George Goings of Cherokee carves wood during last year’s Cultural Fusion Festival. This year’s event will be held April 15 on the SCC campus, and submissions are now being accepted for an art/literature contest associated with the festival.

Southwestern Community College’s diversity committee is now accepting submissions for the second annual Cultural Fusion Festival on Wednesday, April 15.

This year’s theme is “We’re All in This Together.”

“We are celebrating all the ways we are each different, yet we come together to create the present state of our region’s culture,” said Kay Wolf, chair of SCC’s Ethnic and Gender Diversity Committee, which is coordinating the event.

In conjunction with the festival, the committee again is sponsoring an art/literature contest. Submissions will be accepted through April 1 (postmarked or received), in the following categories:

• Artwork or Photography

• Literature (poetry, short stories, prose)

The winner of each category will receive a $100 prize. Committee members will determine the winners, who will be announced during the festival.

The competition is open to SCC students, alumni and all residents of Jackson, Macon and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary.

Submissions must be related to Western North Carolina’s fusion of multiple cultures. Only previously unpublished work will be accepted for consideration.

Prose should not exceed 2,000 words. All writing must be double-spaced and submitted on paper or via email attachment. Each page must be numbered, and the author’s name, address, telephone number and email address should be included on the last page of each submission.

Artwork, paintings, drawings, photographs, statues, ceramics and similar two- and three-dimensional submissions will be accepted as long as they do not exceed 25 pounds.

For more information, or to make arrangements for delivering artwork, contact Toni Knott, SCC’s Learning Assistance Center and Online Tutoring Coordinator, at 339-4325 or tknott@southwesterncc.edu.