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Awards & Praise


2018, Boston Review contributor Martha Nussbaum wins $1 million Berggruen Institute Prize for Philosophy and Culture

2018, Boston Review contributor Chris Lebron wins the Hiett Prize in the Humanities

2018, Boston Review contributor Daisy Johnson becomes the youngest writer shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

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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