The 2002 CELJ Awards Ceremony
Conference of the Modern Language Association
New York, 27 December 2002
Welcome to the 2002 CELJ Awards Ceremony, in which we honor the runners-up and winners of the CELJ Awards in five categories: Best New Journal, the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Editorial Achievement, Best Journal Design, Best Special Issue, and the Distinguished Retiring Editor Award.
As the judges soon learned, it is unlikely that they would choose the best journal in the respective categories, but only a best. The runners-up and winners stand as models of excellence which we can study and emulate, and that recognition is the purpose of this contest. The winners do not represent excellence exclusively or comprehensively. Dozens of journals submitted to the contest attested to the high standards upheld throughout our profession, and the judges had to make very tough decisions to choose from so many entries showing great merit.
Let me begin by extending our thanks to the judges for their hard work, fairness, good humor, and punctuality in sorting through a great deal of material in a short time: I'll name the fifteen judges in alphabetical order, with their journals or affiliations:
Many thanks to the judges' dedication. . . .