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NCTE Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines

Apply for the 2017 PRESLM Awards.

Deadline: July 1, 2017

State Coordinators for 2017

(This list may be periodically updated as coordinators become available for
states that are currently handled by NCTE's Illinois office.) 

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. Magazines submitted must have been published between September of the previous year and July of the entry year. 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. Entries are accepted May 1st - July 1st during entry year.
  2. Complete this online application form
  3. Submit the $25 entry fee. You may pay online or mail a check or purchase order to PRESLM, NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096. You may also call in your payment via customer service at 217-328-3870. (In 2017 we are waiving this fee for first-time submissions. You will indicate this on the application form.) 
  4. Send (3) copies of your literary magazine to your State Coordinator by July 1st of the entry year.
  5. You can find your state coordinator here.

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.PRESLM National Judging Instructions and Evaluation Guide 7.28.17.docx

2016 PRESLM Results - List of ranks by state
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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