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Harbinger wins Outstanding Literary Arts Journal Award

January 31, 2014

Harbinger, the literary journal at Stephens College, has received the 2013-14 Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Literary Arts Journal award.
The 2013 Harbinger, “Bombshell,” is a collection of poetry, short stories and essays from students across the Stephens campus. It also features student illustrations.
“It’s wonderful to have talent and hard work recognized,” said Kris Somerville, who advises the student staff. “Bombshell was a wonderful marriage of fine literature in a well-designed format. It really reflects the wonderful range of talent we have at Stephens.”
Harbinger staff members spend the fall semester soliciting student work. They read submissions over winter break and reconvene for an official Harbinger class in the spring. That’s when they narrow down selections and come up with a unifying theme.
“It is a lot of hard work,” said Alexi Scharbach, who served on the Harbinger staff and is now a student in the Master in Strategic Leadership program at Stephens. “We get so much quality work, it’s hard to narrow them down and choose the pieces. It’s exciting to have that work pay off.”
This isn’t the first time the journal has won the Outstanding Literary Arts Journal Awards from Sigma Tau Delta. Harbinger also won in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The 2012 Harbinger was disqualified from the competition after the organization made a rule that a journal could not win in consecutive years.
The award comes with a $500 cash prize, which will be used to support this year’s Harbinger. The 2014 journal, which has yet to be named, will debut at a community launch party later in the semester.
Readers can expect more great work, Somerville said.
“Bombshell did a wonderful job of showcasing art work, interviews, poetry, prose, drama and graphic design by our students, and this year’s journal will do the same,” she said. “I am always so proud of their work and honored that they take such interest in this odd little project we call a literary magazine.”

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