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“Prairie Voices” earns Excellent ranking from NCTE

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 16, 2022

College of Lake County (CLC)’s award-winning “Prairie Voices” literary magazine holds a new honor, earning the Excellent ranking in the 2021 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) program. This is the first time the magazine was entered into the program, and it was given the third highest ranking. 

Cover of "Prairie Voices"Last year, the publication won second place in the 2021 Community College Humanities Association Annual Literary Magazine Contest for the central division. The magazine also won second place in 2019 and first place in 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014. 

The REALM program is open to high school and college literary magazines, and entries are judged upon various qualities, including design, writing quality, sense of mission and more. 

“Prairie Voices” editor and English and Humanities faculty Nick Schevera discovered the program online, and said it was a no-brainer to submit because it was easy and free to apply. 

Schevera hopes the magazine continues to win awards and earn different honors to help promote the publication and the quality writing and art produced by CLC students. 

“'Prairie Voices’ is a way for students to learn outside the classroom,” Schevera said. “They’re able to go through the process of preparing their work to be published. It’s not just a student publication.” 

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.