Lake City Lights is an online literary
magazine designed to allow established and
emerging writers to display their previously
unpublished work. The goals of Lake City
Lights are to showcase well-written poetry
and flash fiction, to bring new readers to the
art, and to provide a tool for classroom
teachers to improve student interest and
understanding of these literary forms.
About Lake City Lights
This is a totally free magazine--no subscription costs and
no requests for money. As a result, writers and artists
will not be paid for publication and will retain full
ownership of their work. Our purpose is to provide an
outlet for writers. As the magazine grows, we will
request art work and photography, brief articles about
poetry, and original lessons which can be used by
Copyright 2015 Lake City Lights.
All rights reserved.
Comments and Suggestions
Feel free to send questions and
comments to Jerry McGinley at the
Submissions Editor: Roy Dorman
Managing Editor: Jerry McGinley
Poetry and Flash Fiction Wanted!!
We are now accepting original, unpublished
poems and short stories (1000 word maximum)
for our next issue. Submissions with fresh
language, vivid images, and interesting subjects will
have the best chance of being chosen. Lake City
Lights is anxious to hear new voices! We also want
to see new work from our previous contributors.
Student writers and seasoned professionals are
welcome. All submissions should be included in the
text of the email. Attachments can cause
To Submit Your Work
Only email submissions will be considered.
Send 1-4 poems in the text of the email. You may
also submit one or two short, short (flash) stories
between 300 and 1000 words. If you like,
include a brief biography (up to 25 words) and
attach a recent photo of yourself. Please state in
your email message that the work submitted is
original and unpublished and that you give Lake
City Lights permission to publish the work
online. If at any time you decide to delete the
work from our magazine, we will accommodate
that request as quickly as possible.
Send your work to
Photo "Rhythm and Booms" by Jerry
In an attempt try new things to broaden our
audience of writers and readers, we are now
publishing short, short stories, often referred to
as Flash Fiction. These should be complete
stories with details and dialogue written in the
same condensed language we use when writing
poetry. If you are not familiar with the genre,
do some research online or at your bookstore.
Stories must be between 300 and 1000 words.
Only two stories may be submitted by an
author per issue. Include your stories in the
text of your email letter.
INITIAL CHANGES: Lake City Lights will
publish future issues about every three to four
months. We will try to include an occasional
interview with an author. Please consider
making suggestions to help us reach more
readers. Our first seven issues have reached
just over 3,500 people. That number needs to
grow. Please spread the word to your social
network connections, as well as to your flesh
and blood connections.
Lake City Lights
An Online Literary Anthology
Best Reads of 2015
Often editors, publishers, and teachers try
to define a clear dividing line between
poetry and prose, or between poetry and
fiction. Fortunately, great writers are able
to obscure that line, proving that great
writing is simply great writing and needs no
This was proven again recently by the
publication of The Slow Regard of Silent
Things by Patrick Rothfuss. The novella
hit the top ten on the New York Times
bestseller list the week it was released.
Like his other bestselling novels, The Slow
Regard of Silent Things fits into the
fantasy genre, though the character (yes,
there is only one) experiences conflicts and
emotions universal to any time or place.
The real magic of the story is the
language. Rothfuss clearly chose each
phrase and image to meld perfectly with the
characterization of Auri. (Yeats would be
jealous.) If you have a couple hours to
invest, the rewards of reading this book will
(I might be slightly prejudiced in my
comments since I was lucky enough to have
Pat as a student in a couple of English
classes I taught. But from what I've read,
praise for this, and Pat's other books, is
(Jerry McGinley, Editor)
To my way of thinking....
I don't see writing poetry as a premeditated act. If
you know what your poem is going to do from the
start, then there's really no need to go through the
process of writing it. The heart of the poem should
be discovered through the act of writing. It should
surprise the writer and the reader.
Jerry McGinley, Editor
THE OGRE’S WIFE (Review)
By Ron Koertge
In this collection of poetry published in 2013, Ron
Koertge gives us a look into the post-fairy tale
lives of characters such as Jack, Gretel, Little Red
Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast. Using
wonderful wordplay, he gives us a glimpse of
what middle age in the real world is like for these
folks who charmed us when we were kids. A
successful writer of fiction for teenagers, with
THE OGRE’S WIFE, Ron Koertge offers adults
sometimes cutting social commentary on a variety
of topics they can identify with, including a piece
on how a typo can provide comedy in an
otherwise lackluster poem. THE OGRE’S WIFE
was a great read and certainly one of the best
books of poetry of 2013.
(Roy Dorman, Submission Editor)