Thursday, April 1, 2010

National Award for Vol State Literary Magazine

A Volunteer State Community College student publication has been honored with a national award of excellence. The 2009 “Squatter’s Rites” won first place in the American Scholastic Press Association annual magazine competition. Publishers and educators judge the contest. “Squatter’s Rites” features student fiction, poetry and visual art. The award is based on the originality of work, the variety of literary and artistic styles and the content and design of the publication. The contest pitted the Vol State magazine against publications from universities and colleges across the country. “Squatter’s Rites” has placed second in the annual competition for several years running.

Student editors of the magazine included: managing editor Matthew Martin, assistant editor Renee Kitchenman, assistant editor Aaron Doyka (pictured with Cindy Wyatt) and assistant editor Shane Burks. The faculty advisors were Cindy Wyatt and Elkin Brown. The magazine was dedicated to Brown, who passed away in 2008. Several of his poems and pieces of artwork were featured in the edition. Elkin Brown is remembered for his dedication to “Squatter’s Rites”, the creative spirit and the development of Vol State student talent.

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