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Explorations Arts Competition 
Mountain Empire Community College produces an annual arts magazine,  Explorations. In these pages you will find the poems, photographs, drawings and paintings of some of our very talented students and alumni. The artistic style and vision that produce each piece may vary greatly, but all the works represent an artist who’s creative, inspired, engaged with the world, full of curiosity and energy, and eager to reach an audience.

Explorations 2015 cover
Competition Information
Current and former Mountain Empire Community College students are invited to participate in the annual Explorations Arts competition recognizing excellence in writing, drawing, painting, and photography.

The contest features first, second, and third place awards in the categories of short story, poetry, personal essay, drawing, painting, black and white photography, and color photography. First place winners receive $50, with second place winners awarded $30, and third place receiving $20.

Students may enter up to five poems, one short story, one nonfiction entry, and up to three photos or drawings in each category. Students may enter more than one category. The nonfiction category can be an essay, journal article, a research paper, a memoir, or a poem; it can be personal or not.
How to Enter
To submit an entry for Explorations, students can pick up submission instructions and a submission application in the Division of Arts and Sciences offices located in Godwin Hall.  

  • For questions regarding Painting and Drawing categories, contact Alice Harrington at
  • For questions regarding Poetry and Nonfiction categories, contact Jan Richards at
  • For questions regarding the Short Story category, contact Brandi Martinez at
  • For questions regarding the Black & White Photography and Color Photography categories, contact Derek Whisman at

Past Explorations E-Zine


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Last updated: 4/30/2015 3:00:28 PM