American Society of Magazine Editors

16 Personal Service

This category honors magazine journalism that serves readers’ needs and aspirations by providing practical information about topics such as health care, personal relationships, parenting, career planning and personal finance. Judges will evaluate entries based on the strength and consistency of the reporting, writing, illustrations and photography and on the value and usefulness of the content. Special weight will be given to the quality of the magazine making, especially the use of graphics to provide instruction and advice. An entry consists of one article; no more than three thematically linked articles published together or separately; or a clearly branded editorial package. Entries may include but not consist exclusively of multimedia and videos. Articles published in a single-topic issue may be entered, but an entire single-topic issue is not eligible.

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.