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VQR congratulates the 2020 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
Rita Chang-Eppig, “The Miracle Girl” (Summer)

Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry
Valencia Robin, “Hi”, “Sometimes Life Feels Like Daytime TV”, “Ask Your Grandmother”, and“First Walk of the New Year” (Summer)

Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction
Francisco Cantú, “Lines of Sight”, “Murmurs on the Plain”, “Sounds of Nepantla”  (Spring, Summer, Winter)

The VQR Prize for Photography
Brian Palmer,  “The Lives of East End” (Winter)