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 2020 Crown Finalists Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for Magazines

Second of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2020 Awards
View the first annoucement of digital Crown Finalists

Watch the announcement with CSPA Executive Director Edmund J. Sullivan

Sixty-three magazine print and hybrid publications were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2020 at ceremonies in New York City.  The magazine print and hybrid publications were published during the 2018-19 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 1,145 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 2020.

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.

The judging panel included: Kathy Daly, retired adviser, Denver, CO; Nancy Hastings, retired adviser, Highland, IN; Brenda Gorsuch, retired adviser, Mills River NC; Monica Hill, director of NCSMA, Chapel Hill, NC; Kevin Lerner, Assistant Professor of Communication/Journalism at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Alan Murray, president and co-founder of Uncharted, Malvern, PA; Mark Murray, director of technical services and systems integration, Arlington Independent School District, Arlington, TX; Cheryl Pell, retired professor and former press state director, East Lansing MI; Ana Rosenthal, consultant and former adviser and Kathleen Zwiebel, retired adviser, Pottsville, PA.

In the Community College and College and University Level for Hybrid General Magazine

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, Etobicoke, ON;
Flux |, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
La Verne Magazine |, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA;
Polished |, Lasell College, Newton, MA;
Saltman Quarterly |, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA;
Talisman |, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.

In the Community College and College and University Level for Print General Magazine

FM|AM, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY;
Focus Magazine, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Hair Trigger #41, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
SCAN, Savannah College of Design - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
Signatures, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

In the High School Level for Hybrid General Magazine

Grant Magazine |, Grant High School, Portland, OR;
The Mark |, Menlo-Atherton High School, Atherton, CA;
The Rock |, Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch, CO.

In the High School Level for Print General Magazine

C&G, 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;
H2N, Hayfield Secondary School, Alexandria, VA;
On the Record, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY;
The Fourth Estate, Laguna Blanca School, Santa Barbara, CA;
The Revelation, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Ridgeland, MS;
The Scientific Marksman, St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The View, Castle View High School, Castle Rock, CO;
Titan Times The Magazine, Antelope High School, Antelope, CA.

In the High School Level for Hybrid Level Literary Magazine

Scroll + Scrolling, Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, MD;
Sequel |, Dulaney High School, Timonium, MD;
The Muse |, Northview High School, Johns Creek, GA;
The Phoenix |, Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, NY.


In the High School Level for Print Literary Magazine

Amused, Miami Country Day School, Miami, FL;
Calliope, St. Agnes Academy, Memphis, TN;
Connotations, Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, AR;
Elysium, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, FL;
Fine Lines, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD;
Gallimaufry, Cranbrook Kingswood School, Bloomfield Hills, MI;
Hatch, Bigfork High School, Bigfork, MT;
Ingenium, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, Mobile, AL;
Inkslinger, Darlington School, Rome, GA;
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 Magazine, Maret School, Washington, DC;
Philomel, The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York City, NY;
Pulp, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Midland, PA;
Reflections, Gulliver Preparatory School, Miami, FL;
Reflections, The Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY;
Repentino., American School Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico;
Riverbend Review, Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans, LA;
Roars and Whispers, Providence Senior High School, Charlotte, NC;
Shadows, Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, AZ;
The Marque, St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The Talon, Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, VA;
The Vision, Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY;
The Walrus, Saint Mary's Hall, San Antonio, TX;
Vibrato, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX.

In the Middle School Level for Hybrid General Magazine

Spectrum |, Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA.

In the Middle School Level for Print Literary Magazine

Collage, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD;
Inkblot, Kealing Middle School, Austin, TX;
Mindprints, Jackson Preparatory Junior High School, Flowood, MS;
Pen & Paper, The Unquowa School, Fairfield, CT;

  1. The Mini-Marque, St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, TX.