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How to Submit to Illuminations

  • Illuminations publishes creative prose, poetry, and performance/visual art, as well as academic and literary writing. We encourage submissions from across the disciplines. Our mission is to feature outstanding artistic works with a diversity of voices, styles, and subjects meaningful to the SCC community. Illuminations is further evidence that original thought and creative expression are celebrated by Southeast Community College.

    Illuminations is published in April of each year. Submissions are accepted year-round from SCC students, faculty, and staff.

    Email submissions to illuminations@southeast.edu with the following information:

    1. The title and a brief description of each submission;
    2. Your name, ID#, and program/position at SCC;
    3. Your physical address, phone number, and email address;
    4. For artwork: medium and technique(s) used;
    5. A brief biography about yourself, creativity welcome;
    6. The following statement with your typed “signature”: This submission is my own original, unpublished work.


    Print and complete the PDF form.

    Written work is accepted as .rtf or Word files. Submit high-resolution images of artwork or photographs as .tif or .jpg files, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, and a minimum size of 1500 pixels wide and 2100 pixels tall, or 5" wide and 7" tall. A digital camera other than a phone is recommended. We can photograph or scan artwork for you if needed. Images embedded in Word or PDF files will not be included; please provide a separate image file. 3D artwork should be photographed against a white or single, solid color backdrop. Video files of dramatic, musical, or other creative performances of ten minutes or less can be submitted as MPG4, MPG2, MPG3, AVI, MOV, FLV files.

    The deadline for Volume 25 submissions is May 31, 2023.

    Contributors should be aware that submitted work may be used in promotional materials, featured on the Illuminations Facebook page or the SCC website, or submitted to literary magazine contests. Contributors retain copyright of submitted and published material.

    Questions should be directed to Tammy Zimmer, editor at illuminations@southeast.edu.