Student literary magazine wins top honors

(Cover art by Emily Guo '18)

Amphion, Peddie School’s student-run literary and arts magazine, 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 (NCTE). REALM First Class is the top honor in this nationwide contest.

REALM publicly recognizes excellent literary magazines produced by students, teachers and schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, American schools abroad and the Virgin Islands.

Editors-in-Chief Elle Grant ’18 and Vivian Sun ’18, and managing editor Sophie Furigay ’18, selected 73 student works for the 2018 Amphion out of more than 150 submissions. "Amphion was a phenomenal opportunity to create something really impactful and culturally relevant to the Peddie community and I am so proud to share this with my amazing team," said Grant. The Amphion is published through the generous support of the Richard L. Chilton ’46 Fund for Excellence in Creative Writing.

This year’s editors-in-chief, Meredith Lipman ’19, May Tran ’19 and Dennis Zhang ’20, said that they are eager to carry on the publication’s legacy.

“Elle, Vivian, and the rest of the editorial board did a fabulous job last year," said Zhang. "The award was a testament to their vision of Amphion and the quality of submissions from Peddie’s literary and artistic community. Meredith, May, and I are ecstatic to follow their example and craft our own version of Amphion this year,” he said.

This year, 358 literary magazines were submitted to this national 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 NCTE’s Annual Convention in November. The Committee determines whether a magazine meets enough criteria to win the honor of REALM First Class. 

The National Council of Teachers of English represents more than 25,000 English, literacy, and composition teachers spanning the preK–college spectrum. NCTE has been at the forefront of every major improvement in the teaching and learning of English and the language arts since 1911.