Voices of Compton

The Arts Journal of Compton College

Call for Submissions

The Spring 2023/2024 Voices of Compton Committee cordially invites Compton College students and recent graduates to submit poetry, personal essays, short stories, plays, monologues, artwork, paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, or digital art to be considered for publication in our Spring 2023/2024 issue.


  • Poetry: Five-poem limit, maximum of 250 words each (Free-verse works are preferred.)
  • Personal essays and short stories: 1,000 words maximum for each submission (No research papers, please. Personal non-fiction essays and third-person short stories are particularly encouraged.)
  • Short plays/screenplays and extended monologues: Five double-spaced pages maximum for each submission (Excerpts of longer works will be considered.)
  • Comic scripts or comic strips/sequential art stories: Five page maximum for each submission. This can be just the script (without art) or the panels (with art). (Longer works will be considered. Please submit the panels and a script. For stories with an artist and a writer both students need to submit.)


  • All artwork must the applicant's original work, not a copy of another artists work
  • Three submissions maximum. (Selections should demonstrate expression, creativity, and craftsmanship.)
  • 300 DPI files in .JPEG format, no smaller than 800 X 1200 pixels
  • Remember to include artist's full name, semester and year of creation, title of work, medium, size in inches or centimeters.


For writing work please follow these steps:
  • Upload your Microsoft Word (.docx) document and
  • Email it to: voicesofcompton@compton.edu 
  • Please put in the subject line - story, poetry, essay submission
  • Include in the body of the email - your name (as you would want it to appear in print), the title of the work, the semester & year it was created
For artwork please follow these steps:
  • Email your 300 DPI jpeg image of your art to us at voicesofcompton@compton.edu 
  • Include in the subject line - VoC art
  • Include in the body of the email - artist’s full name, semester and year of creation, title of work, medium, and size of artwork in inches or centimeters.
Contributors whose work is accepted for publication will receive a free copy of the issue, so please include your mailing address and contact information. If your work is accepted for publication, Compton College retains the first North American serial rights to publish, produce, reproduce, distribute, and market. Additionally, if required, we may edit your submission for clarity. All other remaining rights revert to the author upon publication. If your work is republished somewhere else, we ask that you credit Voice of Compton Literary and Arts Journal as the place of first publication.

April 19, 2024 Deadline

Current Edition of Voices of Compton - Spring 2023 (PDF)

Questions? Send an email to voicesofcompton@compton.edu

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