Naugatuck Valley Community College’s literary journal, Fresh Ink, is inviting writers and graphic/photo artists to submit their work for consideration in this year’s publication. In 2012, Fresh Ink went international and we are working to continue stretching our limits.

Until Feb. 28, Fresh Ink will be accepting previously unpublished pieces in three categories: poetry, prose and graphic. Entrants may include a maximum total of five pieces, but with limits within each category: no more than three poems; no more than three prose pieces with a maximum total (cumulative) word count of 1200 words; and/or no more than three graphic submissions. Prose texts may include short stories, excerpts of larger works, essays, scenes or monologues, fiction or nonfiction.  Graphic art submissions can include photographs, drawings or graphic pieces in any medium, color or black and white; however, the pieces will be evaluated with consideration for their reproduction quality as they will be printed from electronic media.

All submissions should be sent electronically to Greg Harding at Emails should be formatted as follows:

In the body of the email, include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and the title(s) of your piece(s). Each item should be submitted as a separately attached file. All file names should match your titles. Text files should be in Word or Rich Text format. Graphic files should be in hi-res .jpg format. Do not include any contact or personal information in the attached documents.

All graphic submissions will be considered for our cover competition. Current NVCC students are eligible for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in each of the three categories that include cash value prizes. Published authors will be paid in copies. One copy will be sent to each author, though more (up to 5) are available on request. Any author who submits work may also receive a free copy upon request.

All entries must be received by Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. For more information contact Greg Harding at or 203-596-8763.

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Naugatuck Valley Community College was established in 1992 with the merging of Waterbury State Technical College and Mattatuck Community College as a public, two-year, associate degree granting, co-educational, non-residential institution. Approximately 11,000 degree and 5,000 non-degree students enroll annually in over 100 accredited and non-credit lifelong learning programs at the College to fulfill their educational goals. NVCC is one of 17 institutions governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education and several programs maintain specialized accreditations. The College is located on a 110-acre campus at 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, Connecticut, at exit 18 off Interstate 84 near the junction of Route 8 and in Danbury at 183 Main Street and WestConn. Visit for more information.