Eligibility:

 

  • This student literary magazine program is open to all middlea 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. (Published dates until the deadline of October 1, 2020 are accepted this year.)
  • Electronic/online entries are welcome.
  • 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 October 1, 2020 [extended]. The entry form is now closed.

  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 online. Details will be in the submission form.
  • Pay by check. Please mail your check, along with the following information: your name, school name, address, and an email for a receipt. Make your check out to NCTE and mail it to National Council of Teachers of English, PO Box 14054, St. Louis, MO 63178-4054.
  • 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. [Please note, due to delays in magazine completion in 2020, the announcement dates may be delayed.]

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.

 

One of our REALM committee members, Ben Lally, has created an interactive map of all of the REALM First Class winners from 2008-present. Please follow the link to see more!

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

2017 REALM (formerly PRESLM) Recipients

There were a total of 372 entries with 26 Highest Award recipients. (Results will be posted in January, 2018.)

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

Texas

Utah

Vermont*

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia*

Wisconsin

Wyoming*