Updated: March 4, 2013 6:12AM
South Suburban College’s student literary art publication, “The Scriblerian,” recently was recognized in two national scholastic publishing competitions.
“The Scriblerian” received a First Place with Special Merit award from the American Scholastic Press Association, scoring 970 out of a possible 1000 points. The publication also was recognized with a Second Class rating by the Associated Collegiate Press, scoring 350 out of 500 points.
The ASPA called the magazine “an excellent publication which deserves a First Place with Special Merit award” and said the publication “shows the superior efforts of talented and creative editors, writers, artists, photographers, layout/graphic designers, staff members and advisors.”
The magazine was judged in categories of content, organization, design, presentation and creativity.
Rick Jones is an SSC English instructor who has served as the faculty advisor to the student group responsible for “The Scriblerian” – the New Scriblerus Society – for the past 21 years.
“I am very pleased with this award,” Jones said. “Our students produced outstanding work, and they love having their written stories, essays, poems and art published. Students feel so proud with this accomplishment.”
The ACP praised the fiction in this year’s edition by stating that it was “lengthy, which is unusual in a lit mag; well-written, and it reads easily.”
Jones and Paul Braun, both responsible for the final editing, said they were pleased with the scoring for writing and editing, and the judge’s comment — “rules of grammar/mechanics are followed. Excellent editing.”
Student Orrin Chaplin’s oil painting “Self-Portrait” also was deemed as “gorgeous” and “an amazing piece” of art. Judging was based on concept, content, writing and editing, art and layout/design.
Overall, the critique stated that “the writing was very impressive” and “it is obvious that a lot of hard work and dedication went into the production of this magazine, and that is evident to your readers.”
“We have not had the ACP critique our magazine for many years due to budget considerations, but I always appreciate their comments and suggestions,” Jones said. “There is always ways to improve the magazine, and my editors and I are happy that the magazine has been so well received this year.”
At the annual Scriblerian year-end meeting, awards also were handed out to students Clarissa Jackson for Cover Design, Nancy May Morris for Best Art, John Montie for Best Short Story, Jason Pyzel for Best Poem, ,and Michelle Hernandez for Best Essay.
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