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previously unpublished work.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 2012 Lake City Lights.
All rights reserved.
Lake City Lights will be updated
regularly, so check us often to see
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We are now accepting original, unpublished poems and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 problems.
To Submit Your Work
Only email submissions will be considered. Send 1-4
poems in the text of the email. Also, submit one or two
short, short (flash) stories between 300 and 1000 words.
You may also include a brief biography 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unpublished and that you give Lake City Lights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
In an attempt try new things to broaden our
audience of writers and readers, starting with
this issue, we will start considering 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
INITIAL CHANGES: Lake City Lights will
publish future issues about every three to four
months. We will try to include an interview
with an author in each issue. We will also try
to include more materials for teachers and,
hopefully, lessons that will get students more
excited about poetry. Your willingness to
share insights will be appreciated. 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.
Lake City Lights
An Online Literary Anthology
New Editor!! Roy Dorman has agreed to take over
the duties of Submissions Editor. He will read
your submissions, choose the work for publication,
and respond to your emails. Roy has been a
frequent contributor to Lake City Lights as well as
other literary magazines.
HYBRID: Transported By Word & Image
Send poems or micro-fiction in response to the notion
of HYBRID--connection, fusion, adaptation, and all
the webs this word weaves in an ever-changing and
increasingly complex world. Reinvent and take new
roads through old territory. We’ll choose and pair 36
of the submissions with a photographic image, printed
in an 11” x 14” format to be placed in Green Cab of
Madison taxis (all Toyota Prius hybrids) from May
to October 2014. Given the physical limitations of the
project, 26 lines (poetry) and 360 words (micro-
fiction) maximums are encouraged. A catalog of the
full body of work will be available for sale, and cabs
will feature the HYBRID title on their LED cab-top
lights.. This is a unique opportunity to engage a
diverse and mobile audience in the world of art, to
offer a moment of quiet and reflection in an unlikely
We have been awarded a City of Madison Blink
Grant, so a stipend will be available for participating
writers. We are also listed on the Dane County
Power-2-Give web site [http://power2giveorg/
DaneArts/Project/ProjectListing], so please pass that
information along to supportive souls.
Submissions due by February 1st, place ‘HYBRID
SUBMISSION’ in subject line and send to:
Notification of acceptance by March 1.
Thomas Ferrella, photographer, co-curator
Sara Parrell, poet and writer, co-curator