Announcement: Submission Period for Hanging Lantern Review 2015 Print Issue

Calling all middle school and high school students of San Luis Obispo County!

From November 3, 2014 to January 9, 2015, we will be accepting submissions for publication in our 2015 Hanging Lantern Review print issue in the categories of Poetry, Literary Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction/Essay! All pieces must be written by middle school or high school students residing in San Luis Obispo County (current grades 7-12). Authors of print selections will be invited to participate in our 2015 spring reading in downtown San Luis Obispo. We will also consider photography and art during the same period! 

Click above for submission guidelines!  Even if you have submitted before, we encourage you to refresh your familiarity with the rules before submitting.  Please send any questions to our email address:

Good luck, and happy writing! 

Christopher Rein

Interview with the Editor

Hanging Lantern Review is thrilled to introduce Christopher Rein, our Editor-in-Chief for the 2014/2015 season! Read about Christopher, a senior at SLO Classical Academy High School, below.


Hanging Lantern Review: What is the goal of the Hanging Lantern Review?

Christopher Rein: Our goal with the magazine, blog, and camps is to provide a means of demonstrating the works of young writers and to foster a literary atmosphere on the Central Coast.  A personal goal of mine is to find the next John Steinbeck or Flannery O’Connor.

HLR: What do you foresee for Hanging Lantern Review in the future?

CR: Ideally, the Hanging Lantern Review will further evolve into its role as the place for High School and Middle School literature and poetry to be published on the Central Coast.  There are few good sources for local High School students to publish their work, which is oftentimes quite good, and I want the Hanging Lantern Review to fill that gap.  Beyond that, I want to see this group work with young writers, especially at our summer writing camps, to help promote that good writing and poetry which needs to be published.

HLR: What changes has the Hanging Lantern Review made this year? Why?

CR: The most notable change has been the switch from a contest to a more traditional format for a literary magazine; there will be an upcoming post on the blog about this.  Other than that, we’ve had some changes in the staff since Audrey, Dylan, and Sara all graduated and seven freshwomen have joined us.  Other changes will be announced whenever they arise.

HLR: Who is your favorite author, and what is your favorite piece of literature?

CR: Hmm… This one’s a lot harder than you’d think.  I don’t think I can name a single author as my favorite, but I have more of C.S. Lewis’ stuff than anything else.  Perhaps my most recent favorite works have been from John Steinbeck; I especially like Of Mice and Men.  For a less literary author, I’ve always enjoyed Mark Kurlansky’s history books (Salt and Cod).

HLR: Who is your favorite poet, and what is your favorite poem?

CR: Again- I don’t necessarily have a favorite poet, but perhaps my favorite poem of all time has been The Aeneid by Vergil.  I was somewhat forced into translating it for my Latin class two years ago, but between the essays and analysis, it turned into one of my favorites.  For a more modern poet, W.H. Auden is always a pleasure to read; I recently memorized “The Fall of Rome.”

HLR: If you could go back in history, when and where would you go? Why?

CR: Having taken several years of Latin, I would definitely go back to classical Rome under the time of Augustus.  Imagine sipping wine and discussing poetry with Ovid or Vergil, or perhaps travelling around the Roman world and just taking it all in.  I’d like to think I’d take the opportunity of knocking out the Ptolemaic view on the solar system.

HLR: What are some things we should know about you?

CR: I know both of the previous editors pretty well, and despite my apparent affinity for ancient Rome, my Latin skills are not that good. Also, I submitted to the magazine twice, but did not make it in. However, some of my work is on the blog.

HLR: What has been your favorite part about participating in the Hanging Lantern Review?

CR: One of my favorite moments participating in the magazine was two years ago during our first reading. I got to see the results of several months of effort culminate into a final product.  We don’t just do a bunch of literary stuff here; there’s a fairly large amount of logistical effort that goes into creating the magazine and planning the reading, and while it’s not necessarily the most fun to plan the little details of a reading, the results are worth it.

HLR: What do you like to do in your free time?

CR: I live in Los Osos and biking to either Morro Bay or San Luis Obispo recently has been a pretty fun pastime despite the maintenance.  Other than that, I try to stay pretty current with world news.  Does eating Thai food count as a free time activity here?

HLR: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Has that changed? What are your plans for after high school?

CR: For the longest time I wanted to become an engineer or a paleontologist, but nowadays it is a goal of mine to work as a diplomat.  After high school, I intend to attend college somewhere and maybe do a bit of traveling at some point.

Conducted by Shelby Dorman and Reagan Lee. Edited by Caleb Campbell.

We are proud to announce our 2014-2015 Hanging Lantern Review staff:

Editor in Chief ­- Christopher Rein 

Creative Director ­- Sage Theule 

Print Coordinator -­ Josh Ronda 

Print Coordinator in Training -­ Eden Theule

Social Media/PR -­ Haley HaynesCarstens 

Lead Copy Editor -­ Caleb Campbell 

Assistant Copy Editor ­- Hannah Thompson 

Event Coordinator ­- Alyssa Vardas 

Readers/Staff Writers - Brigitte Rein, Anna Curry, Kate Bischoff, Sabina Zink,  Reagan Lee, Shelby Dorman, Courtney Knecht, Cami Smith

Faculty Advisor - Sarah Shotwell