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Aspirations  Literary/Art Magazine

Aspirations, an annual literary/visual arts magazine published by Mercer County Community College for more than 25 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.

Aspirations opens for submissions November 15, 2023 for the following year's publication.
(Please note the February 14 submission deadline for 2024.)

Contributors of works accepted for publication will be notified by email in early Spring.

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.

Aspirations 2024  Literary Art Guidelines

Aspirations 2024  Visual Art Guidelines

Submit an Entry Now

Students need submit ONE Entry Form for EACH piece submitted.
If you submit three poems, you'll need to submit each separately.
All entry submissions include a Student Profile.

Important Dates

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: Wednesday, November 15
ENTRY DEADLINE: Thursday, February 14
LAUNCH GALA: Wednesday, April 10, 2024


Nicole Homer, Aspirations editor
(609) 570-3316

Mercer County Community College
Fax: (609) 570-3844