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Guidelines for submissions to Lighthouse Digest

Lighthouse Digest is a publication out of Maine with subscribers in all 50 states and 17 countries. The magazine is dedicated to the preservation of Lighthouse, Lightship, and Life-saving history and to the men and women of the United States Lighthouse Service and the United States Life-Saving Service. Neither service exists today.

Through the pages of Lighthouse Digest, our readers learn about current happenings at lighthouses and what is being done to preserve them. We also write about historical events that happened at lighthouses, publish a list of endangered lighthouses, write about people that lived at or grew up at lighthouses, etc.

We are looking for short stories, either fact or fiction that revolve around a lighthouse. The story must state if it is a work of fiction or based on fact. Stories should be 750 to 1500 words, although longer stories will be considered. Pictures and/or sketches with the story always help to tell the story. All stories must be on disk saved as a .txt file or a MS Word file saved as .doc. Do not indent paragraphs, simply return (or enter) at the end of paragraphs and let each paragraph text wrap. Photographs must be glossy and color if possible. Vintage photos are encouraged. You may submit graphics on disk at 300 dpi at least 3 inches wide and saved as .jpg or .tif. Computer printouts and photocopies do not reproduce in print well and are discouraged. If you do not have access to a computer, the story must be typed.

Modern day photos without an accompanying story are not normally accepted. Photos for our covers are taken from our files. Many of our file photos are obtained through our annual photo contest. If you wish, you may enter photos in our annual photo contest. Rules and categories are announced in September of each year. Photos are accepted until the end of the year and winners are published in the April issue and online.

If your story is chosen, you will see your name in print in an upcoming issue. Stories and photos will be retained to be used at the discretion of the editor. Stories and photos will not be returned unless you have included a self addressed postage paid return envelope.

Please send stories to: Story Editor, Lighthouse Digest, PO Box 250, East Machias, Maine 04630 or email to

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