Issue 4

The poll for the theme of Issue 4 has now closed and the overwhelming winner is INHERITANCE. Submissions are now open for any interpretation on this theme that you may have! The deadline is the 27th of November and the submission guidelines are as follows:

We accept: poetry, short stories, flash fiction, non-fiction, essays, drama, translations.

We accept any work that you own the rights to, whether previously published or not. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere as soon as possible. We reserve the right to claim first printing, and we ask that you acknowledge in future publications that your work was first printed by From the Lighthouse.

Every submission will receive feedback.


Send your submissions to
Any prose or drama must not exceed 2500 words; poetry must not exceed 60 lines.
The subject heading must be: ‘[Category] submission to Issue 3’. For example, ‘Poetry and prose submissions to Issue 3’.
Include in the body of the message: your full name and a short, third-person bio of up to 100 words.
The piece of work must be in the body of the email, and also included as an attachment in .rtf, .doc or .docx.

If you have any questions, however small, then feel free to contact me via the email above.

With best wishes,
The Editor

Winds of Change

Dear readers and contributors,

Thank you so much for staying with us! We’ve recently updated our website as well as started a new Twitter account which you can follow and interact with @FtLmag_Editor. I would like to extend a special thank you to Ellen Coleman for her artwork, which will now be the theme for all our online activity.

The format of the magazine will too be changing as we look to add new sections and introduce polls, available on our Facebook page, which will decide the theme for each issue. Make sure to follow us to receive these updates and participate in the creation of the magazine!

— From the Editor

(If you want to see more of Ellen’s artwork, check out her work on Tumblr and Instagram)

Our next editor

Following a lengthy applications process, we are delighted to announce that the talented Sofya Grebenkina will be editing From the Lighthouse in the coming year! Congratulations to Sofya – we’re all very excited to see what she does with the magazine next year.

Until then, enjoy Issue Three (in which the incoming editor appears), and have a wonderful summer!


Would you like to be the next editor of From the Lighthouse, the Durham University English Society’s literary magazine?

Responsibilities include creating themes and content calls; diligently advertising the mag; website management and design using WordPress; magazine design (on your preferred software); organising the annual competition, judges and prizes; helping run DUES as a member of the exec; and, of course, creating, editing and proofreading the termly mag yourself, overseen by the society committee.

You don’t need to have a great deal of experience: I didn’t know much about WordPress and desktop publishing software before becoming editor, and I’ll guide you through the basics. You do, however, need an eye for detail, and huge amounts of enthusiasm, organisation and dedication. If you’d like to share this responsibility, we would consider a joint application for two co-editors, provided that you can both handle the added time-management, teamwork and organisational demands. You must also be a non-finalist student at Durham University at time of application.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, send us your CV and a supporting statement of no more than 500 words to by ***MONDAY 13TH JUNE*** explaining:

* any relevant experience (especially in editing/proofing, publicity, website management, and design, if you have any);
* a few brief sentences about yourself, why you want the role, why you would be suited for it, what you can bring to the position, etc.

I and the presidents will then be in contact about interviews (probably in a cafe though so not scary at all) to be held on Monday 20th June. Let us know in your application if you can’t make this date, or certain times on this day.

Please do consider applying for this extremely rewarding, eye-opening and rare opportunity to run a literary magazine!

And send any questions to (an email address that could soon be yours…)!

2016 Competition Winners Anthology

Congratulations to our winners!


First prize: Sofya Grebenkina

Second prize: Megan Pattie

Third prize: Jasmine Simms

Highly commended: Cheryl Julia Lee

Flash Fiction

First prize: Phoebe Lundy

Second prize: Natalie Wall

Third prize: Phoebe Lundy

Short Fiction

First prize: Dominic Berry

Second prize: Helen Merrell Spalding

Third prize: Laurie Atkinson

Thank you once again to everyone who entered, to our judges Helen Mort and Debbie Taylor, and to our sponsors KPMG and local businesses who donated prizes: Claypath Deli, Jumping Bean, Be Tempted and Lounge.

Submissions closed for Issue One

That’s right, folks – the deadline for the Michaelmas issue (Issue One) has passed. Submissions are undergoing review and the issue will be released on this website on Monday 14th December. Keep your eyes peeled!

Issue Two will be on the theme of change. Watch this space for more information, but if you have a burning urge to enter work on this subject, do feel free to submit to the usual address.

Alternatively, consider entering our competition, judged by Helen Mort and Debbie Taylor with cash and other prizes, with a deadline of Sunday 24th January.

Exciting times at From the Lighthouse. Why not give our Facebook page a like so as not to get left behind?