>It’s that time of year again. The ASME has named its finalists for the 2008 National Magazine Awards.
Of particular note is the appearance of both Virginia Quarterly Review and The Georgia Review on the list for General Excellence. Also, New Letters is a finalist in the Essays category and VQR is on the list in both the Single Topic Issue category (for the amazing South American issue) and the Photojournalism category. The final category of interest to me is Fiction, and I’ll list all of those finalists here (note that Perpetual Folly’s 2007 New Yorker Story of the Year winner, Antonya Nelson’s “Or Else,” is specifically mentioned):
This category recognizes excellence in magazine fiction writing. It honors the quality of a publication’s literary selections.
Harper’s Magazine: Roger D. Hodge, editor, for Death of the Pugilist, by Daniel Mason, July; Fiction, by Alice Munro, August; A Report on Our Recent Troubles, by Steven Millhauser, November.
McSweeney’s: Dave Eggers, editor and founder, for Retreat, by Wells Tower, May; How To Sell, by Clancy Martin, May; How to Make Millions in the Oil Market, by Christopher R. Howard, September.
The New Yorker: David Remnick, editor, for Good People, by David Foster Wallace, February 5; The Insufferable Gaucho, by Roberto Balaño, October 1; Or Else, by Antonya Nelson, November 19.
The Paris Review: Philip Gourevitch, editor, for Monsieur Kalashnikov, by André Aciman, Summer; Speak No Evil, by Uzodinma Iweala, Summer; Icebergs, by Alistair Morgan, Winter.
Zoetrope: All-Story: Adrienne Brodeur, Francis Ford Coppola, founding editors; Michael Ray, editor, for The Burning of Lawrence, by Andrew Malan Milward, Fall; Those Americans Falling from the Sky, by Fiona McFarlane, Winter; Methane and Politic, by Anya Ulinich, Winter.