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NCTE Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines

2016 Entry Deadline was July 1, 2016

Purpose:  To publicly recognize excellent literary magazines produced by students, teachers, and schools and to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines.

Eligibility:  This student literary magazine program is open to all secondary and middle schools throughout the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, and to American schools abroad. Schools must be US accredited to enter. Only one issue of a school's magazine can be entered. Newspapers, yearbooks, and K-elementary magazines are not eligible. Plagiarism is not acceptable and will disqualify a magazine.

Award Specifics:  NCTE Headquarters administers the program and works with coordinators from each state. State Coordinators assemble a state judging team to review and score magazines.

To Enter:

  1. Mail the entry form (available in May) and the $25.00 entry fee to: PRESLM at NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.
  2. Do not send magazines to NCTE.
  3. Send (3) copies of your literary magazine and three (3) copies of your entry form (block out any credit card information) to your State Coordinator by July 1st of the entry year.
  4. A list of the State Coordinators will be posted on NCTE's website in May.

Magazines submitted must have been published between September of the previous year and July of the entry year.

Judging:  First round judging is completed by state judges and based on a point system. The total points awarded to magazines determine placement in one of the following categories:

  • Superior (100 - 91 points)
  • Excellent (90 - 81 points)
  • Above Average (80 - 71 points)
  • Average (70 or fewer points)

Highest Award - Magazines scoring 100 - 91 points and recommended by the state judges for Highest Award are displayed at NCTE's Annual Convention in November and judged by the PRESLM Advisory Committee. The Committee determines if a magazine meets enough criteria to win the honor of Highest Award.

Judging is confidential. Critiques of individual magazines are not provided. Scores of the magazines will not be released.

Awards:  Results are announced in January and posted on the NCTE website. Schools receive a certificate of their award which is sent to the advisor of the school's literary magazine. In addition, the student editors' names, literary advisor, and school name appear on the NCTE website.

2015 PRESLM Results - List of ranks by state
2014 PRESLM Results - List of ranks by state
2013 PRESLM Results - List of ranks by state
2012 PRESLM Results - List of ranks by state

2011 PRESLM Results - List of ranks by state

2010 PRESLM Results - List of ranks by state

2009 PRESLM Results - List of ranks by state

2008 PRESLM Results - List of ranks by state

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