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Awards & Acclaim


  • National Magazine Award finalist for General Excellence







  • National Magazine Award finalist for General Excellence
  • National Magazine Award finalist for Fiction: “Asal” by Sana Krasikov, “Tale of the Teahouse” by Kanishk Tharoor
  • Finalist, Utne Independent Press Awards: General Excellence, International Coverage, and Best Writing



  • National Magazine Award finalist for General Excellence
  • National Magazine Award finalist for Fiction: “Ships in High Transit” by Binyavanga Wainaina, “Wake” by Kevin Gonzalez, “Shepherdess” by Dan Chaon
  • Finalist, Utne Independent Press Awards: Best Writing
  • Silver Eddie Awards for Editorial Excellence




Media Coverage

Media coverage on CBS Evening News, “The Early Show” on CBS, CNN Newsroom, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” “Weekend Edition Sunday,” “Talk of the Nation,” “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” and “Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria.”

Print coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boston Globe, the Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Seattle Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Oregonian, Kansas City Star, St. Petersburg Times, Columbus Dispatch, Mobile (AL) Press-Register, Wisconsin State Journal, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roanoke Times, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Idaho Statesman, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Advertising Age, Columbia Journalism Review, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Mediaweek, Women’s Wear Daily, Poets & Writers magazine, and many others.

Coverage in international media including Canadian Broadcasting Company’s “News: Morning” (TV), Australian Broadcasting Company’s “The Book Show” (radio), the (London) Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian (UK), Montreal Gazette, Toronto Globe and Mail, Turkish Daily News, and China Daily, among others.

Online coverage at ABC News Now, Slate, BoingBoing, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Seed magazine, Arts & Letters Daily,, Gawker, Radar, WorldHum, FishBowlNY, PopMatters, Bookslut, LAMatters, New Pages, Tingle Alley, TalentMatch, and many others.

Reprints in Other Publications

Work from VQR reprinted in the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Harper’s, The Independent (UK), Canberra Times (Australia), The Statesman (India), Wilson Quarterly, Pushcart Prize anthology, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Spiritual Writing, Best American Magazine Writing, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South.

Public Events

We’ve been proud to sponsor readings by VQR authors at the University of Virginia, Virginia Festival of the Book, Wisconsin Book Festival, New York Public Library, Symphony Space/New York, Harvard University, University of Maryland, George Mason University, New York University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Miami, Washington University, Southern Illinois University, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Mercantile Library of New York.