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VQR Nominated for Three National Magazine Awards

PUBLISHED: April 3, 2012

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today honored the Virginia Quarterly Review with three nominations for its prestigious National Magazine Awards—the magazine world’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes. VQR, edited by Ted Genoways, was named as a finalist in three categories: General Excellence, Fiction, and Photography.

National Magazine AwardWith three nominations, VQR was among a select group with multiple nominations. The only publications with more nominations are The New Yorker (6 nominations), New York (6), GQ (5), and Wired (4).

“Under Ted Genoways, Virginia Quarterly Review has become one of the most widely admired magazines in the country,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME.

The General Excellence category recognizes overall excellence in magazines and honors the effectiveness with which writing, reporting, editing and design all come together to command readers’ attention and fulfill the magazine’s editorial mission. Also named as finalists in the Thought-Leader Magazine category are The American Scholar, Aperture, IEEE Spectrum, and The New Republic.

The Fiction category recognizes excellence in magazine fiction writing and the quality of a publication’s literary selections. VQR was nominated for Maggie Shipstead’s story “La Moretta” in the fall issue. We have made the story available online for free. Along with VQR, the other finalists are from The Atlantic, McSweeney’s Quarterly, and Zoetrope: All-Story.

VQR’s nomination for Photography represents a first in our history. Other finalists are GQ, Interview, National Geographic, and Vogue.

The full announcement can be found at ASME’s website.

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