The National Council of Teachers of English has just released their scores for the 2013 Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) and Collab is thrilled to announce that it received the Highest Award – the very top rating possible. Collab was the only magazine in Massachusetts to earn this honor, and was one of only 26 magazines from the United States to receive the Highest Award rating. This marks only the third time that Collab has earned this score, and it is the first time since 1999.
The criteria for the Highest Award rating, according to the NCTE, are as follows:
[The Highest Award] recognizes magazines that fulfill extraordinary standards of excellence. In such magazines, students handle virtually all aspects of writing, production, and business with exceptional skill. The magazine is characterized by a variety of genres including print and could include multi-media presentations; highly original art and graphics as well as outstanding writing; high-quality design with fonts and graphics that complement the theme and tone; inclusion of high-quality writings from various disciplines; and other evidence that school wide participation has gone into the magazine.
Congratulations to the editing staff for their work in bringing Collab back up to this level of accomplishment. Special congratulations go our to the Head Editing staff from last year: Heena Gandevia, Sam Healey, Dan Barrera, Stathis Stefanidis, Jake Ursino, and senior editor Chris Sullivan. We also wish to recognize our current Head Editing staff, Pranav Menon, Irina Grigoryeva, and Lena Keown, for their hard work on this achievement as well.
Thank you to the English Department and the Art Department for your support of our major contests. The momentum that we have noticed over the past few years is a testament to your enthusiasm for our work. And to all students who have offered us their original work for review, thank you – we could not have a magazine without you.