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Prairie Voices wins highest honor for Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines contest

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jan 27, 2023

Prairie Voices, College of Lake County’s (CLC) annual literary arts magazine, was named a Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) First Class magazine by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for its 2021-22 edition. 

2021-22 Prairie Voices coverThis year, schools in 42 states and five countries nominated 262 student magazines. Magazines from middle school, high school and higher education were welcomed for the 2022 contest. Only 38 magazines were awarded the contest’s highest distinction, REALM First Class. 

"I am so happy that within one year, Prairie Voices has exceeded expectations by winning a First Class honor this year after winning an excellent award in the REALM contest last year,” said Prairie Voices Editor and CLC Instructor Dr. Nick Schevera. “Thank you to all the students, faculty, student editors, art editor, instructor Bob Lossmann and the staff in public relations and marketing for making this happen." 

The REALM program publicly recognizes excellent literary magazines produced by students with the support of their teachers. REALM is designed to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines that celebrate the art and craft of writing.  Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, United States territories, Canada and American schools abroad are eligible to nominate magazines. 

Prairie Voices is available to read online at For more information about the REALM Program, please visit  

NCTE is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. As the nation’s oldest organization of pre-K through graduate school literacy educators, NCTE has a rich history of deriving expertise and advocacy from its members’ professional research, practice, and knowledge. NCTE is the home of the Intellectual Freedom Center, the National Day on Writing®,, the Build Your Stack® initiative, and NCTE Verse. NCTE supports nearly 20,000 teachers across the preK–college spectrum, with a mailing list of over 500,000, more than 100,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter, and regularly sees more than 100,000 visitors in web traffic monthly. 

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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 in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.