MINNEAPOLIS — The National Scholastic Press Association has recognized 14 magazines as finalists in the 2017 Literary Magazine Pacemaker competition.
The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” said Laura Widmer, executive director. “NSPA is honored to recognize the best of the best with Pacemaker honors.”
The NSPA Pacemaker award, one of the oldest awards for scholastic journalism, has a rich tradition. The association began presenting the prestigious award to high school newspapers soon after the organization was founded in 1921. Throughout the years, yearbooks, literary magazines, online sites and broadcast programs were added to the competition.
To select the 14 winning literary arts magazines, judges carefully studied 70 entries submitted from 28 states. Each magazine was analyzed and discussed by a team of three judges.
The 14 Pacemaker finalists represent the top 20 percent of the entries. From the 14 finalists, six magazines will be named Pacemakers, representing the top nine percent.
“The magazines selected by the judges reflect both classic and contemporary formats,” said Gary Lundgren, associate director. “The quality of art, photography, poetry and prose showcased on the pages of these magazines is amazing.”
The Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners announced at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, April 12-14, 2018 in San Francisco.
On Thursday, April 12 the Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and will receive plaques at the Opening Ceremony from 7-9 p.m.
On Saturday, April 14 the Pacemaker winners will be announced and will receive plaques at the Awards Ceremony from 3:30-6 p.m.