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.

View Aspirations 2020 in PDF format here.

Aspirations opens for submissions each October for the following year's publication.

To all who submitted entries, we sincerely appreciate your efforts and thank you for trusting us with your work.


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.

Please look for updates here and via email regarding how we will honor this year's contributors in light of social distancing protocols.

Aspirations 2020  Writing Guidelines

Aspirations 2020  Art Guidelines

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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.

Important Dates

ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, February 14

JUDGING: Friday, February 21

Aspirations 2020 AWARDS PROGRAM: Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.


Nicole Homer, Aspirations editor
(609) 570-3316

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.