issue.
  • By submitting to Lighten Up Online, you give us your guarantee that you are sole copyright holder in the work submitted.
  • Items published in Lighten Up Online will remain available in its archive files indefinitely. Copyright remains with the author, who will be free to use them elsewhere.
  • Acceptance will normally be within two weeks. If you haven't heard from us within two weeks of submission, assume the worst.
  • Please do not resubmit poems unless you have been specifically asked to do so.
  • Previous publication elsewhere will be no bar to acceptance by Lighten Up Online, provided that copyright has been retained by you.


   A copy of your submission will be sent to your own email address, for your records.