May 17, 2022

McHenry County College Literary Magazine Receives Award – Shaw Local

McHenry County College Literary Arts Magazine VOICES 2021 recently received a Critical Gold Medal and Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

According to a press release, the Gold Crown Awards are the highest honor given by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence.

VOICES features short fiction, poetry, visual arts, video and music submitted by McHenry County College students. The magazine scored 850 points out of a possible 1,000 to receive the Critics gold medal.

The VOICES staff is made up of MCC instructors Matt Irie, Amy Ortiz, Starr Nordgren, Paige Lush and Justin Schmitz.

Under normal circumstances, faculty advisors select student editors to organize, adjudicate, edit, and assist with the technical production of the magazine, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the content for the 2021 magazine was chosen by faculty advisors.

Although this is the first time the magazine has won the Gold Crown Award, it has received numerous awards over the past 10 years, including five Gold Medalist Critics, one Silver Medalist Critic, and four Silver Crown Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. .

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