High Tide, the literary magazine from Cape Fear Academy 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). This is the top honor in this nationwide contest, and only the second year High Tide has been published.
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.
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.