Friday, December 9, 2011

Open Submissions for the 2012 edition of The Sand Canyon Review

We're back and we're ready for submission for the 2012 issue!

We’re back!

The Sand Canyon Review is back! With a new attitude, look and a fresh take on the literary magazine, that you won't find anywhere else! Except here at The Sand Canyon Review.

The fourth edition of The Sand Canyon Review is out! Stay tuned for more about the exciting new fifth edition of The Sand Canyon Review - that'll be sure to turn heads.

We are pleased to announce that work is already starting for the fifth edition of The Sand Canyon Review. Don't be afraid to show us your work!

Submit to with “SCR Submission” in the header

You can follow our journey at these websites

-The Sand Canyon Review Staff

More about The Sand Canyon Review:

The Sand Canyon Review (SCR) is an annual literary magazine published by the students of Crafton Hills College and the English Department of Crafton Hills College. Our goal is to provide a magazine full of great literature and artwork.

If you have any short stories, poems, photography, or artwork of any kind; feel free to submit your work to us. Send over your work via email at, with the subject header, SCR submissions.

Submission Rules & Regulations:

-Deadline for the 2012 edition of The Sand Canyon Review is March, 2012.

-Name, address & phone number of the submitter must appear on the work submitted.

-Any pen name must be included within submission.

-Include the type of work submitted: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, or Art.

-Please include a bio of 50 words and some interesting facts about yourself.

-Written work may be no more than 10 pages in length.

-Written submissions must be in black, 12 point, Times New Roman font with 1’’ margins.

-All artwork is limited to 3 entries per person.

-Art and photography submissions must be in .jpeg format with at least 300 dpi or of a high-resolution nature.

-Poetry must be limited to 40 lines.

-All work must be original and unpublished.

-Work may also be submitted to Ryan Bartlett’s box in building SSA and must include a self-addresses stamped envelope if work is to be returned to the submitter.

-Submissions are open to all who wish to submit their work for potential publication in The Sand Canyon Review.

-The Sand Canyon Review reserves the right to refuse publication of any works submitted, for only the finest submissions will be accepted for publication as chosen by the staff of The Sand Canyon Review.

-The Sand Canyon Review is a literary and art magazine published each spring. The content is generated by students of Crafton Hills College, as well as other artists and authors who chose to contribute. The magazine is published by the Literary Magazine Production class with assistance from the Crafton Hills English Department.

Opinions and ideas expressed in The Sand Canyon Review are those of the artists and authors. The Sand Canyon Review and its contents do not necessarily reflect the views of the students of Crafton Hills College, its administration, or staff.

All rights revert solely to the artists and authors upon publication.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Projected Release of The Sand Canyon Review, Year 4

The projected release for the 4th edition of The Sand Canyon Review is Fall 2011.
For all of our accepted submitters: If the magazine is released earlier, we will send you your copies once they are available.

Friday, March 18, 2011

SCR Update #9 – The Submission Deadline Extended to March 25th

The Sand Canyon Review, the student-run art and literary magazine Crafton Hills College has extended their deadline to March 25th. Whether you are experienced or just beginning, professional or novice, you are invited to submit your poems, short stories, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, photography, or artwork for possible publication.

To find out more about The Sand Canyon Review, you can visit any of the following websites:

Our flier for submission can be found at:

Submissions can be dropped off in the box of Ryan Bartlett in the teacher’s offices or they may be sent to:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can send an email to:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Yours sincerely,
The Sand Canyon Review

Saturday, March 5, 2011

SCR Update #8 – Meet the Staff: Laura Oliver, The Managing Editor

SCR Update #8 – Meet the Staff: Laura Oliver, The Managing Editor

Hello, readers of The Sand Canyon Review. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the talent of last year’s poetry selection group. Today brings another gem to come from those students, this year’s Managing Editor, Laura Oliver. As valuable as she was in Poetry last year, she has proven to be an irreplaceable member of The Sand Canyon Review team as the Managing Editor this year.

In the coming weeks, we’ll get a chance to take a look at our Editorial Director of Poetry, Zara Brett, our two new co-directors, Marina Serna and Amanda Haskins, PR and Poetry respectively, and eventually, I will also post my own bio, but as for now, have a great week. I hope to see you back next week and maybe a submission or two.

If you’d like to learn more about The Sand Canyon Review, you can find us at these sites

You can also submit your art, photography, poetry and short stories by March 18th to
- David Dysart, PR Director

My appreciation for the arts began when I was a little girl playing tag with my cousins in The Denver Museum of Art where my aunt worked. Our “Home Base” was an impressive Andy Warhol painting by the elevator. My cousins and I would dash as quietly and as quickly as we could through enormous rooms filled with works of art and visitors, avoiding being “it” as we moved up and down the various floors of the museum, giggling all the while. Even then, I couldn’t help but enjoy the gorgeous paintings and sculptures that towered above me as I avoided being tagged and getting in trouble from the grown-ups.

Now I’m a grown-up working on the art and literary magazine, The Sand Canyon Review of Crafton Hills College, which showcases poetry, short-stories, flash fiction, and, of course, art. And there are so many days that I have as much fun as when I was playing tag in the museum. I began working with the printed word as Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper and have always enjoyed working as a reporter. I’m incredibly curious, and I like talking to people!

As a teen, I was able to canoe seventy–five miles into Canada, help sail a Schooner in the Puget Sound, hiked miles in Colorado, spend three months volunteering in Scotland, and lived with a family in Mexico while my family volunteered at their village. After high school, I was accepted at the best college for journalism at the time, The University of Missouri, but because of finances I attended Cal State Fullerton majoring in Communications. (Later, I found out that Brad Pitt attended U of M at that same time…bummer!) I then fell in love, married, and had four amazing kids. Now, I love to jog long distances in the hills with my three dogs, work in my garden of rose bushes, and volunteer as a mentor to prisoners. The years I spent lovingly raising our family have provided me with incredible experiences to explore in my writing and I’ve had the privilege of being published. And now I’m back in school to work on what I love to do- write.

I began working on The Sand Canyon Review last year as a member of the poetry team. Our group had the privilege of reviewing incredible poetry submitted by writers from our campus and across the nation. Some of the lines of poetry remain etched in my memory. And the most enjoyable part of working on the team was when we would strongly disagree about the individual poems and that disagreement would be the catalyst of memorable conversations about the poems, writing, and life in general. Although we may have clashed in our opinions about some of the poems, we were able to work together to produce what I believe is a fabulous section of the magazine.

As I write this, I hope to reach artists and writers who are considering submitting to our magazine. I encourage and challenge you to tackle the difficult or amazing dimensions of life through your craft. My favorite line in the movie “The Long Kiss Goodnight” starring Geena Davis is, “Life is pain, get used to it!” There is an element of truth to the line. All of our lives have been touched in some degree by tragedy, difficulties and also joy. The amazing thing is that whatever wakes you up in the middle of the night, whatever is constantly at the back of your mind as you go through the routine of your day, is probably an issue that other people deal with as well. No one is immune to life’s adversities or delights. When we are honest and vulnerable in our work, we can deeply move our audience. Write or create an image about whatever is causing your heart to ache or burst with happiness. And then, submit your work to us!

Friday, March 4, 2011

SCR Update #7 – Meet the Staff: Manny Lopez, The Art Director

SCR Update #7 – Meet the Staff: Manny Lopez, The Art Director

And greetings yet again. Today, we are bringing to you a true Sand Canyon Review legend, Manny Lopez. Managing editor for the first issue of The Sand Canyon Review, Manny has continued with the magazine as the art director, bringing his style and vision with him. He will be missed and The Sand Canyon Review will lose a great asset once he’s move on from our magazine.

- David Dysart, PR Director

Los Angels born, Manny Lopez, is a Southern California based artist, whose sometimes-controversial work ranges from photography to mixed media. Currently residing in the Inland Empire, Manny Lopez continues to follow his artistic goals with some Sunnydale wit along the way. While always striving to create more emotionally raw conceptual pieces, there’s far more to this artist than meets the eye, when inspecting his darkly honest work.

Bilingual by nature, the languages that part his lips never felt his own. However, except for a certain visual language he discovered early on; one that he’ll describe as being universal to all of humanity. Thus once given a sketchpad, Manny Lopez knew he could communicate his thoughts with louder tones than his verbal pitch could. Rightfully so, his pieces continue to grab attention with the stories and questions he hopes to ask of those who view what he presents on the gallery floor - his voice.

While he considers his first language to be Art, Manny Lopez continues to explore his interests beyond the offerings of the sketchpad. Having had his written pieces published, from short stories to articles, Manny Lopez enjoys exploring painting with the written word. Understanding the craft of emotionally taking an audience through a journey, Manny Lopez hopes to be able to provide those who stumble upon his words, with the same gust just as his visual pieces do. Not for shock value, but for a deeper questioning of a person’s inner identity and their struggle in the process of self-discovery.

Finding that not only can art speak a message but that it too can also help others beyond the creator of a work, Manny Lopez has also showcased pieces to raise funds for AIDS related charities, which he holds dear. Having created work exclusively for these charities, Manny Lopez wishes to be able to continue to help AIDS related organizations, in light of the current disappearing funds available to them. With a growing sense of community and much like others, its also Manny’s wish to help stop this silent thief (AIDS) from taking others far sooner than they should.

Returning for another year on The Sand Canyon Review, Manny Lopez along with the Art Department are on the search for the 2011 collection to be featured in this new edition. Hoping to find new artists, daring to tell us their truth, the collection for this new 2011 edition of The Sand Canyon Review is slowly forming to be the best of this magazine’s history. Building upon what the previous edition touched, the 2011 edition will hold more surprises and feature edgy artistic talent.

Working on new pieces, or attending college courses, Manny Lopez prefers to keep a tight schedule. However when not creating, Manny Lopez can be found with Eric Northman, as he reads the latest Sookie Stackhouse novel. And currently awaiting the latest Scream franchise installment… Manny’s a sucker for a horror movie.

Monday, February 21, 2011

SCR Update #6 – Meet the Staff: Pam Donahue, The Editorial Director, Short Stories

SCR Update #6 – Meet the Staff: Pam Donahue, The Editorial Director, Short Stories

The third year of the Sand Canyon Review had a truly prolific group of poetry selectors. One of these has even gone on to be this year’s Editorial Director, Short Stories, Pam Donahue. Having taken the helm of her own group, our short stories section of the magazine has thrived under her leadership. I can only hope that she decides to come back for a third year and makes the fifth edition of the magazine even better than this year’s, though that will be quite the undertaking.

In the coming weeks, we’ll spotlight our other staff, so make sure to come back. Have a great week, everyone. We hope to have you back next time.

If you’d like to learn more about The Sand Canyon Review, you can find us at these sites

You can also submit your art, photography, poetry and short stories to

- David Dysart, PR Director

Bio for Pam Donahue
My name is Pam Donahue, and I am the editor for Short Stories for the 2011 edition of The Sand Canyon Review. I was born in 1959 and have lived in Southern California my whole life. I spent my first 21 years in Highland, when it and I were still small. My family left our doors unlocked without fear. Making play dates with other kids was unheard of; small packs of children would range from house to house on our street. Chatting with neighbors over fences was not uncommon, and we knew the names of our grocery clerks and service station attendants.
There was obviously a mixed bag of changes that came along the way when I was growing up, not only to me and my small town, but to the entire American culture. I was a child in the 60’s and only experienced the hippy movement from a child’s point of view. But the 70’s and 80’s brought lots of changes. Although thick smog replaced my blue sky, we were amazed by blow-dryers, microwaves, and portable phones. “Self-Serve” gas stations were a rude awakening, and I had to learn how to pump my own gas. Open fields and orange groves were leveled, disked, and then transformed into mini-malls, banks, and liquor stores. The local market was changed into a business office, and our beloved feed store where residents bought hay for their horses and cows (yes, cows) was gutted and made into an auto body repair joint. People figured out that the Inland Empire was a pretty tasty little piece of real estate, and it filled up.
After I got married, my husband and I moved to Redlands. From here I continued to experience changes. We had two sons who’ve grown up to be a couple of really decent and nice people. I am a three-time cancer survivor and, in my marriage, I learned the importance of good choices and things that matter. I have been married for 31 years as a result. Southern California turned into a sea of humanity, though, despite my wishes. The rural, agricultural place that had been my home in my youth was replaced by brick and mortar, glass and chrome, commerce, choked freeways, and busy-ness in my adulthood. I had to get used to change in the world around me, for good or ill. There are some things in me, however, that refuse to budge.
The same is true with writing, whether it is short stories or poetry. Even though a lot has changed in literary styles over the years, some things stay the same. The format for a short story -- with an interesting beginning and a well-developed middle culminating in a fascinating climax, settling into a sensible ending -- still make for good story telling, regardless of trends. Non-fictional autobiographical pieces do well when they include the “take-away,” the turnabout when the main character has that “a-ha!” moment that changes their life.
At The Sand Canyon Review, we welcome the changed and the traditional, and are looking to make the 2011 edition our best one to date. In order to do that, we need your submissions. Write your stories, whether they be fiction, creative non-fiction, or flash fiction. Even if you haven’t written much or have never been published, we want to read your work.
The general rules: Story length limit is 10 pages (1” margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 font). Attach your story to an email to: The deadline: March 18, 2011.
Everyone, with their own unique voice, has stories to tell. We want to read yours!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Getting published in The Sand Canyon Review

The Sand Canyon Review is currently taking open submission until March 18th for their 4th edition. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your Art, Photography, Poetry, and Short Stories published!

Send submissions to

View our flier at

Or find more information about us and the rules for submission at