Ourglass Student Publication

Publishes the “best-of-the-best” creative writing produced by our talented community of students.

Ourglass, now in its 41st year of publication, is the journal of the English, graphic design, and visual arts programs at CCD, dedicated to providing a forum for the poetry, prose, drama, design, and artwork of our students. Visual Arts and Design work included in each Ourglass issue are selected from the annual CCD Student Art & Design Show. For more information about submitting student artwork please contact Lincoln Phillips, Professor Visual Arts, at lincoln.phillips@ccd.edu.

If you are attending CCD or have attended in the past, please consider submitting your work. We accept submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, one-act plays, as well as any interesting combinations thereof, through this online form. Please note that “best of the best” means we seek to honor the complexity, beauty, and variety of the voices present in CCD’s students and we encourage you to submit.

Past works were written by people from a variety of backgrounds (both native and non-native English speakers and have included language other than English) who contributed works that expressed complexity, vulnerability, and took risks. All work submitted must include your name, current phone number and an email address you check frequently.

Guidelines for Submissions:

While we don’t impose limits on submissions, here are our suggestions that will help you get into our pages.

  • Poetry: Submit 3-5 poems. We are not averse to form or style.
  • Prose (fiction/nonfiction/flash fiction): Submit one piece or collection of connected pieces, preferably under 8,000 words.
  • Essays/Criticism: Submit one piece or collection of connected pieces, preferably under 8,000 words.
  • Short plays: Submit one play preferably between 10-12 pages. Plays should be in script format.

Response time: We accept submissions from each academic year (summer to spring) and respond in August. Please be patient in our response time. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we can only respond to those we have selected for publication.

Previous Editions

Read past editions of CCD's award-winning Ourglass publication here.

Leonard Winograd Award

All writing submissions will be eligible for the Leonard Winograd Award, named in honor of longtime English professor and editor of Ourglass Leonard Winograd. The award is given annually to recognize excellence in writing. Finalists are chosen by the editors, and the winner is selected by a faculty member. To donate to the Winograd Award, go to the CCD Foundation website. Be sure to mark this as a 'Tribute Gift' to the Winograd award.

Please Note:

 Due to the volume of work we consider, it may take 4-6 months (sometimes longer) to hear from us. If you're not accepted, please do try again next year! We love hearing from CCD students and alumni.

Contact Us

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If you have any questions, please email us at CCD.Ourglass@ccd.edu.

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