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ASME Nominations Announced: Some Nice Suprises Amid Usual Suspects

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced nominations for their annual National Magazine Awards, honoring some familiar titles and bold face names associated with magazine publishing. New York and The New Yorker each led the nominations with 10 nods, and National Geographic followed closely with 7 nominations. A full list of the nominations after the jump.

The press release from ASME:

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, NEW YORK AND
THE NEW YORKER LEAD ELLIE PACK

51 Magazines to Be Honored at National Magazine Awards Annual Gala on April 22

NEW YORK, NY (March 10, 2010)—Sid Holt, Chief Executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors, today announced the finalists for the 45th annual National Magazine Awards. Among the 51 magazines nominated in 23 categories are 20 magazines with multiple nominations—led by New York and The New Yorker with 10 each and National Geographic with 7—and 8 never-before-nominated titles.

“Magazines have never been better,” said Mr. Holt. “The depth of reporting, quality of writing, superior storytelling and unparalleled service journalism in this year’s National Magazine Awards finalists showcase the editorial strengths of our medium.”

Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each winner, the National Magazine Awards Annual Gala will take place this year at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on April 22. The gala will also include the presentation of the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame Award to Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue. In addition, ASME will honor its longtime executive director, Marlene Kahan, who is stepping down after more than 30 years of service to the organization.

Sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the National Magazine Awards were established in 1966 and have long been recognized as the preeminent awards for magazine journalism in the United States.

More than 300 magazines participated in the National Magazine Awards this year, submitting 1,758 entries

Besides National Geographic, New York and The New Yorker, the magazines with multiple nominations include Esquire (6), GQ (6), Wired (6), The New York Times Magazine (5), Vanity Fair (5), Texas Monthly (4), The Atlantic (3), Men’s Health (3), W (3), The Economist (2), ESPN The Magazine (2), Field & Stream (2), Foreign Policy (2), Paste (2), San Francisco (2), Sports Illustrated (2) and Virginia Quarterly Review (2).

The eight never-before-nominated titles include Architect, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Boston Review, Food Network Magazine, Garden & Gun, Military History, Orion and Out.

The finalist this year with the largest print circulation (5.6 million) is National Geographic; the finalist with the smallest (3,000) is The Antioch Review.

To view the expanded list of finalists please click here.

The categories and finalists for the National Magazine Awards 2010 are:

GENERAL EXCELLENCE, PRINT
Recognizes overall editorial achievement at six circulation levels.

Under 100,000 Circulation
Aperture; Architect: Military History; The Paris Review; San Francisco

100,000 to 250,000 Circulation
Foreign Policy; Garden & Gun; Martha Stewart Weddings; Mother Jones; Paste

250,000 to 500,000 Circulation
The Atlantic; Audubon; New York; Texas Monthly; W

500,000 to 1 Million Circulation
The Economist; Esquire; Food Network Magazine; GQ; Wired

1 million to 2 Million Circulation
Field & Stream; Men’s Health; The New Yorker; Teen Vogue; More

Over 2 Million Circulation
ESPN The Magazine; National Geographic; Real Simple; Sports Illustrated; Time

DESIGN, PRINT
Honors the effectiveness of design, typography and artwork in support of the editorial mission of the magazine

Esquire; GQ; Martha Stewart Living; New York; Wired

PHOTOGRAPHY, PRINT
Honors the effectiveness of photography, photojournalism and photo-illustration in support of the editorial mission of the magazine

GQ; National Geographic; The New York Times Magazine; Vanity Fair; Vogue

PHOTOJOURNALISM
Recognizes the informative photographic documentation of an event or subject

Foreign Policy; National Geographic (2); New York; Virginia Quarterly Review

PHOTO PORTFOLIO
Honors creative photography and photo illustration, including portraiture

National Geographic; New York; The New Yorker; Out; W

SINGLE-TOPIC ISSUE
Recognizes magazines that have devoted an issue to the in-depth examination of one topic

ESPN The Magazine; New York; The New Yorker; W; Wired

MAGAZINE SECTION
Recognizes the excellence of a regular, cohesive front- or back-of-back section

Esquire; GQ (2); New York; Wired

PERSONAL SERVICE
Honors the outstanding use of print journalism to serve the readers’ needs and aspirations

5280; Men’s Health; New York; Parents; Wired

LEISURE INTERESTS
Recognizes excellence in service journalism focusing on recreational activities and special interests

Esquire; Field & Stream; New York; Texas Monthly (2)

PUBLIC INTEREST
Recognizes magazine journalism that illuminates issues of public importance

The Boston Review; National Geographic; The New Yorker; San Francisco; Technology Review

REPORTING
Honors the enterprise, skill and analysis that a magazine exhibits in covering an event or problem of contemporary interest and significance

The Boston Globe Magazine; The New York Times Magazine; The New Yorker (2); Vanity Fair

FEATURING WRITING
Honors the stylishness and originality with which the writer treats her or his subject

Esquire; The New York Times Magazine; Texas Monthly; Vanity Fair; Wired

PROFILE WRITING
Honors the vividness and perceptiveness with which the writer brings his or her subject to life

Esquire; New York; The New Yorker; Vanity Fair (2)

ESSAYS
Recognizes the writer’s eloquence, perspective, fresh thinking and unique voice

National Geographic; The New York Times Magazine (2); Orion; Sports Illustrated

COLUMNS AND COMMENTARY
Recognizes excellence in short-form social, economic and political commentary, including humor

The Atlantic; The Economist; Newsweek; Popular Science; Travel + Leisure

REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
Honors the knowledge, persuasiveness and original voice that the critic brings to her or his reviews

GQ; Harper’s Magazine; Los Angeles; The New Yorker; Paste

FICTION
Recognizes excellence in fiction published in magazines

The Antioch Review; McSweeney’s Quarterly; The New Yorker (2); Virginia Quarterly Review

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
Honors publications that successfully use both print and digital media in fulfilling the editorial mission of the magazine

The Atlantic; Fast Company; Glamour; Men’s Health; New York

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME 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 and preserve editorial independence. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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