The Lighter

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Lighter will be receiving submissions from August 25th until October 20th at midnight. Everyone should be notified of their submission's status by November 27th-- if you don't hear back by then, contact us.

If you submit your piece(s) between August 25th - September 15th, you will be eligible for the early bird submission deadline, which means upon request (check the box below!) you can receive feedback/notes from the selection committee. Note: pieces are accepted until October 18th, except general submissions do not receive feedback/notes on their pieces.  

If you are having trouble accessing the submission form, please try this link: 

All Valpo students are invited to submit up to 4 pieces** of any previously-unpublished form of art (poetry, prose, screen and playwriting, creative nonfiction, photography, fine art, graphic design, hybrids, etc.). You can fill out this submission form more than once as long as your total number of pieces does not exceed 4. For a taste of previous selections, check out our archives

All submissions are presented as anonymous when reviewed and voted on by our Selection Committee. Students' race, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexual orientation will never affect the status of their submission; all are welcome to submit. The editor reserves the right to reject works for reasons that violate our Non-Discrimination Policy. 

If your submission does not follow our guidelines, we cannot accept it. We're all in the same boat of adjusting to this new system so if you have any questions or concerns, email us at 

We deeply appreciate the courage it takes to submit your work; we're thrilled and honored to be a part of your creative process.  

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” --Kurt Vonnegut 
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