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Kaleidoscope is a literary and visual arts journal published each spring that includes student-submitted prose, poetry, art, and photography.

If you would like to submit your work for the next edition of Kaleidoscope, please use the link under the Resources header, and email faculty advisors Laura Bandy or Barbara Ashwood with any questions you have.

Submissions for the 2024 edition will be accepted until Friday, February 23, 2024.

Kaleidoscope History:  In 1983, under the direction of communication professor Bob Gorg and student editors Jerry Swank and David Pires, the Spoon River College Student Senate sponsored a student-run literary publication entitled Collegiate that was filled with stories, poetry, essays and public commentary.  It initially had a strictly literary focus, and then added visual arts and became Kaleidoscope in 1996 with a nearly endless range of formats and appearances.

Today, Kaleidoscope remains a st​udent-run publication under the guidance of faculty advisors that continues its mission to publish fine works of literature and visual arts by the Spoon River College community.

2023 Issue Now Available Here!


Faculty Advisors

​​Canton Campus:
Laura Bandy
English Professor

​​Macomb Campus:
Barbara Ashwood
English Professor



Submission Guidelines:

  • Any piece of art or short literature (short story, essay, poem, song lyrics) may be submitted.
  • Each student may submit a maximum of four pieces.
  • Submissions for the 2024 issue are due by February 23, 2024.

Submit a piece at this page and follow the directions.

Submit an application for an Assistant Editor position at This Page and follow the directions.


Kaleidoscope Editions

Though Kaleidoscope is primarily a print journal, electronic copies of each edition’s proof can be found here:
2023 Kaleidoscope

2022 Kaleidoscope

2020-2021 Kaleidoscope

2019 Kaleidoscope

2018 Kaleidoscope