ATLANTIC MONTHLY

 

745 BOYLSTON STREET

 

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I N THE COURSE OF ANY GIVEN YEAR THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY PUBLISHES THE WORK OF ABOUT 400 WRITERS AND ARTISTS.

 

And in the course of any given year a number of these men and women receive special recognition for that work from their peers.

 

The selection of a short story to appear in the annual volume The Best American Short Stories is a signal honor . The competition is intense, and the justice truly blind: the judges know neither the names of the authors whose work they are thus reading nor the names of the publications in which the work appeared. The 1995 edition of The Best American Short Stories will contain three Atlantic stories: “The Drowning,” by Edward Delaney (March, 1994, Atlantic); “The Stucco House,” by Ellen Gilchrist (July) and “The Artist.” by Edward Falco (October). Remarkably, the Delaney and Gilchrist stories were also chosen by the editor of Prize Stories 1995: The 0. Henry Awards, a rare double honor in the world of short-fiction annuals. In another arena, Susan Power’s novel The Grass Dancer, a portion of which was published in these pages under the title “MorseCode” (June). has been named the winner of PEN’S Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for First Fiction.

 

Peter Davison, who is the poetry editor of this magazine, and who has been associated with The Atlantic for almost forty years. was the recinient this snrine of the New England Award br Literary Excellence, presented by the New England Book-sellers Association. Davison’s breadth is astonishing—he is a poet, a lecturer, an essayist, a memoirist, and a publisher of books that not only receive critical acclaim but also make money. A collection of Davison’s poetry, The Poems of Peter Davison: 1957-1995, was published in May by Alfred A. Knopf.

 

The Atlantic is first and foremost a readers’ magazine, but it has also sought to make use of the very best in illustration and graphic design. Over the past fifteen years the artwork in the magazine has garnered nearly 400 awards, including selection of the work for publication in the annuals produced by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. The most recent editions of these two annuals reproduce illustrations done for this magazine last year by five artists. The illustrations range from the bold paintings by Jordin Isip that appeared in “The Warlords of Natal” (March) to the ingenious constructions by Hanoch Piven that appeared in “What Is Political Leadership’?” (April) to Edward Sorel’s elegant and witty rendering of Noel Coward and Laurence Olivier for Firs t Encounters (September).

 

Finally, just before going to press we learned that Eric Schbosser’s “Reefer Madness” and “Marijuana and the Law” (August and September) had won the National Magazine Award for reporting.

------- THE EDITORS

 



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