We accept submissions from Clark College students, faculty, staff, and alumni.


Please click on the appropriate category to submit and make sure you also click on the "show guidelines" link and read the requirements for each category.  The specific guidelines for each category must be followed or works will not be considered. 


Please limit submissions to two per genre or category, or six total.


For all works, please include a writer or artist's statement. 


Ends on December 14, 2018

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?

Ends on December 14, 2018

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?

Ends on December 14, 2018

We are looking for academic, research, or political essays that are similar in style to "Radical Presentism" from Tin House's Faith issue (click on the link for hte full essay).  As in the other genres, stray from the  stereotypes and cliché. 


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?


Please submit at least 4 and no more than 6 scanned pages of finished pencils or better. For those who completed the Crafts of Comics class, we encourage you to submit!




Submit your artwork in one of two fashions:

1) as artwork only, allowing Phoenix staff the discretion to design it into a cover

2) as a complete cover concept with front and back covers, spine and relevant typography.


The theme for the 2019 Phoenix Cover is not yet determined. It will most likely be announced in October of 2018. However, the cover does not necessarily have to adhere to a theme. You may submit anything you think would work well as a cover.

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 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.


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.





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.

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.




Music, video and animation submissions  must be submitted as an embedded video format link (like YouTube, SoundCloud or Vimeo,) and/or an original file format such as .wav, .mov or .mp4. Also include a still frame graphic for the book and 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. 

Clark College Phoenix