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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

RSVP Response Form for ASPIRATIONS Awards Program (Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.)

The entry submission deadline (January 23)
for Aspirations 2015 has now passed.

To all who submitted entries, we appreciate your efforts.
Those accepted for publication are listed here.

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 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 required; accommodations can be made if it's impossible to submit digitally. Contact Nicole Homer at for specific instructions.
  • 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.
  • Art will be selected for excellence, creativity and content, as well as for space availability and reproduction quality.

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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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Nicole Homer, Aspirations editor
(609) 570-3316

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

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.