2021 Magazine Pacemaker Awards

ACP names top student magazines

Pacemaker competition names 12
as the ‘best of the best’

Oct. 15, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS — Honoring the nation’s best, the Associated College Press named 12 student-produced collegiate magazines as prestigious Pacemaker winners.

“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” executive director Laura Widmer said. “ACP is honored to recognize the best of the best.” 

In September, 24 magazines were named Pacemaker finalists. The finalists represented 17 states. Magazines competed in feature and literary arts divisions. 

Magazines produced at both four-year and two-year institutions competed. The number of Pacemaker winners was evenly split with both two-year and four-year schools with six winners each.

Three judges, with extensive magazine-editing experience, studied each entry discussing and analysing its strengths and weaknesses.

Gary Lundgren, ACP associate director and coordinator of the Pacemaker competition, noted that the quality of the winning collegiate magazines rivals those produced by professionals.

“The verbal and visual storytelling in the winning magazines is incredible and robust long-form stories combined with shorter quick-reads to pace the reader through the pages of the feature magazines,” Lundgren said. 

“And, the creativity displayed in the literary arts magazines is incredible — the unique formats and creative designs make the magazines themselves a work of art,” he said.

Feature/general-audience magazines

Four-year schools

Distraction Magazine

University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida

Editor: Olivia Ginsberg

Adviser: Randy Stano

SCAN Magazine

Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Editor: Julie Tran

Adviser: Jessica Clary

Flux Magazine

University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

Editor: Shannon Daehnke

Advisers: Steven Asbury,
Charlie Butler, Chris Pietsch

Two-year schools

Collegian Times

Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles, California

Editor: Angela Johnson

Adviser: Rhonda Guess

The Bleed

Lane Community College
Eugene, Oregon

Editors: Chelsea Callas,
Deb Hanson

Adviser: Tom Madison

The Current

Amarillo College
Amarillo, Texas

Editors: Lauren Ebben,
Jenna Gibson, Caylee Hanna

Advisers: Maddisun Fowler,
Jill Gibson

Literary arts magazines

Four-year schools

The Auburn Circle

Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama

Editor: Chloe McMahon

Adviser: Billy Ferris

Port City Review

Savannah College
of Art and Design

Savannah, Georgia

Editors: Perrin Smith,
Kaitlyn Mitchell

Adviser: Jessica Clary

Literary and Art Journal

Elon University
Elon, North Carolina

Editor: Abigail Fuller

Advisers: Drew Perry, Tita Ramirez

Two-year schools

WALL Literary Journal

Saddleback College
Mission Viejo, California

Editor: Gabriella Palazzo

Adviser: Gina Victoria Shaffer

AXIS Creative Arts Magazine

Miami Dade College
North Campus

Miami, Florida

Editor: Izamara Zamora

Advisers: Carmen Bucher,
Eric Cornish, Kathleen Noonan


Rockland Community College
Suffern, New York

Editor: Emeline Torrens

Adviser: Eileen MacAvery Kane