Submission Guidelines


Painted Cave, an award-winning literary magazine, is accepting submissions from community college students nationwide for its sixth issue December 2016. While submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, the deadline for the December 2016 issue is November 15.

Painted Cave is the online student-run, faculty-guided literary journal of Santa Barbara City College. We publish the work of community college student writers in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Painted Cave reserves First North American Serial Rights. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Paste your submission and a short, third-person biography listing your community college into the body of the email to Include the genre of the submission, title(s) and your name in the subject line (Fiction, “Born Too Late,” Jenny Ramirez).

We accept the following genres:

Flash Fiction: 1-3 pieces, no more than 750 words each.

Fiction: 1 piece, no more than 5000 words.

Poetry: 3-5 poems, no more then 50 lines each.

Creative Nonfiction: 1 piece, no more than 5000 words.

Flash Creative Nonfiction: 1-3 pieces, no more than 750 words each.

Chella Courington, Faculty Adviser
Santa Barbara City College



  1. […] Painted Cave is an online publication RESERVED FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS ONLY. […]

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