About Lighthouse

But the development of the year in short fiction – yes, more exciting, perversely perhaps, for this observer, than either Alice Munro winning the Nobel or Lydia Davis nabbing the Man Booker International – was the emergence of Lighthouse, a little magazine from Norwich publishing short stories, poems and essays of exceptional quality, including one (Anna Metcalfe’s ‘Number Three’) that was later shortlisted in the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award worth £30,000. Lighthouse, with its excellent editorial judgement and attractive modishly old-fashioned design, is a publication to cherish.

–          Nicholas Royle, editor, Best British Short Stories

Lighthouse is a journal that gives space and support to new talent. We look to publish the best short fiction and poetry emerging from the UK writing scene.

We are part of Gatehouse Press, an award winning publishing house that focuses on poetry and short new fiction. Lighthouse is run on a voluntary basis by a team of editors.

You can keep up to date with the latest news, developments and happenings from the Lighthouse team either by visiting our page on Facebook

The Lighthouse Ethos

Lighthouse is aimed at new writing primarily (but not exclusively) emerging from the UK writing scene. We are particularly interested in seeing the experimental as well as the traditional. We are published by Gatehouse Press, an award winning independent press set for new writing. We run on a voluntary basis and not-for-profit. All money made is reinvested in future publications.


Lighthouse People

Steering Editor

Andrew McDonnell writes poetry and short fiction. His debut collection, The Somnambulist Cookbook was published by Salt in 2019 and his short stories, mostly written in second person, have appeared across a range of anthologies and journal. In addition to the work with Gatehouse, Andrew teaches English Literature and creative writing at University Centre Peterborough.
director@gatehousepress.com

Poetry Editors

Julia Webb has an a first class honours degree in creative writing from Norwich University College of the Arts and MA (poetry) from the University of East Anglia. She works as a poetry mentor, a creative writing tutor and is secretary for Gatehouse Press and Chair of Cafe Writers. In 2011 she won The Poetry Society’s Stanza competition and in 2018 she won The Battered Moons Poetry Competition. Her first collection Bird Sisters was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016. Her second collection Threat was published by Nine Arches Press in 2019.  http://juliawebb.org/

Jo Surzyn first discovered she might be a poet during her BA at Norwich University College of the Arts. She went on to complete an MA in Poetry at UEA, and has work published in places such as The Rialto, Butcher’s Dog and The Bohemyth. She currently spends her time between the UK and Germany, where she’s moonlighting as a trainee Web Developer.

Adam Warne was born in Suffolk in 1988 and has lived there most of his life. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and is currently working towards a PhD at the University of Roehampton. His pamphlet, ‘Suffolk Bang’, was published by Gatehouse Press in 2018.

Senior Prose Editors

Anna De Vaul was born in the Pacific Northwest. She holds an MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing from Cardiff University, where she was an editor for the literary journal Ore, and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in a wide variety of journals under both her own name and a nom de plume. In her spare time she can usually be found sewing, cycling, cooking, or eating.

Helen Rye lives in Norwich. She has won the Bath Flash Fiction Award, the Reflex Fiction contest and third place in the 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories have been nominated for Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She is a submissions editor for SmokeLong Quarterly and Editorial Advisor at TSS Publishing, and part of the Editorial Board of Ellipsis Zine.

Prose Editors

James Smart

Armando Celayo received an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. His work has been published in AmbitPEN International and Huizache, among several other places, and has won numerous awards including the Salt Prize for best individual flash fiction and a grant from Arts Council England. He is working on two books, For the Recovery of Lost Things, a novel-in-stories, and Downward is Heavenward, a novel.

Mike Allen was born in London. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a BA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. He has also studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 2019 he was awarded an Escalator prize by the National Centre for Writing. He is working towards his first short story collection.

Art Editor

Natty Peterkin has a BA Hons in Illustration and an MA in Communication Design from Norwich University of the Arts. His work includes fine art, design and illustration for book covers, album covers, posters, clothing, merchandise, art books and ‘zines. He also performs in bands Cassus and Tellus Effluentia. http://nattypeterkin.tumblr.com/

Former Editors

Meirion Jordan is a Welsh poet and musician. His first full collection of poetry, Moonrise, was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis prize for best first collection, and he is also the author of Regeneration and Strangers Hall, which was shortlisted for a Jarrold EDP East Anglian book award. He holds a Phd in critical and creative writing from the University of East Anglia.

Scott Dahlie was born in Jamestown, New York.  He is an outdoorsman, a tremendous eater, the devoted kitten-father, and a sexy husband; he strives to be all of these always and all at once. He has edited prose for The Kudzu Review and LIT in the United States and is completing his PhD in Critical and Creative and Critical Writing at UEA.

Laura Elliott is a poet. Her work has featured most recently in The White Review, 3:AM magazine, Tender, Berfrois, The Bohemyth, and has been anthologised in Dear World and Everyone in it: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013). She is training to be a librarian and lives in Camberwell. Her pamphlet lemon, egg, bread was published by Test Centre in 2017. Along with Angus Sinclair she founded and edits paratext.

Angus Sinclair‘s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Ambit, Blackbox Manifold, Poetry Review, 3:AM magazine, clinic and has been anthologised in Dear World and Everyone in it: new poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013). He works in the library and information sector and lives in London. Along with Laura Elliott he founded and edits paratext.

Iain Robinson is the author of a novel, The Buyer, published by CoLiCo Press. He holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia where he teaches on the undergraduate programme. He also writes literary criticism and has had essays published on novels by Will Self and Sarah Hall.

Philip Langeskov was born in Copenhagen in 1976. He spent ten years working for bookshops and publishing companies in London. He has an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from UEA, where he now teaches. His fiction has been broadcast on the BBC and appeared in various places, including Five DialsThe Warwick Review, Unthology, and Best British Short Stories 2011 2014. Barcelona was published by Daunt Books in 2013.

Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver, Canada. She completed her MA in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia, and has returned for her PhD. She won the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize  and was shortlisted for the 2013 Journey Prize. Her first collection of stories,Wallflowers, was published by Hamish Hamilton and Bloomsbury in 2014.

Chris Murray received his MFA from The University of Arkansas and currently teaches creative writing at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He’s had work published at Gulf Coast (online), This Land, The Jellyfish Review, and decomP, among others. In addition to editing for Lighthouse, he is a fiction editor for Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry.