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Winners and Finalists


General Excellence

News, Sports and Entertainment
Honors publications covering politics, business and technology as well as pop culture and leisure interests

Winner: New York

Finalists: Esquire; Fast Company; GQ; The New York Times Magazine; The New Yorker; Newsweek

Service and Lifestyle

Honors publications covering health and fitness as well as fashion, design, food and travel

Winner: Lucky Peach

Finalists: Bon Appétit; Golf Digest; Harper’s Bazaar; Parents; Seventeen; T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Special Interest
Honors publications serving highly defined reader communities, including city and regional magazines

Winner: The Hollywood Reporter

Finalists: Backpacker; Car and Driver; Modern Farmer; San Francisco; Smithsonian; Tablet Magazine

Literature, Science and Politics
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts

Winner: Oxford American

Finalists: Aperture; Foreign Affairs; Nautilus; Poetry; Virginia Quarterly Review

Honors overall excellence in print magazine design

Winner: Wired

Finalists: Bon Appétit; GQ; New York; The Pitchfork Review

Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography

Winner: The California Sunday Magazine

Finalists: National Geographic; New York; Vanity Fair; WSJ.

Single-Topic Issue
Honors print magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject

Winner: Bloomberg Businessweek for “Code: An Essay,” June 15-28

Finalists: National Geographic for “The Climate Issue,” November; The New York Times Magazine for “Walking New York,” April 26; San Francisco for “The Chinese-American City,” April; Vice for “The Prison Issue,” October

Honors magazine websites and online-only magazines

Winner: New York

Finalists: AudubonBloomberg BusinessweekRefinery29Vogue

Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media

Winner: New York for “This Is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn,” at and November 16-22 print issue

Finalists: BBC News Magazine (US) for “The Hurricane Station,” by Rajini Vaidyanathan, August 24 at; The New York Times Magazine for “Desperate Crossing,” photography and video by Paolo Pellegrin, text by Scott Anderson, at and September 6 print issue; Runner’s World for “40 Million Steps Around the World,” written by Rachel Swaby, edited by Christine Fennessy, produced by Robert Reese and Dan Fuehrer, at and April print issue; Slate for “The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes,” by Andrew Kahn and Jamelle Bouie, June 25 at

Honors the outstanding use of video by magazine media

Winner: Vice News for “Selfie Soldiers: Russia’s Army Checks In to Ukraine,” June 16 at

Finalists: GQ for “Inside the Atlanta Strip Club That Runs Hip Hop,” by Lauren Greenfield, July 10 at; The New York Times Magazine for “Walking New York,” by JR, Chris Milk and Zach Richter, April 23 at; Pitchfork for “Vince Staples—Over/Under,” July 1, “T-Pain—Over/Under,” September 29, and “Rick Ross—Over/Under,” December 11, at; Vice for “Red Right Hand: The Cleveland Strangler,” November 3 at

Public Interest
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

Winner: BuzzFeed News for “The New American Slavery,” July 24, and “All You Americans Are Fired,” December 1, by Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Jeremy Singer-Vine, at

Finalists: Cosmopolitan for “Pregnant? Scared? Need Options? Too Bad,” August print issue, “Save the Mother, Save the Baby,” April 6 at, and “I Felt Set Up,” December 17 at, by Meaghan Winter; The Huffington Post for “Dying to Be Free,” by Jason Cherkis, January 28 at; The Huffington Post Highline for “Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia,” by Mariah Blake,  August 27 at; The Intercept for “DuPont and the Chemistry of Deception,” August 11, “The Case Against DuPont,” August 17, and “How DuPont Slipped Past the EPA,” August 20, by Sharon Lerner at

Personal Service
Honors magazine journalism that serves readers’ needs and aspirations

Winner: FamilyFun for “The Happy Family Playbook,” by Jennifer King Lindley, May

Finalists: Cooking Light for “The Healthy Cook’s Guide to Fat,” by Sidney Fry, MS, RD, and Robin Bashinsky, November; Cosmopolitan for “Surf the New Wave: Cosmo’s Guide to the Modern Period,” by Laura Beil and Anna Maltby, November; Popular Mechanics for “How to Buy a Car,” July/August; Wired for “All Work and All Play,” with Rashida Jones, July

Leisure Interests
Honors magazine journalism that provides practical information about recreational activities and special interests

Winner: Eater for “The Eater Guide to Surviving Disney World,” August 26 at

Finalists: Bon Appétit for “Cook Like a Pro,” April; GQ for “What’s Blowing Up,” April; Los Angeles for “Taco City,” July, and “Taco Week,” July 20, by Lesley Bargar Suter with Bill Esparza at; Sunset for “Welcome to Camp Sunset,” May

Magazine Section
Honors the editorial direction of print or digital departments or sections

Winner: New York for “The Culture Pages”

Finalists: Backpacker for “The Play List”; Bon Appétit for “BA Kitchen”; GQ for “Manual”; Popular Mechanics for “How Your World Works”

Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles

Winner: Matter for “My Nurses Are Dead, and I Don’t Know If I’m Already Infected,” by Joshua Hammer, January 12 at

Finalists: The Atlantic for “Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?” by Jeffrey Goldberg, April; Matter for “Ghost Boat,” by Eric Reidy, October 6 at; Mother Jones for “The Fever [How the Government Put Tens of Thousands of People at Risk of a Deadly Disease],” by David Ferry, January/February; The New York Times Magazine for “Purgatory [The Deported],” by Luke Mogelson, December 13; The New Yorker for “Where the Bodies Are Buried,” by Patrick Radden Keefe, March 16; Rolling Stone for “Yemen’s Hidden War,” by Matthieu Aikins, August 13

Feature Writing
Honors original, stylish storytelling

Winner: The New Yorker for “The Really Big One,” by Kathryn Schulz, July 20

Finalists: Bicycling for “Spun,” by Steve Friedman, June; Chicago for “Here We Are,” by Scott Blackwood, November; ESPN The Magazine for “The Education of Alex Rodriguez,” by J.R. Moehringer, March 2; The Marshall Project and ProPublica for “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller, December 16 at and; New York for “The Hustlers at Scores,” by Jessica Pressler, December 28, 2015-January 10, 2016; The New York Times Magazine for “The Strange Case of Anna Stubblefield,” by Daniel Engber, October 25

Feature Photography
Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio

Winner: Politico for “Front Row at the Political Theater,” photographs by Mark Peterson, November/December

Finalists: The California Sunday Magazine for “In the Tenderloin,” photographs by Pieter Hugo, May 3; New York for “The Seven Ages of Woman,” portfolio by Rachel Feinstein, August 10-23; Vanity Fair for “He Says Goodbye, She Says Hello,” by Buzz Bissinger, photographs by Annie Leibovitz, July; W for “Best Performances,” by Lynn Hirschberg, photographs by Tim Walker, February

Essays and Criticism
Honors interpretative and critical journalism

Winner: Esquire for “The Friend,” by Matthew Teague, May

Finalists: Condé Nast Traveler for “Postcard From East Africa,” by Jonathan Franzen, September; GQ for “The Accident,” by Michael Paterniti, March; Matter for “Everything Is Yours, Everything Is Not Yours,” by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil, June 29 at; Poetry for “How It Feels,” by Jenny Zhang, July/August

Columns and Commentary
Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism

Winner: The Intercept for three “The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Prison” columns by Barrett Brown: “A Visit to the Sweat Lodge,” July 16, “Santa Muerte, Full of Grace,” August 24, and “Stop Sending Me Jonathan Franzen Novels,” October 6

Finalists: ESPN The Magazine for three “The Truth” columns by Howard Bryant: “Down for the Count,” July 20, “The King Has Spoken,” September 14, and “The Power of Sight,” October 12; Harper’s Magazine for three “Easy Chair” columns by Rebecca Solnit: “Abolish High School,” April, “In the Shadow of the Storm,” August, and “The Mother of All Questions,” October; The New York Times Magazine for three “On Photography” columns by Teju Cole: “A True Picture of Black Skin,” February 22, “Shadows in São Paulo,” August 23, and “The Shadow Remains,” October 18; Poetry for three “Poetry Magazine Podcasts”: “Cast Poems in the River and Tell Them You Remember,” April 1, “Cranberry Cranberry Cranberry,” July 1, and “Things No Longer There,” September 1

Honors fiction originally published in magazines

Winner: Zoetrope: All-Story for “The Grozny Tourist Bureau,” by Anthony Marra, Fall

Finalist: Harper’s Magazine for “Interesting Facts,” by Adam Johnson, June; The New Yorker for “Who Will Greet You at Home,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah, October 26

Magazine of the Year
Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and for the success of branded content and services, including conferences and events

Winner: The Atlantic

Finalists: The Hollywood Reporter; National Geographic; New York; The New Yorker

All publication dates 2015 unless otherwise indicated