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“Prairie Voices” wins second-place award

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Mar 27, 2023

Prairie Voices, the premier student literary arts magazine at College of Lake County (CLC), won second place in the Central Division for the 2022 annual Community College Humanities Association Contest. The magazine also won second place in 2019 and first place in 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014.

2022 Prairie Voices CoverCLC student Eric Polanski of Gurnee won recognition for his short story, "Sally's Seashell Expedition."

“I am pleased our magazine won the second-place award two years in a row, and several first places,” said Prairie Voices Editor and English and Humanities Instructor Dr. Nicholas Schevera. “For many students, this is their first time being published, and their faculty mentors are extremely excited for them.”

This publication is a joint effort by many people, including the 19 writers and 24 artists who contributed poetry, prose and artwork; the faculty; the staff in Public Relations and Marketing and art editor Bob Lossmann.

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

Copies of Prairie Voices are available in the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division office in room B213 at the Grayslake Campus.

Celebrate the many talents of CLC students in both writing and art during the annual Prairie Voices reading and reception 6-8 p.m. on May 4 in Room A011 at the Grayslake Campus. Complimentary copies of the magazine will be available.

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.