About This Journal
IMPORTANT NOTICE:As of July 1, 2014, Passwords has ceased publication and is no longer active or seeking submissions. Articles published in Passwords will remain available online on the journal's webpage.
Passwords, a five-college literary magazine of poetry, prose, and visual art, has been published on a semesterly basis since 2000. Our mission is to provide a literary forum for the Claremont college community, and our editorial board is open to all students. We accept pieces from students across the 5-Cs throughout each semester, editing and publishing a selection of them in a magazine of approximately 45 pages.
Who Can Submit?
Any student of the Claremont Colleges.
What Can One Submit?
Any non-academic writing, including poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction; and visual art. Although there is no limitation on length, the magazine will be approximately 45 pages.
Manuscript Review Policy
The author's/artist's name is omitted from each submission before it is considered by our editorial board, which draws from all 5Cs. Board members score each piece individually and selections are made based on a general consensus of those scores and discussions at the editorial board meeting. Although the process is necessarily subjective, we attempt to make it as fair and collaborative as possible. If your piece is chosen for publication, you will receive an e-mail notification near the end of the semester.
The editorial board of Passwords meets sporadically throughout the semester, typically in Walker Lounge at Pomona College. For up-to-date meeting announcements or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to our mailing list!
In addition, we run a writing contest once a semester, in which students are invited to write a story or a poem in an hour using a given prompt. Winners are published in that semester's issue. We also hold an open mike night each semester in order to celebrate the launch of the magazine and allow contributors to share their works with the community by reading them aloud.