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Progenitor Art & Literary Journal accepts original and unpublished prose, art and photography from students, writers and artists around the world.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 All work must be original and unpublished to be considered.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.

Read the Submission Guidelines here.

Progenitor Online:

Find the downloadable Progenitor Art & Literary journal 2015 PDF, our 2015 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.



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.


Congratulations to the Progenitor Art & Literary Journal 2015 Staff:

The Community College Humanities Association has awarded Progenitor 2015 2nd place in the Southwestern Division of its 2015 Literary Magazine Competition.

American Scholastic Press Association has again awarded Progenitor with its highest ranking, First Place with Special Merit, and a photo, "Visitor," by ACC student John Whatley with Outstanding Photograph, for its 2015 issue. "Progenitor is an amazing publication!  ...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, 2015

The University & College Designers Association has awarded Progenitor 2015 with an Award of Excellent in its annual UCDA Design competition. Progenitor 2015 will be on display at the annual UCDA conference this October. 

Progenitor in the News: ACC magazine marks anniversary

Congratulations to the Progenitor Art & Literary Journal 2014 Staff:

Note from David Jauss, judge for the 2015 Association of Writers and Writing Programs National Program Director's Prize, 78 entries: Although Progenitor was not ultimately the one I selected, I wanted to commend you and your students for your impressive work. I wish you the best luck in nest year's contest."

American 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 Hutaff, 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

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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 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 or