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VQR congratulates the 2023 Winners

PUBLISHED: March 20, 2024


The Emily Clark Balch Prizes and the Staige D. Blackford Prize were created to honor the best writing to appear in the pages of VQR each year. Past recipients include John Berryman, Philip Caputo, Pauline W. Chen, Carolyn Forché, Natasha Trethewey, and Kevin Young. The VQR Prize for Photography was created to recognize the best photo portfolio to appear in our pages. Each prize includes a monetary award of $1,000.


Emily Clark Balch Prize for Fiction
Ximena Blanco
Lilies for Romina

Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry
Mary Jo Bang
A Starting Point
In the Movie of My Unraveling Mind
The Dead of Winter
The War
This is what you are, the self says to the self
Today you’re the still photographer

Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction
J. C. Lee
Mother River

Nonfiction-Reporting: Emily Silverman
Best Practices

The VQR Prize for Photography
Lynn Johnson
The Taboo Medicine


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