Mirage Literary and Arts Magazine

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. Although we take submissions year round, to be considered for Mirage 2018, please send your work by March 15, 2018.

Residents of both Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties and students of Cochise College are welcomed and encouraged to submit up to three works in each of the following categories:

Poetry (2,000 word limit),

Fiction (4,000 word limit),

Non-fiction (4,000 word limit),

Artwork (Photos of your work must be 300 dots per inch and at 100% of its original size),

Songs and/or lyrics (Audio files can be up to 4 minutes),


Digital arts or media,

Short short films (up to 1 minute in an mp4 file),

Short films (up to 3 minutes in an mp4 file),

Audio short stories (up to 4 minutes in an mp3 file),

Audio poems (up to 2 minutes in an mp3 file).

The process: Send an email to mirage@cochise.edu with your work attached. Please name your files with the title of your work and remove all identifying information. In the email, please indicate if you are a Cochise College student or a community member and write 2-3 sentences about yourself.

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

Possible revisions: Authors may be asked to make some revisions to their work prior to publication. We will contact you directly if this is the case.

All work must be the original creation of the author or artist. Please do not submit work that uses copyrighted material or stories based on popular characters, i.e. “fan fiction.”

Fair use guidelines: Cochise College upholds the highest level of respect for intellectual and creative property rights, and will not accept works of art or writing containing derivative subject matter, characters, themes, plots, and imagery with or without formal copyright unless the submitted works fall appropriately within fair use law standards.

Fair use resources: 

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 | 901 N. Colombo Ave.
Sierra Vista, AZ 85650 | Mirage@cochise.edu

Faculty Advisors

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

Ella Melito | Douglas Campus
(520) 439-6845 | melitoe@cochise.edu

Alex O’Meara | Fort Huachuca Campus
(520) 452-2612 | omearaa@cochise.edu

Cochise College has a list of student scholarships which include:

  • Courtney Skaggs Art Scholarship 2.5 GPA Art Major Sierra Vista campus student Financial Aid 1 @ $1,000
  • Julia Houston Arias Memorial Fund (DEP) Education or art major documented need preference given to minority students Financial Aid 1 @ $600
  • Rose V. Land Memorial Scholarship Area of study: Art in any form (including but not limited to drawing, painting, music, theater, ceramics, graphic arts, etc. Benson Center students or residents of Benson/St David area Financial Aid 1 @ $500
  • Archie V. Taylor Memorial Scholarship FT demonstrated need applicant must have earned high scool diploma or equivalent three or more years prior and not attended another college 2.0 or higher GPA English, art, or music majors NOTE: to be used for tuition, registration, fees and books Financial Aid 2 @ $1,000

Also, please visit the Huachuca Art Association’s website for details on a scholarship for $1,500!!!

Cochise College students are invited to enter our Spring 2018 contests!

The categories are fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art.

Each category has a first place prize of $50!

Second place is $25 and third place is $10. Winners will be notified by email and can pick their gift cards up on campus.

Please note: Winning the contest is not a guarantee of publication, and winners may be asked to work on revisions with an English Instructor.

The Mirage staff would like to express our thanks to the many students who entered our fall contests and to the teachers (especially Junea Sanchez!) who encouraged their students to send us their entries.

We would also like to thank SGA for funding the prizes for prose, fiction, and poetry. We would like to thank the Digital Media Arts Club for funding the prizes for art.

Please remember that student names are removed from their entries and the art and writing are judged on their own merits.


First place: Zihna Gordon, “Girls Who Don’t Like Fairy Tales”

Second place: Zihna Gordon, “Resolution”

Third place: Stephanie Chips Dolores, “Scintilla”


First place: Tyler Sheley, “Freedom”

Second place: Kyah Vanderdasson, “Her”

Third place: Angela Parker, “The Sun is Not a Star”


First place: Zihna Gordon, “Bones”

Second place: Zihna Gordon, “Dialog in the Dark”

Third place: Jay Melzer, “The 1001st Stair”


First place: Zihna Gordon, “A US for All of Us”

Second place: Chelsea Schlarbaum, “Sin Titulo”

Third place: Itzel Madrigal, “Border”