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Release Date: 2/8/2019
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Colophon, the Towson High literary magazine, earns highest award in national competition – for the 9th consecutive year

Towson, MD – Colophon, the literary magazine from Towson High School, has been awarded REALM First Class, in the Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) Program of the National Council of Teachers of English. This is the top honor in this nationwide contest – and this is the ninth consecutive year that Colophon has earned this distinction.

“The honored 2018 Colophon issue titled, ‘If You Hadn’t Been,’ is an outstanding collaboration of design, writing, and art," said Nicholas Busselman, one of the publication’s three faculty advisors. “Under the management of student editors Hannah Weinstein, Oscar Harris, and Shayna Blinkoff, Colophon is not only a visually stunning and emotionally powerful magazine, but it again shined as the finest literary and arts magazine in the state of Maryland, and again distinguished itself as among the best student-run arts publications in the nation."

Noah Belt and Dr. Andrew Freeburger are the other two faculty advisors for Colophon. Student editors Weinstein and Harris graduated from Towson in May 2018. Blinkoff is in Grade 12.

This year, 358 literary magazines were submitted to the REALM competition for review. Of that number, 28 received the elite designation of REALM First Class. National reviewers complete first round judging based on a point system. Magazines scoring 93–100 are recommended for REALM First Class and then go on to an additional level of review by the REALM Advisory Committee at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in November. The Committee determines whether a magazine meets enough criteria to win the honor of REALM First Class.

Colophon has earned the REALM First Class honor (previously called PRESLM) every year since 2010 and a total of 18 times since 1994. In addition, Colophon has earned multiple honors from the American Scholastic Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Maryland Scholastic Press Association, and National Scholastic Press Association.

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