The Georgia Review, the internationally known quarterly journal of arts and letters published at the University of Georgia since 1947, recently earned six gold honors and a total of thirteen citations at the Magazine Association of the Southeast’s 2009 GAMMA Awards ceremony. The awards, adjudged by editors and journalists from across America, were for work published in The Georgia Review’s 2008 issues.
For the third consecutive year, The Georgia Review won the General Excellence award in its category-consumer paid with revenue of under one million dollars. The other gold awards were for Best Essay (“Forms and Structures” by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn); Best Feature (“My Franziska, Charlotte Salomon, and the Decision Not to Be: Suicide Before, During, and After the Holocaust” by Susan Gubar); Best Photography (“The Course of History” by Bart Michiels); Best Profile (“Dreaming Richard Hugo” by Frances McCue, a semi-realistic, semi-dreamlike study of the deceased American poet); and Best Series (“Richard Hugo: ‘We Are Called Human,'” which included McCue’s essay, essays on Hugo by five other writers, and poems by Hugo himself).
The Georgia Review also took silver awards for Best Single Issue, Best Essay, Best Profile, and Best Feature; a bronze award for Best Series; and honorable mentions for Best Design and Best Single Cover.
Review editor Stephen Corey accepted the writing awards on behalf of the journal’s staff. Managing editor Mindy Wilson, who oversees visual art selection and works with design and production manager Scott LaClaire on the look of the issues, accepted the awards for photography, design and cover.
“This largest-ever haul for us of GAMMA awards is especially rewarding for two reasons,” said Corey. “We gained recognition for virtually every aspect of what we offer to our readers, and the various nationally acquired panels of judges did not just say that The Georgia Review is an outstanding literary magazine, but that it is an outstanding magazine, period. I hope more people in Georgia and around the country will take note and join our regular audience.
“These baker’s dozen awards are visual testament to our fine writers and artists, to our hardworking expert staff and to the University of Georgia’s willingness both to support us financially and to give us free artistic rein,” he added.