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On Thursday, January 8, 2015, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1900 received the 2014 Voyager Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, recognizing excellence in any journal covering the period between 1500 and 1800. The award was presented to Logan Browning, publisher and executive editor of SEL, by CELJ president Sol Miguel-Prendes and immediate past president Alan Rauch. Judges’ praise for SEL was high: “In its four substantial issues per volume, which focus on the topics of The English Renaissance, Tudor and Stuart Drama, Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, and the Nineteenth Century, Studies in English Literature has been and remains one of the premier journals of early modern English Literature.” A second judge declared that “Each issue of SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1900 reads as an achievement: nine full-length, engaging scholarly articles and a year’s worth of book reviews in one prodigious review essay certainly make a substantial contribution to the field. This journal exhibits an admirable clarity of purpose and an undeniable unity, and it distributes high-calibre, original research in English literature that reflects the rigorous intellectual curiosity of the broader scholarly community in the humanities.” Following the presentation, Logan Browning commented, “This award, because it comes from peers and from an organization as distinguished as CELJ, is especially meaningful. I am keenly aware that we would not be receiving the Voyager Award if not for the extraordinary vision of past editors Carroll Camden, Ed Doughtie, and, especially, Bob Patten; the generous and unwavering support of Rice University, especially the School of Humanities and its deans; and a whole host of hardworking assistant and associate editors, graduate assistants, board members, Johns Hopkins University Press staff members, loyal readers and subscribers, and generous benefactors. This is truly a shared honor.”