American Society of Magazine Editors

21 Essays and Criticism

This category honors interpretative and critical journalism on subjects ranging from the personal experience of the writer to politics, literature and the arts. Although essays may incorporate reporting and narrative, judges will evaluate entries based on the writer’s depth of insight, strength of argument and uniqueness of perspective. Essays incorporating photographs will be judged primarily on the quality of the text. An entry consists of one article.

Rules and Eligibility for Categories 15–23: Any eligible magazine, including digital-only publications, may submit two entries in Public Interest, Personal Service, Leisure Interests, Feature Photography, Essays and Criticism, Columns and Commentary and Fiction and three entries in Reporting and Feature Writing. Entries consisting of one article may be submitted as print or digital content. Entries consisting of two or more articles may be submitted as print or digital content or as a combination of print and digital content. Entries consisting of two or more articles may include one article dated January 2015. Content entered in these categories cannot be submitted in other categories except as part of an entry in the categories listed in section 7 on page 3. WHAT TO SUBMIT FOR PRINT: (1) four copies of each print issue containing an article that is part of the entry and (2) a CD or DVD containing PDFs of each article and the cover and editorial masthead from each issue. WHAT TO SUBMIT FOR DIGITAL: (1) clearly labeled links to each article or package that is part of the entry or (2) platform-specific instructions, including user names and passwords, for accessing content published on a tablet or smartphone.