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NCTE Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines - Previous Revision

NCTE’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing excellent literary magazines. The program’s mission is to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines, seeking excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production.  Participation in the program serves as an inducement for improving the quality of school literary magazines.  Judges evaluate and rank middle school, junior high, and high school literary magazines.  Critiques of individual magazines are not provided.   


The student literary magazine program is open to all senior high, junior high, and middle schools throughout the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, and to American schools abroad. Only one entry may be submitted per school. In cases where a school publishes more than one magazine or more than one issue per year, a selection committee should be formed at the school to select the best entry. Two or more schools may not join to submit one entry.  District wide magazines produced by student staff are eligible if such magazines are developed in a district that does not have individual school literary magazines. Note: The following types of magazines are not eligible: K-elementary magazines and other kinds of publications, e.g., newspapers, yearbooks. Evidence of plagiarism will disqualify a magazine.

2011 Entry Instruction Brochure

Entry fee of $25.00 to cover administrative costs is required. Magazines submitted must have been published between September of the previous year and July of the entry year.  Send completed entry form with $25.00 fee (check made payable to NCTE); or your credit card information to NCTE.

Send three copies of the entry form and three copies of the literary magazine to your State Coordinator by June 30, 2011.    

PRESLM Rubric  
Evaluation Guide used by judges

2010 PRESLM Results  List of ranks by state

2009 PRESLM Results   List of ranks by state  
2008 PRESLM Results    List of ranks by state 

   List of ranks by state      List of ranks by state 

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2010-2011.

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