Thank you for supporting Pasadena City College's INSCAPE MAGAZINE. 

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We are a small, student-run publication that operates on 16 week semesters with a faculty advisor. PCC Inscape is a class (ENG 7) taken for credit at Pasadena City College. Students learn the ins and outs of literary journal publication, web and social media presence for the journal, and develop content such as blogs, critical reviews, creative work, and interviews with professional artists and writers. Students also learn how to evaluate submissions for literary journal publication, and design the print and online issues. It is an invaluable educational experience that supports the literary community at large by teaching students how to become professional members of the writing and publishing community.

We publish at least 1 (sometimes 2) print issues per year that celebrate the work of PCC Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni, and publish 2 online issues per year that celebrate the work of writers and artists near and far. We sometimes do special projects like chapbooks and broadsides.

We have published work by and interviews with Richie Hoffman, Steph Cha, Genevieve Kaplan, Sean Bernard, Don Campbell, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Kiyoshi Nakazawa and more. (If you are a writer interested in being interviewed by a staff member, it's a great learning experience for them and should be fun for you! Contact us!)

We are supported by fa VERY SMALL grant from Pasadena City College, and your generous donations.

We offer the Handley Creative Writing Scholarship Prize each year to the best student work submitted to PCC Inscape each year.

We want your "Stories and Voices" pieces! 

Flash prose (up to 250 words)

Narrative poems (3-5)

Art & Photography

This issue is being curated as a special project by the Pasadena City College Campus Writing Club and will appear online and in a limited edition chapbook released in Fall 2019.

Please include a short bio and a selfie picture.

Bio tips:



Inscape staff wants your creative non-fiction genre work; this includes music and concert reviews (old and new), autobiographies, memoirs, autobiographical prose or lyric poems, interviews with living or dead musicians, manifestos, monologues, new journalism, personal research essays, songs, photography, and art that engages with music from all over the world from the 1900s to now.

Please submit 1-5 pieces with a max of 2000 words per piece (we prefer .docx or .doc through submittable) and include a BIO (your first and last name, any academic or creative affiliations, and any insights about your love for music. Make clear your affiliation or non-affiliation with Pasadena City College and include a selfie photo please.

We love having guest bloggers contribute critical essays, cultural-event reviews, interviews and profiles, personal essay and reflection in conversation with art, literature, and culture, and more! PCC Students and writers everywhere, please submit your work to be featured on INSTRESS: The Inscape Blog

Some possible topics and themes include:

  • music reviews (old and new) and music "journalism" and profiles as well as creative music "journeys"
  • recovery (from addiction, alcoholism, process addictions)
  • mental health experiences and awareness issues
  • cultural events around Pasadena and elsewhere
  • reviews or critical investigation of poems, short stories, literature, or any subject that interests you
  • for PCC Students, often your essays written in History, English, Art, Sociology, Psychology, Theatre, Science and Environmentalism,  etc. can be a great blog post and idea! 
  • body positivism movement and self+care regiment
  • Loveability and Self+love
  • LGBTQ experiences, stories, events 
  • We welcome Blog Series proposals too! 

Please submit with a BIO (your first and last name, any academic or creative affiliations, and any other tidbits you'd like to share) and make clear your affiliation or non-affiliation with Pasadena City College . Include a selfie photo please. 

Blogs can be anywhere from 500 words to 2000. We may break your longer blog up into multiple posts. We welcome photographs and other media to feature with your blog but you are responsible for permissions on these items (or citations). 

Please Submit Here if you are a PCC Student, Faculty, Staff, Alumnus, Administrator. 

General Call for Submissions Open!

All work submitted will be considered for both the Online and Print issues between Fall 2018-Fall 2019. Any theme. Issue will publish in Fall 2019.


  • Please submit all work in a single file (Except artwork). 
  • Please SAVE AS .doc or .docx with unique file name - Inscape.Genre.Name.
  • Please include titles of work in your cover letter, along with a brief 25-100 word bio. We may edit your bio. 
  • Please include a "selfie" with your submission as a separate .jpg
  1. Poems - Submit no more than 3-5 poems in a Single File. We take long poems too, so if you have a very long poem, consider sending only that poem.  
  2. Fiction - Please send no more than 2 stories at a time, no more than 5 typed, double spaced pages. Query if you'd like to send something longer.
  3. Non-Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction - Please send no more than 2 essays at a time, no more than 5 typed, double spaced pages. Query if you'd like to send something longer.
  4. Critical Reviews, Academic Essays, Blogs, Cultural Criticism etc. Please include one submission only. If you have a blog topic suggestion or query, send it with a sample of your own writing.
  5. Hybrid/Flash work - We like unique, strange, hybrid stuff and also "flash" or short short short pieces too! Please send no more than 5 or so "flash" pieces at a time. Query about hybrid work if you can't send a file. (Links are ok for audio, video, or online cloud storage to showcase work).
  6. Please submit artwork and photography separately (not in this field).

Purchase our most recent issue to support our students! We are a community college journal and depend on your donations! The magazine is connected to a class that teaches students important, real-world skills like collaboration, team work, and critical thinking, plus some really great job skills like building websites, interviewing, editing, organizational skills, and more.

Plus, you know you have a soft spot for the artists and writers . . . 

and thanks for circulating our website on your social media!

Include your full name and mailing address with your payment of $7. 

Requests sent between June 10-August 31 will be held and processed in September.

We are a small magazine and like to operate ethically, and we know that it's tough for writers and artists to get their work out there. While we abhor fees, we do need your support, and so we offer our TIP JAR SUBMISSIONS PROCESS for those interested in donating 5$ to get a 2-week turnaround on your submissions along with comments on your work by our editors and faculty advisor, Dr. Kirsten Ogden.

Dr. Ogden is a 2-time judge for the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Prize from Georgia University Press and is a poet-laureate of Gambier, Ohio and former Poetry Fellow for The Kenyon Review Writers Workshops. Her poems, essays, book arts projects and stories have been published in numerous journals including brevity, anderbo, Kenyon Review Online, Louisiana Literature, Zone 3, Claudius Speaks, and elsewhere. Student editors are trained in responding to work through a rigorous analysis and reflection process and offer feedback and support to all writers and artists. 

Please consider submitting to our Tip Jar, open to writers everywhere, including our PCC Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni.

Writers and Artists not affiliated with Pasadena City College are invited to submit poetry, prose, art work, photography, and blog posts for publication in our Online Literary Journal, and some speciality chapbooks. Our PCC Community is invited to be published in our student print journal in fall and spring, or our online issue alongside writers everywhere.

Poets: Please limit your submissions to 3-5 poems

Prose: Fiction and non-fiction writers, please limit to 1 submission, no more than 20 pages total, unless your work is "flash" or "short short" - and then please submit no more than 3-5 pieces.

Art and Photography: Please limit to 3 pieces (Query for longer series project to We love art, photography, illustrations, comics, and hybrid work. 

Blog posts: Please limit to 3 submissions for guest blogging. We love book reviews and essays and critique on archival and contemporary topics.

PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU ARE A STUDENT, FACULTY MEMBER, OR COMMUNITY MEMBER OF PASADENA CITY COLLEGE or if you are a "non-affiliated" submitter. Please include a brief bio and cover letter, along with your name, email address, telephone number, and mailing address.

Thank you for your support of our magazine!


  • ALL WRITERS EVERYWHERE are invited to submit to PCC Inscape Review for our online issues and specialty chapbooks. 
  • PCC Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Administrators are invited to submit poetry, prose, artwork, photography, and blog posts for the Print Journals each year. Your submissions will also be considered for the online magazine.
  • Submissions close at 30 submissions per month. Work submitted between June 1 and August 31 will be considered for the next academic year.
  • Please include your name, phone number, email, mailing address, and a brief bio (about 50-150 words) about yourself and please specify if you are a PCC Affiliated student, faculty, alumni, staff, or community member or a non-affiliated writer or artist.

  • Poetry submissions are limited to 3-5 poems in a single file.
  • Prose submissions are limited to 20 pages max for 1 submission, no more than 3 submissions for "flash" or "short short" fiction and non fiction, in a single file.
  • Art and Photography is limited to 3-5 pieces - query for more submissions or special projects. We love to feature art, illustrations, and photography.
  • Blog posts are limited to 3 post submissions. We love interviews, book reviews, critical or personal essays, and more.

If you'd like a response faster than 2-3 months, consider submitting in our TIP JAR category. We could use your support!

NOTE that submissions received between June 3 and August 31 and December 20-February 20 will be held and reviewed when the academic semester reopens.

PCC Inscape Magazine