all the world is full of inscape and chance left free to act falls into an order as well as purpose.

- gerard manley hopkins


Inscape is a student-led arts and literature journal that celebrates the creative efforts of writers within and beyond Pasadena City College. 

Established in 1943 as Pipes of Pan, Inscape is a contemporary journal that publishes prose, poetry, drama, art, and hybrid texts across disciplines. We are drawn to work from diverse writers and artists whose pieces thoughtfully and critically explores today's literary and cultural climates. 

Two print publications, Spring and Fall, are produced by our student staff each year. Additional projects, such as online issues, folios, and specialty print projects, are offered when funding permits. 

We are currently accepting works of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama, and visual art for potential publication in our Spring 2022 issue. Please review the general guidelines below; additional guidelines are available in each submission portal.

General Guidelines

Submissions are accepted throughout the year; please note that our active reading cycles correspond to the academic calendar at Pasadena City College. Submissions made during the summer or winter intersessions (June through August and late December through January, respectively) will not be reviewed until the beginning of a new academic term. We are grateful for your patience.

Inscape publishes work from students, faculty, and staff at Pasadena City College, as well as work from members of the creative community at large. Please indicate your affiliation with PCC in your cover letter, as well as on your submission (an affiliation list is available in each portal).

If at any point you must withdraw your work, please do so on Submittable. We do not encourage simultaneous submissions. 

For questions about active submissions, please email pccinscape@gmail.com.

The Handley Award

Current PCC students are eligible for the Handley Award, a scholarship that recognizes excellence in creative writing. There is no application for this award; to be considered, you must be a current PCC student. You should indicate this status in your cover letter. Recipients are notified of their award each Spring.

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Welcome to the submission portal for poetry.

We are currently accepting lyric, narrative, and dramatic poetry -- as well as hybrid and prose pieces -- for potential publication in our Spring 2022 print issue of Inscape. Please review the following guidelines:

  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but please limit yourself to no more than five stand alone pieces. If you have additional pieces you would like to submit for consideration, please wait for the next publication cycle (Fall 2022).
  • Submit each piece as an individual file clearly labeled with your last name and the title of the respective piece.
  • Please prepare a short, formal cover letter to accompany your submission. Your cover letter should indicate your affiliation with PCC and should include the following: a short (200 words or less) bio written in third person, the titles of each piece submitted for potential publication, and your current mailing address. Current PCC students should also include an anticipated graduation or transfer date. 
  • Use spacing and formats appropriate for your poems -- submit them in the style in which you would like them to appear in print, should they be published.
  • If you are a PCC student and are submitting work you completed for a class, please remove all course-specific information (such as an MLA style heading) before you submit your work.
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Welcome to the submission portal for fiction.

We are currently accepting short stories, novellas, novel chapters, and flash-fiction pieces for potential publication in our Spring 2022 print issue of Inscape. Please review the following guidelines:

  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but please limit yourself to no more than three stand alone pieces. If you have additional pieces you would like to submit for consideration, please wait for the next publication cycle (Fall 2022).
  • Novel chapters or excerpts should read well as stand alone pieces.
  • Submit each piece as an individual file clearly labeled with your last name and the title of the respective piece.
  • Please prepare a short, formal cover letter to accompany your submission. Your cover letter should indicate your affiliation with PCC and should include the following: a short (200 words or less) bio written in third person, the titles of each piece submitted for potential publication, and your current mailing address. Current PCC students should also include an anticipated graduation or transfer date.
  • Please double space your manuscript(s) and include page numbers.
  • If you are a PCC student and are submitting work you completed for a class, please remove all course-specific information (such as an MLA style heading) before you submit your work.

Welcome to the submission portal for creative non-fiction.

We are currently accepting essays, memoirs, and other non-fiction pieces for potential publication in our Spring 2022 print issue of Inscape. Please review the following guidelines: 

  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but please limit yourself to no more than three stand alone pieces. If you have additional pieces you would like to submit for consideration, please wait for the next publication cycle (Fall 2022).
  • Submit each piece as an individual file clearly labeled with your last name and the title of the respective piece.
  • Please prepare a short, formal cover letter to accompany your submission. Your cover letter should indicate your affiliation with PCC and should include the following: a short (200 words or less) bio written in third person, the titles of each piece submitted for potential publication, and your current mailing address. Current PCC students should also include an anticipated graduation or transfer date.
  • Please double space your manuscript(s) and include page numbers. 
  • If you are a PCC student and are submitting work you completed for a class, please remove all course-specific information (such as an MLA style heading) before you submit your work. 
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Welcome to the submission portal for drama.

We are currently accepting plays and scripts for potential publication in our Spring 2022 print issue of Inscape. Please review the following guidelines:

  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but please limit yourself to no more than three stand alone pieces. If you have additional pieces you would like to submit for consideration, please wait for the next publication cycle (Fall 2022).
  • Submit each piece as an individual file clearly labeled with your last name and the title of the respective piece.
  • Please prepare a short, formal cover letter to accompany your submission. Your cover letter should indicate your affiliation with PCC and should include the following: a short (200 words or less) bio written in third person, the titles of each piece submitted for potential publication, and your current mailing address. Current PCC students should also include an anticipated graduation or transfer date.
  • Please ensure your manuscript follows standard stage play/script formatting.
  • If you are a PCC student and are submitting work you completed for a class, please remove all course-specific information (such as an MLA style heading) before you submit your work.
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Welcome to the submission portal for visual art.

We are currently accepting photography, illustration, and other artwork for potential publication in our Spring 2022 print issue of Inscape. Please review the following guidelines:

  • We accept a variety of artwork for potential publication, including comics and visual narratives. Please use this portal to submit comics and visual narratives, as opposed to Creative Non-Fiction or Fiction, to ensure the appropriate editorial team reviews your piece(s). 
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but please limit yourself to no more than five stand alone pieces. If you have additional pieces you would like to submit for consideration, please wait for the next publication cycle (Fall 2022).
  • Submit each piece as an individual file clearly labeled with your last name and the title of the respective piece.
  • Please prepare a short, formal cover letter to accompany your submission. Your cover letter should indicate your affiliation with PCC and should include the following: a short (200 words or less) bio written in third person, the titles of each piece submitted for potential publication, and your current mailing address. Current PCC students should also include an anticipated graduation or transfer date.
  • Please submit your work as high resolution JPGs or PNGs.
  • If you are a PCC student and are submitting work you completed for a class, please remove all course-specific information (such as an MLA style heading) before you submit your work.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT WORK FOR PUBLICATION IN THIS PORTAL. IT WILL NOT BE READ FOR PUBLICATION AND WILL BE DELETED.

Inscape Magazine is a student-run publication at Pasadena City College in print since 1942! We published one of the first stories by award-winning alumna Octavia Butler in our very pages! Our archive is housed at the Pasadena City College Library.

While we receive a small grant each year from PCC Student Services, the Covid-crisis has left our funding up in the air. We appreciate any donations for the publication of our print magazine and Editor's prizes. The magazine is attached to the ENGL 7 course, which teaches students how to work on a professional literature magazine, how to take on editorial roles, how to interview professional artists and writers and how to compose culture-content for our Feral Parrot blog. Students also choose awardees for the Handley Award Scholarship for Pasadena City College students as well as other editorial prizes. 

We publish at least 1 print issue per year and online content at pccinscape.com

We are a community publication and we primarily publish work by PCC Community Members and occasionally artists and writers from elsewhere.

Our Creative Writing program at Pasadena City College is a member of the AWP Associated Writing Programs Affiliate Members and the Community of Literary Magazines and Small Presses.

Please consider donating by mailing a check made out to PCC Inscape Magazine to:

Attn: Dr. Kirsten Ogden, Inscape Magazine

English Department - Creative Writing Program 

C 245 - Pasadena City College

1570 East Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91106 

You can also donate here through submittable at a rate of $10.00 or more (as submittable takes a small fee for processing donations). 

Your name will be featured as a donor in our publications. 


$5.00 - 25.00
$5.00 - 25.00

Please DO NOT submit work for publication here. It will not be reviewed and will be deleted.

Our latest 3 issues are gorgeous! 

Our Winter 2021 issue was themed "DARK & LIGHT" and features a selection of carefully curated work in a full-color issue edited by our student editors Coco and Amanda Ly. The issue features poetry, prose, and hybrid work. (Vol 77, Issue 1). 

Our Fall 2020 issue edited by student editor Kristen Simental is a fantastic focus on stories written by students and PCC Community members. The issue boasts several outstanding interviews, including with Mississippi Review editor Adam Clay, a profile of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca who visited PCC in Spring 2020, and an interview with cover artist Jenny Kessler as well as wonderful photographs from other artists in the PCC Community. (Vol 76, Issue 1). 

We still have copies of our double-sized Spring 2020 issue (Vol.75 - No.1)  edited by student editors Alicia Wilson and Sean Ban. The issue features stunning artwork by Canadian artist Laurie Lynn-McGlynn as well as superb, carefully selected poetry and prose and an essay series exploring California Literature.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE COVER


If you are a student, we'll send you your copy! Include your mailing address. If you're able to donate to off-set the cost of mailing, we REALLY appreciate it! Please Note: At this time, we are unable to ship internationally due to Covid 19 unless you are a contributer. Please contact pccinscape@gmail.com ATTN International Mailing and we'll do our best. 

PCC Inscape Magazine