Wow! Everyone in our office has been trying not to hyperventilate. The finalists for the 2006 National Magazine Awards (the magazine world’s equivalent to the Pulitzers or the National Book Awards) were announced today and VQR garnered six nominations! Pretty unheard of for a magazine our size. The Atlantic Monthly led all magazines with eight nominations, then came us, followed by GQ, Harper’s, National Geographic, New York, and The New Yorker with five nominations each. Pretty heady company. We received a nomination in the General Excellence category for magazines with circulations under 100,000 (which we fit well under). Also nominated in this category were Aperture, The Believer, Legal Affairs, and ReadyMade.
All of the nominated pieces are available on the website. I particularly recommend Pauline Chen’s “Dead Enough?: The Paradox of Brain Death” and Martin Preib’s “The Wagon,” both non-fiction pieces. Preib’s nomination is particularly great because he’s a cop — “The Wagon” is the first piece that he’s had in a national publication. How wonderful for him that it would be nominated for a National Magazine Award.
For what it’s worth, I have nothing to do with these nominations. Not only does my work as Internet Evangelist have nothing to do with the writing, but I just started in October, at the tail end of the period under consideration. While I’m proud to be affiliated with such a great publication, I deserve credit only for having good taste in employers.