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FLARE literary journal takes top spot in national competition

November 4, 2016 9:00 AM
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The spring 2016 issue of FLARE: The Flagler Review won first place in the Four Year Literary Magazine of the Year category at the College Media Association’s 2015-16 Pinnacle Awards on Oct. 29. FLARE is a student-run literary journal produced by an English Department publication class at Flagler College. 

“I think I did something like a happy dance while posting the link on my Facebook page,” FLARE co-editor Stephanie Austin said of learning the news. “I’m friends with several of the staff members who were part of FLARE last semester but graduated.  I wanted to make sure they knew what we’d done.”

Flagler beat out second place winner Appalachian State University for its journal “The Peel Literature & Arts Review” and third place winner Vanderbilt University for “The Vanderbilt Review.”

This is the second year in a row Flagler’s student-run literary journal has been recognized in the competition. It placed third last year.

According to Austin, who shared the editorship with now-alum Drake Stevens, the publication’s success can be attributed to diversity of perspectives on the staff.

“Oftentimes the publication is a mixture of people who have been on staff before and people who haven’t,” she said. “Sometimes, new people have never been part of any publication. That gives a unique perspective when it comes to improvements.  We don’t always see eye-to-eye but disagreement, when put to use, leads to something better.”

The College Media Association (CMA), which has more than 700 members, serves student media newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, broadcast and electronic media and their staffs throughout the United States.

CMA's Pinnacle Awards honor the best college media organizations and individual work. The contest is open to student work produced for any college media organization, including print, broadcast and online outlets, during an academic year. This year’s awards were announced at the CMA National College Media Convention in Atlanta, Ga. For more information on the awards, visit here.

FLARE is printed in the spring, and publishes up-and-coming and established writers and artists from throughout the United States.

Topics: English, Students