Guidelines for all Submissions

Students may submit in the following categories: Photography, Art, Poetry & Prose.

All submissions must be the original work of the artist.

Preferred submission is a digital format, through email or labeled CD, so work will be protected while it is stored in SSC 3251, however mail-in submissions will be accepted.

Each person may submit four pieces total and all submitters must submit an online or mail-in authenticity form.

Work may be submitted via mail at: Prairie Light Review, c/o Student Life, 425 Fawell Blvd., SSC 3251, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 or taken to the Student Life Office, room SSC 1217.

Written Submission Guidelines
  • All subject matter will be considered & all writing formats will be accepted.
  • Use only standard Times New Roman font.
  • Submissions may be up to a maximum of 2000 words.

option 1: ONLINE

  1. Please include in your submission e-mail the following information: first name, last name, full address with zip code, contact telephone number and an alternate e-mail if desired and title(s) of your submission(s).
  2. Email prairielightreviewsubmissions@gmail.com with all submissions attached.
  3. The file name should read as follows: surname.title.filetype
    ex: Plath.Mushrooms.rtf
  4. Please refrain from having identifying information on the actual document being submitted.

option 2: MAIL-IN

  1. Put name and title on all submissions.
  2. Print out and complete letter of authenticity form.
  3. Or you can include in your submission the following information: first name, last name, full address with zip code, contact telephone number and an alternate e-mail if desired and title(s) of your submission(s).
  4. NOTE: All unclaimed material becomes the property of The Prairie Light Review one year after publication, and after that date work will be recycled.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

We began, with the Spring/Summer 2001 issue of the Prairie Light Review, to contemplate the addition of foreign language poetry where English translations would appear beside poems in authors' native languages. Although grammar and punctuation of foreign work will not be judged, the Prairie Light Review editors and staff do review English translations for content and, at their discretion, may verify content of submitted work with foreign language authorities.

In addition to the standard submission guidelines (as listed above) specific requirements for foreign works include:

  • Only one foreign language poem may be submitted by an author per issue.
  • Language of the poem must be indicated.
  • Poetry requiring characters not usual to standard computer fonts must be
    submitted in clean, condition in case photo reproduction is necessary.
  • A full and accurate English translation must accompany all poems written in
    a native language. Poems submitted without an accompanying
    English translation will not be considered.
Visual Submission Guidelines
  • Submissions may be digitally cropped, enlarged, or reduced for publication.
  • The Prairie Light Review accepts drawings, etchings, charcoal drawings, painting, graphics, mural, collage, sculpture, ceramic, cartoons, fashion and is open to all new media that can be photographed or scanned.
  • All physical work should be photographed as you would like it to appear in the issue. However, we reserve the right to have pieces re-photographed or alter the size for publication.

option 1: ONLINE

  1. No maximum or minimum size.
  2. We do not accept .pdf or .docx or .doc file types. Use only typical formats such as: .jpeg, .jpg, .tif, .png, .gif
  3. Please include in your submission e-mail the following information: first name, last name, full address with zip code, contact telephone number and an alternate e-mail if desired and title(s) of your submission(s).
  4. Name file as follows: title.filetype
    ex: WheatfieldWithCrows.jpeg

option 2: MAIL-IN

  1. No framed work.
  2. Mat cannot exceed 16"x20".
  3. All 3-D art (any art that does not lay flat) must be photographed and submitted with medium clearly stated on form.
  4. NOTE: All unclaimed material becomes the property of The Prairie Light Review one year after publication, and after that date work will be recycled.