After 37 Years of Adweek’s Hot List, We’re Changing Up the Way We Honor Publishers

We're bringing print and digital under the same roof

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In the 37 years since Adweek first honored standout magazines in its annual Hot List, the publishing industry has undergone a massive transformation (to put it mildly), which we’ve been helping our readers navigate in our pages and online. As such, we felt that the Hot List itself was due for a refresher to keep apace of the increasingly digital, mobile and social world of content creation.

On Oct. 30, we’ll unveil our brand new Publishing Hot List, which, for the first time, will honor the best in both print and digital publishing. We’ll continue to hand out a number of magazine-only awards—focusing solely on publishers’ print performances—while adding new digital awards, in which both digital natives and the digital arms of magazine and newspaper brands will compete. 

The Hot List will also look more closely at publishers’ performances on specific social platforms (namely Instagram and Snapchat) as well as their prowess in creating branded content. And at the end of the year, readers will get to vote on their favorites. 

While submissions are not required for consideration in the Hot List, brief pitches are welcome. Please send any relevant information to by Aug. 25.

For a full list of this year’s Publishing Hot List categories, read on. 

Print and Digital Awards
Editor of the Year
Executive of the Year
Magazine of the Year
Website of the Year
Hottest on Instagram
Hottest on Snapchat
Hottest in Podcasting
Hottest in Branded Content

Print Awards
Hottest Thought Leader
Hottest Lifestyle Magazine
Hottest Food Magazine
Hottest Travel Magazine
Hottest Home Magazine
Hottest Fashion Magazine
Hottest Women’s Magazine
Hottest Wellness/Fitness Magazine
Hottest Men’s Magazine
Hottest Sports Magazine
Hottest Entertainment Magazine
Hottest Business Magazine
Hottest Newcomer
Hottest Reborn Magazine
Hottest Design/Photography
Magazine Cover of the Year

Digital Awards
Hottest in News
Hottest in Thought Leadership
Hottest in Lifestyle
Hottest in Food
Hottest in Travel
Hottest in Fashion/Beauty
Hottest in Wellness/Fitness
Hottest in Sports
Hottest in Entertainment

@adweekemma Emma Bazilian is Adweek's features editor.