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 2019 Crown Finalists Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for Magazines

First of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2019 Awards

Watch the announcement with CSPA Executive Director, Ed Sullivan.

These entries were produced during the 2017-2018 academic year. The actual awards will be presented in New York City during March 2019. Because CSPA dates its awards by the year in which they are presented, they are known as the 2019 Crown Awards.

Sixty-one print magazines and 20 hybrid magazines were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2019 at ceremonies in New York City.  The magazines were published during the 2017-18 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 1,172 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 2019.

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.

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 Print Magazine
Collage, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD;
Inkblot, Kealing Middle School, Austin, TX;
Intermedia, Lewis F. Cole Middle School, Fort Lee, NJ;
Mindprints, Jackson Preparatory Junior High School, Flowood, MS;
Out of Uniform, Nightingale-Bamford, New York City, NY;
Pen & Paper, The Unquowa School, Fairfield, CT;
The Mini-Marque, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
Voices, Sacred Heart Greenwich, Greenwich, CT.

High School Print Magazine
Blue Review, Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte, NC;
Blue Review, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA;
Blutopia, Gaston Day School, Gastonia, NC;
Catalyst, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA;
Daedalus, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT;
Earthquake, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA;
Earthwinds, Jackson Preparatory School, Jackson, MS;
Elysium, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, FL;
Gallimaufry, Cranbrook Kingswood School, Bloomfield Hills, MI;
Geneva Quarterly, Geneva School of Boerne, Boerne, TX;
H2N, Hayfield Secondary School, Alexandria, VA;
Hatch, Bigfork High School, Bigfork, MT;
Iris: Art + Lit, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Saint Paul, MN;
Itinerary, The Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
Maret Literary and Visual Arts, Maret School, Washington, DC;
Montage, Greenhill School, Addison, TX;
Panorama, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, CA;
Parallax, Ramaz Upper School, New York, NY;
Portraits in Ink, Durham School of the Arts, Durham, NC;
Reflections, The Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY;
Repentino., American School Foundation Mexico City, Felton, DE;
Riverbend Review, Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans, LA;
Roars and Whispers, Providence Senior High School, Charlotte, NC;
Satorian, Skyline High School, Salt Lake City, UT;
Solstice, Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL;
Stone-Cutters, Harvard-Westlake, Studio City, CA;
The Chariot, Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA;
The Coup, Martin High School, Arlington, TX;
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;
The View, Castle View High School, Castle Rock, CO;
Titan Times The Magazine, Antelope High School, Antelope, CA;
Veritas, Pulaski Academy, Little Rock, AR;
Vibrato, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX;
Vision, Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY;
Windscript, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA;
Wingspan, Nixa High School, Nixa, MO.

High School Hybrid Magazines
C Magazine /, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
Grant Magazine /, Grant High School, Portland, OR;
Scroll + Scrolling, Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, MD;
Spotlight /, Blue Valley West High School, Overland Park, KS;
Teknos /, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA;
The Fourth Estate /, Laguna Blanca School, Santa Barbara, CA;
The Muse /, Northview High School, Johns Creek, GA;
The Shakerite /, Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, OH;
The Voice /, Huntley High School, Huntley, IL;
Verde /, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
Viking /, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA.

College Print Magazines
Ampersand, Webster University, Saint Louis, MO;
Apricity Magazine, University of Texas at Austin, TX;
Axis Creative Arts Magazine, Miami Dade College North Campus, Miami, FL;
Collage, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN;
FM/AM, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
Grub Street, Towson University, Towson, MD;
Hair Trigger 40, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Kiosk, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA;
Rebel, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC;
SCAN, Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
Signatures, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY;
Skald, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY ;
Voices, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL;
Windhover, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

College Hybrid General Magazine
Focus Magazine /, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Distraction /, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Echo Magazine /, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Emerge /, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, Ontario;
Flux /, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Polished /, Lasell College, Newton, MA;
Talisman /, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY ;
The Bridge /, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA;
The Peel /, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.