Perceptions Literary Magazine


Submission Guidelines for Perceptions

All writing submissions may be entered as hard copy, e-mailed as attachments (word doc, docx, rtf), or included in the body of the e-mail. Fiction and creative non-fiction must be typed and double-spaced in an easily readable font. There is a three-story submission limit for both fiction and non-fiction. Poems should be submitted in exactly the format the poet wants them to appear on the page. Poets may enter up to eight different pieces.

Only original songs will be accepted for music entries (no covers). Music may be submitted on a CD or e-mailed as an mpeg attachment. Film entries must also be original and submitted in digital format.

Photographers and visual artists may submit either black and white or color work. Art may be submitted as hard copy or e-mailed as a jpeg file. Any size file is acceptable for judging and review purposes, but if your work is chosen for Perceptions, a file of at least 300 dpi will be necessary to ensure high print quality. Photography and visual art have a limit of eight entries per category.

Hard copy submissions may be mailed or brought to the MHCC English department. If submitting a hard copy, please include contact information. E-mail submissions may be directed to Megan Jones at megamind9@gmail.com. Questions may be directed to Jonathan Morrow at Jonathan.Morrow@mhcc.edu. All submissions are due by January 15, 2013.

All artists included in the compilation will receive one complimentary copy, and there will also be a $50 final prize in each genre.


Perceptions is a magazine of the arts which has existed at MHCC since 1969. The magazine is produced by students who register for WR247, The Literary Publication, a three term class.

In the fall, students solicit submissions from the campus community and the outside community. After submissions are received, students read and choose which works would best reflect their chosen vision of the magazine. Working with a student from the graphic design program and the printing technology program, the design, paper and over-all look of the magazine is decided. The students continue to work as a team for the next two terms. During the winter term students work with the printing technology class who take the graphic designer's plans and implement them. The contributors are contacted and invited to read their works at a reception that the students plan for early spring term. Awards are given for the best poem, best prose and best artwork, and the students choose these award winning works.

Although the staff is small, Perceptions reaches other programs on campus, involving other students not inclined to literature and the arts, to be exposed and participate in literary publication. The graphic design student is given first hand experience in working as part of a team to produce a design for the magazine. Printing technology has always used Perceptions as a project as part of the second year of the program.

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