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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 brilliance.

prior year's (April 2014) Awards Program highlights / photos

The Aspirations 2015 competition is now underway.
All entries are due on or before Friday, January 23, 2015.
Online Submission Form

Submissions accepted for publication along with
contributor names will be posted here in mid-February.

E-mail for immediate information.

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 Tuesday April 28, 2015 in the Kelsey Theater (TH) on the college's West Windsor campus. Each student will receive a copy of Aspirations 2015 at the program. Additional copies are given to the schools for their libraries.

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Aspirations 2015 Writing Guidelines

  • Written entries may be submitted to Aspirations by students as well as by individual teachers, English departments or schools on behalf of their students. (We request that all schools furnish us with a list of all student entrants.)
  • Each student may enter up to three submissions.
  • In addition to poems, short stories, essays and journal entries, students are encouraged to submit non-fiction, such as interviews in oral history and projects from courses other than English. No research papers, please.
  • Entries must be supplied as Microsoft Word documents.
  • The page limit per submission is three. Entries should be double-spaced in a plain, easy-to-read font such as Arial or Times New Roman.
  • The upper left-hand corner of each entry must show the title and the studentís name, school and grade. Each entry must be numbered to correspond with the titles listed on the Online Submission Form.
  • Please proofread all submissions carefully.
  • All entries (maximum of 3) must be submitted online as Attachment(s) with the Online Submission Form.
  • Each student must complete a Student Profile, including a brief (two or three sentences) biographical sketch, to be submitted with the Online Submission Form.
  • All written entries will become the property of Aspirations 2015.

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Aspirations 2015 Artwork Guidelines

  • Each student may enter up to three submissions.
  • Digital-format submissions are accepted; however, for judging purposes, it is preferred that these be accompanied by printouts.
  • The maximum size for any entry is 11 x 17 inches.
  • Each student should mark the back — NOT THE FRONT — of each piece of art with its title and the student's name, school and grade, then package the entries together with a printout of a completed Online Submission Form. (Submit the form online as well as supplying it in hard copy with artwork submissions.)
  • Students submitting art to illustrate literary pieces should follow the appropriate literary code with /WA in the "Genre" field of the Online Submission Form. (P/WA, for example, indicates poem with art.)
  • Each student must complete a Student Profile, including a brief (two or three sentences) biographical sketch, to be submitted with the Online Submission Form.
  • All art entries must be submitted by individual teachers, art departments or schools.
  • Each school should submit one packet containing the art submissions of all its participating students.
  • Art entries should be dropped off in the Liberal Arts Building (ET117) at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ.
  • Art will be selected for excellence, creativity and content, as well as for space availability and reproduction quality.
  • Artwork entries will be returned to participating schools.

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Submit an Entry Now

Online Submission Form
Students need submit only one Entry Form for multiple entries.
All entrants must submit a Student Profile (included with the Online Submission Form).

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Important Dates

Entry Deadline: Friday, January 23

Judging: Friday, February 13

Aspirations 2015 Awards Program: Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.

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Contact

Nicole Homer, Aspirations editor
homern@mccc.edu
(609) 570-3316

Aspirations
Mercer County Community College
P.O. Box 17202
Trenton, NJ 08690

aspirations@mccc.edu

Fax: (609) 570-3844

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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.



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