Towson’s literary arts magazine Grub Street is at it again. The 2015 issue of the student-produced publication became the 13th in a row to receive honors from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). In the organization’s Gold Circle Awards for Magazines competition, Grub Street received second place in the literary journal category.
The 2015 Gold Circle contest received 11,110 applicants across all types of publications. Grub Street received eight individual awards, including three first-place finishes in traditional form poetry, literary multipage presentation and literary portfolio.
The Gold Circle Awards recognize achievement in individual categories, with the overall evaluation to come in January. Earlier this year, the 2014 publication received a Gold Medal, the highest honor in the overall competition.
Although Grub Street brings home a wealth of awards each year, it isn’t without its difficulties, says Katie LaHatte, editor-in-chief.
“I know how much time we spent on the journal and seeing that other people appreciated all of the hard work we put into it was really exciting,” the senior English major says.
TU students work on the magazine as part of a hands-on class that allows them to gain “real-life experience,” explains LaHatte, who considers working on Grub Street a rewarding and worthwhile venture.
LaHatte served as social media director and managing editor for the 2015 issue and hopes to inspire this year’s staff to reach even greater heights for the 2016 issue.
“Now, we have such a high standard and we just have to keep the bar high,” she says.