Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) - NCTE

Eligibility:

 

  • This student literary magazine program is open to all middle and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities, throughout the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, and American schools abroad. Schools must be US accredited to enter.
  • Magazines submitted must have been published between September of the previous year and June of the entry year.
  • Electronic/online entries are expected. PDFs, Google links, website links, or third party platform links are accepted. (As of 2020, we are no longer able to accept physical copies through the mail. Please email realm@ncte.org if you need assistance with the digital process.)
  • Schools may submit only one issue of a school’s magazine. If a school submits more than one magazine, only one will be reviewed and the other(s) returned.
  • Elementary magazines are accepted but will be judged by the middle school rubric.
  • Newspapers and yearbooks are not eligible.
  • Plagiarism is not acceptable and will disqualify a magazine.
  • Digital versions are accepted and welcomed.

 

Award Specifics:

 

To Enter:

Entries will be accepted until July 31.

  1. All applicants must complete the online application form which includes uploading an electronic copy of your magazine.
  2. Submit the $25 entry fee.
  • You may pay by credit card online. Details will be in the submission form.
  • Pay by check. An invoice and with details for next steps will be emailed within a few days of submitting your form.
  • We are waiving the entry fee for first-time submissions. Please indicate if this is the first time your school is applying on the application form.

JUDGING. National judges complete the first round of judging. Judging is based on a point system. The total points awarded to magazines determine placement in one of the following categories:

            • REALM First Class (93-100 points)
            • Superior (86-92 points)
            • Excellent (71-85 points)
            • Merit (70 or fewer points)

           

REALM First Class – Magazines scoring 93-100 points and recommended by the state and national judges for REALM First Class will be judged by REALM Advisory Committee at the NCTE Annual Convention. The REALM Advisory Committee determines if a magazine merits the honor of REALM First Class.

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

Evaluation Guide for High School Magazine Judges

Evaluation Guide for Middle School Magazine Judges

Evaluation Guide for College and University Magazine Judges

Award:

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

Judges: 

NCTE would like to thank all who volunteered to judge middle school, high school and college/university literary magazines. We appreciate your dedication to students all over the world and your colleagues.

Email realm@ncte.org for information on judging, or with any questions about this award.

 

One of our REALM committee members, Benjamin Lally, has created an interactive map of all of the REALM First Class winners from 2008-present. Repeat winners are indicated by their most recent year receiving the highest designation. The map is now interactive and some magazines have added their covers or links to their full magazines. Click on some of this year’s winners (the gold pins), to see examples of what makes for a REALM First Class magazine. Please follow the link to see more!

2020 REALM Recipients

There were a total of 182 entries with 42 REALM First Class recipients.

Note: Magazines were scored by national judges.

*No entries

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada*

New Hampshire*

New Jersey

New Mexico*

New York

North Carolina

Texas

Utah

Vermont*

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia*

Wisconsin

Wyoming*

2019 REALM Recipients

There were a total of 325 entries with 46 REALM First Class recipients.

Note: Magazines of state coordinators were scored by national judges.

*No entries

Delaware

District Of Columbia*

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Idaho*

Indiana

Iowa

North Dakota*

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island*

South Carolina

South Dakota*

Tennessee

2018 REALM Recipients

There were a total of 358 entries with 28 REALM First Class recipients.

Note: Magazines of state coordinators were scored by national judges.

*No entries

Delaware

District Of Columbia*

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Idaho*

Indiana

Iowa

North Dakota*

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island*

South Carolina

South Dakota*

Tennessee