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The Summer 1949 issue featured an essay by Donald Gallup containing his wartime correspondence with Gertrude Stein. The photograph of Stein was taken by Carl Van Vechten on the terrace of her summer home of Bilignin on June 13, 1934.

Awards

The SWR offers awards for the best works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in the magazine. These awards are given by the editors and are not contests.


The McGinnis Ritchie Award

Robert F. Ritchie, who died in 1997, was a long-time and generous supporter of the Southwest Review. In 1960 he established the John H. McGinnis Memorial Award to honor the man who edited the Southwest Review from 1927 to 1943. With a bequest in his will, Mr. Ritchie enabled us to maintain the tradition of his generosity. Since 1998, the  McGinnis-Ritchie Award has been given annually to the best works of fiction and nonfiction published during the previous year in these pages. The awards consist of cash prizes of $500.

Brendan Mathews
2007 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"Concerning the So-Called One and Only God,
as Told by Anu the All-Seeing Lord of the World-Covering Sky Vault"
(Volume 92, number 2)

Brendan Mathews' stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Glimmer Train Stories, and others. He earned his MFA from the University of Virginia and was a Stanley Elkin Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.


and

Alix Ohlin
2007 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction
"The Idea Man"
(Volume 92, number 3)

Alix Ohlin is the author of Babylon and Other Stories (Knopf, 2006), and The Missing Person, a novel (Knopf, 2005). She teaches creative writing at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

 

 Elizabeth Dodd
2007 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"Ca˝onicity"
(Volume 92, number 3)

Elizabeth Dodd is the author of two collections of poetry, a collection of essays titled Prospect: Journeys & Landscapes (University of Utah Press, 2003), and In the Mind's Eye: Essays Across the Animate World, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.


and

David Emblidge
2007 McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, Essay
"The Palmer Method: Penmanship and the Tenor of Our Time"
(Volume 92, number 3)

David Emblidge teaches at Emerson College (Boston) in the graduate program in publishing. Previously, he was editor-in-chief at The Mountaineers Books, publisher at Berkshire House, and acquisitions editor at Cambridge University Press. He has edited many books, including Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities (Carroll & Graf), "My Day": The Best of Eleanor Roosevelt's Acclaimed Newspaper Columns (Da Capo), and The Appalachian Trail Reader (Oxford).

 

The Stover Memorial Award

The Elizabeth Matchett Stover Memorial Award was established in 1978 by Jerry S. Stover of Dallas in memory of his mother, who was for many years a key member of the Southwest Review staff. The award consists of a $300 cash prize and is given to the author of the best poem published in the magazine during the preceding year.

Ellen Hinsey
2007 Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award
 "On Things Remembered in Innocence'"
(Volume 92, number 3)

Ellen Hinsey's books include Cities of Memory (Yale University Press), The White Fire of Time (Wesleyan University Press), and the forthcoming Update on the Descent. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Southern Review. In 2001 she was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

and

Peter Filkins
2007 Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award
 "Vermeer"
(Volume 92, number 2)

Peter Filkins is the author of two books of poetry, What She Knew (1998) and After Homer (2002). He has been the recipient of a Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including Partisan Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The New Republic. He teaches at Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
 


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