Submissions OPEN for Volume 12 (2022)

Call for Submissions! The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2022 issue (Volume 12)! 

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at The deadline is Saturday, January 15th, 2022.  Please follow our submission guidelines below. 

Submission Guidelines: 

  • ¬∑Contributors must be in a graduate or professional program. Include your name, email address, and degree in your email cover letter, but do not put any identifying information in your submission document. Only the editor-in-chief will have access to this information prior to printing 
  • ¬∑Documents should be attached in plain text, rich text, or .doc/.docx formats to facilitate reading. Pieces submitted in pdf format or in hardcopy will not be accepted 
  •  Submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1 inch margins.  Please single-spacce. 
  • Please be mindful of the amount of work you submit– we are a small journal. Please send no more than: 6 poems, two short stories, 1 work of non-fiction, etc. Feel free to submit in multiple categories. If you have questions about how much you can submit, please email us.  
  • Please edit your work carefully before submitting 
  • Please inform us if your work is a simultaneous submission 

To learn more about The Lamp, visit 


More news from The Lamp

We here at The Lamp are so pleased to announce our Incoming-Co-Editor-in-Chief, Sabrina Masud! Sabrina will be taking over as Co-Editor-in-Chief when Jesyka steps down in the fall of 2021. Sabrina served as a member of The Lamp’s editorial board this past year, and we are so excited to welcome her as our Incoming-Co-Editor-in-Chief!

Submissions will soon be open for VOLUME 11! Stay Tuned!!

News from The Lamp

We here at The Lamp are so pleased to announce our brand new Co-Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Friars! Rachel has been a member of The Lamp editorial board for two years, and we are so pleased to have her taking over as Co-Editor-in-Chief with Jesyka for Volume 11! You can learn more about Rachel here.

Stay tuned for important updates regarding Volume 11. In the meantime, you can purchase Volume 10 here.

Rachel & Jesyka

Incoming: Last Sneak Peak!

Coming in hot with our FINAL sneak peek before the publication of the journal this evening at 5:00 PM! This excerpt is from a breathtaking poem in this year’s collection, written by Aya Labanieh. Fun fact: this isn’t Aya’s only poem in this volume. Be sure to buy a copy to read more from Aya and our seventeen other talented authors!

Sneak Peak #3

As promised, here’s another sneak peek of this year’s work! The Lamp, Volume X will be published tomorrow night at 5:00 PM, so mark your calendars. Our penultimate excerpt is from Wesley Viebahn, an MA student in English and Comparative Literature at Colombia University. Did you know that we include a biographical paragraph about each author and editor at the end of the journal? Be sure to buy a copy tomorrow evening to learn more about all of our talented contributors!

Volume X Countdown Continues!

Hello, one and all! We are back at it again with our countdown to the publication of Volume 10. We are counting down with sneak peeks of the amazing pieces being published in the journal this year. Check out this excerpt from an incredible poem by Shamika Shabnam:

Volume X Publication!

All of us at The Lamp are very excited to announce that Volume 10 will be published this coming Friday, October 9th! We cannot wait for you to see what our hardworking editors and talented authors have created together. To give you a taste of what’s to come, every day this week until Friday we will be posting excerpts from different pieces in the journal. Check out today’s excerpt from Carmel Mikol’s fantastic short story, “East or West”:


The Lamp is looking for a cover design for our upcoming 2020 issue. Our only requirement is that the image contains some kind of light source. For past examples of our cover art, please see here. Please email us at for compensation details!