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Awards & Praise


2022, Boston Review essay “Pleasure and Justice” by Becca Rothfeld is a finalist for Washington Monthly’s Kukula Award for Nonfiction Writing

2022, Boston Review essays “Why I Provide Abortions” by Christine Henneberg, “Imagine the Worst” by Oded Na’aman, and “The Millions” by Deborah Taffa are cited as Notable Essays, and the issue Uncertainty is cited as a Notable Special Issue, in The Best American Essays 2022, edited by Alexander Chee and Robert Atwan

2021, Boston Review essay “Getting to Freedom City” by Robin D. G. Kelley is cited as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2021, edited by Kathryn Schulz and Robert Atwan

2020, Boston Review issue On Anger is selected by The New Yorker as one of the best books of the year

2020, Boston Review essay “Technology Can’t Fix Algorithmic Injustice” by Annette Zimmermann, Elena Di Rosa, and Hochan Kim wins The Hasting Center’s Award for an Early Career Essay

2020, Boston Review essay “Walt Whitman’s Boys” by Jeremy Lybarger is cited as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2020, edited by André Aciman and Robert Atwan

2019, Boston Review essay “Guns in the Family” by Walter Johnson is cited as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2019, edited by Rebecca Solnit and Robert Atwan

2018, Boston Review essay “Saving Orwell” by Peter Ross is cited as a Notable Essay, and the issue Global Dystopias edited by Junot Díaz is cited as a Notable Special Issue, in The Best American Essays 2018, edited by Hilton Als and Robert Atwan

2017, Boston Review essay “Pigs” by Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey is cited as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2017, edited by Leslie Jamison and Robert Atwan

2016, Boston Review essays “The Logic of Effective Altruism” by Peter Singer“The Lure of Luxury” by Paul Bloom, and “The Desire to Know” by Steven Shapin are cited as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen and Robert Atwan

2015, Boston Review  essays “Rethinking Privacy” by William H. Simon and “Mortal Risks” by Oded Na’aman are cited as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays 2015, edited by Ariel Levy and Robert Atwan

2014, Boston Review  essays “Picking Pebbles” by Deborah Stone and “On Being an Octopus” by Peter Godfrey-Smith are cited as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays 2014, edited by John Jeremiah Sullivan and Robert Atwan

2014, Boston Review essay “Who Shot Valerie Finley?” by Beth Schwartzapfel is named a runner-up for the John Jay/H. F. Guggenheim Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting

2013, Boston Review  essay “War Is Betrayal” by Chris Hedges is cited as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2013, edited by Cherly Strayed and Robert Atwan

2012, Boston Review  essay “Apocalypse: What Disasters Reveal” by Junot Díaz is cited as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2012, edited by David Brooks and Robert Atwan

2011, Boston Review  short story “Hitting Budapest” by NoViolet Bulawayo wins the Caine Prize

2010, UTNE Independent Press Award for Best Writing

2010, Boston Review  essay “A Death in Texas” by Tom Barry is named a finalist for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) National Magazine Award for Public Interest


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UTNE award citation for Best Writing, 2010

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