Maine Council for English Language Arts Honored with 2021 Affiliate Journal of Excellence Award from National Council of Teachers of English
Award honors exemplary Affiliate Journals
Champaign, Illinois—The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has selected the Maine Council
for English Language Arts (MCELA), as a 2021 Affiliate Journal of Excellence Award honoree.
Northwords, co-edited by Dan Murphy and Patti Forster, and published by the Maine Council for English
Language Arts (MCELA), has been named a recipient of the 2021 Affiliate Journal of Excellence Program
Award, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Established in 1995, this award honors outstanding affiliate journals and their editors who demonstrate
excellence in these publications. The winning affiliate journal must be a magazine-type
publication—print or online—and provide members with scholarly articles on issues and topics related
to English language arts teaching. The journals are judged on content, organization, and scholarly
exploration, appeal to many different groups within the affiliate, coverage of important issues in English
language arts education, and inclusion of other types of writing (e.g., poetry, affiliate news, book
The Affiliate Journal of Excellence Award winners will be announced at the 2021 NCTE Annual
Convention, during the Affiliate Event on Sunday, November 21.
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of
English and the language arts at all levels of education. For more than 100 years, NCTE has worked with
its members to offer journals, publications, and resources; to further the voice and expertise of
educators as advocates for their students at the local and federal levels; and to share lesson ideas,
research, and teaching strategies through its Annual Convention and other professional learning events.