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 critical writing and creative efforts of writers within and beyond the Pasadena City College community. 

Established in 1943 as Pipes of Pan, Inscape is a contemporary journal that publishes critical commentary, 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. 

At least one print journal per year is produced by our student staff, with additional issues when funding permits. Additional projects, such as online issues, folios, and specialty print projects, are offered when funding permits. 

We are currently accepting critical essays, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama, hybrid writing and visual art and photography for potential publication in print and online issues for 2022-2023. 

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) may  not be reviewed until the beginning of a new academic term. We are grateful for your patience. All work is considered for both print and online publication.

Inscape publishes work from students, faculty, and staff at Pasadena City College, and we also accept work from writers outside of the PCC Community for online publications. Please indicate your affiliation with PCC in your cover letter, as well as on your submission.

If at any point you must withdraw your work, please do so on Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please allow us up to 4 months to review your work if you've submitted during the current academic calendar.

For questions about active submissions, please communicate with us through Submittable. 

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.

We're putting together a special online edition of INSCAPE and we want you! This Digital Folio will be published online in February 2022. The theme is "Love Letters to the Lost" and is open to all writers everywhere, included but not limited to PCC affiliates.

We're looking for your love letter to the lost. Open to any genre of writing; this can be poetry, prose, non-fiction, flash fiction, etc. So long as the theme centers around a love letter to someone/something lost, it qualifies! Your love letters can be about lost ideas, stories, recipes, books, people, culture, language, music, loved ones, celebrities, etc. Each author may submit one piece to this call.

Accepted pieces will be published online on the Inscape Magazine website:

Please prepare for submission:

  • Your written piece as a .docx or .doc file, or artwork as a .tif or .jpg (NO PDFs PLEASE)
  • Short bio (100 words or less)
  • Selfie photo as a .jpg (optional)
  • If desired, you can provide some background to your piece
  • Best email to reach you

Open call for submissions ends on JANUARY 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM.


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

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. 

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.


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 ATTN International Mailing and we'll do our best. 

PCC Inscape Magazine