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About Display Magazine

Display presents the college's best and brightest student poets and writers.

Display accepts:

  • Fiction (short stories) and nonfiction (essays) of up to 4,000 words.
  • Short plays (no more than 10 pages and formatted with left-aligned character names). 
  • Poetry of all styles and forms.
  • All forms of creative and non-fiction writing.

You may submit up to five poetry and two prose (fiction or non-fiction) pieces for per edition. Plays count as one of your prose entries. You must be a currently enrolled student at GRCC to submit to the magazine. There is no fee for submission.

How to Submit Your Work 

  • Use your GRCC email address to submit any work.
  • Submit all of your work in one Word Document (no PDFs or Google Docs) and attach it as a file to your submission email to
  • Remove your name from the submission document (also remove any class identification, headers, footers, etc.). 
  • Title each piece within your document.
  • Review the Formatting Guidelines below for specific formatting elements.

Please provide the following information in your submission email:

  • Include your name and "Display Submission" in your email subject line (For example: "Philomena Hagenblas Display Submission").
  • In the body of your email, write your name as you'd like it to appear in the magazine.
  • Provide a list with the title of each submission (Example: “Stay” or "The Shadow Anger," etc.).
    • This information will allow us to identify you if your work is selected.

Submission Deadlines

  • Winter 2024: Friday, March 15, by 5 p.m.

Formatting Guidelines

  • Submit all of your work in one Word document (.docx).
  • Include a title of the piece ONLY and then your text (remove all MLA/APA formatting of names, headers, etc.) Please keep works cited and citations. 
  • Your submission must be in 12 point, Times New Roman Font.
  • Your submission must be a Word document (not a PDF or shared Google Doc.).
  • Essay and Prose Spacing: All essay and prose entries should be single-spaced, with tabs indented
  • Poetry Spacing: Most poetry should be single-spaced with a double-space separating stanzas. 
    • Note: Concrete poetry and other work that incorporates a visual layout/form, are exempt from this guideline.
    • Ekphrasis poetry: Due to copyright issues, we will not publish the image of an artwork that inspires an ekphrasis poem. Be sure to provide the title of the artwork, the artist's name, and the year it was created, if possible, and we will try to reference it on the page of your work. 

Where to submit

E-mail your submission to: by the due date listed for each semester. You may submit any time prior to the due date and early submissions are encouraged.

Display Faculty Advisor for Writing:

Sean Mackey,

Please address any issues found on this page to Sean Mackey. 


  • Display editors reserve the right to edit selected pieces, to select portions of a submission for publication, to correct general errors, etc. By submitting work to Display you agree to these terms. Because of the volume of entries, we are not able to provide feedback on work submitted.


David Cope
Everything in the experience of work on Display began the continuous preparation and execution of writing that has given me a most fulfilling life, from book publications and acclaim to national awards for my work and in my retirement.
David Cope