Montgomery County Community College’s Art and Literature Magazine, “Forty-Three,” placed first in the 2014 American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) Annual Contest/Review for Scholastic Yearbooks, Magazines & Newspapers in the college magazine category.
Published annually, the magazine features artwork, prose and poetry of students, faculty and staff. The 2013-2014 student editorial staff included Editor-in-Chief Jessica Hughes and Art Editors Matthew Green and Joseph Schiaffino. English Senior Lecturer Thomas Powers and Art Regular Lecturer Christopher Stanley have served as co-advisors since 2011.
“The magazine is student-run with guidance from the advisors,” Powers said. “The student staff meets weekly from September through completion in the spring. Students create posters and transmit emails to solicit entries for consideration.”
The first-place award is a national award among colleges from across the United States and the second highest honor a college magazine can receive from ASPA. The contest judged “Forty-Three” on writing, layout and design and overall visual quality. The magazine includes 16 literature selections and 37 art selections, including the cover.
“It was nice receiving the recognition, but winning the award was not part of our thinking during the process,” Stanley said. “We try to create the best magazine possible.”
“I think the quality of the included works is outstanding, as well as the overall design,” said Hughes. “After meeting with the advisors, I felt this would be a great way to practice my love of writing and editing, while also being exposed to the different works of students and faculty.”
The student staff juries the submissions and makes selections with guidance from the advisors. The winning cover image was submitted by Matt Swann. Other MCCC people involved with the magazine’s production include Administrative Assistant Nancy Atkinson, Galleries Director Holly Cairns, Director of Student Leadership and Involvement Chris Coia, English Professor Bonnie Finkelstein, Administrative Assistant Faith Green, Support Secretary Diana McGuire, English Associate Professor Patricia Nestler, Art Senior Lecturer Deborah Riccardi and Art Professor Frank Short.
“Forty-Three” bears the title of the number of editions published since the magazine started in 1971, and it includes references to the College’s 50th anniversary year. The staff currently is in the process of creating the magazine for the 2014-15 year, which will have a general theme focusing on the College’s natural and architectural spaces.
~ by Diane VanDyke