National Magazine Awards 2011 Finalists Announced

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(Press Release) NEW YORK, NY (April 5, 2011)—Sid Holt, Chief Executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), today announced the finalists for the 2011 National Magazine Awards. Known as the Ellies—for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant,” a reproduction of which is given to each award winner—the National Magazine Awards will be presented on Monday, May 9, in New York City.

“This was an extraordinary year for magazines,” said Mr. Holt. “The 2011 finalists include Michael Hastings’ ‘The Runaway General,’ which led to the resignation of Stanley McChrystal, and Jane Mayer’s ‘Covert Operations,’ on the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch-stories that made news while covering the news. With pieces on the health-care crisis, the failure of the criminal justice system, the impact of autism and conflicts around the globe, all of this year’s nominees underscore the power of magazine journalism.”

The 2011 National Magazine Awards will also include the presentation of the Creative Excellence Award to Tom Wolfe, who as a founder of the New Journalism and the author of bestsellers like The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities, both of which originated as magazine series, is regarded as one of the most influential magazine journalists of our time. To see the announcement of the award, click here.

The 2011 National Magazine Awards mark the first time that the American Society of Magazine Editors will host a dinner to present the awards. To attend the 2011 National Magazine Awards Annual Gala at 583 Park Avenue in New York City, click here.

The New Yorker Leads 2011 Finalists

The 2011 National Magazine Award finalists include 54 titles. Twenty magazines received multiple nominations—led by The New Yorker with 9-and 6 magazines were nominated for the first time.

Aside from The New Yorker, magazines receiving multiple nominations this year are The Atlantic (4 nominations), Esquire (3), GQ (5), Harper’s Magazine (2), Los Angeles (3), Martha Stewart Living (2), Men’s Journal (2), National Geographic (4), New York (6), The New York Times Magazine (6), The Paris Review (2), Real Simple (3), Scientific American (2), Texas Monthly (2), TIME (2), Vanity Fair (2), Virginia Quarterly Review (6), W (3) and Wired (3).
The 6 never-before-nominated titles are Cooking Light, House Beautiful, Lapham’s Quarterly, OnEarth, The Sun and Women’s Health.

Group publishers with multiple nominations include Bloomberg L.P. (2 for Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets); Conde Nast (25 for Conde Nast Traveler, Golf Digest, GQ, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, W and Wired); Emmis Communications (5 for Los Angeles and Texas Monthly); Hearst Magazines (8 for Esquire; Good Housekeeping; House Beautiful; Marie Claire; O, The Oprah Magazine and Popular Mechanics); Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (2 for Martha Stewart Living); National Geographic Society (4 for National Geographic); Rodale (3 for Men’s Health, Runner’s World and Women’s Health); Time Inc. (9 for Cooking Light, Essence, Fortune, People, Real Simple and TIME); and Wenner Media (3 for Men’s Journal and Rolling Stone).

Only the finalists in the 21 National Magazine Award categories honoring print magazines are being announced today. Finalists in the Magazine of the Year category, honoring excellence both in print and on digital platforms, will be announced next Tuesday, April 12; the Magazine of the Year finalists will also be honored at the May 9 dinner. Finalists and winners in the 12 National Magazine Awards for Digital Media categories were announced earlier this year; to see a list of the Digital Ellie honorees, click here.

The preeminent awards for magazine journalism in the United States, the National Magazine Awards were established in 1966 and are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Nearly 270 publications entered the National Magazine Awards this year, submitting 1,673 entries. The judges included 359 magazine journalists and journalism educators. The finalist this year with the largest print circulation (22 million) is AARP The Magazine; the finalist with the smallest (3,000) is The Antioch Review.

National Magazine Awards 2011 Categories and Finalists

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