Currents Art & Literary Review is Brightpoint’s literary journal. We publish one issue each spring to showcase the winners of our Art & Literary Competition, which offers opportunities for students to express themselves and share their creativity with our campus community.

We accept entries in the following categories:

Art (including photography)
Creative non-fiction

We will publish the top five submissions in each category and all winners will be recognized at the college's Annual Awards Night Ceremony. Those who place first, second, and third will also receive a cash prize.

All entries must be submitted electronically to and must include the student’s EmplID. 

The contest is open to current Brightpoint students only. You may submit in multiple categories.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Mike Gray, Professor of English
Midlothian Campus
Eliades Hall, Room E220n

The rules for each category are listed below:


  • Submit as high-resolution (300 dpi or better) jpeg
  • For best results, 3500 pixels tall & 2500 pixels wide
  • Must be original work
  • Cannot have been professionally exhibited or offered for sale
  • Each art entry must be accompanied by an Art Release Form
  • Art entries featuring any person other than the Artist/Photographer must include signed consent from that person (the bottom half of the Art Release Form). If the person is under 18, the legal guardian must read and sign
  • Include EmplID and the title(s) of your work in the email
  • NOTE: if any student needs to have their visual work professionally photographed for submission, please schedule a free on-campus Portfolio Shoot


  • 2500 word limit
  • Include EmplID

Creative Non-Fiction

  • 2500 word limit
  • Include EmplID


  • 1000 word limit
  • Include EmplID

The deadline for this year’s contest is Sunday, February 18 by 11:59pm.