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The Southern Review Receives CELJ Award for Best Journal Design

03/15/2007 04:26 AM
When Bret Lott took over the editorship of The Southern Review in 2004, he set out to give the journal a new modern look, one that would reflect the beauty of the literature on the inside, as well as pay homage to its history and gravitas. He employed LSU graphic designer Barbara Bourgoyne to come up with such a design. Less than three years later, their efforts have been rewarded with first-place recognition in the category of Best Journal Design in the 2006 Council of Editors of Learned Journals, or CELJ, International Awards competition. This award is given to a journal that has launched a new cover-to-cover design within the previous three years.

The award was announced last winter during the Modern Language Association conference in Philadelphia. Associate Editor Donna Perreault was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the journal. Judges’ comments read during the award presentation described The Southern Review’s new design as one “for people who love the tactile and palpable aspects of literature; those who take books to coffee shops.”

“Winning this award is a goal we have had here at the journal since we decided to redesign in 2004. What it means is we have been recognized for having produced a journal that, through its design, signals readers The Southern Review will give them an elegant and moving and meaningful reading experience,” Lott said. “Ms. Bourgoyne’s ability to capture the timeless quality of the journal’s literary history and to make it new in the same moment is a testimony to her genius as a designer.”

CELJ, an allied organization of the Modern Language Association, is an organization of scholarly journals devoted to studies in the humanistic disciplines. As the major national organization dedicated to supporting academic journal publishing in the humanities and with its membership of more than 450 editors, CELJ represents an invaluable collective of editorial wisdom and experience.

Founded in 1935 by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, The Southern Review is published four times a year at LSU.

For more information on CELJ and its awards, contact Vice President Bonnie Wheeler at 214-768-2949 or, or visit To learn more about The Southern Review, contact Shelly Brizzard Ortiz at 225-578-5104 or, or visit


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