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VQR congratulates the 2019 Winners

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
Aaron and Jessixa Bagley, “Anvil” (Fall)

Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry
Vievee Francis, “Goat”, “The Shore”, and“On the Piney Woods, Death, Bobby Frank Cherry, and Me” (Summer)

Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction
Michelle Orange, “Working It Out”, “On Death and Decluttering”, “How Free Is Too Free?”  (Winter, Spring, Summer)

The VQR Prize for Photography
Monika Bulaj,  “An Outsider’s Perspective” (Winter)