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College's student literary magazine wins first place award for third straight year

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Oct 24, 2018

The 2018 edition of Prairie Voices, the College of Lake County’s literary arts magazine, has won first place for Best Overall Magazine (central division) in the Community College Humanities Association Annual Literary Magazine Contest. CLC’s magazine also won first place in 2017, 2016 and 2014.

In addition, three CLC students’ work received awards. Artwork: Val Brandner (Beach Park) won second place. Poetry: Makada Hunt (Waukegan) placed second. Photography: Ronald Ballok (Waukegan) won third place.

“It is a particular honor to win the first place award four out of the past five years,” said Nicholas Schevera, Ph.D., Prairie Voices editor and professor of English and humanities. “It's speaks to the strength of the college's academics. For many students, this is their first time being published, and their faculty mentors are extremelyPhoto of Prairie Voices magazine cover excited for them. This publication is a joint effort by many people, including the 29 writers and 20 artists who contributed poetry, prose and artwork; the faculty; Elaine Lazarus, graphic designer in Public Relations and Marketing; and Bob Lossmann, art editor.”

CLC students interested in being published in next year’s edition should submit writing to Dr. Schevera and artwork to Bob Lossmann by Dec. 3. For more information, contact Schevera at or (847) 543-2959.

Copies of Prairie Voices are available for purchase in the CLC bookstore for $10.

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