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

We accept work from writers everywhere, in addition to our PCC Community.

INSCAPE  publishes 1-2 print issues per year in Spring and Fall. Each print issue features a wide range of work submitted by Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni of Pasadena City College. Please indicate your PCC Affiliation in your cover letter and include a "selfie" .jpg photo and a 200 words or less bio in 3rd person. Our mission is to include writers from all cultural identities, in terms of race, ethnicity, indigenous tribe, gender, class, sexuality, age, education, ability, language, religion, and region. We try to present a diverse mix of voices in each issue. 

INSCAPE publishes a number of online issues, folios, and specialty print projects including broadsides, chapbooks, and more. These publications are open to ALL writers and artists EVERYWHERE. Please take note and submit in the correct category -- PCC AFFILIATED or PCC NON-AFFILIATED.

SUBMITTABLE: Setting up a Submittable account is FREE. Please be sure to use an email address where you can receive notifications and messages from the Submittable System. Please query about your submission to after 4 months. Include all of the particulars (what you submitted, when, etc.)

Please Note: Due to the high number of submissions and Submittable's fees for magazines to use their service, we must cap our number of submissions each month. If you are unable to submit because the submission period closed early due to a large number of submissions, please come back and submit at the start of the next month. Thanks for your understanding.

We are always accepting rolling submissions. However, because we are affiliated with an academic institution, when you submit in late December, January, June, July, and August, it may take us until the start of the Academic Year to get to your work. Thank you for understanding.

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OUR MISSION: We are a small, student-run publication that operates on 16 week semesters with a faculty adviser. PCC Inscape is a class (ENG 7 or ENG 20) 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 really need your support with submissions, as well as donations in order to keep this project alive and to continue facilitating the next generation of readers and writers of outstanding creative work. Consider submitting under our "donations" category. We promise to get to your work a bit faster, although a donation is not a guarantee of publication. 

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

Writing Awards: We offer the Handley Creative Writing Scholarship Prize each year to the best student work submitted to PCC Inscape each year. There is no application for this. We consider work by students and select finalists and scholarship recipients. To be considered, you MUST be a CURRENT PCC STUDENT and you MUST INDICATE IN YOUR COVER LETTER AND BIO that you are a CURRENT PCC STUDENT in addition to notifying us of your anticipated graduation or transfer date. 


Please submit into the correct Submittable Portal. If you don't see it, please wait to submit -- do not submit your work in a different portal. We currently only accept work through our submissions portal on Submittable. We will not read unsolicited materials via email or postal mail. Because of Submittable’s costs and policies, we currently cap our submissions at 300 per month across all genres, at which point we close until our queue resets the following month. If there are no open calls for submissions during an open reading period, it's safe to assume that we hit the cap and will reopen the first day of the next month. 

Simultaneous submission (submitting to more than 1 magazine at a time) is not something we encourage. We promise to try to get to your work quickly.

If you have to withdraw your work for any reason, please do so on Submittable. If you are making a partial withdrawal (in the case of flash or poetry, for example), please make a notation through Submittable using “Inscape Withdrawal” as your subject line.  If you just need to correct a small mistake in your submission (typos, minor changes), you can request that we open your submission on Submittable for editing. This is preferable to withdrawing and resubmitting because resubmitting counts against our monthly submissions cap, but please know that we generally won’t decline work solely because of typos or grammar weirdness. 

Please send one submission package at a time and wait until we have had a chance to respond to your submission before submitting again.  

We try to respond to submissions within four months, and often get back sooner if it's within the academic year, but sometimes we make mistakes, so please query to after 4 months. Be specific about what you submitted and when. Please be kind in your correspondence -- students who are learning about publication are performing all of the managerial roles. Be sure to check your own submission status in Submittable as well.

Cover letters: Include a cover letter with your submission that tells us what you are submitting (titles and genre are helpful) and a short third person author bio. We like cover letters because we would like to know who you are, if we don’t already. But the information in your cover letter will have no bearing on whether or not your work is accepted for publication — that decision is driven solely by the writing you submit.

Upon acceptance, PCC INSCAPE requests first serial rights. All rights revert back to the author upon publication, although we will preserve your work online in our archives for the lifespan of the magazine. If the work is later republished, we request you note its initial publication in PCC INSCAPE. We also request the right to republish your work in future print anthologies and/or as promotional broadsides with author permission. Unfortunately, PCC INSCAPE is not a paying market at this time, but we will give you free print issues and other specialty publications for free if you note that request in your bio and include your mailing address. 

Please Note: At this time, we are unable to ship internationally.  If you would like to cover the appropriate costs of shipping, please email us at and we can happily arrange that. 

Some things we will not consider:

  • unsolicited previously published material—this includes but is not limited to materials included in books, periodicals, websites, social media, or other publicly accessible online venues
  • unsolicited revisions of work we have previously declined
  • book-length works and whole chapbooks

PCC INSCAPE does not currently charge fees for submissions to the magazine, but we do have a "donations submission" portal. 


Please send one story, novella, or novel chapter at a time. Please note that novel chapters or excerpts should read well as stand alone pieces. We also love flash fictions (<1,000 words)—send up to three flash fictions in one document. Double-space your manuscript and include page numbers.


Please send one essay, memoir, or non-fiction excerpt at a time. Please note that book chapters or excerpts should read well as stand alone pieces. We also love flash non-fiction (<1,000 words)—send up to three flash non-fiction pieces in one document. Double-space your manuscript and include page numbers.


Please send one to five poems and place them all in one document. Use spacing and formats appropriate for your poems—that is, submit them the way you wish them to look. Make sure you edit for spelling, punctuation and other grammatical concerns. 


We are not open to translations at this time, but we do accept work in other languages if it is yours and if you translate it into English so that both pieces can appear side by side.


We like to include visual art. Artists should send one to three images at one time (and no more than twice per year). Files should be JPGs or similar file type. Screen resolution at a size that displays the image well enough is fine — if an image is accepted for publication, we will ask for a higher resolution file if necessary.


Critical essays, book reviews, and interviews are accepted. 


We love guest blogs on a variety of topics. Please include appropriate images with your blog.


All queries and correspondences should be directed to the editors at

Thank you for being interested in publishing with INSCAPE

— The Editors

Only Submit Here if you are a PCC Student, Faculty, Staff, Alumnus, or Administrator.
General Call for Submissions Open!


  • Please submit all work in a single file. 
  • Please SAVE AS .doc or .docx with unique file name - Title.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: 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, Cultural Criticism etc. Please include one submission only. Please submit any blogs to our call for guest bloggers. 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 okay for audio, video, or online cloud storage to showcase work).
  6. Artwork/Photography - Please use one of the appropriate file types listed on the next page. If you have a different format you would like to submit, please email us and we'd be happy to take a look.

This submission is only open to students that attended any of the 2020 PCC Summer Writing Academy Classes sponsored by the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors.

Please submit the piece you would like us to consider for publication in an online issue, include your PCC email, a brief bio written in the third person, and your educational goals.

The issue goes live at the end of August.

The submission deadline is August 7, 2020.

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 . . . 

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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.

Fall 2019 Common Book 

Please Note: At this time, we are unable to ship internationally. If you would like to cover the appropriate costs of shipping, please email us at and we can happily arrange that as well as send you other freebies, back issues, etc.


PCCInscape is thrilled to announce our affiliation with the Octavia Butler Estate in offering the Octavia Butler Fiction prizes! Ms. Butler was an alumnae of Pasadena City College and published as a student in the 1968 issue of Pipes of Pan (the former name of Inscape Magazine at PCC)! You can visit the PCC Library and the pccinscape website to view the magazine archives.

The Creative Writing program at PCC wishes to honor Ms. Butler's legacy with two fiction prizes -- 1 for writers from across the United States, and 1 for a current Pasadena City College student. Details about the prizes will be published in Spring 2020, and we are thrilled to announce that author Natasha Deon will be the finalist judge for both prizes! 

You can read more about Natasha Deon below. We're posting now to ask for a group of inaugural donors for the prize. We are a small, student-run publication, so your donation to this prize will make scholarship money available for our students and will recognize outstanding writers, all while honoring the legacy of Octavia Butler.

Our Founding Circle donors at $100 dollars or more will have their names featured as "Founding Circle Donors" and will receive chapbooks featuring the Octavia Butler Prize winners each year.

Our Lancer Donors - The first 100 donors at 50$ or 25$ or more will receive a copy of the Octavia Butler Prize chapbook featuring our winners, and an issue of the Inscape Magazine featuring our Butler Prize finalists! Your name will be included in our donors list at the back of every issue of Inscape Magazine from here on as an inaugural prize donor!

Our PCC Pride Donors - Donors between 10-24$ will receive a copy of the Octavia Butler Prize chapbook and an issue of Inscape Magazine featuring our Butler Prize finalists, and your name will be included as a cherished donor in the Spring Issue featuring the finalists.

Our PCC Angel Donors - Donors below 10 dollars will have their name included on our donors list, and our gratitude for supporting this wonderful prize!

At this time, your donation is not tax-deductible, but we will be forever grateful. 

Your Donation will go directly to our cash prize for winners and to sustaining the cash prize for years to come as well as funding a small stipend for our finalist judge each year.

This prize was conceived by the 2018-2019 student staff of PCCInscape and was researched by 2018 PCC Student Rene Aguilar. For more information, contact Dr. Kirsten Ogden at

About Natasha Deon

Natashia Deón is  a NAACP Image Award Nominee and author of the  critically-acclaimed novel, GRACE (Counterpoint Press).  Awarded  the 2017 American Library Association's Black Caucus Award for Best  Debut Fiction, GRACE was also named a New York Times Top Book 2016,  a Kirkus ReviewBest Book of 2016, and a Book Riot, The Root, and Entropy  Magazine Favorite Book of 2016.

Founder of REDEEMED, a non-profit that pairs professional writers with those who have been convicted of crimes, Deón is a practicing criminal attorney, law professor, and creative writing professor at UCLA and Otis College of Art & Design. Deón is the mother of two and is the creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series’ Dirty Laundry Lit and The Table.

She has appeared in People Magazine, TIME magazine, and Redbook, with essays in The New York Times, American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, Lenny, LA Review of Books, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review and other places. 

Deón was  a U.S. Delegate to Armenia in 2017 as part of the U.S. Embassy’s  reconciliation project between Turkey and Armenia, in partnership with  the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and is a  Pamela Krasney Moral Courage Fellow, and has been awarded fellowships  and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, Prague's  Creative Writing Program, Dickinson House in Belgium, the Virginia  Center for Creative Arts and other places. 

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