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Charlotte’s Web, ICJA’s Literary Magazine 2016 placed in the top 8 among high school literary magazine in Illinois!

Recommended for the Highest Award, a category second only to the highest award, which went to only two winners, our school’s literary magazine competed in a field of almost 400 other schools of all sizes. Congratulations to last year’s editors Shoham Benmelech, Tamara Soleymani, and Brocha Shanes and all who worked so hard to produce our outstanding magazine. Congrats to faculty advisor, Marsha Arons.

Ranking comes from the NCTE’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Literary Magazines (National Council of Teachers of English) for the top literary magazines in Illinois.

NCTE’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing excellent literary magazines. The program’s mission is to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines and seek excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production.

What’s perhaps most astounding about the high rank of our literary magazine is that the contest is not divided by school size, so that ICJA’s small student body of under 300 competes with some of the largest schools in the state. Students submit work to the magazine’s editors throughout the school year, and the book is completed each spring to showcase ICJA’s writers, poets, artists, photographers and graphic designers.

Read the full magazine here.

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