The Art & Literary Magazine of Pima Community College




What is SandScript?

SandScript is Pima Community College’s art and literary magazine. Published annually, the magazine includes a collection of prose, poetry and visual art by Pima students. SandScript is created and designed by West Campus students every spring semester, and has won numerous awards for excellence over the past twenty years on both the regional and national level.

The 2015 edition of SandScript was named National Winner and First Place Winner in the Southwestern Division of the Community College Humanities Association’s 2015 Literary Magazine Competition. This was the first year SandScript won first place at the national level.

Several students were also recognized for their work in 2015. In fiction, Daniel Kylma Bahman won first place for “Benny,” Patrick Cobb took first in visual art for “Cityscape” and Khrystle M. Chavez took third place for “Blue,” and for poetry, Mariana Ceja won third place for “Crossing Over.”

Submission deadlines for the 2016 edition are December 11 (2015 fall deadline) and March 4 (2016 spring deadline). Below, you will find information on submitting your artwork or writing. Please read ALL of the information before submitting. Work submitted incorrectly will not be reviewed.
Please don’t wait until the last minute and submit as early as possible. Many writers and artists wait until the last minute, and then the magazine doesn’t spend as much time considering the work — which is important.


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If you’d like to download our guidelines and submission form, please use the links below… otherwise, read on!


2016 FORMS!

2016 Guidelines

2016 Submission Form


2016 Submission Guidelines

SandScript is a student-only publication. We do not accept work from full- or part-time faculty, adjuncts, or full-time employees. Students who work part time for the college, or work-study students are welcome to submit their work.

Submissions are limited to Pima Community College students who have attended classes during the summer/fall of 2015 and/or spring of 2016 (minimum of two units).

Submit no more than three works of prose (fiction or non-fiction), up to six poems, and up to six visual art works. Submissions may be made in multiple genres, but a separate submission form/email must be submitted for each genre. You may split your submissions across the fall and spring, but do not exceed the limits for the 2016 edition.

All works must be previously unpublished. Hard copies will not be returned.

Please read the following genre-specific guidelines carefully. Variation from submission guidelines may result in your work being ineligible for consideration.




Visual art must be titled, and identified by student number only. This means that your name should not appear on the work or digital file. If it does, it cannot be reviewed.
All forms of visual art should be in a two-dimensional form (either scanned or photographed). Digital versions should be at a resolution of at least 300 DPI at 8″x 10″.
Preferred file types are JPEG or TIFF. You must include the dimensions of the artwork, as well as media used, on the submission form/email.
Digital files should be in CMYK color mode (if they are not, we will have to adjust your images for printing purposes).
Artists are responsible for scanning or obtaining digital versions of their work. Proper presentation of your visual art is essential to ensuring it receives the best viewing possible. You should ensure that any photograph of your physical work is of a professional quality. If you need help scanning or photographing your work, we will assist you. Contact Do not wait until the last minute to seek assistance.
We request only one submission form/email for all of your work. You may either submit an email with submission information and all of your images, or you can physically submit a CD of your work. If your work is accepted, it MUST be in high resolution or it won’t make it into print. If you must send in multiple emails for hi-resolution images, please ensure your submission form is included with each. Do not link to online storage. Do not include files in the body of your email, as it may degrade the quality of the files we receive.
For art, we are seeking work that shows a mastery of visual composition. We need works that are dynamic, simple, complex, surreal, real, fun, sad, disturbing, thought-provoking and wonderful. Many works are not considered due to low quality photography.
HINT! We can publish more black and white images than color.



Do NOT put your name anywhere on your submission. If your name is in the digital file name, it will be deleted. If you name appears on the manuscript, it will be deleted or recycled.

Fiction and non-fiction pieces must be typed, double-spaced, single-sided, in 12 pt. font, limited to 5,000 words, and identified by student number only.

For non-fiction, we are looking for essays and memoir that not only provide a unique perspective, but also illuminate the world in a way that transcends the personal.

For fiction, we are interested in stories that move beyond mere plot. Characters drive a great story much more than what happens and in what order. In addition, a good story has a theme, or a reason to exist. Why should a story be read? So we learn something about the world or ourselves.


Poetry must be typed, single-spaced, single-sided, in 12 pt. font. Do not place more than one poem per page and ensure it is identified by student number only.

Poetry demands a control of language. We seek poetry that abides by its own laws, and that demands to be read. Poetry must answer the “so what?” question. At the end of a poem, does the reader see the world differently? And while ambiguity is lovely, ambivalence means it doesn’t matter. Make your poems matter.

  • HINT! For all prose submissions, please know that we do not want to alter your writings. If your writing is filled with usage errors, punctuation inconsistencies and typos, it will likely not be published.


Finally, if you know of anyone who would like to give to a good cause, please encourage then to donate to SandScript. You can donate online by visiting the Pima Foundation page here. All monies go directly to student awards and our annual unveiling ceremony held each May.

You can message us on Facebook at, or email if you have any questions not addressed here.

Be sure to tell all your fellow writers and artists about the opportunity to be published in a national award-winning magazine!