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.
Ends on February 4, 2019
  • Each student may enter up to three works total. This means that if you submitted one visual art entry, you can only submit two literary art pieces. 
  • In addition to poems and short stories, you are encouraged to submit creative 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."  
  • Your name should not appear in/on the submission.
  • Entries must be supplied as Microsoft Word documents.
  • The maximum word count for each piece is 800. 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."  If you plan on submitting more than one piece, you may want to copy/paste your biographical sketch so that you have it handy for each submission. 
  • All written entries will become the property of Aspirations 2019.
Ends on February 4, 2019
  • Each student may enter up to three works total. This means that if you submitted one literary art entry, you can only submit two visual art pieces. 
  • Each entry MUST be ONE piece of art: ONE photograph or ONE drawing. Do not include two pieces of art in one submission.  If you plan on submitting more than one piece, you may want to copy/paste your biographical sketch so that you have it handy for each 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." 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 named "Sunset in Manhattan."
  • 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 (signatures on paintings are an exception to this). 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. 


Aspirations