When submitting to The Chaffey Review, please adhere to the following requirements:

Written Submissions:
All manuscripts must be typed and double spaced.
Text should be 12 point Times New Roman in black ink with 1" margins.
Each poetry submission must be on a separate page.
First page must be numbered with author's name, title of work, and genre.
Prose entries are subject to a 10 page maximum. Poetry is subject to a 5 pages.
Submissions need to be .doc, .rtf, or .pdf.

Art Submissions:
Photography, drawings, paintings, or digital art pieces MUST be submitted as a high resolution .pdf, .jpeg, or .tif.
Include artist name, media, and materials used.

Music Submissions:
All tracks must be iTunes compatible. Include the following in the Track information: Track Name, 
Artist Name, Album Name.

Please include a writers bio, 100 words, 3rd person to be published along with your piece if accepted.
Visual and musicians include an artist statement, 100 words, 1st person to be published along with your piece if accepted.

In 1978, at the age of three, Thi Bui arrived in the US with her parents and siblings after an arduous journey as refugees from Vietnam. Almost thirty years later, on the cusp of motherhood, Bui embarks on a new quest: to explore her family history so that she can better understand the struggles her parents faced and the difficult choices they made in search of a better life for their kids. With gorgeous illustrations and hypnotic prose, The Best We Could Do tells the story of a nation’s history and a family’s history while also providing insight into the immigrant experience and examining the legacies we inherit and bequeath from one generation to the next.

Chaffey’s One Book, One College committee invites you to reflect on your own past and present by sharing an experience that relates to The Best We Could Do. You might write an essay about . . .

• Understanding or accepting a family member 

• Reuniting with or becoming estranged from a

loved one

• Surviving a dangerous journey

• Your experience as an immigrant or

international student

• Feeling nurtured or neglected by a guardian

• Experiencing the joy or pain of parenthood

• Receiving or providing valuable assistance

• Encountering xenophobia or intolerance

• Visiting a place from your or your parents’ past

• Trying to live up to your family’s expectations

• Being damaged by or damaging a loved one

• The migration of your parents or family

• Moving to a new place or undergoing some

other life-changing transformation

• Meeting your significant other

• A significant event in a parent’s life

• An obstacle that you or a relative overcame

• Witnessing or exhibiting heroism

• Reinventing yourself

• Adapting to a new academic environment

• Learning a life lesson


In fact, you are welcome to submit any original nonfiction writing that clearly connects with this year’s College Book.

Visit www.chaffeyreview.org  to submit your own work now through Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Please remove your name from your essay before uploading it. Entries up to 1,500 words in length will be judged on originality, compelling content, and the quality of written expression. Up to ten finalists will receive a cash prize and will read their essays at an awards ceremony from 6-8 pm in Student Life (CCE) on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

For more information, contact Deckard Hodge (652-6924, deckard.hodge@chaffey.edu) or Neil Watkins (652-6952, neil.watkins@chaffey.edu).


Each year The Chaffey Review establishes a theme for its submissions to be reviewed for the preproduction volume. The incorporation of the theme is uniquely crafted by each individual artist and their submission of choice.

Volume 18's theme: Polarity 

Polarity is the state of having two opposite or contradictory tendencies, opinions, or aspects

When submitting to The Chaffey Review, please adhere to the following requirements:

Written Submissions:

All manuscripts must be typed and double spaced.

Text should be 12 point Times New Roman in black ink with 1" margins.

Each poetry submission must be on a separate page.

First page must be numbered with author's name, title of work, and genre.

Prose entries are subject to a 10 page maximum. Poetry is subject to a 5 pages.

Submissions need to be .doc, .rtf, or .pdf.

Art Submissions:

Photography, drawings, paintings, or digital art pieces MUST be submitted as a high resolution .pdf, .jpeg, or .tif.

Include artist name, media, and materials used.

Please include a writers bio, 100 words, 3rd person to be published along with your piece if accepted.

Visual and musicians include an artist statement, 100 words, 1st person to be published along with your piece if accepted.  

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