The consumer magazine industry is abuzz today with the release of the finalists for ASME’s 2013 National Magazine Awards, also known as the Ellies.
Many of the usual suspects have topped the list as finalists. There are 62 publications nominated in 23 categories this year, with 26 magazines receiving multiple nominations. National Geographic leads the pack with seven nominations; Condé Nast’s Bon Appétit has nabbed six, as did New York magazine. GQ and The New Yorker each received five nominations, and Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones and Texas Monthly all received four nods each.
See Also: 2012 National Magazine Award Winners
Finalists in the Magazine of the Year category, which honors excellence in both print and digital platforms, will be announced on April 8. The Society’s gala announcing the winners will be held May 2 and will also include the presentation of the Creative Excellence Award to graphic designers Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard.
Other 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.
Last year, ASME was slammed by critics from across the industry for the lack of female representation in reporting and writing categories. According to Mother Jones, women were completely left out of four categories in 2012 and only nominated for seven of the available 25 spots. In 2013, however, female reporters and writers have been nominated for 17 of the available 34 spots, and women are nominees in every category.