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previously unpublished work.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.
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We are now accepting original, unpublished poems and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 (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and unpublished and that you give Lake City Lights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
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
Best reads of 2013
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 label. This is the case with Larry Watson's
latest novel LET HIM GO, a literary thriller that
simply will not let you stop reading, and when
you're finished, you inevitably page back several
chapters and read it again, so that the experience
doesn't have to end.
This is Watson's eighth novel, and all of his books
have established him as master craftsman with the
English language. His latest work also proves he
is a master in characterization, setting, and plot. I
don't remember characters I like better than
George and Margaret Blackledge, or meaner
sonsabitches than the Weboys. The concluding
scenes are amazing.
Watson set a high bar when he wrote Montana
1948, but he somehow soars over the mark with
this newest offering. He has set his claim as one
of the best writers of our generation.
(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)