Perceptions publishes short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, photography, music, and short film. We welcome both traditional and experimental work. Our pages include work from established writers/artists as well as new talent. All submissions are read blind to avoid bias. Please include contact info, but do not put your name on individual submissions. 


We review work from September 15 - January 31 for each issue. Simultaneous submissions are considered, but please contact us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. Any queries may be directed to jonathan.morrow@mhcc.edu. Snail mail may be sent to: Mt. Hood Community College, Humanities Division c\o Perceptions, 26000 SE Stark Street, Gresham OR 97030.



Ends on January 10, 2020

Please read these instructions carefully, for we have updated the way that we accept submissions.

You may only submit one document for each application form, but are still able to submit up to three application forms for Fiction. They just need to be seperate. I understand that this makes you have to go through the process again but this helps the team review your pieces individually instead of bundled together. And at a quicker pace.

Please do not put your name, or address anywhere on the file uploaded, for when we review the submissions they need to be anonymous, so that we continue to have non-biased voting.

There are no restrictions on style or theme, but each story should be no longer than 25 pages, double-spaced. Please submit your story as a Word doc. or pdf. file. You are only able to submit, seperately, up to three pieces of Fiction.

We will use the right to refuse any submissions that fail to meet these criteria, in order to maintain a safe, un-baised, and easy voting for your pieces.

Thank you very much,

Editing Team

Ends on January 10, 2020

Please read these instructions carefully, for we have updated the way that we accept submissions.

You may only submit one document for each form, but are still able to submit up to three forms for Non-Fiction. They just need to be seperate. I understand that this makes you have to go through the process again but this helps the team review your pieces individually instead of bundled together, and at a quicker pace.

Please do not put your name, or address anywhere on or in the file uploaded, for when we review the submissions they need to be anonymous, so that we continue to have non-biased voting.

There are no restrictions on style or theme, but each essay should be no longer than 25 pages, double-spaced. Please submit the document as a Word doc. or pdf. attachment. You are only able to submit, seperately, up to three pieces of Non-Fiction.

We will use the right to refuse any submissions that fail to meet these criteria, in order to maintain a safe, un-baised, and easy voting for your pieces.

Thank you.

Ends on January 10, 2020

Please read these instructions carefully, for we have updated the way that we accept submissions.

You may only submit one document for each form, but are still able to submit up to eight forms for Poetry. They just need to be seperate. I understand that this makes you have to go through the process again but this helps the team review your pieces individually instead of bundled together. And at a quicker pace.

Please do not put your name, or address anywhere on the file uploaded, for when we review the submissions they need to be anonymous, so that we continue to have non-biased voting.

There are no restrictions on style, length, or theme. Please send poems as Word doc. or pdf. attachments to retain original formatting. You are only able to submit, seperately, up to eight pieces of Poetry. 

We will use the right to refuse any submissions that fail to meet these criteria, in order to maintain a safe, un-baised, and easy voting for your pieces.

Thank you.

Ends on January 10, 2020

 Please read these instructions carefully, for we have updated the way that we accept submissions.

You may only submit one document for each application form, but are still able to submit up to eight application forms for Art and Photography. They just need to be seperate. I understand that this makes you have to go through the process again but this helps the team review your pieces individually instead of bundled together. And at a quicker pace.

Please do not put your name, or address anywhere in the title of the file uploaded, for when we review the submissions they need to be anonymous, so that we continue to have non-biased voting. We understand the need to have a signiture on the pieces, that is fine. Just not on the title of the file uploaded.

We print both color and black-and-white photography and art. There are no restrictions on style or theme. For judging purposes, editors can view small and/or low resolution files sent as jpeg attachments. You may also direct us to a website with your work, but please let us know which specific pieces you would like us to consider. If accepted, we will need high-resolution files (at least 300 dpi, preferably jpegs). You are only able to submit, seperately, up to eight pieces of Art and Photography.

We will use the right to refuse any submissions that fail to meet these criteria, in order to maintain a safe, un-baised, and easy voting for your pieces.

Thank you very much,

Editing Team

Ends on January 10, 2020

Please read these instructions carefully, for we have updated the way that we accept submissions.

You may only submit one document for each form, but are still able to submit up to three forms for Fiction. They just need to be seperate. I understand that this makes you have to go through the process again but this helps the team review your pieces individually instead of bundled together. And at a quicker pace.

There are no restrictions on style or theme, but all work must be original and less than 30 minutes in length, and any music must have permissions. You are only able to submit, seperately, up to three pieces of Short Film.  

We will use the right to refuse any submissions that fail to meet these criteria, in order to maintain a safe, fast, and easy voting for your pieces.

Thank you.

Ends on January 10, 2020

Please read these instructions carefully, for we have updated the way that we accept submissions.

You may only submit one document for each form, but are still able to submit up to three forms for Fiction. They just need to be seperate. I understand that this makes you have to go through the process again but this helps the team review your pieces individually instead of bundled together. And at a quicker pace.

There are no restrictions on style or theme, but all work must be original (NO COVERS!). You are only able to submit, seperately, up to five pieces of Music.  

We will use the right to refuse any submissions that fail to meet these criteria, in order to maintain a safe, fast, and easy voting for your pieces.

Thank you.