This winter, the 2018 Iris: Art + Lit magazine learned from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) that they were the recipients of a REALM First Class Award. This is Iris' first time in program history receiving a REALM.
The REALM awards are the highest award a magazine can earn from NCTE. This year, 358 literary magazines were submitted to the national competition for review and of that number, 28 received the elite designation of REALM First Class. Additionally, SPA's Iris was the only magazine in Minnesota to be honored.
To earn a REALM First Class award, national reviewers complete first round judging based on a point system and magazines scoring 93–100 are recommended for REALM First Class distinction. Publications then go on to an additional level of review by the REALM Advisory Committee at NCTE’s Annual Convention in November where the Committee determines whether a magazine meets enough criteria to win the honor of REALM First Class.
"It is just tremendous to see the work of our English and Art departments, our student authors and artists, and our journalists honored in this way," says Director of Publication Kathryn Campbell. "The students are excited to celebrate this success and continue to build on it with future pulications."