Progenitor Art & Literary Journal

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Submissions accepted from ACC students and the literary community will begin fall 2015 for the 2016 issue. Please check back for exact dates for submissions.  

Note that submissions for the Progenitor are accepted only through Submittable, our online submissions manager.  Work submitted through email will not be considered. All work must be original and unpublished to be considered. Specific guidelines for submissions can be found through Submittable.

For Submission Guidelines, click here.


Progenitor, ACCs Art and Literary Journal presents the Progenitor Online website for 2014 including downloadable Progenitor 2014, art gallery, interviews with writers and artists, and archive of past Progenitor issues.



ACC Writers Studio is pleased to announce its 2014 nominations for Pushcart Prize XL:

Rosemerry Trommer for Doce Pequeños de Nicaragua (poetry)

Kathy Kaiser for Barbara and the Bear (fiction)

Tiffany Hauck for Developed (nonfiction)

Nominees were the winners of the 2013 Writers Studio literary contest and published in our 2014 Progenitor Art & Literary Journal.

The Pushcart Prize is a yearly publication of the best literary work nominated by little magazine and small book press editors throughout the world.

"When the future wants to know about our arts and letters, this is the publication it will turn to." — Sherod Santos



News: Congratulations to the Progenitor Art & Literary Journal 2014 Staff:

progenitor 2014 staffAmerican Scholastic Press Association has awarded Progenitor with its highest ranking, First Place with Special Merit, and its cover photo by ACC student Douglas Hutaff with Outstanding  Photograph. "Progenitor is a model for those up-and-coming magazines and an inspiration for those magazines that haven't quite aced the necessary skills." --Magazine Judge, ASPS, 2014

Progenitor also received 2nd place in the small college division, for the Southwestern Division of the Community College Humanities Association’s 2014 Literary Magazine CompetitionProgenitor's cover art, by ACC student Douglas Hutoff, The Master’s Hand, was awarded an honorable mention for the Southwestern Division as well.


Take the Class and Be the Creator of Progenitor!

ENG 231 Literary Magazine, Spring Semester


Consider this a job, not a class. The Progenitor Staff follows a master calendar in order to create a print and digital journal and an online website. The staff collaborates with the graphic design MDG Capstone 281 class from the ground up. You'll learn the editorial process involved in preparing a literary magazine for publication. You'll be involved with the process of selecting material (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art) to be published in the journal, as well as in the making of design, layout, and production decisions to prepare a manuscript for publication. You'll learn how to collaborate as a team with writers, journalists, editors, and graphic designers. You will interview authors and artists, re-design the Progenitor Online website, and host a release party celebration. Great hands on experience for those interested in the publishing field--whether you want work for a magazine or publish in one. Terrific addition to your resume. Contact Kathy Winograd at for details.

Class is open to ACC registered students and to non-credit students through ACC Community Ed.


A word from last year’s co-editor:

Arapahoe Community College produces an award winning art and literary journal every spring. It is not a coincidence that this journal wins awards year after year. Doctor Kathryn Winograd has a way of molding and shaping students who have no clue about print, production or deadlines, into award winning editors.

 I was fortunate enough to have to take English 231 for my degree. What started out as a bunch of nerves and uncertainty, turned into the best class I have ever had at ACC. Congratulations to the rest of my class that produced and published the award winning 2014 edition of the Progenitor.

I look forward to reading future editions.

Never forget, “We are the ancestors.”

Rita DeCamilli


Questions? Contact Kathryn Winograd at progenitor@arapahoe.eduor

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