The VCCA, in a joint project with the Virginia Community College System, publishes a hard-copy, professional journal, Inquiry. The hard-copy edition of Inquiry is published once a year; the Electronic Edition is maintained by the Virginia Community College System libraries. 

  • Call for Papers
    • Papers accepted for each issue will be published in both Inquiry and the Inquiry Electronic Edition.
    • Papers should be prepared according to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition, or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.
    • Manuscripts should not exceed 6,000 words.
    • By email, send the manuscript and a two- to six-line biography as Microsoft Word attachments to Ghazala Hashmi, Managing Editor, at

  • Cover Artwork Contest - Open to All Virginia Community College System students. Inquiry invites community college students to submit their best artwork for possible publication on the front cover of the journal. Works may be photographs, drawings, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and digital images. Prize: $250 and copies of the journal. Please contact Ghazala Hashmi at
    • Artwork must be original, previously unpublished, and created by a student enrolled in a Virginia community college.
    • A student may submit up to three images for consideration.
    • Photographs, drawings, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, print making, and digital images are welcome.
    • Images should be submitted in digital form by email attachment. The winning artwork will be selected by the journal’s editors