American Society of Magazine Editors

National Magazine Award Winners 1966-2015

The National Magazine Awards honor print and digital magazines that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise and imaginative art direction. The National Magazine Awards were established in 1966, when one award was presented to Look; the first award for digital journalism was presented to Money in 1997. The awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia Journalism School and are administered by ASME. Each award winner receives a reproduction of Alexander Calder's stabile "Elephant," the symbol of the National Magazine Awards.

The National Magazine Awards support the Osborn Elliott Scholarship at the Columbia Journalism School. Named for the former Newsweek editor and Columbia dean, the scholarship is awarded to students who intend to pursue careers in magazine journalism.

The current categories are:


The First Winners: 1966-1969

For the first years of the National Magazine Awards, only one award was presented. Certificates of special recognition were also presented in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Nine magazines receieved commendations in 1966.

1966

Look "for its skillful editing, imagination and editorial integrity, all of which were reflected particularly in its treatment of the racial issue during 1965.”

Certificates of Special Recognition

Scientific American “for general excellence in its field and, particularly, for its special issue, drawing on many disciplines, dealing with the broad subject of urbanization.”

Grade Teacher “for its high quality treatment of important new subjects, conspicuously improved use of illustration and practical service to its readership—all within the limitations of a modest budget.”

Ebony “for imaginative and forceful treatment of social questions as reflected particularly in its issue on 'The White Problem in America.'”

Commendations

TIME "for the innovation of its well researched, expertly written and balanced series of ‘TIME Essays.’"

The New Yorker “for its skillful editing and for its flair for dramatic innovation as demonstrated by its publication of Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood.’"

The American Machinist “for its comprehensive coverage on the balance of payments problem as it affects industry.”

Continuum “for its role, as a Roman Catholic magazine of small circulation, in delving into controversy and presenting strong conviction and thorough research in a handsome format.”

Motive “for skillful and dramatic presentations of major issues in a small-circulation Protestant magazine.”

Vogue “for its effective use of color in editorial pages.”

Fortune “for its clear and thoughtful presentations, including its series offering a fresh look at the influence of automation.”

TV Guide “for dealing thoughtfully with controversial topics in a setting where others might have settled for fan-appeal trivia.”

LIFE “for overall skill in dealing with contemporary civilization, cultural subjects and public affairs.”

1967

Life "in recognition of skillful, imaginative and constructive editing as reflected particularly in vivid photo reporting of the war in Vietnam, outstanding coverage of the civil rights issue, and effective support for the preservation of great works of art—in keeping with an admirable tradition of public education on cultural subjects.”

Certificates of Special Recognition

Motive “for editorial vitality, for tasteful innovation in design, and for forthright treatment of delicate issues that once would have been taboo in religious-affiliated publications."

1968

Newsweek "in recognition of that magazine's development of a new form of editorial analysis and advocacy in its major effort to present America's racial problems. The 'program of action,' published in Newsweek's issue of November 20, 1967, was an article combining reportage, analysis and opinion under the title 'The Negro in America: What Must Be Done.' The judges considered the project, clearly labeled as a departure from Newsweek’s standard policy, to have been skillfully and responsibly executed. They consider it a useful and important form, when sparingly used, in the news magazine field.”

Certificates of Special Recognition

Esquire “for its editorial creativity and diversity its original typographical and pictorial presentation, and its penetrating reporting of character and social trends as exemplified in its submitted article about Jack Ruby.”

Life “for its uncompromising and well documented series exposing the scale of organized crime in the United States and for its pursuit of new facets of the subject.”

Vogue “for visual grace, wit and innovation accompanied by printed content in harmony with its high graphic standard.”

1969

American Machinist Magazine "for its special issue, 'Will John Garth Make It?' which studied the U.S. industry’s role in combating unemployment, especially among those that companies might consider unemployable."



Recent Winners

General Excellence

Honors print and digital magazines in six categories based on content and audience. Businessweek received the first award in 1973. No award was given from 1974 to 1980. From 1981 to 2011, awards were presented in categories based on circulation size.

YearMagazine
1973Bloomberg Businessweek
1981ARTnews, Audubon, Bloomberg Businessweek, Glamour
1982Camera Arts, Newsweek, Rocky Mountain, Science 81
1983Harper's Magazine, LIFE, Louisiana Life, Science 82
1984The American Lawyer. House & Garden, National Geographic, Outside 
1985American Health, American Heritage, Manhattan Inc., TIME
19863-2-1 Contact, Discover, Money, New England Monthly  
1987Common Cause, Elle, New England Monthly, People
1988Fortune, Hippocrates, Parents, The Science 
1989American Heritage, The Sciences, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair  
19907 Days, Metropolitan Home, Sports Illustrated, Texas Monthly 
1991Condé Nast Traveler, Glamour, Interview, The New Republic 
1992National Geographic, The New Republic, Texas Monthly  
1993American Photo, The Atlantic, Lingua Franca, Newsweek
1994Bloomberg Businessweek, Health, Print, Wired
1995Entertainment Weekly, I.D., Men's Journal, The New Yorker  
1996Bloomberg Businessweek, Civilization, Outside, The Sciences  
1997I.D., Outside, Vanity Fair, Wired
1998DoubleTake, Outside, Preservation, Rolling Stone
1999Condé Nast Traveler, Fast Company, I.D., Vanity Fair 
2000National Geographic, Nest, The New Yorker, Saveur  
2001The American Scholar, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Teen People 
2002Entertainment Weekly, National Geographic Adventure, Newsweek, Print, Vibe 
2003Architectural Record, The Atlantic, ESPN The Magazine, Foreign Policy, Parenting, Texas Monthly
2004Aperture, Budget Living, Chicago, Gourmet, Newsweek, Popular Science
2005Dwell, Glamour, Martha Stewart Weddings, The New Yorker, Print, Wired 
2006Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Harper's Magazine, New York, TIME, The Virginia Quaterly Review 
2007Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Foreign Policy, National Geographic, New York, Rolling Stone, Wired  
2008Backpacker, GQ, Mother Jones, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Print 
2009Field & Stream, Foreign Policy, Reader's Digest, Texas Monthly, Wired
2010GQ, Men’s Health, Mother Jones, National Geographic, New York, San Francisco
2011Garden & Gun, Los Angeles, New York, Poetry, Scientific American, Women's Health
2012Bloomberg Businessweek, House Beautiful, IEEE Spectrum, Inc., O The Oprah Magazine
2013Martha Stewart Living, National Geographic, Outside, The Paris Review, Vogue
2014          Bon Appetit, Field & Stream, Inc., New York, Poetry, Sunset
2015Garden & Gun, Glamour, The Hollywood Reporter, Men's Health, Nautilus, The New Yorker

 


Design

Previously known as Visual Excellence (1970-1979). Honors overall excellence in print magazine design.

Year
Magazine
1970
Look                                                                                  
1971
Vogue
1972
Esquire
1973
Horizon
1974
Newsweek
1975
Country Journal and National Lampoon
1976
Horticulture
1977
Rolling Stone
1978
Architectural Digest
1979
Audubon
1980
GEO
1981
Attenzione
1982
Nautical Quarterly
1983
New York
1984
House & Garden
1985
Forbes
1986
TIME
1987
Elle
1988
Life
1989
Rolling Stone
1990
Esquire
1991
Conde Nast Traveler
1992
Vanity Fair
1993
Harper's Bazaar
1994
Allure
1995
Martha Stewart Living
1996
Wired
1997
I.D. Magazine
1998
Entertainment Weekly
1999
ESPN The Magazine
2000
Fast Company
2001
Nest
2002
Details
2003
Details
2004
Esquire
2005
Kids: Fun Stuff to Do Together
2006
New York
2007
New York
2008
Wired
2009
Wired
2010
Wired
2011
GQ
2012
GQ
2013
TIME
2014
New York
2015New York

 


Photography

Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography.

YearMagazine
1985Life                                                                                     
1986Vogue
1987National Geographic
1988Rolling Stone
1989National Geographic
1990Texas Monthly
1991National Geographic
1992National Geographic
1993Harper's Bazaar
1994Martha Stewart Living
1995Rolling Stone
1996Saveur
1997National Geographic
1998W
1999Martha Stewart Living
2000Vanity Fair
2001National Geographic
2002Vanity Fair
2003Condé Nast Traveler
2004City
2005Gourmet
2006W
2007National Geographic
2008Gourmet
2009GQ
2010Vanity Fair
2011W
2012Vogue
2013National Geographic
2014Bon Appetit
2015National Geographic

 


Feature Photography

Previously known as Photo Portfolio/Photo Essay (2004-2006) and Photo Portfolio (2007-2010). Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio.

Year
Magazine
2004
W                                                                                      
2005
TIME
2006
Rolling Stone
2007
City
2008
Vanity Fair
2009
The New Yorker
2010
The New Yorker
2011
ESPN The Magazine
2012
The New York Times Magazine
2013
W
2014
W
2015TIME

 


Single-Topic Issue

Honors magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject. The category was suspended in 2000-2001.

YearMagazine
1979Progressive Architecture                                            
1980Scientific American
1981Bloomberg Businessweek
1982Newsweek
1983IEEE Spectrum
1984Esquire
1985American Heritage
1986IEEE Spectrum
1987Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
1988Life
1989Hippocrates
1990National Geographic
1991The American Lawyer
1992Bloomberg Businessweek
1993Newsweek
1994Health
1995Discover
1996Bon Appétit
1997Scientific American
1998The Sciences
1999The Oxford American
2002TIME
2003Scientific American
2004The Oxford American
2005Newsweek
2006TIME
2007Departures
2008Virginia Quarterly Review
2009Saveur
2010Wired
2011National Geographic
2012New York
2013Saveur
2014Bloomberg Businessweek  
2015San Francisco

 


Magazine Section

Honors a regularly published front- or back-of-the-book department or section.

YearMagazine
2005Popular Science                                                           
2006Backpacker
2007New York
2008Condé Nast Portfolio
2009Wired
2010New York
2011New York
2012New York
2013New York
2014Modern Farmer
2015New York

 


Website

Honors magazine websites and online-only magazines.

YearMagazine
2012New York                                                                       
2013The Atlantic
2014New York
2015Nautilus

 


Tablet Magazine

Previously known as Mobile Media (2010), Mobile Edition (2011) and Tablet Edition (2012). Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers, including digital-only magazines.

YearMagazine
2010Epicurious                                                    
2011Esquire                                                                           
2012National Geographic
2013National Geographic
2014National Geographic
2015National Geographic

 


Multimedia

Previously known as Multimedia Feature or Package (2010) and Multimedia Package (2011). Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media.

YearMagazine
2010New York                                                   
2011Virginia Quarterly Review
2012Foreign Policy                                                             
2013National Geographic
2014National Geographic
2015The Texas Observer

Honors the outstanding use of video by magazines published on digital platforms.

YearMagazine
2010Yale Environment 360                            
2011The Oxford American
2012The New York Times Magazine                                 
2013Mother Jones
2014Glamour
2015Vice News
 

Previously known as Public Service (1970-1985). Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national or international importance. No award was given in 1973.

YearMagazineArticle(s)Author(s)
1970 Life"Fortas: A Question of Ethics”William Lambert
1971The Nation“The Wired Nation”
”The Cops Hit the Jackpot”
Ralph Lee Smith
Joseph C. Goulden
1972Philadelphia“The River Pirates ” 
1974Scientific AmericanLife and Death in MedicineKerr L. White
1975Consumer Reports“Is the Water Safe to Drink?”Irwin Landau
1976Businessweek“The Corporate Woman: Up the Ladder, Finally ”Irene Pave
1977Philadelphia“The Forgotten Children”Loretta Schwartz
1978Mother JonesPinto MadnessMark Dowie
1979New West“Hell on Wheels”Moira Johnson
1980Texas MonthlyWhy Teachers Can’t TeachGene Lyons
1981Reader’s Digest“The Murder of Robbie Wayne, Age 6”;
“Marijuana Alert II: More of the Grim Story”
Mary Jane Chambers
Peggy Mann
1982The Atlantic“The Education of David Stockman"William Greider
1983Foreign AffairsNuclear Weapons and the Atlantic Alliance"McGeorge Bundy, George F. Kennan,
Robert S. McNamara and Gerard C. Smith
1984The New YorkerBreaking the SpellGeorge F. Kennan
1985Washingtonian“Where Have All the Warriors Gone?”Nick Kotz, Nancy B. Nathan, Cathryn Donohoe
1986Science 85

“Technology for Peace: High-Tech Vigilance”;
“Technology for Peace: The Politics of Mistrust";  "Technology for Peace: The Inspectors”

R. Jeffrey Smith,
Roger Bingham, Carl Posey
1987Money“Inside the Billion-Dollar Business of Blood”Andrea Rock
1988The Atlantic“The Morning After”Peter G. Peterson
1989California“Halcion Madness"; "Halcion: Prescription for Trouble?”Cindy Ehrlich
1990Southern Exposure“Don’t Count Your Chickens”
“Inside the Slaughterhouse the Fox Guarding the Hen House”
Barry Yeoman,
Barbara Goldottas, Tom Devine
1991Family Circle“Toxic Nightmare on Main Street”Stephanie Abarbanel
1992Glamour“Teenage and Pregnant: Where are the Doctors Who Will Do Abortions?”
“A Town Held Hostage”
Le Ann Schreiber
Francis Wilkinson
1993The Family Therapy Network“Whatever Happened to Community Mental Health?—Revising the Dream”;
"Steering through the Storm"; "Making House Calls”
Mary Sykes Wylie
James Carlin, Laura M. Markowitz
1994Philadelphia“Less Than One Percent"; "Floxin Follow-Up"; "Floxin Update”Stephen Fried
1995The New RepublicNo Exit";"She’s Baaack!”Elizabeth McCaughey
1996Texas MonthlyNot What the Doctor OrderedMimi Swartz
1997FortuneHow Bill Ruckelshaus is Taking on the New York Mob"; “Carting Away New York City’s Garbage Cartel”Richard Behar
1998The AtlanticThe Computer DelusionTodd Oppenheimer
1999TIMECorporate Welfare”; “Paying a Price for Polluters”; “The Empire of the Pigs”Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele
2000The New YorkerThe Demon in the FreezerRichard Preston
2001TIMEHow the Little Guy Gets Crunched”; “Soaked by Congress”; “Throwing the Game”Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele
2002The AtlanticBystanders to GenocideSamantha Power
2003The AtlanticThe Fifty-First State?James Fallows
2004The New YorkerLunch with the Chairman”; “Selective Intelligence”; “The StovepipeSeymour M. Hersh
2005The New YorkerTorture at Abu Ghraib”; “Chain of Command”; “The Gray ZoneSeymour M. Hersh
2006The New YorkerThe Climate of ManElizabeth Kolbert
2007Vanity FairRules of EngagementWilliam Langewiesche
2008The NationHow Specialist town Lost His Benefits”; "Specialist Town Takes His Case to Washington”Joshua Kors
2009BicyclingBrokenDavid Darlington
2010The New YorkerThe Cost ConundrumAtul Gawande
2011The New YorkerLetting GoAtul Gawande
2012The New YorkerThe Invisible ArmySarah Stillman
2013Texas MonthlyMothers, Sisters, Daughters, WivesMimi Swartz
2014TIME                  Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing UsSteven Brill
2015Pacific Standard"Women Aren't Welcome Here"Amanda Hess

 


Personal Service

Previously known as Service to the Individual (1974-1985). Honors the use of print to serve readers’ needs and aspirations. No award was given in 1981.

YearMagazine
1974    Sports Illustrated
1975Esquire
1976Modern Medicine
1977Harper's Magazine                                                                                          
1978Newsweek
1979American Journal of Nursing
1980Saturday Review
1982Philadelphia
1983Sunset
1984New York
1985The Washingtonian
1986Farm Journal
1987Consumer Reports
1988Money
1989Good Housekeeping
1990Consumer Reports
1991New York
1992Creative Classroom
1993Good Housekeeping
1994Fortune
1995SmartMoney
1996SmartMoney
1997Glamour
1998Men's Journal
1999Good Housekeeping
2000PC Company (renamed Smart Business for the New Economy)
2001National Geographic Adventure
2002National Geographic Adventure
2003Outside
2004Men's Health
2005BabyTalk
2006Self
2007Glamour
2008Popular Mechanics
2009Esquire
2010New York
2011Men's Health
2012Glamour
2013Los Angeles
2014Cosmopolitan
2015O, The Oprah Magazine

 


Leisure Interests

Previously known as Special Interests (1986-2001). Honors the use of print to provide practical information about recreational activities and special interests.

YearMagazine
1986    Popular Mechanics                                                                                   
1987Sports Afield
1988Condé Nast Traveler
1989Condé Nast Traveler
1990Arts & Antiques
1991New York
1992Sports Afield
1993Philadelphia
1994Outside
1995GQ
1996Saveur
1997Smithsonian
1998Entertainment Weekly
1999PC Computing
2000I.D.
2001The New Yorker
2002Vogue
2003National Geographic Adventure
2004Consumer Reports
2005Sports Illustrated
2006Golf Magazine
2007O, The Oprah Magazine
2008New York
2009Esquire
2010New York
2011Men's Journal
2012Saveur
2013Wired
2014O, The Oprah Magazine
2015Backpacker

 


Reporting

Previously known as Reporting Excellence (1970-1980). Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles.

YearMagazineArticle(s)Author(s)
1970 The New Yorker”Annals of Politics”
Casualties of War"                                                           
Richard Harris
Daniel Lang
1971The Atlantic”Soldiers”Ward Just
1972The Atlantic”The 8,000,000: Report from China”Ross Terrill
1973New York”The Landlords of Hell’s Bedroom”; “The Old Man in the Bronx”Gail Sheehy
1974The New Yorker”Casualties of the Workplace”
“The Plundered Past”
Paul Brodeur
Karl E. Meyer
1975The New Yorker”Supertanker”Noel Mostert
1976Audubon”Dr. Strangelove Builds a Canal”
“Song of the Seal”
Alvin Joesphy
George Rieger
1977Audubon”Cheap Chemicals and Dumb Luck”Curtis K. Stadtfeld
1978The New YorkerA Six-Part Series on AlaskaJohn McPhee
1979Texas MonthlyA Three-Part Series on Life in Three Disparate Areas of TexasRichard West
1980Mother JonesThe Corporate Crime of the CenturyMark Dowie
1981National Journal”Money Makes the World Go Round: But What If It Can’t Any More?”Robert J. Samuelson
1982Washingtonian”The Saving of Mr. President”John Pekkanen
1983Institutional Investor”Drysdale: What Really Happened?”Chris Welles
1984Vanity Fair”When Memory Goes”Francine du Plessix Gray
1985Texas MonthlyThe Man in the Black HatPaul Burka
1986Rolling Stone”The Plague Years”David Black
1987Life”The Liberation of Lolly and Gronky”Anne Fadiman
1989The New Yorker”Tehran Summer”Robin Wright
1990The New YorkerBeyond the MountainsMark Danner
1991The New Yorker”Deal of the Year”Connie Bruck
1992The New RepublicHighway to Hell”; “Rolls-Royce Revolutionaries”; “Back to the Hills”Michael Kelly
1993IEEE Spectrum“Iraq and the Bomb”
“Halting Proliferation”
Glenn Zorpette
John A. Adam
1994The New YorkerRemembering SatanLawrence Wright
1995The AtlanticReefer Madness: Marijuana and the LawEric Schlosser
1996The New YorkerThe Politics of PerceptionConnie Bruck
1997Outside”Into Thin Air”Jon Krakauer
1998Rolling StoneThe True Story of John/JoanJohn Colapinto
1999NewsweekClinton and the Intern”; “The Secret War”; “The Tripp Trap?”Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas
2000Vanity FairMadness Visible
Forensics of War
Janine di Giovanni
Sebastian Junger
2001EsquireThe Perfect FireSean Flynn
2002The AtlanticCrash of Egypt Air 990William Langewiesche
2003The New YorkerIn the Party of GodJeffrey Goldberg
2004Rolling StoneThe Killer EliteEvan Wright
2005The New YorkerDying in DarfurSamantha Power
2006Rolling StoneThe Man Who Sold the WarJames Bamford
2007EsquireThe SchoolC.J. Chivers
2008National GeographicChina’s Instant CitiesPeter Hassler
2009The New York Times MagazineRight at the EdgeDexter Filkins
2010The New York Times MagazineThe Deadly Choices at MemorialSheri Fink
2011Harper’s MagazineThe Guatanamo ‘Suicides’”Scott Horton
2012The New YorkerThe ApostateLawrence Wright
2013GQ18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque, and 1 Dead Man in OhioChris Health
2014The New York Times MagazineThe Dream BoatLuke Mogelson
2015GQ"Inside the Iron Closet"Jeff Sharlet

 


Feature Writing

Honors original, stylish storytelling. Incorporates Profile Writing as of 2013.

YearMagazineArticle(s)Author(s)
1988 The AtlanticThe Man Who Loves Only Numbers”                                                                                      Paul Hoffman                           
1989EsquireThe Transformation of Johnny SpainChip Brown
1990WashingtonianLike Something the Lord MadeKatie McCabe
1991U.S. News & World ReportVietnam StoryJoseph L. Galloway
1992Sports Illustrated”Shadow of a Nation”Gary Smith
1993The New YorkerWhose Art Is It?Jane Kramer
1994Harper's MagazineThe Last ShotDarcy Frey
1995GQThe AbortionistTom Junod
1996GQThe Rapist Says He’s SorryTom Junod
1997Sports Illustrated”Crime and Punishment”Gary Smith
1998Harper's MagazineDriving Mr. AlbertMichael Paterniti
1999The American Scholar”Exiting Nirvana”Clara Claiborne
2000Sports Illustrated”Moment of Truth”Gary Smith
2001Rolling StoneThe Weasel, Twelve Monkeys and the ShrubDavid Foster Wallace
2002The AtlanticMoonrisePenny Wolfson
2003Harper's MagazineHorseman, Pass ByJohn Jeremiah Sullivan
2004The New YorkerThe Marriage CureKatherine Boo
2005Esquire”Home”Chris Jones
2006The American ScholarGenome TomePriscilla Long
2007GQThe Other Side of hateAndrew Corsello
2008AtlantaYou Have Thousands of Angels Around YouPaige Williams
2009EsquireThe Things That Carried HimChris Jones
2010Texas MonthlyStill LifeSkip Hollandsworth
2011Los AngelesThe EndBen Ehrenreich
2012EsquireJoplin!Luke Dittrich
2013Texas MonthlyThe Innocent ManPamela Colloff
2014The New YorkerA Loaded GunPatrick Radden Keefe
2015The Atavist"Love and Ruin"James Verini

 


Essays and Criticism

Previously known as Criticism & Belle-Lettres (1977) and Essays (2000–10). Honors "long-form journalism that presents the opinions of the writer on topics ranging from the personal to the political".

YearMagazineArticle(s)Author(s)
1977Mother Jones"Peking! Peking!"Li-li Ch'en
1978Esquire"High on War"Michael Herr
1979Life"The View from 80"Malcolm Cowley
1980Natural HistoryColumns on Evolutionary BiologyStephen Jay Gould
1981Time"Back to Reticence"; "Return to Patriotism"; "Rediscovering America"Lance Morrow
1982The Atlantic"Designer Dancing"; "Balanchine's Tchaikovsky"; "Moving Pictures"Holly Brubach
1983The American Lawyer"Headnotes" Steven Brill
1984The New Republic"The End of the World"; "Crosscurrents: Pseudo-Private Lives"; "The Politics of a Plague"Charles Krauthammer
1985Boston"Politics"Howard Carr
1986The Sciences"The Information Age"; "The Computer Behind the Curtain"; "His Voice's Master"Robert Wright
1987Outside"The Same River Twice"; "Out of the Noösphere"; "Chambers of Memory"David Quammen
1988Harper's Magazine"The Next Panic"L. J. Davis
1989Harper's Magazine"The Urge for an End"; "Who Won the West? Apologies to the Water Birds and Ranchhands"; "I'm Black, You're White, Who's Innocent"Edward Hoagland, William Kittredge,
Shelby Steele
1990Vanity Fair"Darkness Visible"William Styron
1991The Sciences"The Aesthetic Equation"; "A Ripple in Gravity's Lens"; "Dead Ringer"Hans Christian von Baeyer
1992The Nation"Naming and Blaming: Media Goes Wilding in Palm Beach"; "Why We Read: Canon to the Right of Me..."Katha Pollitt
1993The American Lawyer"Maybe the Jury Was Right"Roger Parloff
1994Harper's Magazine"Mirrorings"; "A Woman's Work"; "The Crash of Blue-Sky California"Lucy Grealy, Louise Erdrich, David Beers
1995Harper's Magazine"Robber Barons Redux"; "Morte de Nixon"; "Terms of Endearment"Lewis H. Lapham
1996The New Yorker"True Grid"; "Did He Do It?"; "Modes of Seduction"Simon Schama
1997The New Yorker"Escaping Picasso"Adam Gopnik
1998The New Yorker"Who Owns Anne Frank?"Cynthia Ozick
1999The Atlantic"Hymn"Emily Hiestand
2000The Sciences"Clock of Ages"Brian Hayes
2001The New Yorker"Like a King"Adam Gopnik
2002The New Yorker"My Father's Brain"Jonathan Franzen
2003The American Scholar"A Piece of Cotton"Anne Fadiman
2004The New Yorker"A Sudden Illness"Laura Hillenbrand
2005National Geographic"Was Darwin Wrong?"David Quammen
2006Vanity Fair"A Matter of Life and Death"Marjorie Williams
2007The Georgia Review"Russell and Mary"Michael Donohue
2008New Letters"I Am Joe's Prostate"Thomas E. Kennedy
2009Backpacker"The Source of All Things"Tracy Ross
2010National Geographic"Top Ten State Fair Joys"Garrison Keillor
2011The Paris Review"Mister Lytle: An Essay"John Jeremiah Sullivan
2012New York"Paper Tigers"Wesley Yang
2013The Atlantic"Fear of a Black President"Ta-Nehisi Coates
2014The New Yorker"Thanksgiving in Mongolia"Ariel Levy
2015The New Yorker"This Old Man"Roger Angell
 

Columns and Commentary

Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism.

YearMagazineArticle(s)Author(s)
2002New YorkRussert to Judgment”; “Sullivan’s Travels”; “The StupidsMichael Wolff
2003The NationGod Changes Everything”; “Backlash Babies”; “As Miss World Turns”Katha Pollitt
2004New YorkLive from Doha”; “My Big Fat Question”; “Al Jazeera’s EdgeMichael Wolff
2005National Journal”On Same-Sex Marriage”; “Bush Failed the Public and Himself”; “Fix the McCain-Feingold Law”; "Oops—Can I Say That?”; “Good Plan, Republicans. But It Didn’t Work in Britain”Jonathan Rauch
2006The New Yorker”Landmarks”; “Mired”; “Bah HumbugHendrik Hertzberg
2007Vanity FairChildhood’s End”; “The Vietnam Syndrome”; “Oriana Fallaci and the Art of InterviewChristopher Hitchens
2008Rolling StoneWorse Than Bush”; “My Favorite Nut Job”; “Obama’s Moment”Matt Taibbi
2009AutomobileThey Fought the Laws (of Supply and Demand), and the Laws Won”; “Lease Me to the Moon: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Finance?”; “Bailout Time for the Big Three”; “None Dare Call Them Republicans”Jamie Kitman
2010NewsweekWorthwhile Canadian Initiative”; “The Way Out of Afghanistan”; “Theocracy and Its Discontents”Fareed Zakaria
2011Vanity FairTopic of Cancer”; “Unanswerable Prayers”; “Miss Manners and the Big CChristopher Hitchens
2012Vanity FairWhen the King Saved God”; “Unspoken Truths”; “From Abbottabad to WorseChristopher Hitchens
2013SlateIt’s Not About the Law, Stupid”; “The Supreme Court’s Dark Vision of Freedom”; “Where Is The Liberal Outrage?Dalia Lithwick
2014The New YorkerShark Week”; “Difficult Women”; “Private PracticeEmily Nussbaum
2015New York"Zombies on the Walls: Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same?"; "Taking in Jeff Koons, Creator and Destroyer of Worlds"; "Post-Macho God: Matisse's Cut-Outs Are World-Historically Gorgeous"Jerry Saltz

 


Fiction

Previously known as Fiction & Belle-Lettres (1974 -1976). Honors fiction originally published in magazines.

YearMagazineArticle(s)Author(s)
1970Redbook”Tonight at 9:36”
“Troubadour”
“The Magic Mama”
Alfred Gillespie
Rick Sterry
Lucille Clifton
1971Esquire  
1972Mademoiselle”A Most Incredible Meal”William Kotzwinkle
1973The Atlantic”Enormous Changes at the Last Minute”Grace Paley
1974The New Yorker”A Bad Boy”
A Story in an Almost Classical Mode
“Burial”
Robert Silman
Harold Brodkey
Larry Woiwode
1975Redbook”Swimmer in the Secret Sea”William Kotzwinkle
1976Essence”Isom”Hortense Spillers
1977Mother Jones”Peking! Peking!”Li-li Ch’en
1978The New Yorker”In the Miro District”
“Potter”
The Kugelmass Episode
Peter Taylor
Mavis Gallant
Woody Allen
1979The Atlantic”Oh, Joseph, I’m So Tired”Richard Yates
1980Antaeus”The Farm”Joy Williams
1981North American Review”Every Day a Visitor”
“A Guide to the Geography of Vermont”
“Summer Opportunity”
Richard Abrons
Ward Just
Maria Thomas
1982The New YorkerA Correspondence Course
“Sister Imelda”
“The City”
Nadine Gordimer
Edna O’Brien
John Updike
1983North American Review“Scales”
“Putting and Gardening"
"The Novitiate”
Louise Erdrich
William F. VanWert
Erica Liederman
1984Seventeen”An Eighty Percent Chance”
“The Education of Esther Eileen"
“Teenage Wasteland”
Elizabeth Benedict
Roberta Silman
Anne Tyler
1985Playboy”The Trail of Your Blood on the Snow”
“Forky”
“Julius Caesar and the Werewolf”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Andre dubus III
John Gardner
1986The Georgia Review”Time and Fear and Somehow Love”
“Something Good for Ginnie”
“Somewhere Geese are Flying”
Lee K. Abbott
Mary Hood
Gary Gildner
1987Esquire”Fleur”
“Doc’s Story”
“The Things They Carried”
Louise Erdrich
Edgar Wideman
Tim O’Brien
1988The Atlantic”A Farm at Raraba”
“The Man Who Knew Belle Starr”
“The Halfway Diner”
Ernst Havemann
Richard Bausch
John Sayles
1989The New Yorker”White Angel ”
I Read My Nephew Stories
“We”
Michael Cunningham
Ethan Mordden
Mary Grimm
1990The New Yorker”Goodness and Mercy”
“The Trick of It”
Letter to the Lady of the House
Alice Munro
Michael Frayn
Richard Bausch
1991Esquire”Something to Remember Me By”
“Faces of Madness”
“Serious Need”
Saul Bellow
Rachel Ingalls
Reynolds Price
1992Story”It’s Come to This”
“Silver Water”
“The Greatest Living Mayan Speller Extant”
Annick Smith
Amy Bloom
W.D. Wetherell
1993The New YorkerA Wilderness Station
“Career Move”
“Parachute Silk”
Alice Munro
Martin Amis
Emily Carter
1994Harper’s MagazineThe Prophet from Jupiter
“The 400-Pound CEO”
“The Practical Heart”
Tom Earley
George Saunders
Allan Gurganus
1995Story”Waiting for the Evening News”
“Kingdom of the Sun”
“The Story of My Life”
Tim Gautreaux
Alice Schell
Kim Edwards
1996Harper’s Magazine”The Woodcarver’s Table”
“Bounty”
The Lost Girl
Mark Slouka
George Saunders
Tova Reich
1997The New Yorker”New York Girl”
“Baster”
Save My Child!
John Updike
Jeffrey Eugenides
Cynthia Ozick
1998The New YorkerPeople Like THAT? US? Are the Only People Here
“A Visit”
“Brokeback Mountain”
Lorrie Moore
Steven Millhauser
Annie Proulx
1999Harper’s Magazine”The Whore’s Child”
Lucky Ducks
“Son of the Wolfman”
Richard Russo
Lorrie Moore
Michael Chabon
2000The New YorkerThe Third and Final Continent
The Barber’s Unhappiness
“Dominion”
Jhumpa Lahiri
George Saunders
Robert Stone
2001Zoetrope: All-Story”Fialta”
“Fair Warning”
The Cavemen in the Hedges
Rebecca Lee
Robert Olen Butler
Stacey Richter
2002The New Yorker”What is Remembered”
“A House on the Plains”
Surrounded by Sleep
Alice Munro
E.L. Doctorow
Akhil Sharma
2003The New YorkerBaader-Meinhof
“The Thing in the Forest”
“Jolene: A Life”
Don DeLillo
A.S. Bryant
E.L. Doctorow
2004Esquire”Presence”
The Red Bow
“Rest Stop”
Arthur Miller
George Saunders
Stephen King
2005The AtlanticAn Incomplete Map of the Northern Polarity
“Foaling Season”
“The One in White”
Nathan Roberts
Aryn Kyle
Robert Olen Butler
2006Virginia Quarterly ReviewPeacekeeper
“Smother”
“Ina Grove”
Alan Heathcock
Joyce Carol Oates
R.T. Smith
2007McSweeney’s”Wild Child”
“To Sit, Unmoving”
“The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan”
T.C. Boyle
Susan Steinberg
Rajesh Parameswaran
2008Harper’s Magazine”Death of the Pugilist”
Fiction
“A Report on Our Recent Troubles”
Daniel Mason
Alice Munro
Steven Millhauser
2009The New YorkerThem Old Cowboy Songs
The Noble Truths of Suffering
Annie Proulx
Alexsandar Hermon
2010McSweeney’s”Memory Wall”
“Raw Water”
“Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events”
Anthony Doerr
Wells Tower
Kevin Moffett
2011Virginia Quarterly Review”Minor Watt”Paul Theroux
2012Zoetrope: All-StoryThe Hox River WindowKaren Russell
2013Harper’s MagazineBatman and Robin Have an AltercationStephen King
2014The New YorkerThe Embassy of CambodiaZadie Smith
2015The New Yorker"The Emerald Light in the Air"Donald Antrim

 


Magazine of the Year

Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and the success of out-of-book programs and services.

YearMagazine
2010Glamour
2011National Geographic
2012TIME
2013New York                                             
2014Fast Company
2015Vogue

 



Former Categories

General Excellence, Digital Media

Previously known as General Excellence in New Media (1997-2000) and General Excellence Online (2001-2009).

YearMagazine
1997Money                                                                                
1998The Sporting News
1999Cigar Aficionado
2000Businessweek
2001U.S. News & World Report
2002National Geographic
2003Slate
2004CNET News
2005Style.com
2006National Geographic
2007Beliefnet
2008Runner's World
2009New York
Backpacker
2010New York
2011Slate
2012New York
2013Pitchfork

 


Special Award

Year

 

Magazine

1976TIME Bicentennial Issue                   
1989Robert E. Kenyon Jr.
2010Marlene Kahan

 


Specialized Journalism

YearMagazine
1970Philadelphia                                       
1971Rolling Stone
1972Architectural Record
1973Psychology Today
1974Texas Monthly
1975Medical Economics
1976United Mine Workers Journal
1977Architectural Record
1978Scientific American
1979National Journal
1980IEEE Spectrum

 


Profile Writing

Previously known as Profiles (2000-2001). Honors news or feature stories about individuals or a group of closely linked individuals.

YearMagazine
2000Sports Illustrated                              
2001The New Yorker
2002The New Yorker
2003Sports Illustrated
2004Esquire
2005The New Yorker
2006Esquire
2007New York
2008Vanity Fair
2009Rolling Stone
2010Esquire
2011The New York Times Magazine
2012D Magazine

 


Reviews and Criticism 

Honors the persuasiveness and original voice that the critic brings to her or his reviews.

YearMagazine
2000Esquire                                                
2001The New Yorker
2002Harper's Magazine
2003Vanity Fair
2004Esquire
2005The New Yorker
2006Harper's Magazine
2007The Nation
2008The Atlantic
2009The New Yorker
2010The New Yorker

 


News and Documentary Photography

Previously known as Photojournalism (2007-2010) and News Photography (2011-2012). Honors photojournalism and photography that documents news events or news-related subjects.

YearMagazine
2007The Paris Review                                 
2008National Geographic
2009National Geographic
2010National Geographic
2011The New York Times Magazine
2012Harper's Magazine

 


Photography, Digital Media

Honors overall excellence in the use of photography by magazine websites and online-only magazines.

YearMagazine
2010National Geographic                           
2011Life.com

 


Design, Digital Media

Previously known as Best Interactive Design (2001). Honors overall excellence in the design of magazine websites and online-only magazines.

YearMagazine
2001SmartMoney                                    
2010Billboard
2011The New York Times Magazine
2012Wired

 


Reporting, Digital Media

Previously known as News Reporting (2010-2011). Honors overall excellence in the design of magazine websites and online-only magazines.

YearMagazine
2010The Virginia Quarterly Review                   
2011Foreign Policy
2012Wired

 


Personal Service, Digital Media

Previously known as Interactive Service (2007) and Personal Service Online (2008). Honors the use of multimedia technology to deliver information that users can act on to improve the quality of their personal lives or enjoy recreational pursuits.

YearMagazine
2007Bloomberg Businessweek                                     
2008Bloomberg Businessweek
2009Backpacker
2012MensHealth

 


Commentary, Digital Media 

Previously known as Blogging (2010-2011). Honors excellence in opinion journalism on digital platforms.

YearMagazine
2010Foreign Policy                                      
2011Tablet Magazine
2012The American Scholar

 


Website Department

Previously known as Regular Department or Section (2010) and Online Department (2011). Honors a regularly updated, clearly branded department or channel.

YearMagazine
2010Sports Illustrated                               
2011Fast Company
2012The Daily Beast

 


Utility App

Previously known as Interactive Feature (2007-2009) and Interactive Tool (2010-2011). Honors single-purpose interactive utilties that help users perform tasks or manage content.

YearMagazine
2007New York                                             
2008Bicycling
2009AARP The Magazine
2010Men's Health
2011Epicurious
2012TIME

 


Community

Honors the use of interactive technology and social media to establish and sustain user communities.

YearMagazine
2010National Geographic                        

 


Podcasting

Honors outstanding audio podcasts on a magazine website or online-only magazine.

YearMagazine
2010Tablet Magazine
2011Poetry                                                 

 

 

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