National Magazine Awards

Intended to advance the practice of journalism and promote the value of magazines and websites to readers and advertisers, the National Magazine Awards honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy enterprise and imaginative design. Originally limited to print magazines, the awards now recognize magazine journalism published in any medium, including newspapers and newsletters. First presented in 1966, the awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and are administered by ASME. The ASME Award for Fiction, the ASME Awards for Design, Photography and Illustration and the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30 are judged and presented in conjunction with the National Magazine Awards.

National Magazine Awards will be presented in 17 categories, including 4 General Excellence categories, in 2023. Notable changes include the replacement of Essays and Criticism by a Columns and Essays category and a Reviews and Criticism category; the revision of the category descriptions for Design and Photography to require the submission of three examples of work (entrants were previously allowed to submit only one example of work); and the expansion of Service Journalism and Lifestyle Journalism to include entries consisting exclusively of podcasts, videos and social media. ASME members will continue to be able submit four entries in every category except General Excellence, in which only one entry may be submitted. Nonmembers are still limited to two entries in every category except General Excellence. Judges will be authorized to choose as many as seven finalists in Reporting, Feature Writing, Profile Writing, Columns and Essays, Reviews and Criticism, and Public Interest.

National Magazine Awards 2023 finalists and winners will be honored at the annual presentation of the ASME awards at Terminal 5, on West 56th Street in Manhattan, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. Finalists in each category will receive certificates of recognition. Winners will receive an “Ellie,” modeled on the symbol of the awards, Alexander Calder’s stabile “Elephant Walking.” The recipients of the ASME Award for Fiction, the ASME Awards for Design, Photography and Illustration and the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30 will also be honored.

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