The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today honored the Virginia Quarterly Review with two nominations for its prestigious National Magazine Awards–the magazine world’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes. VQR,
which was remade in 2004 under new editor Ted Genoways, was named as a
finalist in two categories: General Excellence and Fiction.
VQR’s two nominations made it one of only twenty magazines
nationwide, and the only magazine with a circulation less than 50,000, to receive multiple nominations. VQR joined an august group
including The New Yorker (10 nominations), Vanity Fair (7), The Atlantic Monthly (5), Esquire (3), Harper’s Magazine (2), National Geographic (2), GQ (2), and Newsweek (2).
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 unique editorial mission. Also named as
finalists in the Under 100,000 Circulation category are The American Scholar, The Believer, Print, and ReadyMade.
The Fiction category recognizes excellence in magazine fiction writing
and the quality of a publication’s literary selections. Along with VQR, the other finalists are The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. VQR was nominated for three short stories published in 2004: “The Immortals” by John McNally (Spring issue), “Happy” by Dean Bakopoulos (Summer), and “The Futurist” by James P. Othmer (Fall).
In the words of the nominating committee “VQR has been catapulted into the twenty-first century with a stunning new design, edgy graphic features, and in-depth reporting from around the world–all of it augmenting, not replacing, its literary core.”
More information can be found at the ASME’s website.