The other finalists among literary magazines at four-year colleges and universities include publications at Knox College, Bridgewater State University and the University of New Mexico. The winner will be announced at the 94nd annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, which will be held Oct. 28-Nov. 1, in Austin, Texas.
"The Dulcimer staff has shown great dedication to putting together a publication of aesthetic and literary excellence. I am delighted that our students are getting recognized for their creativity at the national level," said Craig Coleman, associate professor of art and faculty adviser for the publication. "It's wonderful to see the students exploring the creative process and using critical thinking and teamwork to produce a magazine that when it goes out into the world speaks well of Mercer's creative culture."
The Pacemaker, which has been awarded since 1927, is the highest honor the ACP gives to its members.
"We at The Dulcimer are proud to represent Mercer University in such an outstanding way. This year's staff looks forward to continuing this level of success in bringing national recognition to Mercer's literary and artistic talent," said editor Elise Riggins.
Entries in four categories – online, newspaper, yearbook and magazine – are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content; quality of writing and reporting; leadership; design; and photography and graphics.
More than 2,000 student journalists and advisers are expected to attend the ACP/CMA convention, which will feature educational sessions, keynotes, workshops, critiques, a trade show and the awards ceremony.
The Dulcimer, which annually publishes submissions of art, photography, poetry and prose by students and alumni, was founded by Mercer's Student Government Association in 1966. Riggins is the current editor, and C.J. Triplett was the editor of the 2015 publication.