Submit your poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction for inclusion in TCC’s 18th annual literary magazine

ChannelMarker is the annual literary anthology composed exclusively of TCC students' poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.

If your entry is accepted for publication, you are invited to read your work during the TCC Literary Festival held in the spring.

Submission guidelines

The author of the submission must be a current Tidewater Community College student at time of submission. Writings submitted must be original works of no more than 2,000 words. Multiple entries are encouraged.

All submissions must be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text format (MS Word is available to students in the TCC Open Computer Labs) and MUST include student's name and contact information on each page of the submission. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Submissions for the 2019 edition of ChannelMarker are due November 1, 2018.

Send your submissions to Rick Alley at

One individual may enter up to 5 works. Each submission should be sent as an attachment. On each page of the submission, please provide the following information:

  • Title of submission
  • Student's first and last name
  • Student's home campus
  • Student's ID number
  • Student's TCC email address

If any of this information is missing, your entry will not be accepted.

Students whose work has been chosen will be notified in mid-March. No acknowledgement of receipt of entry will be sent unless requested by the student, and it will go to their TCC email address only.

By submitting their ChannelMarker entry, the authors/creators are giving their permission to have their work published in the 2019 edition of ChannelMarker. This includes permitting editors to make grammatical and sentence level corrections to their work.

The ChannelMarker committee will make every effort to contact authors in the event editing is required and the submission is selected for publication. Please ensure that your contact information is included on every page of your submission. 

Each accepted author is asked to consider reading his/her work during the 2019 TCC Literary Festival held in the spring.


By submitting their entries by email, the original author, acknowledge and agree to the following terms and conditions (hereinafter, "submissions"):

Submissions will be shared with the editors and judges of the ChannelMarker.

Neither the ChannelMarker committee nor any of its affiliated companies or entities including but not limited to Tidewater Community College are obligated to use your submission or pay you for any submission.

By sending your submission to the ChannelMarker you acknowledge single-use publication rights. You, the author, retain all future publication rights.

All submissions to the ChannelMarker will not be subject to any obligation of confidentiality.

Judging panel
Chesapeake Campus
  • Rick Alley, English Instructor
  • Joe Antinarella, Associate Professor of English
  • Sarah Stevenson, English Instructor
  • Doug Thiele, English Instructor
Norfolk Campus
  • Leah Hagedorn, Professor of History
  • Josh Howell, Assistant Professor of English
  • Shannon Ponack, English Instructor
  • Sylvie Shapero, English instructor

Portsmouth Campus
  • ​April Campbell, English Instructor
  • Nita Wood, Associate Professor of English

Virginia Beach Campus
  • Cecilia Petretto, English Instructor
  • Robert House, Associate Professor of English
  • Fred Valet, Lab Manager, Humanities
  • Joseph Walls, English Instructor
  • Alexandra Harrington, Librarian 
ChannelMarker archives

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See some previous editions (PDF)