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Phizzogs is Sandburg's literary magazine published once a year featuring 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.

Phizzogs ethos statement: Phizzogs cultivates the discovery and refinement of the story waiting to be told.

Phizzogs submission

  • Submissions for the Spring 2024 edition: Accepted from Oct. 1, 2023-Feb. 1, 2024.
  • Who may submit: Current Sandburg students, faculty and staff are welcome to submit their writing, photography and artwork.
  • Work: Must be 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. 
    • Should not exceed 2,500 words (roughly 10 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font).
    • Must be original — no fan fiction. Additionally, no AI-generated pieces. 
  • Artwork: Must be original — 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. No AI-generated pieces. 
  • Photography: Must be original — no AI-generated pieces. 
  • Writing and photographs: Should be submitted online. Each photograph should be uploaded or attached to the submission. Each photograph must have a title. 
  • Art submissions: If you're interested in submitting a piece of art, take your piece to the Art Studio, and complete a submission form in the Studio, then email art instructor Lisa Walker.

Previous '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: