Phineas is SBVC's own literary magazine, publishing student poetry, fiction, essays and art
at the end of the spring semester each year.
The magazine is designed and assembled during the spring semester by students enrolled
in English 125 and 126: Literary Magazine Production. The students in the class become
the editors and make all the important literary and design decisions guided by the
instructor of the class, who serves as the magazine's faculty advisor.
Click on cover picture to take a look at the 2015 edition:
Or pick up a free copy. Copies are available in magazine rack in front of LA 217.
Phineas 2016 Submission Guidelines
Submit Poetry, Fiction, Essays and Artwork
All SBVC students are eligible to submit.
The deadline to submit is February 1, 2016.
- Submissions may be sent electronically (this is preferred). Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emailed submissions can be sent as attachments (often the best choice) or pasted into
email. Be sure you include your name (not just your email name). If a confirmation
email is not sent within a week, please email to check status of submission.
- Hardcopy material should be submitted to the Arts & Humanities Division office (LA
217, leave in basket in window, or NH 223 to division secretary) c/o Joel Lamore,
Phineas Faculty Advisor, and should include a self-addressed stamped envelope if materials
are to be returned. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted: fiction and essays
should be double-spaced, poetry single spaced. Name, address and email address of
student must appear on the back of every page or piece submitted – do not put any
identifying info on front of submissions.
- Students may submit no more than 2 essays, 2 works of fiction, 10 poems, and 10 works
of art (you may submit maximum number in each category – and students are strongly encouraged to submit multiple pieces as that can substantially raise chances of acceptance). Essays and Fiction must not
exceed 2500 words. Poetry must not exceed 40 lines in length. Artwork dimensions must
not exceed 12" x 12". Line art and high contrast black and white photographs are especially
welcome (the magazine prints in black and white). Art in color has less of a chance
since it is not likely to print correctly. Artwork of an electronic nature can be
submitted on disk (cd/dvd) accompanied by a hard-copy version, or emailed (one artwork
per email to insure size limitations of email not exceeded).
- Work submitted is automatically entered into the annual literary and art contest;
a winner from among work to be published will be chosen (by faculty judges) in each
category: poetry, fiction, essay and art.
Work not submitted according to guidelines will not be considered.
Keep in mind that the magazine is designed and produced in the spring semester, so notifications of acceptances or rejections will not go out until April. The 2016 issue should be available by the first week of May.