Tyler Junior College’s literary magazine, “The Bell Tower Arts Journal,” has been recognized by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.
The journal earned first place for Overall Excellence in the Literary Magazine category.
Submissions were open to both two- and four-year schools. According to TIPA guidelines, entries were judged on quality of literary content, including effective language and use of literary devices throughout the selections; strong editorial identity, design and branding that communicates the magazine identity; editing and proofreading; unity of design, effective use of art and design that complement the writing; effective layout and typography.
In addition, Lyla Rodriguez, a TJC visual communications student from Hallsville, received third place for her cover design in the same category. Judges applauded her use of space and visual elements.
“‘The Bell Tower’ exists to highlight the literary and artistic work of TJC students and is published annually,” said Regan Minkel, TJC English professor, who is in her fifth year as editor and faculty advisor of the journal. “Behind the literary and artistic content is a stellar team comprised of TJC faculty members, students, and supportive administrators.”
TIPA is the oldest state collegiate press association in the nation and has grown into one of the largest and most respected collegiate groups in the country. They accept and recognize previously published student media where “students make the final editorial decisions and produce the final product that is also published/aired through a platform recognized by the college/university.”