City Works Literary Journal

Since 1994, City Works has been publishing the poetry, fiction, prose, and artwork of City College Students along with the work of local, national, and international writers and artists.  Over 50% of the work in the journal is by student writers, poets, and artists.  These pieces are chosen by the student editors of the Introduction to Creative Writing course that is team-taught by the City College Creative Writing faculty, which includes Chris Baron, Nancy Cary, Gwyn Enright, Hector Martinez, Jim Miller, and Donna Watson.  The students in this course evaluate every submission and their rankings determine the Best Student Fiction Award, the Best Student Poetry Award, the Best Student Creative Nonfiction Award and the award for the Best Student Cover Design.  The faculty editors select the Featured Writer from a pool of noteworthy local authors. Finally, the winner of the National Award is chosen by the faculty editors from a pool of hundreds of submissions from around the country.  Recent writers featured in the journal include Steve Kowit, Jimmy Jazz, Mary Williams, Sue Luzzaro, and Donna Watson. Our intention is to create a journal that reflects the identity and character of San Diego City College, provide a venue for emerging local artists, broaden our reach nationally, and encourage interaction between the college and the community at large.

City Works can be purchased at the San Diego City College Bookstore.


City Works Submission Flyer

DEADLINE: 2/23/15.

City Works accepts the following types of submissions:

Poems: a maximum of five sent as PDF or RTF file.
Creative Nonfiction: up to 2,500 words, maximum of 2, sent as a PDF or RTF file.
Fiction: up to 2,500 words, maximum of 2, sent as a PDF or RTF file.
Artwork & Photography: maximum of 5 pieces, sent as a JPEG file.
Journal Cover (Open to Students Only): Submit your cover design as a JPEG file.

A $50 prize will be awarded for outstanding work in each category.


  • All work must be original (non-English works must include translation).

  • Email your submission to and include the following:
    • Your name and 50 word biography
    • Indicate if you are a student, staff, or faculty of SDCCD
    • Indicate the genre of each submission (Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction or Art)

  • Off campus submissions: Please send by mail a mandatory $5.00 reading fee.
    Address checks to “The San Diego City College Foundation/City Works.”
    Mail to:
    City Works
    San Diego City College
    1313 Park Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92101
  • You will be notified via email regarding acceptance notification and/or work we cannot accept.













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