Lighthouse is a literary journal dedicated to publishing new writing and championing new writers. We publish the best short fiction, poetry, and art emerging from the UK scene.
In addition to the journal we also publish one-off poetry pamphlets.
But the development of the year in short fiction – yes, more exciting, perversely perhaps, for this observer, than either Alice Munro winning the Nobel or Lydia Davis nabbing the Man Booker International – was the emergence of Lighthouse, a little magazine from Norwich publishing short stories, poems and essays of exceptional quality, including one (Anna Metcalfe’s ‘Number Three’) that was later shortlisted in the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award worth £30,000. Lighthouse, with its excellent editorial judgement and attractive modishly old-fashioned design, is a publication to cherish.Nicholas Royle, editor, Best British Short Stories
The Lighthouse Ethos
Lighthouse is aimed at new writing primarily (but not exclusively) emerging from the UK writing scene. We are particularly interested in seeing the experimental as well as the traditional. We run on a voluntary basis and not-for-profit. All money made is reinvested in future publications.
Julia Webb has an a first class honours degree in creative writing from Norwich University College of the Arts and MA (poetry) from the University of East Anglia. She works as a poetry mentor, a poetry tutor and is secretary for Gatehouse Press and Chair of Cafe Writers. In 2011 she won The Poetry Society’s Stanza competition and in 2018 she won The Battered Moons Poetry Competition. Her first collection Bird Sisters was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016. Her second collection Threat was published by Nine Arches Press in 2019. http://juliawebb.org/ @Julwe1
Jo Surzyn first discovered she might be a poet during her BA at Norwich University College of the Arts. She went on to complete an MA in Poetry at UEA, and has work published in places such as The Rialto, Butcher’s Dog and The Bohemyth. She currently spends her time between the UK and Germany, where she’s moonlighting as a trainee Web Developer.
Senior Prose Editors
Anna De Vaul was born in the Pacific Northwest. She holds an MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing from Cardiff University, where she was an editor for the literary journal Ore, and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in a wide variety of journals under both her own name and a nom de plume. In her spare time she can usually be found sewing, cycling, cooking, or eating.
Helen Rye lives in Norwich. She has won the Bath Flash Fiction Award, the Reflex Fiction contest and third place in the 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories have been nominated for Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She is a submissions editor for SmokeLong Quarterly and Editorial Advisor at TSS Publishing, and part of the Editorial Board of Ellipsis Zine.
Armando Celayo received an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. His work has been published in Ambit, PEN International and Huizache, among several other places, and has won numerous awards including the Salt Prize for best individual flash fiction and a grant from Arts Council England. He is working on two books, For the Recovery of Lost Things, a novel-in-stories, and Downward is Heavenward, a novel.
Natty Peterkin has a BA Hons in Illustration and an MA in Communication Design from Norwich University of the Arts. His work includes fine art, design and illustration for book covers, album covers, posters, clothing, merchandise, art books and ‘zines. He also performs in bands Cassus and Tellus Effluentia. http://nattypeterkin.tumblr.com/
Lighthouse only accepts submissions during certain times. For more information about our submission windows and the guidelines for submission, please see here.