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.

Submission Deadline: March 15th

Bravura’s Annual Cover Design Contest

We want YOU to design the cover of the this year's edition of Bravura, Palomar College’s award-winning annual literary journal! Your design must include “Bravura” and “2023” and be in Lanscape orientation.

You may submit up to 5 seperate cover designs.

Prose Submissions

We welcome short fiction and creative non-fiction. Your submission should be no more than 5,000 words and proofread. 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.

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 a high quality image or images of your project.

You may submit up to 10 individual images for consideration.

Who Can Submit to Bravura?

  • Students currently enrolled at Palomar College
  • Palomar Alumni/ Former Students
  • San Diego County High School Students

Submissions: Current/ Former Palomar Student

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 Submissions:

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

BE IN THE KNOW

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

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