Nominees for Writing Excellence

| January/February 2000

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The Oxford American At times the Oxford American reads like a slow Sunday-morning drawl on the front porch, lulling you with its beautiful, hypnotic poetry and prose, until you're forced into attention by the images those words evoke, from the still-simmering small-town relations of the "New" South to a rhapsodic paean to the greatest singer you've never heard. No matter what the topic, the Oxford American proves that good writing can capture it, issue after issue. US $19.95/yr. (6 issues)
Orders to: The Oxford American
P.O. Box 1156
Oxford, MS 38655
Or, by phone at 800-269-6926

The North American Review The North American Review breaks no overt new ground -- it is a typical literary journal mix of primarily short fiction and poetry, cleanly and simply designed -- but it fills its niche extremely well. The writing is uniformly top notch, and is set apart from the crowded field by its focus on society's relation to its environment, in all its large- and small-scale permutations. US $22/yr. Canada $29 Intl. $32/yr. (6 issues)
Orders to: NAR, University of Northern Iowa
1222 W. 27th Street
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0516
Or, order online.

he Georgia Review When every word is as packed with richness and meaning as those found in the Georgia Review, a brief summary cannot hope to adequately convey the depth and power of its essays, poetry, and fiction. Let it be said, though, that the writing is uniformly top-notch, intelligent without being pedantic, and guiltlessly pleasurable. More than that, you'll have to read for yourself. US $18/yr. (4 issues)
Orders to: The Georgia Review
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Or, order online.

The American Scholar
Cultural criticism too often degenerates into academic indulgence, but when it's done judiciously and with an eye to its larger audience, as in the The American Scholar, it's as illuminating and trenchant as anything else on paper. Through poetry, first-person essays, and well-researched critiques, the American Scholar challenges the reader's assumptions with every turn of the page. US $25/yr. (4 issues)
Orders to: The American Scholar
Phi Beta Kappa Society
1785 Massachusetts Av. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Or, by phone at 800-821-4567

DoubleTake DoubleTake's poetry and prose showcases the power of excellent writing so clearly that that the reader will be inspired to seek pen and paper and create such luminescence anew. Yet the magazine's mastery of its craft is not so easily replicated -- its poetry and fiction creates a world at times more real than the actual, while its essays try, and often succeed, to explain this actual. US $32/yr. (4 issues)
Orders to: DoubleTake
55 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
Or, order online.
Or, by phone at 800-964-8301
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