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The University Magazine

Contest offers school groups a chance to get published

RIT's School of Print Media is sponsoring a contest for high school students and their teachers. The goal of the competition is to encourage high school teachers, regardless of discipline, to use the latest self-publishing technologies to work with students in creating a high-quality printed publication.

The Young Professionals in Publishing Competition is open to high school students from across North America. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2010.

The contest's grand prize is publication of 3,000 copies of the students' work in the form of a 16-page magazine. There is no entry fee.

The content of the publication will be created by student teams advised by a teacher or other school official. Some examples of possible projects are a literary magazine, a club cookbook to be used for a fundraiser, an art book, a sports magazine.

RIT's School of Print Media will provide the template for the magazine and its faculty will be available to offer advice. RIT faculty will judge the entries.

Finalists will be chosen on the basis of originality of concept, quality of images and graphics, aesthetics and the quality of the writing. Up to 10 finalists will be selected and each finalist will be awarded 25 full-color copies of the publication. The grand prize-winner will be selected from the finalists.

To learn more about the competition, visit

Kelly Downs