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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.



If you are not affiliated with PCC, please submit in the WRITERS AT LARGE CFP.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - SPRING 2018 PRINT ISSUE OF PCCINSCAPE

DEADLINE FOR YOUR ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, PROSE AND POETRY IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018. Submit through Submittable by visiting pccinscape.com

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FROM PCC COMMUNITY, STUDENTS, STAFF, ADMINISTRATORS and ALUMNI ON SURVIVAL, RECOVERY & MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS (Online Companion Issue for writers and artists from anywhere - please submit ) 

Recovery (noun): a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.For some, recovery comes after a struggle with demons--a period where hopelessness is your home. For others, recovery happens when there is a willingness to change and to seek happiness, stillness, or acceptance.

For our Spring 2018 themed issue we’re looking for passionate, emotional, raw poems, stories, essays, art and photography that explore how you break the addiction chains; how you (or someone you love or admire) acknowledges the turmoil and begins to look for a way out-- something better waiting on the other side. We want to hear how your life and the lives of others have been impacted by survival, recovery & mental health. We hunger for authentic, “real” experiences and stories of hope.Some of our inspirations for this issue include: the work of poet Anne Sexton, Instagram sensation Rupi Kaur, the Newsletter of the Alcoholics Anonymous organization, spoken word poet Neil Heilborn, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, John Green, Collette, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s video, “The Most Astounding Fact.” 

Possible topics include:

  • Beating the odds for recovery
  • Addiction 
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (with military service and other)
  • Redemption, reclamation, retrieval, renewal
  • #MeToo 
  • Shattered selves
  • Eating Disorders
  • Unsolvable fractures
  • Recovery and survival influences (literature, real people, places, experiences, objects, landscapes, musicians)

Submission Parameters:

PLEASE INCLUDE THE GENRE (poem, story, essay, art) in your submission subject.

  • 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 poems in a Single File -- we're looking for short and powerful poems for this issue -- no more than 20-30 lines. Poems in a series and prose poems are welcome.
  2. Fiction - Please send no more than 1 story at a time, no more than 5 typed, double spaced pages. 
  3. Non-Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction - Please send no more than 6 pages total (no more than 3 pieces if "flash non fiction"). 
  4. Critical Reviews, Academic Essays, Blogs, Cultural Criticism etc. Please include one submission only. Consider reviewing art, films, writers who fit the theme. 
  5. Hybrid/Flash work - We like unique, strange, hybrid stuff too! Send your collages that merge text and image, or whatever else. 

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. 

Submissions:

  • 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).

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