Sept. 13, 2007 -- The Virginia Quarterly Review may soon have to seek additional space on its burgeoning trophy shelf. For the third consecutive year, the University of Virginia-based literary and current affairs magazine has been nominated for a Folio Magazine "Eddie" Award for editorial excellence. The awards will be presented Sept. 23 in New York City.
VQR has taken home three Folio awards in the past two years. In 2005, it won a silver Eddie in the Association/Nonprofit/Institutional/Custom division for journals that publish less than six times per year. It also received a gold "Ozzie" design award for the best redesign in that classification. Last year, VQR won a gold Eddie in the Association/Nonprofit division for journals that publish less than six times annually.
This year, VQR's Winter 2007 issue is one of three finalists in the single-issue category for Association/Nonprofit journals publishing less than six times. The other two nominees are the April 2007 issue of National Parks magazine, published by the National Parks Conservation Association; and the Winter 2007 issue of Trout magazine, published by Trout Unlimited.
In 2003, 31-year-old Ted Genoways became VQR's eighth editor . He transformed the look of the venerable publication, adding color and photographs, and injected new life into its contents. Since then, awards have flowed into the journal's offices at 1 West Range.
In May 2006, VQR won two National Magazine Awards — known as "Ellies" — including one for general excellence and another for fiction. In recent years, it captured the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement, the highest honor bestowed on scholarly journals by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement, CELJ’s top award for literary journals.
The Virginia Quarterly Review has been based at the University of Virginia since the magazine’s founding in 1925. Over the years it has published the work of such luminaries as H. L. Mencken, Bertrand Russell, Katherine Anne Porter, Peter Taylor, Robert Penn Warren and Marianne Moore. Recent issues have featured essays, stories, poems and art by Gabriel Garcia Marques, Rita Dove, Cormac McCarthy, Diane Ackerman and Art Spielgelman, among others.