American Society of Magazine Editors

National Magazine Awards 2013 Finalists Announced

April 1, 2013


Design Legends Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard to Be Honored at Annual Dinner

NEW YORK, NY (April 1, 2013)--The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today announced the finalists for the 2013 National Magazine Awards. Known as the Ellies--for the Alexander Calder stabile "Elephant" given to each award winner--the National Magazine Awards will be presented on Thursday, May 2, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The May 2 gala will also include the presentation of the Creative Excellence Award to Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard, whose work as graphic designers has shaped the modern magazine. The Creative Excellence Award was established in 2008 by ASME to recognize writers and artists who have made unique and enduring contributions to magazines.

Sixty-two publications were nominated this year in 23 categories. Twenty-six magazines received multiple nominations, led by National Geographic with seven, followed by Bon Appétit and New York, both with six. GQ and The New Yorker both received five nominations; Esquire, Harper's Magazine, Mother Jones and Texas Monthly all received four.

Magazines with multiple nominations also include The Atlantic (3), Saveur (3), TIME (3), Wired (3), Bloomberg Businessweek (2), Byliner (2), Golf Digest (2) Los Angeles (2), Martha Stewart Living (2), The New York Times Magazine (2), Outside (2), The Paris Review (2), Real Simple (2), Scientific American (2),Slate (2), Sports Illustrated (2) and W (2).

Six publications are first-time finalists: Afar for Website; Bullett for Design; Byliner for Feature Writing and Fiction; HGTV Magazine for Magazine Section; mental_floss for General Excellence, Print; and Pitchfork for General Excellence, Digital Media.

Finalists in the Magazine of the Year category, honoring excellence both in print and on digital platforms, will be announced on Monday, April 8.

Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Nearly 260 publications entered the National Magazine Awards this year, submitting 1,636 entries. The judges included 330 magazine editors, art directors and photography editors as well as journalism educators.


National Magazine Awards 2013 Finalists

General Excellence, Print

News, Sports and Entertainment Magazines 
Honors large-circulation weeklies, biweeklies and monthlies

Esquire; Fortune; National Geographic; New York; Wired

Service and Fashion Magazines
Honors women's magazines, including health, fitness and family-centric publications

Harper's Bazaar; O, The Oprah Magazine; Real Simple; Vogue; Women's Health
Lifestyle Magazines
Honors food, travel and shelter magazines as well as city and regional publications

Bon Appétit; House Beautiful; Martha Stewart Living; Saveur; Texas Monthly

Special-Interest Magazines
Honors magazines serving targeted audiences, including enthusiast and hobbyist  titles

The Fader; mental_floss; MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History; Outside; Scientific American

Literary, Political and Professional Magazines
Honors small-circulation general-interest magazines as well as academic and scholarly publications

MIT Technology Review; Mother Jones; The New Republic; The Paris Review; Poetry

General Excellence, Digital Media

Chow; Glamour; National Geographic; Pitchfork; Slate


Bon Appétit; BULLETT; Details; New York; TIME


Bon Appétit; Interview; National Geographic; TIME; W

Feature Photography

  • Harper's Magazine for "The Water of My Land," photographs by Samuel James; September
  • Martha Stewart Living for "A Pilgrim's Feast," photographs by Anna Williams; November
  • National Geographic for "In the Shadow of Wounded Knee," by Alexandra Fuller; photographs by Aaron Huey; August
  • New York for "What We Saw When The Lights Went Out," by John Homans; photographs by Iwan Baan, Pari Dukovic, Christopher Griffith, Casey Kelbaugh, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Joseph Michael Lopez, Gus Powell, Joseph Rodriguez and Peter Yang; November 12
  • W for "Good Kate, Bad Kate," by Will Self; photographs by Steven Klein; March

Single-Topic Issue

  • Backpacker for "The Survival Issue," October
  • Bloomberg Businessweek for "Election Issue," October 15-21
  • Fast Company for "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies," March
  • Saveur for "The Mexico Issue," August/September
  • Sports Illustrated for "Olympic Preview," July 23

Magazine Section

  • Bon Appétit for "Starters"
  • Esquire for "Man at His Best"
  • GQ for "The Punch List"
  • HGTV Magazine for "Help Wanted"
  • New York for "Strategist"

Personal Service

Leisure Interests

  • Bon Appétit for "The Incredible Egg," by Carla Lalli Music, April
  • ESPN The Magazine for "Fantasy Football," August 6
  • Golf Digest for "Masters Preview," April
  • Los Angeles for "The Food Lover's Guide to L.A.," edited by Lesley Bargar Suter; November
  • Wired for "How to Be a Geek Dad," June


Afar; The Atlantic; Golf Digest; National Geographic; Scientific American

Tablet Magazine

Bloomberg Businessweek; Bon Appétit; Esquire; Money; National Geographic



Public Interest


Feature Writing Incorporating Profile Writing

Essays and Criticism

Columns and Commentary


All publication dates 2012 unless otherwise indicated

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. ASME members include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and online. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism.

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