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

Established in 1964, Bravura is an award-winning literary journal that features the prose, poetry, and visual art of current 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!

Bravura is published annually in May. The journal is produced by the student editors in ENGLISH 137 under the guidance of faculty advisors Professor Clare Rolens, PhD. and Professor Stacey M. Trujillo,PhD.

Who Can Submit?

Students currently enrolled at Palomar College, as well as alumni, may submit their work to Bravura. We also accept submissions from former Palomar students (so even if you did not graduate from Palomar, but attended classes at our school at some point, you are eligible to submit). Any high school student enrolled in a high school located in San Diego County will also be able to submit.

What Can You Submit?

Prose Submissions

We welcome short fiction and creative non-fiction submissions! 

Your submission should be no more than 5,000 words and be submitted as a word doc AND a PDF file.  If you want to submit a section of a longer work, make sure that your submission stands on its own (you may include a brief contextualizing paragraph that acknowledges its role within a longer text). 

You may submit up to 5 individual prose pieces for consideration.

 Poetry Submissions

Poetry in all forms and lengths is welcome. We also accept work that is meant to be performed, such as spoken word or song lyrics, etc. Please submit your work as a word doc AND a PDF file. 

You may submit up to 5 individual poems for consideration.

Visual Arts Submissions

Photography, paintings, graphic design, illustrations, mixed media, comics etc. Fashion design, architecture, woodworking, metalworking, basically anything creative that you have made, designed, or both, are also encouraged. Since it is a print journal, we need an image or images of your project.

All Visual Submissions must be in JPEG, PDF, or TIFF formats and should be at least 300dpi.  

You may submit up to 10 individual images for consideration.

How to Submit?

Current/Former Palomar Students:

Please email your submissions to bravurasubmissions@gmail.com

In your submission email please include the following information:

  • Your contact information: full name and preferred email
  • The title of each of your submission(s). You may include multiple submissions in one email.
  • Your affiliation with Palomar: EX: Alumni (year/s attended), or current student

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

High School Students:

Please email your submissions to bravurahs@gmail.com 

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

We reserve the right to edit the submission, if chosen for publication

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our 2020 Cover!

Our 2020 Cover!

Bravura is proud to present the cover for our 2020 edition! Working through a pandemic proved to be challenging, but we’re glad we were still able to produce Palomar’s literary magazine. Congratulations to Journey Smothers! She won the first annual cover design...

Faculty Advisors
for Bravura

Clare Rolens, PhD.

Associate Professor, Department of English, Humanities and Reading

crolens@palomar.edu

Stacey M. Trujillo, PhD.

Associate Professor, Department of English, Humanities and Reading

strujillo@palomar.edu