Phoenix Magazine

Guidelines & Submissions

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ATTENTION ALL WRITERS! : The Contest DEADLINE for
Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry entries is
SEPTEMBER 30!
(Submissions are accepted year-round,
but anything received after the deadlines
will be held for consideration in the next issue.)

Reading of submissions for each year's Phoenix will begin immediately after the September 30th deadline. Any entries received after midnight September 30 will be held for consideration for the NEXT ISSUE but will NOT be read until October of the following year!

Entries for art projects are accepted through the end of each fall semester.

Winning entries for the current issue will be selected from submissions received BEFORE their respective deadlines and will be announced on this site in January. No notification letters will be sent; winners are responsible for checking the notification list and for claiming their prizes.


Welcome, Student Contributors!

The Phoenix literary magazine is an award-winning student publication published annually by Valencia College through Student Development funds. The publication features 100% student work in the categories of art, fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Courtesy of Student Development, all submissions to the Phoenix are AUTOMATICALLY entered in a CONTEST for which a $100 prize will be awarded to the best entry in each of the following four categories: Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Art.

Literary Entries (Non-Fiction, Fiction, & Poetry)

Although the Phoenix accepts student literary submissions ALL YEAR, please be advised that:

  • Poetry and prose entries MUST be submitted by midnight on September 30 to be considered for the next issue; the official reading period for poetry and prose is from October through December. Winners are chosen in January and final selections are made by the end of February.
  • Any poetry and prose submission in by the end of September will be considered for that fall-all other entries will not be considered until the following year! Example: A poem submitted on October 1, 2012, will not be read for consideration until fall of 2013.
  • EACH poem or prose piece MUST be submitted separately, or may be disqualified
  • All entries MUST be students enrolled for classes during the year in which they submit, or their entries may be disqualified

Literary submissions MUST be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document (with a 12-point font and double spacing), Rich Text File, or Plain Text File. Please give each piece a title; remove any other identifying information.

Guidelines for each category are as follows

  • Screenplay: up to three pieces, 2000 words total
  • Fiction: up to three pieces, 2000 words total
  • Graphic Fiction: up to 6 pages total
    • Acceptable file types for Graphic Fiction are JPG, TIFF & PDF
    • Please remove all text from Graphic Fiction submissions, including artist/title information
    • All Graphic Fiction submissions must be submitted as high resolution graphic files
  • Non-fiction: up to three pieces, 2000 words total
  • Poetry: 3 poems max, not more than one page each

Art Entries

Art entries are also accepted all year, but please know that:

  • Submissions entered by the end of the fall semester are eligible for the January/February selection for the upcoming issue; all submissions made after that will be considered for the following year. Example: A piece of art submitted in January will not be considered until the following January!
  • Finalists may be contacted via Atlas email by Jan./Feb., and will need to provide a high-resolution copy of their selected piece(s) suitable for reproduction in print OR may be asked to bring in the art to be professionally photographed here on West Campus.
  • Any finalist who does not respond to the email message/provide the art may not get published
  • All entries MUST be students enrolled for classes during the year in which they submit, or their entries may be disqualified

Upload a graphic file of your art submission(s) (7 max). Each submission must be submitted separately. Please give each piece a title. All entries must be submitted as high resolution graphic files at the following specifications:
  • JPG, TIFF, PDF file
  • Please remove all test from art submissions, including artist/title information
  • Minimum dimension of 8" on the shortest side (make sure the dpi is 300 or higher)
    **NOTE! Any entry not meeting these criteria CANNOT BE USED. Please follow.

If you need help resizing your entry to meet the DPI, please consult these resources (these links take you to an external website not affiliated with the Phoenix or with Valencia College) :

The following formats are unacceptable: GIF, PNG, BMP

ALL entries are automatically entered to win $100 in each of the four categories, courtesy of Student Development.


Submit Work

ALL entries are automatically entered to win $100 in each of the four categories, courtesy of Student Development.

Any entry NOT selected by the Phoenix may be used elsewhere; see this FAQ for more information.

All cash winners will be posted under the Awards each January. All winners must check the website to see if they have won (we will no longer send individual letters or emails), and then each winner must contact Student Development, West, 3-147 to arrange their payments. Any winner who neglects to collect his or her cash prize by the end of spring semester forfeits the cash prize, and the money returns to student development funds


Questions? Please read FAQs


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