(2000 Awards--Compiled annually by the editors of Clockwatch Reviews)

Alabama--Black Warrior Review, P.O. Box 2936, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-2936. Since 1974. 2/year--subscriptions, $11.

Alaska--Alaska Quarterly Review, Univ. of Alaska-Anchorage, Dept. of English, 3221 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508. Since 1981. 2/year--subscriptions, $8.

Arizona--Hayden's Ferry Review, Matthews Center, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ 85287-l502. Since 1986. 2/year--subscriptions, $10.

Arkansas--Crazyhorse, English Dept., Univ. of Arkansas-Little Rock, 2801 S. University, Little Rock, AR 72204. Since 1960. 2/year--subscriptions, $10.

California--Sequoia, Storke Publications Bldg., Stanford, CA 94305. Since 1892. 2/year--subscriptions, $10.

Colorado--Denver Quarterly, Univ. of Denver, Denver, CO 80208. Since 1966. 4/year--subscriptions, $15.

Connecticut--The Connecticut Poetry Review, P.O. Box 3783, New Haven, CT 06525. Since 1981. l/year--subscriptions, $3.

Delaware--En Passant/Poetry, 4612 Sylvanus Dr., Wilmington, DE 19803. Since 1975. Irregular--subscriptions, $3.

Florida--Apalachee Quarterly, P.O. Box 20106, Tallahassee, FL 32316. Since 1971. 3/year--subscriptions, $15.

Georgia--The Georgia Review, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-9009. Since 1947. 4/year--subscriptions, $18.

Hawaii--Hawaii Review, UH-Manoa, Dept. of English, l733 Donaghho Rd., Honolulu, HI 96822. Since 1973. 3/year--subscriptions, $15.

Idaho--The Signal, P.O. Box 67, Emmett, ID 83617. Since 1987. 1-2/year--subscriptions, $10.

Illinois--Triquarterly, Northwestern University, 2020 Ridge, Evanston, IL 60208. Since 1964. 3/year--subscriptions, $20.

Indiana--Sycamore Review, Dept. of English, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1356. Since 1988. 2/year--subscriptions, $9.

Iowa--The North American Review, Univ. of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614. Since 1815. 6/year--subscriptions, $18.

Kansas--Cottonwood, Box J, Kansas Union, Lawrence, KS 66045. Since 1965. 3/year--subscriptions, $15.

Kentucky--The American Voice, 332 W. Broadway, Suite 1215, Louisville, KY 40202. Since 1985. 3/year--subscriptions, $15.

Louisiana--The Southern Review, 43 Allen Hall, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Since 1935. 4/year--subscriptions, $20.

Maine--The Beloit Poetry Journal, Box 154, RFD 2, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Since 1950. 4/year--subscriptions, $12.

Maryland--Antietam Review, 7 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740. Since 1984. 1-2/year--subscriptions, $5.25.

Massachusetts--Ploughshares, Emerson College, 100 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02116. Since 1971. 3/year--subscriptions, $19.

Michigan--Michigan Quarterly Review, Laurence Goldstein, 3032 Rackham Bldg., Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Since 1962. 4/year--subscriptions, $18.

Minnesota--Great River Review, 211 West 7th St., Winona, MN 55987. Since 1977. 2/year--subscriptions, $10/yr.

Mississippi--Mississippi Review, Southern Station, Box 5144, Hattiesburg, MS 39406. Since 1976. 2/year--subscriptions, $15.

Missouri--Boulevard, 4579 Laclide Ave. #332, St. Louis, MO 63108-2103. Since 1985. 3/year--subscriptions, $12.

Montana--Cutbank, English Dept., Univ. of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. Since 1973. 2/year--subscriptions, $12.

Nebraska--Prairie Schooner, 201 Andrews Hall, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0034. Since 1927. 4/year--subscriptions, $20.

Nevada--Interim, Dept. of English, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89154. Since 1944. 2/year--subscriptions, $8/year, $16/3 years.

New Hampshire--Bone & Flesh, P.O. Box 349, Concord, NH 03302-0349. Since 1988. 2/year--subscriptions, $14.

New Jersey--Ontario Review, 9 Honey Brook Dr., Princeton, NJ 08540. Since 1974. 2/year--subscriptions, $10.

New Mexico--Puerto Del Sol, Box 30001, Dept. 3E, New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces, NM 88003. Since 1960. l year (2 issues)--subscriptions, $10.

New York--The Paris Review, 541 East 72nd St., New York, NY 10021. Since 1953. 4/year--subscriptions, $24.

North Carolina--Carolina Quarterly, Greenlaw Hall CB #3520, Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520. Since 1948. 3/year--subscriptions, $10.

North Dakota--North Dakota Quarterly, Univ. of North Dakota, Box 8237, Grand Forks, ND 58202. Since 1909. 4/year--subscriptions, $15.

Ohio--The Kenyon Review, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH 43022. Since 1979. 4/year--subscriptions, $22.

Oklahoma--Nimrod, Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, 2210 S. Main, Tulsa, OK 74114. Since 1956. 2/year--subscriptions, $11.50.

Oregon--Glimmer Train Stories, 812 SW Washington St. #1205, Portland, OR 97205. Since 1991. 4/year--subscriptions, $29.

Pennsylvania--The Gettysburg Review, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Since 1988. 4/year--subscriptions $24.

Rhode Island--Calliope, Creative Writing Program, Roger Williams College, Bristol, RI 02809. Since 1977. 2/year--subscriptions, $5.

South Carolina--South Carolina Review, English Dept., Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC 29634-1503. Since 1968. 2/year--subscriptions, $7.

South Dakota--South Dakota Review, Univ. of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069. Since 1963. 4/year--subscriptions, $l5.

Tennessee--The Sewanee Review, Univ. of the South, Sewanee, TN 37375. Since 1892. 4/year--subscriptions, $15.

Texas--The Southwest Review, 307 Fondren Library West, Box 374, Southern Methodist Univ., Dallas, TX 75275. Since 1915. 4/year--subscriptions, $20.

Utah--Quarterly West, 317 Olpin Union, Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. Since 1976. 2/year--subscriptions, $11.

Vermont--New England Review, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753. Since 1978. 4/year--subscriptions, $23.

Virginia--The Virginia Quarterly Review, One West Range, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Since 1925. 4/year--subscriptions, $15.

Washington--Willow Springs, MS-l, Eastern Washington Univ., Cheney, WA 99004. Since 1977. Semi-annual--subscriptions, $8/year, $15/2 years.

Wisconsin--The Cream City Review, English Department, P.O. Box 413, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53201. Since 1975. 4/year--subscriptions, $10 each/$20 3 issues.

West Virginia--Grab-a-Nickel, Barbara Smith, Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV 26416. Since 1977. 2-3/year--subscriptions, 25 cents per copy.

Wyoming--Owen Wister Review, P.O. Box 4238, Univ. Station, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071. Since 1978. 2/year--subscriptions, $15.

About State's Best: The awards began informally in 1993 when Clockwatch Review editor James Plath began compiling a list to distribute at writers' conferences to people interested in submitting their work and patronizing literary magazines worthy of their attention. This past year Clockwatch decided to go public with the list in order to better promote America's literary magazines. Despite their virtual "underground" status, literary magazines have been responsible for discovering and nurturing nearly every major American writer since the twenties, including Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, and William Faulkner. The Pushcart Prizes, administered by William Henderson and Pushcart Press, have long provided a mechanism for recognizing the best writing published in the small presses every year. But there are really no annual awards to recognize the best literary magazines out of the more than 2000 published every year in the U.S. With this annual list, Clockwatch Reviews editors honor fellow editors whose efforts have made their magazines tops, in our opinion, in their respective states.

Criteria: production values, longevity, editorial judgment and vision, reputation, and receptiveness to out-of-state writers. The above list is, by its very nature, subjective, and in many states the presence of numerous, high-quality literary magazines made it hard to select one "best." We recommend that every writer or would-be writer subscribe to three different literary magazines each year to get a feel for what's happening in contemporary literature, and to help American literary magazines continue to discover and nurture new talents. Please feel free to duplicate this list and share it with friends. Each year the selections are based on current knowledge of the small press scene. Magazines wishing to be considered for the annual State's Best list should include Clockwatch Review in their complimentary/review mailings--and of course those who made the list should also send issues as they become available. After judging, all magazines will be donated to the creative writing department at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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