Phoenix - Art & Literary Magazine

Valencia College's West Campus art and literature magazine, the Phoenix, features art, poetry, and prose from some of Valencia's most talented students.

The 2020-21 issue is currently available! You can also pick up your FREE issue in the lobbies of most West Campus buildings now & on some campuses in Communications & Arts Division offices.
Can't find one? Contact Professor Jackie Zuromski (3-143) or Professor Meg Curtiss (3-150a).


The winners of the Student Development Cash Awards

On behalf of the editors, designers, and the faculty advisers of Phoenix magazine at Valencia College, we would like to congratulate the following winning entries in our annual Phoenix magazine submissions contest, sponsored by funding from Student Development. These student's have earned a cash prize as well as a promise of publication in our 2022-23 issue—published in May and available widely in Fall term.

Creative Nonfiction

1st place ($100):
“Pulse to Me,” by Mark Christmas, East

2nd place ($50):
“Memories with Ma Opie,” by Jody Smith, West


1st place ($100):
“The Scarlet Ford,” by Jessica Moody, West

2nd Place (tie, ($50 each):
“A Conversation with You,” Christian Bruno, Downtown

2nd Place (tie, ($50 each):
“The Driver,” by Adam Scharf, Downtown


1st Place ($100):
“10 Things I Could Write in a Video Game Review That I Could Write in a Suicide Letter,” Tyler Tyrell, Osceola

2nd Place ($50):
“Moonshine Musings,” Colleen Blake, West


1st Place ($100): (pictured)
“Study Hard,” by Joshua Montgomery, East

2nd Place (tie, ($50 each):
“The Heads of One Being,” by Amanda Hawkins, West

2nd Place (tie, ($50 each):
“Stare,” by Valeria Loyola, Poinciana
(featured in the ENGAGE article

Get Published! Earn Money!

Courtesy of Student Development, a $100 prize will be awarded the best entry in each of the following four categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Art.

We had so many amazing submissions for our upcoming issue it was hard to judge the winners. Thank you to all who submitted your art and literary works! The next issue is currently in the works! If you submitted work please check your Valencia email to see if your work was selected for publishing. Award winners, please check your Valencia email to learn more about your award.

To enter your work or become part of the team that puts the publication together click here

Magazine Publishing Schedule

Aug-mid Oct:  Actively seeking student writing submissions for contest/current issue
(NOTE: submissions are accepted all year)
Aug-mid Dec: Actively seeking student art submissions for contest
(NOTE: submissions are accepted all year)
Mid Oct-Dec: Editors are evaluating and selecting literature and art
Dec-Jan:  Emails go out to contributors with selected pieces
Student Designers finalize design and do magazine layout
Phoenix is printed; distribution begins

The Phoenix wants to
publish YOUR creative work!
Review the guidelines
and submit your entry TODAY!