ECU’s NCLR earns design award

A literary magazine, published at East Carolina University, has won an award in a national publication design competition.

The first edition of the North Carolina Literary Review, introduced last summer, won the merit award in the 28th Annual Society of Publication Designers National Competition. Eva Roberts, a graphics design instructor in the ECU School of Art, was the magazine’s designer and art director. The ECU Department of English produces the magazine twice annually. Its purpose, according to editor Alex Albright of ECU, is to explore and explain the connections four centuries of writers have had with North Carolina.

The second issue of the magazine is due this spring. Over 5,000 publications from across the nation were entered into the design competition. Those entries receiving awards will be displayed at the New York Public Library beginning May 7. The Society of Publication Designers was founded in 1965 to serve the special needs of editorial arts directors and designers. The society exhibits the best in magazine design and rewards career accomplishments through its annual competition and additional special programs.

This year’s competition was judged by some of the top art directors and designers in the country. They included: Joel Berg of Harper’s Bazaar; Judy Garlan of the Atlanta Monthly; Michael Keegan of The Washington Post; and Michael Grossman of Entertainment Weekly. The N.C. Literary Review is sold in bookstores. Subscriptions are available for $15 with a mail order to “NCLR,” East Carolina University, Department of English, Greenville, N.C 27858-4353.