April 7, 2009 — When finalists were announced Monday for the 2009 Utne Independent Press Awards, Virginia Quarterly Review, along with Orion magazine, led with three nominations each. VQR was named a finalist in the general excellence, international coverage and best writing categories.
Since 1989, the Utne Independent Press Awards have recognized excellence in independent and alternative publishing worldwide. Utne honors the efforts of small, sometimes unnoticed publications that provide innovative, thought-provoking perspectives often ignored or overlooked by mass media. Winners are chosen from more than 1,500 publications by the editors of Utne Reader through extensive reading and careful examination, rather than by entry forms and fees. A complete list of the finalists is available here[link to: http://www.utne.com/uipa2009]. Winners will be announced May 17 in Denver.
Other publications receiving nominations included Audubon, The Believer, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New Republic and Washington Monthly.
Ted Genoways, editor of VQR, said, "These nominations come as exciting and humbling news. What better company could we ask for? What an honor to have our general excellence judged to be on par with The Nation and Orion, to be considered a source of international coverage competitive with the New Statesman and World Affairs, and to have the overall quality of our writing ranked with The New Republic and The Walrus. For the editors of Utne to recognize our work in this way is a tremendous thrill."
VQR earned "Best Writing" nominations for the Utne Independent Press Awards in 2006 and 2007.
VQR's nominations this year follow on the heels of two nominations for the National Magazine Awards in March.
VQR was founded at the University of Virginia in 1925. Over the years it has published the work of such luminaries as H.L. Mencken, Bertrand Russell, Katherine Anne Porter, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Penn Warren and Marianne Moore. Recent issues have featured essays, stories, poems and art by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rita Dove, Cormac McCarthy, Adrienne Rich and Art Spiegelman, among others.