May 2, 2008 — The Virginia Quarterly Review, the literary and current affairs journal published at the University of Virginia, captured a National Magazine Award at a ceremony held Thursday night in New York City. VQR won the Single-Topic Issue Award for its fall 2007 issue "South America in the 21st Century," co-edited by Daniel Alarcón and Ted Genoways.
Other finalists in the category were Departures, Domino, Gourmet and IEEE Spectrum.
The judges wrote, "In its provocative and moving issue on South America, the Virginia Quarterly Review presents a multi-faceted portrait of a continent on the move. Created by some of South America's most daring writers and visual artists, this illuminating collection of fiction and nonfiction is at once surprising and comprehensive, from street soccer and political violence to a comic book journey to Antarctica and the new breed of 21st Century Madonnas."
While the fall 2007 issue has sold out, VQR has posted the entire contents of the issue online at www.vqronline.org/south-america/.
This marks the third time that VQR has won a National Magazine Award, following wins in 2006 for General Excellence and Fiction. This year, the magazine was named a finalist in two other categories — Photojournalism, for Chris Hondros's photo essay "A Window on Baghdad" (summer 2007 issue), and General Excellence for magazines with circulation under 100,000. It was one of only 24 magazines nationwide to receive multiple nominations.
The National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry's highest honor, are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. The winners were chosen by more than 200 editors, art directors, educators and online media experts. The complete list of this year's winners can be found at www.magazine.org/editorial/national_magazine_awards/Winners_and_Finalists.
VQR was founded at the University of Virginia in 1925. Over the years it has published the work of such luminaries as H.L. Mencken, Bertrand Russell, Katherine Anne Porter, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Penn Warren and Marianne Moore. Recent issues have featured essays, stories, poems and art by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rita Dove, Cormac McCarthy, Adrienne Rich and Art Spiegelman, among others.