December 7, 2021
2021 and 2020 Phaethons

College’s Arts & Literary Magazine Wins Awards; Taking Submissions for New Issue

Staff Reports

Herkimer College’s arts and literary publication, Phaethon, was recently recognized by the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) in their annual contest.  Due to the 2020 contest not being held due to the pandemic, both the 2020 and 2021 issues were considered. 

Phaethon 2020: 

  • Best Magazine: 2nd Place
  • Best Creative Nonfiction: 1st Place: “Are We Just That Primitive” by Dillon Cowen
  • Best Short Stories: 1st Place: “God Wears Ruffled Socks” by Raychel Alvarez

Phaethon 2021:

  • Best Magazine: 3rd Place
  • Best Short Stories: 3rd Place, “The Ivory Cabinet” by Carynn Bohley

Phaethon competes in the Eastern Division, which is comprised of community colleges in Connecticut, Washington DC, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Puerto Rico. 

The publication, featuring content from students, faculty, and staff has won many awards over the last several years.  In 2019, the CCHA awarded Phaethon “best magazine” amongst small colleges in the Eastern Division. 

Individuals interested in submitting creative works to Phaethon may send entries to litmag@herkimer.edu.  Submissions will be accepted through the end of the fall 2021 semester.  The magazine is published at the end of the spring semester each year, and is advised by faculty members Matthew Powers, Andrew Devitt and Blake Pitcher.