Progenitor Art and Literary Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Progenitor Art & Literary Journal is a national-award-winning collegiate publication that is a cornerstone of Arapahoe Community College's art and literary life. We are located in Littleton, Colorado. 


Submissions are open for volume 59 (2024) from now until Sunday, February 11th at 11:59 pm MDT. 

Please see specific guidelines for all genres in the category submission area below.

We look forward to reading your best work!

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The Progenitor Art & Literary Journal

Each year, our publication sources the best of the best through a blind reading and committee approach. Thus, student status does not influence our selection; indeed, we have published writers from all over the world. 

We are honored to accept submissions from our students, the wider communities around Colorado, and all throughout the globe for our Art & Literary Journal in the genres of Poetry, Short Story (fiction), Flash Fiction, Creative Nonfiction (CNF), 10-Minute Plays (drama), Art and Photography, and Illustrated (graphic) Stories and Comics.

The ACC students who constitute the staff choose the pieces we publish and oversee the publication from start to finish. 

Previously, volume 57 (2022) was awarded an "Honorable Mention" for Best Literary Magazine by the prestigious Pinnacle Awards given by the College Media Association, a national organization widely recognized as the best. We tied for fourth, and appeared to be the only two-year college placing in this national competition! You can still explore our work on this volume below. 

Website for v. 57

You can also check out our beautiful site which flaunts the excellence of our 2019 edition, as well as the website from our 2020 edition

The Progenitor Art & Literary Journal has been published each Spring semester at ACC for the past 58 years (including during the onset of the pandemic in Spring of 2020). Our journal publishes the best submissions it receives from ACC students and community members, near and far. Find out more about the Progenitor at our Progenitor Art & Literary Journal website. 

Email with any questions you may have. 

For the 59th Edition, Progenitor is accepting submissions from January 28th to Sunday, Feb 11th, 2024 at midnight.  


International Community: We are sad to announce that due to exorbitant shipping costs, coupled with a reduction in our budget, we are no longer able to ship "contributor copies" outside of the US. We will still accept your submissions, and we are happy to publish the ones that our staff chooses through our blind review process, but we cannot send you copies of the book. 

We will, however, email you the pdf of the finished product, and you can, if you wish, pay to have books shipped to you. 

Our sincere apologies for this policy change. 

~Jamey Trotter

Faculty Advisor  

Progenitor Art and Literary Journal