CELJ Officers Announce Permanent Home

The officers of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals are delighted to announce that CELJ has found a permanent “home” for its administrative functions. In the past, the fact that the membership of the executive board changed every two years meant that it was hard to maintain and pass on institutional knowledge about the organization. More immediately, the time-consuming technical work of maintaining the website, managing subscriptions, collecting and organizing prize submissions, etc., was the responsibility of CELJ board officers, faculty who, like all of us, had many competing professional obligations. Cheryl Ball, editor of Kairos and director of the Digital Publishing Institute at West Virginia University, has offered to house CELJ at WVU. This is a terrific opportunity for CELJ, offering us continuity, centralization, electronic expertise, and freeing the officers to serve CELJ in other ways. The board unanimously and enthusiastically accepted Cheryl’s proposal. She will now serve as executive director of CELJ. The other board positions will continue to rotate.

Things will be in transition for the next bit, but, given Cheryl’s efficiency the changeover should not take long. Please join us in thanking her for offering this tremendous service to the organization.

We should also note that this change will necessitate the updating of the CELJ constitution—something that is long overdue, since there have been other changes not reflected in the current constitution. More on that later.

--Executive Board

Happy Renew Year!

With the beginning of the new year and the end of the MLA convention, it's time for editors to renew their CELJ membership.

Membership fees are still $45 for the full membership (each journal must have one full membership) and $20 for an associate membership.

Two payment options:

1. Via the CELJ web site using PayPal. (Note that when you get to the PayPal checkout, the system automatically populates your CELJ email address, which might not be the same as your PayPal address, so check and correct that. I've just renewed, and the system worked without a hitch.)

2. Via check payable to CELJ sent to my address below.

Details here: http://www.celj.org/node/1880

CELJ officers met during the MLA convention to create a permanent home for CELJ that will provide professional membership, payment, listserv, and web site services, improving on our service to you. Stay tuned for details.

ANNOUNCING THE CELJ ANNUAL AWARDS COMPETITION

ANNOUNCING THE CELJ ANNUAL AWARDS COMPETITION

We are pleased to announce the CELJ Awards competition of 2016. As in previous years, we will be offering as many as 11 prizes for creative and scholarly journals. Awards are offered for an exciting diversity of accomplishments. Please see this website (http://www.celj.org) for further details about eligibility for all of these competitions.

Submissions are due September 12, 2016

I. Literary Journals
Of the following 3 awards, no journal can compete in more than one division:

A. The Distinguished Literary Editor Award
Any editor of a creative arts journal is eligible. The editor must be nominated by a subsequent editor or by a member of the current or past editorial board.

B. Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement
This competition solicits a single issue, published within the previous 3 years, that constitutes an unusually high realization of the belletristic journal's mission in combination with application of the highest standards of "learned" editorial practice--understood to encompass editing for selection of high-quality content, compelling arrangement of contents, style, visual appeal and readability, etc.

C. Best New Literary Journal
New journals with 3 years or less of publication history are eligible (2014-16).

II. The CELJ Awards for Scholarly Achievement

Member journals with a primarily scholarly or critical focus qualify for these 8 award contests.

A. Best New Journal
New journals with 3 years or fewer (2014-16) of publication history are eligible.

B. Best Special Issue
A fall/winter 2015 or a 2016 special issue may be submitted.

C. Best Public Intellectual Special Issue
Contestants must reach out beyond academe and connect with a popular audience in terms of accessible language and attractive presentation. A fall/winter 2015 or a 2016 issue may be submitted.

D. Best Journal Design
New journals or journals that have launched a new journal design within the previous 3 years (2014-16) may submit.

E. The Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement
Journals that have launched an overall effort of revitalization or transformation within the previous 3 years (2014-16) may submit. This award goes to the most improved journal, regardless of its state at the time the renovations began. A weak journal that has become excellent is eligible, but so too is an admired journal that manages to become dramatically better. Submissions must feature significant editorial change and may also feature change in design and other aspects of the journal's publication.

F. Distinguished Editor
Any editor is eligible. The editor must be nominated by a subsequent editor or by a member of the current or past editorial board.

G. Codex Award
The recipient of the Codex Award will be selected from journals covering the period before 1500. The journal can be in any discipline—history, literature, the arts, music, or any other field—or be interdisciplinary, and it can cover any area of that world as long as the majority of that coverage is in the “ancient” or “medieval” periods. Specialized and general journals may apply; the award is for distinction within this historical field, not necessarily for comprehensive coverage of it. A journal can win this award only once every 3 years.

H. Voyager Award
The Voyager Award will recognize excellence in any journal covering the period between 1500 and 1800. The journal can be in any discipline—history, literature, philosophy, music, or any other field—or be interdisciplinary, and it can cover any area of that world as long as the majority of that coverage is in the early modern period. Specialized and general journals may apply; the award is for distinction within this historical period, not necessarily for comprehensive coverage of it. Journals covering, say, both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—or any version of “the long eighteenth century” are eligible for this award. A journal can win this award only once every 3 years.

Send all submissions to
Cheryl Ball, CELJ
Downtown Library
Office of the Dean
1549 University Avenue
PO Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506.

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