PHOENIX SUBMISSIONS

Submissions for the 2021 edition of Phoenix are now open. Why wait to enter? If you create something fabulous later, you can always manage/modify your entries up through the deadline. 

Please click on the links below for specific submission guidelines for each category. 

In the meantime, check out our online archive of Phoenix editions for inspiration, going back to 2005!

ART SCHOLARSHIPS

Clark's Art Department has moved its annual art scholarships to "REMOTE" operations. Please submit your work samples (portfolio) here along with a personal statement. Finalists will be contacted for required documentation via their Clark student email account.

We are searching for poetry by the Clark College community that provoke thought  and resonate.  Stray from the cliché or stereotypical  imagery. Capture what is real, both emotionally and physically.

Works that deal with mature and complex issues or  themes are welcomed, but works that address them inappropriately, either  through ill research or blatant bigotry, will be declined.  Please do  not submit works that have been previously submitted for consideration  to Phoenix. 

Specific Guidelines:

  • Do NOT put your name on the manuscript (works are anonymously judged)
  • Include a brief writer's statement that says something substantive about the work
  • Include the title on the manuscript
  • Attach submission as .doc or .docx files
  • Do not submit more than 2 works per literary genre
  • Edit your work carefully

Tips for Success: 

  • Make sure your submission is not a draft. Has anyone else read it? Has it been workshopped and have you received feedback you've used to revise it? No work should be submitted that has not been      thoroughly revised. 
  • Has the work been edited carefully? If you need help  with grammar, consider going to the Writing Center. 
  • Can you speak about your work confidently? Can you identify the form of the poetry and its intention? If not, it likely needs to be revised. 
  • Does your work meet all the submission guidelines?


We are searching for works of fiction by the Clark College community that provoke thought and resonate. Combine your words together in a way that  will be like a sucker-punch to the gut. Introduce us to real characters who are in real situations. Avoid the stereotypical and stray from cliché. Capture what is real, both emotionally and physically.

Fanfiction,  erotica, children's fiction, and plays will not be accepted. Excerpts or chapters from  novels will be considered, but they must be able to function as stand-alone stories.  Please do  not submit works that have been previously submitted for consideration  to Phoenix unless they have gone through considerable revision.

Specific Guidelines:

  • 5,000 words maximum
  • Do NOT put your name on the manuscript (works are anonymously judged)
  • Make sure your title is on the manuscript
  • Double-space your document and use Time New Roman size 12 font
  • Include word count on the first page
  • Include a writer's statement that says something substantive about the work
  • Attach submission as .doc or .docx files
  • Do not submit more than 2 works total in any one literary category
  • Edit your work carefully for grammar and spelling

Tips for Success: 

  • Make sure your submission is not a draft. Has anyone else read it? Has it been workshopped and have you received feedback you've used to revise it? No work should be submitted that has not been thoroughly revised. 
  • Has the work been edited carefully? If you need help with grammar, consider going to the Writing Center. 
  • Does your work meet all the submission guidelines?

Works of creative non-fiction should be real life stories, not fiction,  and not academic or research essays. The paper you wrote in your English  102 class is not a work of creative non-fiction.

These works  should use the elements of fiction to draw in readers and paint a vivid  picture of a real life event. As in the other genres, stray from the  stereotypes and cliché.  Make us cry; make us laugh; make us want to  learn more about the story you tell. 

No erotica or offensive works. 

Specific Guidelines:

  • 5,000 words maximum
  • Do NOT put your name on the manuscript (works are anonymously judged)
  • Double-space your document and use Time New Roman size 12 font
  • Include word count on the first page
  • Include the title on the manuscript
  • Include a brief writer's statement that says something substantive about the work
  • Attach submission as .doc or .docx files
  • Do not submit more than 2 works per literary genre 
  • Edit carefully for grammar and spelling

Tips for Success: 

  • Make sure your submission is not a  draft. Has anyone else read it? Has it been workshopped and have you  received feedback you've used to revise it? No work should be submitted  that has not been thoroughly revised. 
  • Has the work been edited carefully? If you need help with grammar, consider going to the Writing Center. 
  • Does your work meet all the submission guidelines?

All photographic entries must be a minimum of at least 1500 pixels in size in at least one direction (width OR height). To ensure good enough quality for printing, digital files cannot be upsampled from a lower resolution. (when sizing in "Image Size," "resample" must NOT be checked.) Please avoid attaching files larger than 10MB in size. Resize as necessary to 360ppi and between 1500 and 3000 pixels in any one direction. Please flatten any layered files. Flattened PSDs, TIFFs or high quality JPEGs are the preferred formats.


Film-based, alternative-process, antique-process, or collage-based photographic prints must be scanned at 300 ppi resolution minimum at 100 percent of printed size either by you or with the help of the Phoenix staff. As above, the minimum size of 1500 pixels in one direction is required for photographic entries. Ask the Phoenix staff for assistance if necessary.


Submissions are limited to 2 per medium, or 4 total. A series is considered one submission.







2d & 3d artwork submissions must be scanned or photographed either by you or with the help of the Phoenix staff. All digital files must be a  minimum of at least 1500 pixels in  size in at least one direction (width OR height). To ensure good enough  quality for printing, digital files cannot be upsampled from a lower resolution. (when sizing in "Image Size," "resample" must NOT be  checked.)

Smaller pieces that can fit on a scanner must be scanned at a minimum of 300ppi resolution  either by you or with the help of the Phoenix staff. Larger pieces should be photographed with a digital camera. Oversized pieces are best photographed in the open shade to avoid glare. Place it flat on the ground, or against a wall and shoot it as straight on as possible, cropping in as tight as you can without cutting anything off. Do not use a flash.

Submissions are limited to 2 per medium, or 4 total. A series is considered one submission.

All raster graphics must be a minimum of 300ppi resolution and at least 1500 pixels in size in at least one direction or a maximum of 3000 pixels (width OR height.) To ensure good enough  quality for printing, digital files cannot be upsampled from a lower resolution. (when sizing in "Image Size," "resample" must NOT be  checked.)  
Vector graphics may be turned in as a native Adobe Illustrator file. Make sure any links and fonts are flattened and embedded.
Do not attach files larger than 10MB in size. Resize as necessary to 300ppi and between 1500 and 3000 pixels in any one direction. Please flatten any layered files.
Submissions are limited to 2 per medium, or 4 total. A series is considered one submission.





2d & 3d artwork submissions must be scanned or photographed either by you or with the help of the Phoenix staff. All digital files must be a minimum of at least 1500 pixels in  size in at least one direction (width OR height). To ensure good enough  quality for printing, digital files cannot be upsampled from a lower  resolution. (when sizing in "Image Size," "resample" must NOT be  checked.)


Smaller pieces that can fit on a scanner must be scanned at 300ppi resolution  either by you or with the help of the Phoenix staff. Larger pieces should be photographed with a digital camera.


Be sure scanned artwork has adequate contrast so that the work will  print well. For example, soft pencil drawings may be difficult to see  once reproduced in print. Oversized pieces are best photographed in the shade to avoid glare. Place it  flat on the ground, or against a wall and shoot it as straight on as  possible, cropping in as tight as you can without cutting anything off.  Do not use a flash.


Submissions are limited to 2 per medium, or 4 total. A series is considered one submission.





Ceramic artwork submissions must be photographed either by you or with the help of the Phoenix staff. Photos of your 3D submissions should be taken in indirect, natural lighting for best results. Drape a neutral colored fabric behind the piece to avoid a cluttered background. Get close enough to your piece so it fills most of the composition, but not so close that it is out of focus. Explore which angle shows off your work to its best advantage. To avoid glare, do not use flash. Submissions are limited to 2 per medium, or 4 total. A series is considered one piece.


3D artwork submissions must be photographed either by you or with the help of the Phoenix staff. Photos of your 3D submissions should be taken in indirect, natural lighting for best results. Drape a neutral colored fabric behind the  piece to avoid a cluttered background. Get close enough to your piece so it fills most of the composition, but not so close that it is out of focus or being cut off. Explore which angle shows off your work to its best advantage. To avoid glare, do not use flash.

Submissions are limited to 2 per medium, or 4 total. A series is considered one submission.

For Literary Graphic Novel Excerpts: Please submit 2-6 scanned pages (high resolution 300dpi at 100% size) of finished pencils or better. The pages submitted should be a self-contained cohesive story. 

For Cartoons, Short Comics or Sequential Art: Please submit high resolution jpegs as either a series (sharing one title,) or as individual entries (each with a separate title and entry.) 

For collaborative work: in either of these categories, properly credit each member of your creative team (i.e. Writer: Jane Doe, Artist: John Doe, Letterer: Tae Kwan Doe.)

This category will be judged by a joint Literary and Art jury.

Music, animation, video or performance submissions that are accepted will be hosted on our YouTube site and embedded in our website. The files should be attached here for the jury, fully edited, as .wav, .mov or .mp4 file. You must also include a still frame graphic that can be printed in the book and our website navigation page. Performance Art may be submitted as either a video documenting the performance, or as a series of still photos (max 4.)
Submissions are limited to 2 per medium, or 4 total.
Helpful advice: Phoenix staff recommends that you tightly edit your pieces and that they aren't overly lengthy, or that you submit excerpts from your longer works. Rarely will you be able to hold your audience's attention span on the website for more than a couple minutes.