Aspirations Literary/Art Magazine
Aspirations, an annual literary/visual arts magazine published by Mercer County Community College for more than 20 years, cultivates the talents of area high school students and allows them to share their work with the community. Each year the college invites local high schools to participate in a competition from which the very best in original art and writing is chosen for publication. Each spring, when Aspirations is published, the college hosts a recognition program to acknowledge the contributors and their talents.
prior (April 2017) Awards Program highlights / photos
RSVP Response Form for ASPIRATIONS Awards Program (Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.)
The entry submission deadline (February 2)
for Aspirations 2018 has now passed.
To all who submitted entries, we appreciate your efforts. Submissions accepted for publication along with contributor names will be posted here by mid-March.
Aspirations entries may be submitted again beginning each October for the following year's competition/publication.
A panel comprised of MCCC English faculty and area high school English teachers selects the winning literary pieces. The MCCC Publications Office and MCCC Art/Design faculty choose the winning art. Students whose works are selected for publication will be honored at an awards program scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday April 26, 2018 in the Kelsey Theater (TH) on the college's West Windsor campus. Each student will receive a copy of Aspirations 2018 at the program. Additional copies are given to the schools for their libraries.
Aspirations 2018 Writing Guidelines
- Each student may enter up to three works total. This means that if you submitted one visual art entry, you can submit only two literary pieces.
- In addition to poems, short stories, essays and journal entries, students are encouraged to submit non-fiction. No research papers, please.
- Each entry MUST be ONE piece of art: ONE poem or ONE creative non-fiction piece. Do not include two poems as one submission.
- Each submission title MUST be the title of the piece submitted. For example, if your poem is titled "Sunset in Manhattan," then the title of your submission should be "Sunset in Manhattan."
- Entries must be supplied as Microsoft Word documents.
- The maximum word count for each piece is 400. Entries should be double-spaced in a plain, easy-to-read font such as Arial or Times New Roman.
- Each student must complete a Student Profile, including a brief (two or three sentences) biographical sketch, to be submitted with the Online Submission Form. The profile should be written in third person. Instead of "I like writing" you might write "Sarah Smith likes writing."
- All written entries will become the property of Aspirations 2018.
Aspirations 2018 Art Guidelines
- Each student may enter up to three works total. This means that if you submitted one literary entry, you can submit only two visual art pieces.
- Each entry MUST be ONE piece of art: ONE photograph or ONE drawing. Do not include two photographs in one submission.
- Each submission title MUST be the title of the piece submitted. For example, if your photograph is titled "Sunset in Manhattan," then the title of your submission should be "Sunset in Manhattan."
- Attached files must be named as follows: "original/unique title connected to the artwork + Artist Last Name." Generic file names such as "grayscale" and "grayscale1" are not acceptable. The file title should match the submission title. In our example, the file would be named "Sunset in Manhattan - YourLastName"
- Art will be selected for excellence, creativity and content, as well as for space availability and reproduction quality.
- The artist's name should not appear on the artwork.
- Each student must complete a Student Profile, including a brief (two or three sentences) biographical sketch, to be submitted with the Online Submission Form. The profile should be written in third person. Instead of "I like photography" you might write "Sarah Smith likes photography."
- Entries can be one of the following formats: .jpg, .tiff, .png.
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Students need submit ONE Entry Form for EACH piece of art submitted.
If you submit three poems, you'll need to submit each separately.
All entry submissions include a Student Profile.
Entry Deadline: Friday, February 2nd
Judging: Friday, February 9
Aspirations 2018 Awards Program: Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
Nicole Homer, Aspirations editor
Mercer County Community College
Fax: (609) 570-3844
|This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.