Mirage Literary and Arts Magazine


The Mirage is taking submissions for the 2021 edition!

Community members and students are invited to send us your submissions by December 15, 2020. Student submissions will automatically be entered into a contest to be eligible for Amazon gift card prizes.

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),

Prose (4,000 word limit),

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

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.”

Scroll down to see the submission form.

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: 

Student contest winners will be notified in March 2021.

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 focus 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 | Sierra Vista Campus
(520) 452-2610 | melitoe@cochise.edu

Alex O’Meara | Douglas Campus
(520) 417-4086 | omearaa@cochise.edu

Cover for the Mirage
Cover art is by Nataliia Kuzmenko, “New York City” and Cover design is by RosieFinch Brown. Both are students on the Douglas Campus.

Fall 2019 Student Writing and Art Contest Winners


1st: “Unloved No Longer,” Athena Reynolds

2nd: “A Symphony,” Jessica Alba


1st: “Claire,” Danny Morales

2nd: “The Battle of the Bar,” Jay Melzer

3rd: “Countdown: Alex” and “Countdown: Hayes,” Kaleen Hung


1st: “Farewell to Summer,” Erin Ganey

2nd: “Dull Stars,” Melissa Villanueva

3rd: “The Border Fence’s Curls,” Maria Lizarraga del Castillo

Fall 2018 Student Writing & Art Contest Winners


1st: “Advice is a Kind of Anecdote” by Owen Crowlie

2nd: “Gray Day” by Jay Melzer

3rd: “We Wait” by Jennifer Ovalle-Zelaya


1st: “Changing of the Guard” by Edward Doench

2nd: “Nostalgia” by Marcea Phidd

3rd: “An Indiscreet Holiday” by Katie Bertrand


1st:”New York City” by Nataliia Kuzmenko

2nd: “Tel Aviv” by Nataliia Kuzmenko

3rd: “Hanging and Spinning” by Maria Grijalva

Spring 2018 Student Writing & Art Contest Winners


First place: Sarah Fenter, “The Soul of a Girl”

Second place: Grady Butler, “Pleonasm”

Third place: Gaia Schrimpsher, “A Minute to Breathe”


First place: Eimilee Simpson, “Spring Cleaning:

Second place: Otis Luttschwager, “Lights Out,
Arnold Boxley”

Third place: Owen Crowlie, “Flirting With Cigarettes”


First place: Marvel Moore, “How to Make My
Mother’s Apple Pie”

Second place: Jay Melzer, “I Remember the Riverside”


First place: LaKwanda Hawkins, “Blue Cho’kolat”

Second place: Otis Luttschwager, “Rotten Pumpkin”

Third place: LaKwanda Hawkins, “Bauhaus Boy”

Fall 2017 Student Writing & Art Contest Winners


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”