Wednesday November 8, 2017 12:01 AM / Written by David Mekeel/Reading, PA
It's a labor of love.
Putting out the annual edition of Reading Area Community College's Legacy literary magazine is not an easy task. Students start each fall, toiling throughout the year to collect submissions, edit the work, design the magazine and, eventually pull together the final project.
It's labor-intensive, a whole lot of stress of hard work."It's probably been one of the most challenging things, but also the most rewarding thing, we've ever done," said Austin Graczyk, a RACC graduate who was one of Legacy's 2017 editors.
And seeing a high-quality final product is quite the reward. Enough of one to make the difficult process worth it.
"There are no perks in doing this club except getting to make the journal," said Kha Nguyen, a RACC graduate who served as an editor for last year's edition.
But all the effort Nguyen and his fellow club members pour into crafting Legacy doesn't go completely ignored. The 2017 edition managed to take home several awards in a pair of national competitions.
And while they don't do it for trophies, those who put together the magazine say they're proud and grateful to be recognized.
The Legacy won first place among small colleges from the eastern division of the Community College Humanities Association's 2017 Literary Magazine Competition.
The magazine also garnered a host of other awards in that competition.
Creative nonfiction: first place - "Did She Know?" by Christopher Smith-Thomson.
Creative nonfiction: second place - "Dreaming of Yama" by DJ Plante.
Creative nonfiction: honorable mention - "Inside It Never Stops Raining" by Jon Roz.
Artwork: third Place - "Suga" by Mayra Perez-Barajas.
Photography: third place - "Entwined" by Wilhen Suriel.
Essay: first place - "Horrific Misconceptions" by Tiffany Eastman.
Essay: second place - "Imagining the Difference" by Ashley Back de Munoz.
Essay: third place - "An Altered Record" by Amanda O'Donohue.
Legacy also received two Golden Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
Cover design for literary or literary/art magazine: second place - Stephanie R. Holloway-Peidl and Kha Nguyen.
Portfolio illustration: certificate of merit - Hannah Elizabeth High.
Ana Ramos, one of the 2017 Legacy editors, said she hopes the journal's success, and the example of tenacity and focus she and her fellow editors showed, will continue for future editions.