Shenandoah is a literary journal published three times a year by Washington and Lee University in Lexington. Founded in 1950 by J. J. Donovan, D. C. G. Kerry, and Tom Wolfe, the journal publishes fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews. Although originally conceived as a forum for undergraduate work, the magazine soon began to publish regional, national, and international writers, traditionally featuring unknown authors alongside such literary heavyweights as James Dickey, Ezra Pound, e.e. cummings, W. H. Auden, Flannery O'Connor, and William Faulkner. The journal has a subscriber list of approximately 1,800. In 2008, Shenandoah was awarded the Governor's Award for the Arts by Virginia governor Tim Kaine. MORE...


James Boatright edited Shenandoah from the 1960s until the 1980s; Dabney Stuart edited the journal from 1988 until 1995; and in 1995, R. T. Smith became its first full-time editor. Each year, the journal offers three $1,000 prizes, one each for contributors of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The journal also administers the Shenandoah Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, which awards $2,500 to the author of a first published book.


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First published: June 17, 2009 | Last modified: July 25, 2012

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