Progenitor Art & Literary Journal

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Progenitor Art & Literary Journal accepts original and unpublished prose, art and photography from students, writers and artists around the world. Published each spring, Progenitor is an award-winning journal produced by ACC students in ENG 231.

 Progenitor Art & Literary Journal accepts submissions between October 1 and February 15 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 All work must be original and unpublished to be considered.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.


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Find the downloadable Progenitor Art & Literary journal 2017 PDF, our 2017 edition gallery of art and photography, interviews with writers and artists, and an archive of past Progenitor issues at our Progenitor Art & Literary Journal website, Progenitor Online.


Kudos for Progenitor Art & Literary Journal 2016 and its Staff!

Progenitor Art & Literary Journal is proud to announce that plain china, a national literary anthology from the Virginia Commonwealth University that showcases the best undergraduate writing from across the country, has chosen to republish ACC Paralegal student Chris Plummer’s fiction piece, Hourglass, in its anthology. Hourglass was originally published in Progenitor 2016.

Progenitor Art & Literary Journal 2016 received first place with special merit for the 2016 American Scholastic Press Association Contest!

Progenitor Art & Literary Journal 2016 won third place for the Southwestern Division of the Community College Humanities Association’s 2016 Literary Magazine Competition!

ACC ceramics student, Judith Snyder, won 2nd place for Artwork in the Southwestern Division of the CCHA competition for her ceramics piece, Kismet. Kismet was originally the Best in Ceramics winner for the 2015 ACC Student Art Show.

The Pushcart Prize 2017 Nominations

The Progenitor Art & Literary Journal at Arapahoe Community College is pleased to announce its 2016 nominations for The Pushcart Prize 2017.

  • Kierstin Bridger for With Feathers After Emily (poetry)
  • Page Lambert for All the Water Yet to Come (fiction)
  • Petra Perkins for I Know Astronauts (nonfiction)

Nominees were the winners of the 2015 Writers Studio literary contest and published in our 2016 Progenitor Art & Literary Journal.

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 MGD 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 Andrea Mason at for details.

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

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