2021 Magazine Pacemaker finalists

ACP names top student magazines

Pacemaker competition names 24 finalists
as ‘the best of the best’

Sept. 30, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS — Honoring the nation’s best, the Associated College Press named 24 student-produced collegiate magazines as finalists in its annual prestigious Pacemaker competition. 

Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners announced virtually at 6 p.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 14, during the Fall National College Media Convention.

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

The 24 magazines named as finalists represent 17 states. From the 24 finalists, 12 will earn Pacemakers. Magazines competed in feature and literary arts divisions. Magazines produced at both four-year and two-year institutions competed. 

In the feature magazine category, there are 12 finalists — four from two-year and eight  from four-year institutions. Of these 12 finalists, six will earn Pacemakers.

In the literary arts magazine category, there are 12 finalists — six from two-year and six from four-year institutions. Of these 12 finalists, six will earn Pacemakers. 

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.

Finalists are alphabetical by state.

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


Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Editor: Rachael Perry

Advisers: Betsy Edgerton,
Guy Villa Jr.

Ball Bearings

Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Editor: Samantha Nower

Adviser: Lisa Renze-Rhodes

Drake Mag

Drake University
Des Moines, Iowa

Editor: Cheyann Neades

Adviser: Catherine Staub


Andrews University
Berrien Springs, Michigan

Editor: T. Lynn Caldwell

Advisers: Diane Myers,
Dave Sherwin

SALT: Military Photojournalism 2021

Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

Editor: Staff

Advisers: Nancy Austin,
Rafael Concepcion,
Renee Stevens, Bruce Strong, Claudia Strong, Amy Toensing

Flux Magazine

University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

Editor: Shannon Daehnke

Advisers: Steven Asbury,
Charlie Butler, Chris Pietsch

Two-year schools

El Sol

Southwestern College
Chula Vista, California

Editor: Pernisha Gaines

Adviser: Max Branscomb

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


Metropolitan State University
of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Editor: Julia Nguyen

Advisers: Kathleen Jewby,
Peter Bergman

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


North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Editor: Xenna Smith

Adviser: Martha Collins

Pwatem Literary and Art Magazine

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Editor: Marlon Mckay

Adviser: Mark Jeffries

Two-year schools

WALL Literary Journal

Saddleback College
Mission Viejo, California

Editor: Gabriella Palazzo

Adviser: Gina Victoria Shaffer


Miami Dade College
Kendall Campus

Miami, Florida

Editor: Izheilin Trinidad

Advisers: Tony Chirinos,
Rita Fernandez-Sterling

AXIS Creative Arts Magazine

Miami Dade College
North Campus

Miami, Florida

Editor: Izamara Zamora

Advisers: Carmen Bucher,
Eric Cornish, Kathleen Noonan

Urbana Literary & Arts

Miami Dade College
Padrón Campus

Miami, Florida

Editors: Daniela Lopez,
Laura Santos

Adviser: Emily Sendin

Phoenix: Voices

Valencia College
Orlando, Florida

Editor: Ema Purmensky

Advisers: Meg Curtiss,
Jackie Zuromski


Rockland Community College
Suffern, New York

Editor: Emeline Torrens

Adviser: Eileen MacAvery Kane