The Lumiere Review is excited to announce our first ever Writing Contest! We accept both poems and prose from all writers. That said, we particularly encourage emerging writers, as well as those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA, or disabled, to submit to our contest.

We seek submissions that have electrifying and inventive narratives, honest and visceral language, and a distinguished sense of craft.


Submissions are accepted from December 1, 2020 to January 15, 2021, 11:59pm EST. All submissions are also considered for publication in ISSUE 04. We accept entries from previous contributors and submitters.

We will choose one winner each for POETRY and PROSE. They will each receive a $100* prize and publication in our upcoming issue. We will also be shortlisting a few finalists in each category whose works will also be considered for publication.

Our staff editors will select a longlist of poetry and prose to send to our contest judges, who will select the winners and finalists. Read more about our judges (Yanyi, Cathy Linh Che, and Elle Nash) and the work they are looking for. We will notify winners and finalists by early March.

The contest is free for all and you may submit one prose piece or up to 3 poems as a single attachment. You may submit once in each category.

*Prize money may increase from $100.


All contest submissions should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line “Contest Submission – Poetry” or “Contest Submission – Prose.” Submissions without this subject line will not be considered for the contest. We are open to general submissions as well.

Cover letters are encouraged but not necessary, but we do require a 3rd person biography in the body of the email. Prose or a group of 3 poems should be attached in the email as a single Word or PDF document. Each poem should not be longer than 2 pages and prose should not exceed 2,000 words.

We accept simultaneous submissions. Do let us know if an unpublished piece has been accepted elsewhere. We also accept previously published work as long as you have the rights to them (and that you provide us with details on which publication to credit).

Do NOT include any identifying information on the document, including name, contact information, biographies, etc. Any submissions with such information will be disqualified.


Yanyi – Poetry Judge

Yanyi is a writer and critic. He is the author of Dream of the Divided Field (One World Random House, forthcoming 2022) and The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press 2019), winner of the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Poetry, and named one of 2019’s Best Poetry Books by New York Public Library. His work has been featured in NPR’s All Things Considered, Tin House, Granta, and A Public Space, and he is the recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Poets House. Currently, he is poetry editor at Foundry and giving creative advice at The Reading. Find out more at

“I don’t believe style and type of writing have much to do whether the work is worth recognizing and reading. While I have my preferences, I try not to let those overcome my recognition of what might be good in someone’s work. If you want a prompt, however, I can give one of those: Tell me about what you love.”

Cathy Linh Che – Poetry Judge

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Her work has been published in The New Republic, McSweeney’s, and Poetry. She has received awards from MacDowell, Djerassi, The Anderson Center, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, Poets House, Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, the Jerome Foundation. She has taught at the 92nd Street Y, New York University, Fordham University, Sierra Nevada College, and the Polytechnic University at NYU. She was Sierra Nevada College’s Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence. She serves as Executive Director at Kundiman and lives in Queens.

Like Yanyi, Cathy has no particular allegiance to a type and style of work that she is most interested in for a submission.

Elle Nash – Prose Judge

Elle Nash is the author of the novel Animals Eat Each Other (Dzanc Books), which was featured in the 2018 June Reading Room of O – The Oprah Magazine and hailed by Publishers Weekly as a ‘complex, impressive exploration of obsession and desire.’ A small collection of stories, Nudes, is forthcoming from SF/LD Books in 2021. Her short stories and essays appear in Guernica, The Nervous Breakdown, Literary Hub, The Fanzine, Volume 1 Brooklyn, New York Tyrant and elsewhere. She is a founding editor of Witch Craft Magazine and a fiction editor at Hobart Pulp. She teaches a writing workshop called Textures.

The writing I love most is that which evokes emotion, something that is visceral enough to move me, has candor, or sometimes work that is too gritty or raw to be considered ‘conventional.’ I appreciate fast paced, breathless work; I also appreciate work with themes of vulnerability, or that makes a person feel exhumed. Traditional form or plot doesn’t always matter to me if there is a strong voice with a clear emotional impact in the work, and as long as every scene or sentence serves a purpose.

In order to fund our contest, we’d appreciate it if you made a donation to our GoFundMe page.