Illuminations 34 went to print in May 2019 and is now available. Featuring photographs from Michelle Van Parys's "Beyond the Plantations: Images of the New South, " the issue contains the usual eclectic range of outstanding poetry.
Illuminations is now accepting poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction submissions for Issue 34, to be published in June 2020. The new issue is an entirely open one. If you are interested in submitting your work, please find our guidelines here. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020.
In addition to the print issues of the magazine, Illuminations is maintaining its blog-site that currently features work that addresses the theme of race in the United States begun in issue 31. This series, including poems by Martin Espada, Afaa Michael Weaver, and Safiya Sinclair, was kicked off by a powerful essay by Brenda Marie Osbey, entitled "Fallen at Charleston" (http://blogs.cofc.edu/illuminations/2016/10/05/fallen-at-charleston/). If you would like to contribute to this series of electronically-published material, please contact the editor, Simon Lewis, at email@example.com.
Illuminations made its first appearance in Columbia, South Carolina in 1982 under the editorship of Peter McMillan. The issue featured poems by Seamus Heaney, Stephen Spender, and newcomer Sam Boone. Subsequently edited from England, Japan, and Tanzania, the magazine returned to South Carolina in 1996. Over these many years Illuminations has remained consistently true to its mission to publish new writers alongside some of the world’s finest, including Nadine Gordimer, James Merrill, Carol Ann Duffy, Dennis Brutus, Allen Tate, interviews with Tim O’Brien, and letters from Flannery O’Connor and Ezra Pound. A number of new poets whose early work appeared in Illuminations have gone on to win prizes and accolades, and we at Illuminations sincerely value the chance to promote the work of emerging writers.