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.

Submission deadlines for the 2019 edition are December 15 (2018
fall deadline) and March 1 (2019 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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2018-2019 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 2018 and/or spring of 2019 (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
2019 edition.

All works must be previously unpublished.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

Please read the genre-specific guidelines on the next page 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 in your submission file. 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 requires a control of language. 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 a poem, does the reader see the world
    differently? And while ambiguity is lovely, ambivalence is not. Please 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.

Submission Form

Please read the instructions carefully and ensure you have read and understand our 2018 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 2018 issue opens
October 1, 2017. A maximum of 6 visual art works, 3 prose (fiction and/or nonfiction) and 6 poems may be
submitted by the deadline of 5 pm on March 1, 2018. However, we encourage students to submit some of
their work in the fall before December 1, 2017. 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 2017 summer semester, or the 2017 fall semester, or the 2018 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:
I . 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.
7. For visual art: provide the media & dimensions of your artwork. Do not use brand names.
8. 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

If you are unable to submit your work electronically, contact the 2018 SandScript editor at and leave your contact information and question.