2019 SandScript Cover

What is SandScript?

SandScript is the art and literary magazine of Pima Community College. Published annually, SandScript features works of prose, poetry, and visual art which are as exciting and diverse as the Pima students who created them.

SandScript magazine is created by a limited number of dedicated students, a student editor, their faculty advisor, and a volunteer graphic designer. The efforts of the artists, authors and the SandScript staff have resulted in numerous awards for excellence over the past twenty-five years on both the regional and national levels.

The Community College Humanities Association awarded SandScript First Place in the national contest for the best literary magazine in 2015, 2016, 2017.

The specific course for SandScript is WRT 162, Literary Magazine Workshop, and is only offered at West Campus in the spring semester of each academic year. The class begins in mid-January consists of a maximum of twelve students and their faculty advisor. The class reviews hundreds of submissions of prose, poetry and visual art. Each staff member has an equal vote to select or reject each piece of work.

After the final selection process is complete, all selected works of writing are reviewed and suggested edits are discussed with the authors. Visual art submissions are reviewed for quality to insure the images will look their best on the printed page. By the end of April, SandScript is ready to print. The final product is proudly unveiled at a ceremony in mid-May.

For any student interested in taking the SandScript class you will find it to be challenging, busy and rewarding.

2020 Submission eligibility:

SandScript is a student-only publication. Submissions are limited to Pima Community College students who have attended a class during the 2019 summer or fall semester and/or the 2020 spring semester. Students who work part-time for the college, or work-study students, are welcome to submit.

Submissions are not accepted from full- or part-time faculty, full-time employees or adjuncts.

A minimum of two units is required. Submissions may be made in the fall 2019 semester even if eligibility will not be satisfied until the spring 2020 semester.

SandScript 2020 Submission Guidelines

Visual Art submissions:

Pima Students may submit up to six works of visual art, up to three works of prose (fiction and/or nonfiction), and up to six poems. A separate submission form must be submitted via email for each genre. Refer to submission quantities and deadlines on page 2.

Refer to submission eligibility (above) for who can submit work to SandScript 2020.

All works must be previously unpublished.

All forms of visual art must be submitted in a digital format, either scanned or photographed. Digital versions should be at a resolution of at least 300 DPI at 8” x 10″. The preferred files are JPEG or TIFF. Remember, proper presentation of your visual art is essential to receive fair consideration. Your images must be of professional quality. If you need assistance, ask your instructor or contact for our assistance. This requires time so do not press the March deadline.

Digital files should be in CMYK color mode (if they are not, we will have to adjust your images for printing purposes.) Do not embed a specific color profile.

Do title each work of visual art, including photography. “Untitled #3” is not an acceptable title.

Do label each submission file with your Pima student A # and the title of the work.

Do not submit more than a total of six works of art and photos. If you exceed the limits, it is likely none of them will be considered.

Do not submit works of art with a visible watermark—no signatures, no Copywrite symbols. SandScript does not print works with a visible artist’s signature and we do not crop the digital image to eliminate it.

Do not photograph your work of art with your cellphone camera. The resulting image is rarely of sufficient quality for publication.

Do not attach your work via online storage such as Google Drive. We cannot always open cloud files. If we can’t open it, we can’t consider it and we can’t publish it.

For art, we are seeking work which shows a mastery of visual composition. We want works that stir the viewer’s emotions, tickle funny bones, wrench the gut, raise the eyebrow and elicit awe and wonder. To be published, however, photographic images must be high-quality.

         Hint: We can publish more black and white images than color images.

SandScript 2020 Submission Guidelines

Prose and Poetry submissions:

Pima Students may submit up to three works of prose (fiction and/or nonfiction) and up to six poems. You may also submit up to six works of visual art. A separate submission form must be submitted via email for each genre. Refer to submission quantities and deadlines on page 2. Exceeding the limit of submissions will result in none of your work being considered.

Refer to submission eligibility for who can submit work to SandScript 2020.

All works must be previously unpublished.

Do attach each individual work as a separate file on your submission-form email.

Do not attach your work via online storage such as Google Drive. We cannot always open cloud files. If we can’t open it, we can’t consider it and we can’t publish it.

Do not put your name anywhere on the submission file. If your name appears in the digital file name, or anywhere on your manuscript, your submission will not be accepted.  Be sure you eliminate your name from the header, the footer and the “by” line. Do put your student A number in the upper left-hand corner of the first page of your prose or poetry work. Do title all works.

Fiction and nonfiction pieces must be typed, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point New Times Roman font and limited to no more than 5,000 words. Put the word count in the upper-right-hand corner of the first page and number all pages except the first. Below the title of the piece, type fiction or nonfiction.

For nonfiction, we are looking for high-quality essays and memoir that provide unique perspectives and illuminate the world in a way that transcends the personal.

For fiction, we are interested in character-driven stories in which the plot is secondary. A good story has a theme, or a reason to exist, and makes the reader want to be immersed to the very last word—then think!

Poetry must be typed in 12-point New Times Roman font. Typically, each stanza is single-spaced with an extra space between stanzas. However, please format your poem as you want it to appear in SandScript.

Do not put more than one poem per page.

Do make sure each poem is only identified by your student number placed in the upper-left-hand corner.

Poetry requires control of language. Often times, less is more—fewer words have greater impacts and power over the reader. We seek poetry that abides by its own laws and demands to be read. Poetry must answer the “so what?” question. At the end of the poem does the reader see the world differently? And while ambiguity is lovely, ambivalence is not. Please make sure your poem matters.

HINT! Please know that the SandScript staff members do not want to alter your prose or poetry submission. It is rare that any submission is error-free. However, if your writing is filled with usage errors, punctuation inconsistencies, and typos, it is unlikely to be accepted for publication.


The Art & Literary Magazine of Pima Community College

Submission Form

Please read the instructions carefully and ensure you have read and understood our 2020 guidelines. Failure to follow the guidelines or to omit items in the submission form may result in your work being rejected. If you need a copy of the guidelines, email

Submission quantities and deadlines: The call for submissions for the SandScript 2020 issue opens on October 1, 2019. A maximum of 6 visual artworks, 3 prose (fiction and/or nonfiction) and 6 poems may be submitted by the deadline of 5 pm on March 1, 2020. However, we encourage students to submit some of their work in the fall before December 1, 2019. Early submissions will provide the SandScript staff with an adequate number of works to consider early in their spring semester. Early submissions will receive a more thorough review than those submitted in the rush of the March deadline. Please note, as long a student is enrolled in the 2019 summer semester, or the 2019 fall semester, or the 2020 spring semester, submissions can be made in either the fall or spring semesters or in both semesters.

Note: SandScript is a student-only publication. No submissions by faculty, adjuncts, or full-time staff are permitted. Work-study and students who work part-time at the college are welcome to submit.

Note: All submissions, including visual art, must be in a digital format (See submission guidelines.)

Email the Submission Form to In the subject of your email, state whether the submission is prose, poetry or visual art. Send a separate email for each genre, and be sure to attach your files. Do not include your submissions in the body of the email. Do not provide a link to online storage.

You MUST supply the following information by typing it in the body of your email:

Submission Form:

  1. Name
  2. Complete address to include city and zip code
  3. Phone number
  4. Your Pima student “A” number
  5. Email address. Note: provide the email address you regularly check. This does not have to be your Pima email address.
  6. Titles of submitted works. Note: “Untitled” is not acceptable.
  7. For written work: State the Literary genre—poem or prose fiction or prose nonfiction.
  8. For visual art: provide the media & dimensions of your artwork. Do not use brand names.
  9. Type in the following statement:  “I _(type your full name)___ certify that the above-named works are my original, unpublished works. I have also read and understand the submission guidelines.”

If you are unable to submit your work electronically, contact the 2020 SandScript editor at and leave your contact information and question.