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Modesto Junior College
Due to ongoing poor air quality, Modesto Junior College will remain closed through Sunday, November 25. All classes and extracurricular activities on campus are cancelled during this time. MJC will reopen on Monday, November 26.

Celebration of the Humanities


2019 Information Packet Coming Soon...  

CoTH Entry Form

General Rules - How To Enter

Eligibility: All MJC students are eligible to enter all categories. All entrants must be or have been enrolled in at least one class at MJC during the 2018-2019 academic year (including summer 2018). Professionals cannot enter in their area of expertise. Students who have not enrolled in an MJC course by TBA will not be eligible to enter the Celebration of the Humanities contest.

Registration: A $10.00 Registration Fee is required of all participants. Payment of the $10.00 fee allows students to submit any number of entries in any number of contests, subject to the limitations of the individual contests. In the event a contest is cancelled a student will be issued a refund.

Checklist For Entering A Work In The Competition:

1.   Before Submitting Your Work: Please review this General Rules page and the instructions on the category page for each contest you are entering.

2.   Payment of Fees: Before you deliver your work, you must register for the MJC Humanities Contest by going to the East Campus, Student Services Building. Ask to register for the MJC Humanities Contest.  Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMFriday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

Registered work(s) must be submitted to the designated receiving area (see your specific contest rules) no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. A copy of the registration receipt is required to submit with each contest. The student should also retain a copy of the registration receipt for himself or herself as proof of payment.

3.   Submissions: Bring your entry or entries and a copy of your registration receipt to the designated receiving area noted in your contest category instructions. Turn in a completed entry form for each work submitted.

4.   Entry Forms: An entry form is included at the end of this packet and can be found online at It may be used for entry into any category or contest. One entry form is required for each work submitted. Complete the entry form, sign the form, submit a copy of the form for each contest, and keep a copy of the registration form for yourself.

Limitations: There are no limitations on the number of categories or contests entered unless stated so in rule packet of that category. However, participants may not enter a contest in which they have twice previously won first, second, or third place. All entries must be original unpublished works (unless otherwise noted) and cannot be under contract. Original works can be adaptations, but must be presented as such. A minimum of five entrants in most contests is required for a competition and the awarding of prizes. See specific contest rules for contest limitations and requirements.

Liability: Every reasonable effort will be made to safeguard the entrant’s work. However, Modesto Junior College, its staff, consultants, and volunteers are not responsible for property loss or damage through fire, theft, or any other cause. The contest committee reserves the right to publish the winning entries for promotional purposes related to the Celebration of the Humanities. By submitting an entry the student agrees that the Celebration of the Humanities has the right to disseminate all works in any way deemed appropriate as long as the student receives credit for his or her work.

Judges and Juries: Judges and juries are selected by the Celebration of the Humanities Committee. The decisions of the judges will be final. All winners are encouraged to attend the various festivities at which contest results will be announced. Checks will be mailed to winners by mid-May to the address on the registration form. Students CANNOT pick up award checks.


Join us as we celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Modesto Junior College’s student fine arts competition by entering your best work in one of the listed categories by Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Prizes: Each contest awards certificates and cash prizes of $150, $100, and $50. The jurors will award, or not award, cash prizes based on the number of entries and/or quality of work received within a contest.

Registration: A non-refundable $10.00 Registration Fee is required of all participants. Payment of this fee allows students to submit any number of entries, subject to the limitations of the individual contests.  Registration is now open at the East Campus, Student Services Building.

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM • Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

Submissions: See individual contest categories about submissions and acceptance dates. A copy of your Registration Receipt is required for each contest that you enter.


5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Late entries will NOT be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Sponsored By: Arts, Humanities & Communications Division, Literature and Language Arts Division, and supported by the MJC Foundation and private donations

Please Send Donations To:
Modesto Junior College
c/o Arts, Humanities & Communications Division
435 College Ave
Modesto CA  95350-5808




2018 Winners


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CoTH Poster 2016

2016 Winners

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