Mirage Literary and Arts Magazine

2016 Mirage Cover

Mirage Literary and Arts Magazine is produced by Cochise College each academic year. Hard copies of Mirage 2017 can be obtained at both the Douglas and Sierra Vista campus libraries. Electronic copies of 2017 will be available soon.

We are now soliciting submissions for the 2018 issue.

Residents of both Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties and students of Cochise College are welcomed and encouraged to submit their poetry, prose (fiction and non-fiction), artwork, and photography for consideration of publication.

Fall 2017 Student Contests:

We would like to announce a new contest for Cochise College students!

We will take submissions in poetry, non-fiction, fiction, and art until Thursday, October 19th. Just follow the submission requirements detailed below and email your entries as directed.

Winners in each category will be awarded Amazon gift cards.

First place is $50, second place is $25, and third place is $10.

All students who have written work accepted for publication in the Mirage must attend a revision workshop on either the Douglas or Sierra Vista campuses. These will be scheduled in November. Dates and times TBD.

If you enjoy the Mirage, please also consider participating in the Creative Writing Celebration held in the spring each year on the Sierra Vista campus. Published authors teach several interactive workshops over the course of two and a half days.


Mirage Literary and Arts Magazine has a three-part mission:

  1. Mirage serves Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties by showcasing high-quality art and literature produced by community members and Cochise College students.
  2. Mirage serves Cochise College by establishing the College as the locus of a creative learning community.
  3. Mirage further serves Cochise College students by providing them an opportunity to earn college credit and gain academic and professional experience by participating in all aspects of the production of the literary and arts magazine.

Mirage Literary and Arts Magazine

Cochise College | 4190 W. Hwy. 80
Douglas, AZ 85607 | Mirage@cochise.edu

Faculty Advisors

Jay Treiber | Douglas Campus
(520) 417-4765 | treiberj@cochise.edu

Kristen Welch | Sierra Vista Campus
(520) 515-5315 | welchk@cochise.edu

Submit Art/Literature

Currently accepting submissions for the 2018 issue

If you would like to submit your work for consideration and/or to enter the student contest, please follow the directions posted below.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are accepted from Cochise College students and residents of Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties in Arizona.

All entries must be the original work of the person or persons submitting them. The Mirage staff follows all copyright laws for submitted work and will verify originality to the best of our ability, but the responsibility for submitting original artwork or written work lies with the artist. If copyright infringement occurs, the artist or author will bear responsibility for it.

Each person may submit up to three pieces of writing and three works of art. Please note that this is a new policy. 

Writers and artists are welcome to resubmit material that was not previously accepted for publication. However, they should also consider submitting fresh works that represent their most recent and accomplished artistic achievements.

Works are selected for publication via an anonymous process: Each submission is judged without disclosure of the writer’s or artist’s name.

The staff of Mirage reserves the right to revise language, correct grammar and punctuation, revise formatting, and abridge content of any literary work, including the biographies of writers and artists. In matters of mechanics and style, the Mirage staff defers to A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers.

The staff also reserves the right to crop, re-size, and modify works of visual art in any way deemed necessary to ready them for inclusion in the magazine.

If you have questions, please send them to mirage@cochise.edu.

When you submit your work by email, be sure to include:

  • Your name
  • Your affiliation: Community member, Cochise College student, Cochise Center for Lifelong Learning student
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • A list of the titles of all works
  • A brief autobiographical statement of seventy-five words or less, written in the third person.

To preserve anonymity during the selection process, no name should appear on the entry itself.

Please remember that you are limited to three entries per category. Also, if you indicate that you are a Cochise College student, you will automatically be entered into the contest for fall 2017.


Fiction can include many different genres. Short stories are most common.

Please consider composing a “scary” story if you are a Cochise College student. SGA is hosting an event on Thursday, October 26th and you may have the opportunity to read your story.

Non-fiction genres can encompass many genres. Learning reflections, memories of an experience, observation essays, and arguments on a social topic are all part of what we would like to consider for the Mirage. 

These entries must be submitted as Microsoft Word document files, and your work must be double-spaced. Unless unique formatting is integral to the piece, literary works should be aligned on the left margin and not printed in all upper-case letters. There is a 4,000-word limit for fiction and non-fiction entries.

Include all information in “Requirements for Submissions” and email your entries (limit 3!) to mirage@cochise.edu. 

All student work will automatically be entered in the fall 2017 contest.

Poetry must be submitted as Microsoft Word document files. Single spacing is permissible for poetry. Unless unique formatting is integral to the piece, poems should be aligned on the left margin and not printed in all upper-case letters. There is a 2,000-word limit for poetry entries.

Please review all “Requirements for All Submissions” and then email your entries (limit 3!) to mirage@cochise.edu.

All student work will automatically be entered in the fall 2017 contest.

What kind of art do you do? Simply take a photo of it and submit it for consideration in the Mirage!

Genres include painting, sculpture, ceramics, digital arts, and, of course, photography. Perhaps you make jewelry? Quilts? Do you weld metal art? Whatever you create, we would like to see.

Artwork and photographs must have titles or must be identified as “Untitled.” Save each photograph of your artwork as a file with the title as the name.

Please do not send multiple emails instead of sending one with all three works attached. Also, please do not copy your work into the body of the email instead of submitting it as a file attachment.

When taking photographs of artwork for submission, pay attention to lighting and orientation in order to prevent shadowing, glare, skewing, or unintentional cropping.

Again, artwork and photographs must be sent as digital files. Save as a jpeg, if possible.

Compression: Please do not compress photos when emailing them. Compressed photos lose information that cannot be restored. It is not like zipping or stuffing files; photos cannot be “unzipped” or “unstuffed.” Many programs will automatically downsize photos for emailing and viewing on a computer screen, but there is usually an option for sending the photo without reducing its size. Please choose that option.

Resolution: Printing on a press requires high resolution: What looks good on a computer screen or from a laser printer will not necessarily look good when printed on a press. An image copied from a webpage will not have the proper resolution. Files of artwork need to be at a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (DPI) and at 100% of its original size. Photos should be at least 6 x 9 inches. A minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels in JPEG format is best. Any attempt to resize or resample may cause problems because print resolution will depend on how we ultimately size the photo for the magazine. The minimum size is important. If, for example, a photo is only 640 x 480 pixels, it is too small for the magazine.

IMPORTANT: Unless digital photographs of art are submitted according to the guidelines above, the magazine cannot use them.

Please review the “Requirements for All Submissions” and then email your entries (limit 3!) to mirage@cochise.edu. 

All student work will automatically be entered in the fall 2017 contest.

Join the Mirage

The Mirage will be designed by a student this year. Details will be forthcoming. Check back or email Kristen Welch for the latest at welchk@cochise.edu.