Lyre 6


to the unofficial website for SFU World Literature’s Lyre Magazine.

Currently publishing: Issue #6 ” Dreams “

 The Lyre Magazine is an undergraduate student-run literary magazine that features creative writing, artwork, and other forms of literary expression on an annual basis. Based in Simon Fraser University’s Department of World Literature, the Lyre is honored to serve as an outlet for the topics and interests reflected among Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey’s student body, as well as from international submissions outside of these local cities. The Lyre Magazine in its sixth edition currently aims, as always in the past, to represent a united spirit of young, aspiring writers and artists intent on establishing their voice sooner rather than later.

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“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live…”

No offence to Albus Dumbledore, but this year the Lyre wants the opposite for its upcoming sixth issue, Dreams. Coming out of our previous issue, we want your fever dreams. Dreams can be the obscure and the confusing, a dream come true or your worst nightmare. They can be aspirations of the future or affected by our pasts. Let your imagination run wild for this year’s submission and see where your subconscious takes you.

Note to Contributors: The theme of the Lyre functions only to frame the publication and never to exclude nor speak for the works of its contributors. If your writing does not fit this theme, it is still more than welcome as a submission.

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Poetry 1-2 pages long.
Short Stories 1-4 pages long. (~1200 words max)
Screenplays/Scripts 1-4 pages long.
Essays 1-4 pages long. (~1200 words max)
Memoirs/Journals/Travel Logs 1-3 pages long. (~900 words max)
Responses/Free Prose 1-2 pages long. (~600 words max)
Artwork Scanned/Photographed. Low-rez allowed for submission, high-rez mandatory for publishing.
Digital Art (Typography) PNG/JPG/AI. high-rez/raw a must. all text must be outlined.

Lyre 5 is also accepting text in languages other than English. However, we require an English translation either upon submission or throughout the editing process in January to February 2015. If you plan to submit your work in a language other than English, we strongly encourage you to email far ahead of Jan.31.2015 to ensure you meet all the criteria necessary.

We are gladly accepting submissions for many forms of artwork such as photography, illustrations, conceptual/critical designs, mixed media (sans audio), etc. If you can accurately represent your art through a photograph or digital copy, we would be happy to consider it for publication. Please email us ahead of the Jan.31.2015 deadline to ensure you meet all the criteria necessary.


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What kind of work can I submit?
Anything well-written, as viewed by this current year’s editorial team (don’t worry, we’re not too picky). See the table above for submission guidelines. If your work doesn’t seem to fall into any one of these categories, please email with your scenario.

Do I have to be an SFU student? How about a World Lit Student? How about a graduate student?
We are accepting submissions from post-secondary undergraduate students in any field of discipline/study. You do not have to be an SFU student to submit. You do not have to be a World Lit student to submit. If you are a graduate student, you may still submit, however, we have a very low limit of space available to publish graduate students. As a result, we may have to turn you away simple due to quota reasons.

How important is the theme to my submission?
Optional. As mentioned above, consider the theme a “frame” (ex. picture frame). If your work does not fit the frame, it is at no disadvantage to be accepted in comparison to any other submissions. However, depending on the volume and caliber of work we receive for Lyre 6, submissions which compliment the theme may be grouped or organized together for best exposure.

What if my submission is larger than the maximum length provided in the table above?
Consider submitting both the original document and a condensed/self-edited version of the document (that meets the max length provided in the table above). Unless the submission overly exceeds the max length provided above (by a factor of 2 or higher), we will do our best to come to a compromise regarding the length of your submission. If you provide your contact information with your submission, we will do our best to reach you for consultation on the matter.

What happens after I submit?
You will receive a confirmation email stating that we have received your submission. Within a couple weeks of this email (or less), you will recieve another email confirming that your submission has been approved for review (i.e. your submission has met our guidelines)Once the submission period closes, our editorial team will spend several weeks in review. By late February/early March, you should recieve an email regarding your submission’s acceptance/rejection. From that point on, we will be in contact with you regarding any potential edits, corrections, or stylistic encouragements.

Where can I find previous issues of the Lyre?
You can find our latest issue in the SFU Surrey and Burnaby libraries, as well as floating around the public areas of SFU Vancouver & Woodwards. We currently still have copies of Lyre 3 ,4 and 5 available at the FASS Lounge (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) located on the 5th floor of SFU Surrey. Finally, all issues may be found online at the following links:

Lyre Issue 1

Lyre Issue 2

Lyre Issue 3

Lyre Issue 4

Lyre Issue 5

Where will I be able to find a copy of Lyre 6?
If you are an accepted contributor to Lyre 6, we will do our best to put at least one copy in your hands directly. Otherwise, copies of Lyre 6 will be available in the FASS Lounge (SFU Surrey) as well as in the SFU Surrey & Burnaby libraries for a limited time. There is a small chance that Lyre 6 will be available publicly in some coffee shops, international conferences, et cetera. We will try to ensure that a copy is available online as well through the SFU website.

What is a “response/free prose”
Lyre 5 is interested in publishing non-fictional accounts of student experiences pertaining to their education or other topics. These works are usually based in opinion and display the author’s perspective on a specific matter or concern. Generally speaking, these include short memories, brief and organized pieces of thought, speculative ideas, open letters, conceptual proposals, interesting polls, etc. What we’re trying to say is … surprise us, you might just end up in the Lyre.

 If you have any other questions, please email