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Phizzogs is Carl Sandburg College's literary magazine published once a year and features poetry, prose, artwork, and photography from Sandburg students, as well as some pieces from Sandburg faculty and staff. 

A student staff, comprised of students enrolled in the Literary Magazine class, English 141, works together to promote the magazine and its deadlines, to go through submissions, to select award winners, and to put the magazine together.

New contest category this year!

In addition to submitting poems about any topic, writers are also welcome to submit a poem for this year's Contest Category: The Movie Line Poem. Movie line poems are poem that take a specific line from a specific scene in a film and use that line as an inspiration for a poem. The line could lead the writer to describe a specific scene in a movie in poetic form--adding a new layer of insight or bringing a new understanding to the scene--or simply be a line that inspires the rest of a poem, even if the poem's subject matter has little to do with the film. For an example, see Pt. 4 of Tracy K. Smith's poem "My God, It's Full of Stars." 
Students who submit a poem for the Movie Line Contest must indicate at the top of the page, before their poem begins, that this poem is intended for the Movie Line Poem Contest and also state the title of the film from which the line is taken.

My God, It's Full of Stars by Tracy K. Smith | Poetry Foundation


Phizzogs Submission

Phizzogs Ethos Statement: Phizzogs cultivates the discovery and refinement of the story waiting to be told.

  • Submissions for the Spring 2022 edition will be accepted from November 20th to February 20th.
  • Current Sandburg students, faculty, and staff are welcome to submit their writing, photography, and artwork.
  • Phizzogs seeks work that is original, compelling, and competent. 
  • Writing may include any genre: Poems, short stories, flash fiction, excerpts from novels, drama scenes, creative nonfiction (narrative essays), excerpts from graphic novels, and more. 
  • Writing should not exceed 2500 words (about 10 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font).
  • Writing must be original -- no fan fiction. If a piece of art is inspired by an already existing work of art (for example, a painting of the cover of a record album), then the original source material must be clearly noted. Exact imitations are not accepted.
  • Writing and photographs should be submitted online. Students interested in submitting a piece of art should contact Art Instructor Lisa Walker at

Pervious Phizzogs Editions

Typically, the magazine is released in the spring, in conjunction with the Spring Student Art Show. This year, we are glad to be able to share this online version of the magazine; a print version will be released when possible. 

Phizzogs 2020 cover below. Two ways to view the 2020 issue:



Poem Readings

Kailin Cutliff

Kailin discusses her experience in Creative Writing 1:

Kailin discusses her inspiration behind "An Ode to My Car" entry: 

Kailin discusses her inspiration beyond "Justin" and "You Don't Deserve Her" entries: 


Dominic Godsil

Dominic Godsil discusses Creative Writing 1 and his entries in Phizzogs:

Grace Robbins

Grace Robbins discusses her Phizzogs entry: