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.


Twelfth Annual City Works National Writer's Award.

DEADLINE: 2/21/15.

City Works accepts the following types of submissions:

Poems: a maximum of five.
Fiction: a maximum of three short stories of up to 3,500 words.
Creative Nonfiction: a maximum of two pieces of up to 3,500 words.
Artwork: a photocopy in black and white, on 8 1/2 x 11” paper of pen, ink, life drawings, illustrations, graphics, cartoons, computers generated art, or photograph—maximum of five originals, returned upon acceptance.

The winner will be featured in the front of the journal, honored at the yearly City Works reading, and receive a $100 cash prize.


  • All manuscripts must be typed.

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

  • Off campus entries (both local writers and national writer award entries) should include a $5 check made out to “The San Diego City College Foundation/City Works.”  Please also include a self-addressed stamped envelope for reply.

  • All entries should be mailed to:
    City Works
    San Diego City College
    1313 Park Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92101

No email entries please













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