Alchemy, a magazine of Portland Community College literature and art, is published annually in early June as a class project by the students of Writing 246 and WR 249, Advanced Creative Writing--Editing and Publishing I and II, at the Sylvania Campus.

All writers working in English, regardless of location, are welcome to submit as-yet unpublished writing and artwork. 

The current issue of Alchemy can be purchased for $5 per copy through the PCC Bookstores and such local merchants as Powell's Books and Annie Bloom's. Past issues are $2. A preview of Alchemy is available online.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions accepted from January 1 to mid March (see submission form for current date).
  • Response by June 
  • Publication June 
  • Submit up to 5 poems, 5 photographs, and 5 artworks.
  • Submit up to 3,000 words of prose per piece.
  • All works MUST be titled.
  • Cover letter should contain a brief bio (no more than 60 words), e-mail address, US Mail address, phone number, and the titles of the works submitted.
  • The Alchemy / Letter & Line Editing and Publishing class reserves editorial control of all material submitted and protects all rights.
  • Alchemy Literary Magazine acquires first North American serial and online publication rights of material selected for publication; authors and artists retain all other rights to the material.
  • Payment in copies: one copy if mailed, two copies if picked up in person.
  • Submissions not accepted for Alchemy may be considered for publication in the spring Letter & Line.

Alchemy Literary Magazine • Division of English and World Languages

Portland Community College • PO Box 19000 • Portland, OR 97280-0990

www.pcc.edu/alchemy  • alchemy@pcc.edu


  • Submit up to 3,000 words of prose.
  • Submit up to 5 pieces. 
  • Submit one piece per file.
  • Make each piece a separate submission.
  • Please use .doc, .docx, or .rtf. 
  • No pdf files, please.
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  • Submit up to 3,000 words of prose per piece.
  • Submit up to five pieces. 
  • Submit one piece per file.
  • Make each piece a separate submission.
  • Please use .doc, .docx, or .rtf. 
  • No pdf files, please.
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  • Submit up to 3,000 words.
  • Put a title on it.
  • Submit up to 5 scripts. 
  • Submit one script per file.
  • Make each script a separate submission.
  • Please use .doc, .docx, or .rtf. 
  • No pdf files, please.
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  • Keyboard poetry exactly as it is to appear in print.
  • Put a title on each poem.
  • Submit up to five poems. 
  • Submit one poem per file (i.e. make each poem a separate submission).
  • Please submit .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. 
  • No pdf files, please.
Art
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  • Please state the medium used.
  • Provide a title for each piece.
  • Alchemy is printed in full color, on high quality matte white paper.
  • Please submit each piece in a separate submission.


  • Submit up to five photos.
  • Provide a title for each photo.
  • Alchemy is printed in full color, on high quality matte white paper. 
  • Please submit each photo in a separate file.
Alchemy Literary Magazine