Columbia Scholastic Press Association

CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.

Magazine 2018 Crown Finalists Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for Magazines

First of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2018 Awards

Fifty-nine print magazines and 28 hybrid magazines were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2018 at ceremonies in New York City.  The magazines were published during the 2016-17 academic year.

The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members.  Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all eligible.  During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 1,100 publications were eligible for judging.

Crown Finalists are actual winners, not nominees. Some will be announced as Gold Crowns; the rest are Silver Crowns. Final results will be announced and presented at the CSPA ceremonies in March 2018.

The CSPA offers three annual competitions to honor excellence in student publishing: Medalist Critiques for written evaluation, Crown Awards for overall excellence and Gold Circle Awards for individual student recognition.

Medalist Critiques are released on a rolling basis as completed while Crown Awards and Gold Circles are judged following seasonal deadlines in June and October. For example, Gold Circle Awards for news and magazines were released September 19 while yearbook and digital entries for individual Gold Circle Awards are not due until a final deadline of October 10. Their judging and release will be completed in February.

“We’ve changed the timing of our Crown Awards judging,” said Edmund Sullivan, CSPA’s executive director. “Magazines were judged first, to be followed by print and hybrid newspapers, then digital (online) news sites, and finally yearbooks in October.” Announcements of Finalists will follow each judging with the full list complete by mid-November.

The Crown Awards require a different judging process from the CSPA’s Medalist Critiques. Regular CSPA members are invited to submit a second copy of their publication for Crown judging. From among those entries submitted, the Crown Awards are considered at Columbia by panels of invited judges, working in small groups to review each publication.

Crown Awards summarize overall excellence in the entire publication while Medalist Critiques compare each publication against a printed set of standards. In contrast, Medalist Critiques are the work of a single adviser-judge.

Crown Awards function as a “top-down” view of general excellence; Medalist Critiques offer a “bottom-up” perspective, noting specific strengths and weaknesses.

Middle School General Magazine
The Spectrum, Harvard-Westlake Middle  School, Studio City, CA.

Middle School Literary, Literary/Arts Magazine
7BLit, Seven Bridges Middle School, Chappaqua, NY;
Amulet, Wakefield School, The Plains, VA;
Mindprints, Jackson Preparatory School Junior High, School, Flowood, MS;
Mini Marque, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
Orient Express, Brunswick Middle School, Greenwich, CT;
Out of Uniform, The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York City, NY.

High School General Magazine
Big Red, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, CA;
Crimson & Gold, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Atlanta, GA;
Crossfire, Crossroads School for The Arts & Sciences, Santa Monica, CA;
Earthquake, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA;
Geneva Quarterly, Geneva School of Boerne, Boerne, TX;
H Magazine, Horizon High School, Scottsdale, AZ;
Incentives, SAR High School, Riverdale, NY;
Mathesis, Francis Lewis High School, Flushing, NY;
Scout, Overland High School, Aurora, CO;
The Chariot, Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA;
The Scientific Marksman, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The View, Castle View High School, Castle Rock , CO;
Titan Times, Antelope High School, Antelope, CA
Wingspan, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC.

High School Literary, Literary/Arts Magazines
Babel, Brunswich School, Greenwich, CT;
Calliope, St. Agnes Academy, Memphis, TN;
Changing Perspectives: Odyssey, Delaware Valley Regional High School, Frenchtown, NJ;
Connotations, Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, AR;
Daedalus, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT;
Delphi, Salem High School, Salem, VA;
Earthwinds, Jackson Preparatory School, Jackson, MS;
Elysium, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, FL;
Fine Lines, Richard Montgomery High School, Bethesda, MD;
Gallimaufry, Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School, Bloomfield Hills, MI;
H.E.L.M., The Harker School, San Jose, CA;
Itinerary, The Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
Literati, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Miami, FL;
Maret Literary and Visual Arts, Maret School, Washington, DC;
Montage, Greenhill School, Addison, TX;
Opus, Oakton High School, Vienna, VA;
Parallax, Ramaz Upper School, New York, NY;
Philomel, The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York City, NY;
Portraits in Ink, Durham School of the Arts, Durham, NC;
Reflections, The Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY;
Riverbend Review, Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans, LA;
Roars and Whispers, Providence High School, Charlotte, NC;
Seeds, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL
Silent Voices, Woodward Academy, College Park, GA;
Spectator Magazine, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD;
The Marque,
St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The Phoenix, Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, NY;
The Rambler, Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, CA;
The Talon, Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, VA;
Vibrato, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX;

High School Hybrid General Magazines
C Magazine/, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
Grant Magazine/, Grant High School, Portland, OR;
Hilite /, Carmel High School, Carmel, IN;
Nexus /, Henry W. Grady High School, Atlanta, GA;
Odyssey /, Clarke Central High School, Athens, GA;
Panther Prints /, Plano East Senior High School, Plano, TX;
The Epic / (The Voyager), Shawnee Mission West, Overland Park, KS;
The Fourth Estate /, Laguna Blanca School, Santa Barbara, CA;
The Panther /, Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Miami, FL;
The Tam News /, Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, CA;
The Voice /, Huntley High School, Huntley, IL;
The Featherduster /, Westlake High School, Austin, TX;
Tom Tom /, Antioch Community High School, Antioch, IL
Viking /, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA.

High School Hybrid Literary, Literary/Arts Magazines
Glyphs, Madison High School, Madison, NJ;
One Blue Wall, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY;
Scroll and Scrolling, Holton Arms School, Bethesda, MD;
Sequel, Dulaney High School, Timonium, MD.

College General Magazines
Distraction, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
El Sol, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA;
FM | AM, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
Scan, Savannah College of Design – Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
UMiami Scientifica, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

College Literary, Literary/Arts Magazines
Hair Trigger 39, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Signatures, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY;
Windhover, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

College Hybrid General Magazine
Ampersand /, Webster University, Saint Louis, MO;
Ball Bearings /, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Echo /, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Emerge /, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON;
Flux /, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Focus Magazine /, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Inside /, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Polished /, Lasell College, Newton, MA;
Talisman Magazine /, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.