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, faculty and staff. 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.
Submissions are accepted from October 1 through March 1 each academic year. Below, you will find information on submitting your artwork or writing. Please read ALL of the information below before submitting. Work submitted incorrectly will not be reviewed.
Submissions are limited to Pima Community College students who have attended classes during the summer/fall and/or spring of the publication year (minimum of two units). Faculty and staff submissions are welcomed. The deadline for summer and fall students is December 1. The deadline for spring semester students is March 1.
Submit no more than two works of fiction or non-fiction, five poems, and/or five visual art works. Submissions may be made in multiple genres, but a separate submission form/email must be submitted for each genre.
All works must be previously unpublished. Hard copies will not be returned.
Please read the genre-specific guidelines carefully. Variations from submission guidelines may result in your work being deleted or recycled.
Visual art must be titled, and identified by student number only. This means that your name should not appear on the work or in the name of the digital file. If it is, 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”. Acceptable file types are JPEG, TIFF or PDF. You must include the dimensions of the artwork, as well as media used, on the submission form/email. We need the digital files to be in CMYK color mode (if you don’t know what this means, we can fix it). Poor photos of three-dimensional art or paintings, low-resolution images, or low quality scans can sometimes keep a good work of art out of consideration
We no longer accept original art. Artists are responsible for scanning or obtaining digital versions of their work. If you need help with this, we can assist you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We request that you submit only one email for all of your work. You may either submit an email with submission information and all of your images downsized, or you can physically submit a CD of your work with all art in high resolution. If your work is accepted, it MUST be in high resolution or it won’t make it into print.
For art, we are seeking work that shows a mastery of visual composition. We need dynamic, transcendent works that are simple, complex, surreal, real, fun, sad, disturbing, thought-provoking and wonderful.
- HINT! We can publish more black and white images than color.
PROSE and POETRY SUBMISSIONS:
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. Please format the poem as you would like it to appear 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? 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 errors, punctuation inconsistencies, or typos, it will not be published.
If your work is selected for inclusion in the magazine, there are also first and second place awards in visual art, poetry and prose. Awards can only go to students.
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.
Be sure to tell all your fellow writers and artists about the opportunity to be published in a national award-winning magazine!