The 2021 edition of Bravura is almost here! Our virtual Gala will be held on Friday May 21st in zoom and we will update this site as well as our social media with more information soon! Follow us on Instagram @bravurajournal and check out our Facebook page for the latest updates.

bra•vu•ra (br vyeor’ ;brä veo’ rä) – a daring display of brilliant skill

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Bravura, The Literary Journal of Palomar College

Established in 1964, Bravura is an award-winning literary journal that features the prose, poetry, and visual art of Palomar College students, alumni, and local high school students.

The goal of Bravura is to celebrate Palomar College’s diverse creative community. We publish of original work a variety of literary genres, including creative non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, song lyrics, and drama/screenplays. As an interdisciplinary journal we also publish artistic expression from a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, photography, drawing and painting, illustration, digital art, comics, graphic design, and mixed media art. We also publish images of three dimensional arts including sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, metalworking, woodworking, and fashion design. In sum – any printable sort of creative expression will be considered for publication!

Published every May, under the guidance of faculty advisors Professor Clare Rolens, PhD. and Professor Stacey M. Trujillo,PhD. each issue of Bravura is produced by the student editors who enroll in ENGLISH 137: The Literary Magazine—History and Production (offered only during the spring semester). Learn more here!

Cover Design Contest Deadline: Friday March 12 Bravura 2021 Submission Deadline: March 19th

Check out the details for the Cover Contest and the Submission Guidelines for this year’s Bravura below!

2021 Cover Design Contest

2021 Cover Design Contest

What is this contest?
Bravura seeks to share the creativity of the fabulous current/former students and Alumni of Palomar College. We aim to reflect the diversity of student experiences through by giving students a voice in the design of the cover for the 2021 edition of Bravura. Since the journal is comprised of creative works by the Palomar community, we believe that this form of representation should begin with the cover.

Click Here for Submission Guidelines

BRAVURA 2020 is here!

2020 Full Cover file
Click the image to see the full virtual edition of Bravura 2020

Visual Arts Award Winners: Bravura 2020

Collin Vore "Alien Forest" Visual Arts Award- Second Place
Collin Vore “Alien Forest” Visual Arts Award- Second Place
Patrick Brennan "AfterParty 3" Visual Arts Award- Third Place
Patrick Brennan “AfterParty 3” Visual Arts Award- Third Place
Love Bailey "Garden of Sheden" Visual Arts Award-First Place
Love Bailey “Garden of Sheden” Visual Arts Award-First Place
Jessica Savino "Paranoid Android" Rolens/Trujillo Editor's Choice Award
Jessica Savino “Paranoid Android” Rolens/Trujillo Editor’s Choice Award
Valente Martinez "Cover 2020" Second Place Cover Design Contest
Valente Martinez “Cover 2020” Second Place Cover Design Contest
Lindsey Poorman "The Future of the Human Race" High School Award Winner-Visual
Lindsey Poorman “The Future of the Human Race” High School Award Winner-Visual
Journey Smothers "OriginalCover Submission" Winner- Cover Design Contest 2020
Journey Smothers “OriginalCover Submission” Winner- Cover Design Contest 2020


2020: Editorial Staff: Via Zoom

Zoom Class Pic
Not pictured: Schuyler Bates, Caroline Colton, Alexa Ferrari, Cassandra Lucero, Raine Porath, and Matthew Thomas

In Bravura [ENG 137] we do tons of engaging activities spread throughout the semester. In the starting weeks of the semester, before COVID affected the world, students promote Bravura through social media, going in class to talk to students, distributing flyers and reaching out high schools. We also held workshops for submissions and give valuable feedback to strengthen their stories. During the stay at home order, students got into committees to call each other on Zoom to look over stories and artworks/designs of what can go into Bravura. Later on, there was multitude of activities the class can do, such as talking about our inspiration behind our stories, what we do during COVID measures, and copyedit submissions. What I got out of from Bravura was making sure my writing was strong to consider pacing, “show don’t tell”, and characterization. The challenge was completing these tasks when campus closed down while we had to social distance, but the class was able to pull off everything to get the book complete!

Eric Cruz
2020 Editor/Contributor

We are grateful for the support of the Palomar Community!

Please email your submissions to 

In your submission email please include the following information:

  • Your full name and the title of each of your submission(s)
  • The name of your High School, and your grade level

NOTE: label the individual attached files as Your Name: Title of Work

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