PRESLM- Literary Magazine Competition

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. Participation in the program serves as an inducement for improving the quality of school literary magazines. Judges evaluate and rank middle school, junior high, and high school literary magazines. Critiques of individual magazines are not provided.


The student literary magazine program is open to all senior high, junior high, and middle schools. Only one entry may be submitted per school. In cases where a school publishes more than one magazine or more than one issue per year, a selection committee should be formed at the school to select the best entry. Two or more schools may not join to submit one entry. District wide magazines produced by student staff are eligible if such magazines are developed in a district that does not have individual school literary magazines. Note: The following types of magazines are not eligible: K-elementary magazines and other kinds of publications, e.g., newspapers, yearbooks. Evidence of plagiarism will disqualify a magazine. You should be a member of NCTE and KCTE/LA to submit.

See website for Further Information: 

2016 Entry Form:

Magazines are typically due to the State Coordinator by the start of June.

See a Sample HS Literary Magazine-

(Note: This magazine was not entered in the contest; it just serves as an example of what a literary magazine might be.  Online magazines are not permitted in contest.)


State Coordinator:

Amy Clancy

100 Chicamauga Dr.

Frankfort, KY 40601


You can find the entry form and rubric at:



Contact: PRESLM, NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096. email:


KY2016PRESLM Results