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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 talents.

     prior (April 2017) Awards Program highlights / photos

     RSVP Response Form for ASPIRATIONS Awards Program (Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.)

The entry submission deadline (February 2)
for Aspirations 2018 has now passed.

Submit Online

To all who submitted entries, we appreciate your efforts. Submissions accepted for publication along with contributor names will be posted here by mid-March.

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 Thursday April 26, 2018 in the Kelsey Theater (TH) on the college's West Windsor campus. Each student will receive a copy of Aspirations 2018 at the program. Additional copies are given to the schools for their libraries.

Aspirations 2018 Writing Guidelines

Aspirations 2018 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 2nd

Judging: Friday, February 9

Aspirations 2018 Awards Program: Thursday, April 26, 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.