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The Forge recognized as Superior magazine for Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) Contest

Jan 31, 2024

group of publishers for the forgeThe Forge, VCSU’s literary publication, has been recognized as a Superior magazine by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

This year, schools in 46 states and five countries nominated 375 student magazines. Magazines from middle school, high school, and higher education were welcomed for the 2023 contest.

“I’d like to thank the student editors and the faculty judges from the departments of art and language and literature, as well as Student Senate and Viking Print Services for their contributions that made this award possible for The Forge,” said J. Gregory Brister, professor for language & literature.

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, US territories, Canada, and American schools abroad are eligible to nominate magazines.

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The National Council of Teachers of English (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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