NCTE Announces Results of the 2022 Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) Contest - National Council of Teachers of English

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The National Council of Teachers of English Announces Results of the 2022 Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) Contest

The 2022 contest saw submissions from over 250 schools across the United States and abroad.


January 30, 2023
Contact: Lindsay Semph | 920-838-1744

Champaign, Illinois—The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has announced the results of the 2022 Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) Contest.

This year, REALM saw 262 magazines enter the contest where nearly one-fourth of entries were first-time submitters. Of the submissions,157 magazines are in their first three years of submitting for the award. Entries from 42 states, Canada, and American schools in China, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico were reviewed by nearly 100 judges and the REALM committee. REALM offers four distinctions, the highest of which is the REALM First Class distinction. Thirty-eight magazines earned the REALM First Class distinction in this year’s contest.

“The REALM First Class prize recognizes the magazines that showcase excellence in the quality and variety of written and artistic works. A First Class magazine serves as a showcase for the school’s top writers and artists, while being itself an excellent piece of publishing craftsmanship,” said Benjamin Taylor Lally, REALM Committee Chair.

“The REALM award honors distinguished student writing and publishing. Students earning REALM recognition exemplify national merit in publishing, content creation and curation, as well as understanding the art and craft of learning. These are skills necessary for literacy in a digital age and the 2023 winners prove to be the best in class,” said Emily Kirkpatrick, NCTE Executive Director.


Congratulations to the 2022 REALM First Class winners:


Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology

Belmont University

Briarcliff High School

Brighton High School

Bunker Hill Community College

Cape Fear Academy

Charlotte Latin School

Clarke Central High School

College of Lake County

Cypress Bay High School

Dana Hall School

Dreher High School

Fountain Valley School of Colorado

Greenwich Academy

Hopkinton High School

Jackson Preparatory Junior High School

Jericho High School

Lemont High School

Long Beach High School

Loyola Sacred Heart (Missoula Catholic Schools)

Moses Brown School

Northern Highlands Regional High School for Paracosm

Northwestern Michigan College

Orange County School of the Arts

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

Park Tudor School

Penn High School

Rocky Mountain High School

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Schalmont High School

St. Clement’s School

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School

St. Paul Academy and Summit School

Tarrant County College

The Wheeler School

The Woodlands High School

Township of Ocean Intermediate

United States Air Force Academy

University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy

Winchester Thurston School

Woodberry Forest School

Woodstock Day School

Xavier College Preparatory School

York Preparatory School


A full list of each REALM distinction can be found here. 

The REALM program publicly recognizes excellent literary magazines produced by students with the support of their teachers. REALM is designed to encourage all schools at the middle, secondary, and higher education levels to develop literary magazines that celebrate the art and craft of writing.


The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. As the nation’s oldest organization of preK through graduate school literacy educators, NCTE has a rich history of deriving expertise and advocacy from its members’ professional research, practice, and knowledge. NCTE is the home of the Intellectual Freedom Center, the National Day on Writing®,, the Build Your Stack® initiative, and NCTE Verse. NCTE supports nearly 20,000 teachers across the preK–college spectrum, with a mailing list of over 500,000, more than 100,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter, and more than 100,000 visitors in web traffic monthly.

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