The Association of Magazine Media


January 5, 2016


Top 50 covers posted at for Readers’ Choice voting

New York, NY (January 5, 2016)—The American Society of Magazine Editors today announced the finalists in the 10th-anniversary ASME Best Cover Contest. Chosen by top editors, art directors and photo editors, the top 50 covers are now posted online. From today until January 26, media consumers can vote for their favorite finalists at

The winners of the ASME Best Cover Contest will be announced at the American Magazine Media Conference on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. The premier event for industry leaders, AMMC is presented by MPA—The Association of Magazine Media with ASME. The National Magazine Awards, also sponsored by ASME, will be announced the night before, at the Ellie Awards Annual Dinner.

Thirty-eight magazines are finalists in at least one of the 10 Best Cover Contest categories this year. New York and The New Yorker both have four covers in the top 50. AFAR, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN The Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times Magazine and Wired each have two finalists.

Covers of the following magazines are also finalists: Audubon, Bon Appétit, The California Sunday Magazine, The Chronicle Review, Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, Garden & Gun, Glamour, GQ, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Nautilus, Newsweek, Oklahoma Today, Parents, PC Magazine, People, Real Simple, Redbook, Rolling Stone, Saveur, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated, Surface, TIME, Vanity Fair, W and WSJ.  

Among the finalists are some of the most talked-about covers of 2015, including Vanity Fair’s Caitlyn Jenner, New York’s “Cosby: The Women”  and GQ’s Amy Schumer as Princess Leia. Other notable finalists include ESPN The Magazine’s Body issue; Glamour’s 25th-anniversary Women of the Year issue with Reese Witherspoon on the cover; and Sport Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year: Serena Williams” issue. Williams is the only person to appear on two of the top 50 covers: She also appears on the cover of the August 10-23 New York, nominated in the Best Fashion and Beauty Covers category.  

“Whether you’re a reader of Garden & Gun or PC Magazine, Redbook or Men’s Health, TIME or Oklahoma Today, what these covers show is, there’s nothing like a magazine to keep you informed and entertained,”  said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME. “We’re especially delighted to be working this year with Texture to promote the value—and fun—of magazines to media consumers.”

“What Spotify did for music, and Netflix did for video, Texture does for magazines,” said Maggie Murphy, Editorial Director at Texture. “No remembering to pick up the issue at newsstands on Friday. No need for your writer to put a shorter, more SEO-friendly version on your website—minus the exquisite design.

“Texture is honored to be a partner in presenting the best covers of 2015 on our game-changing platform,” Murphy added. “Congratulations to all the nominees.” 

Covers entered in the ASME Best Cover Contest compete for two sets of awards: the Best Covers Awards and the Readers’ Choice Awards. ASME members vote for the Best Cover Awards, including the ASME Cover of the Year. Media consumers  choose the winners of the Readers’ Choice Awards, including the ASME Most Liked Cover, by voting at

Is one of your favorites missing? A gallery of the more than 300 covers entered in the ASME Best Cover Contest is now posted on


ASME Best Cover Contest 2016 Finalists

Best News and Politics Covers

  • Esquire, “Women & Men With Nick Offerman & Chelsea Handler,” April
  • New York, “Cosby: The Women,” July 27-August 9
  • The New Yorker, “Solidarité,” January 19
  • The New Yorker, “Nine,” June 29
  • TIME, “America,  1968 2015,” May 11

Best Celebrity and Entertainment Covers

  • GQ, “Our Tastiest Comedy Issue Yet! Starring Amy Schumer,” August
  • The Hollywood Reporter, “The Reign of Kevin Hart,” January 23
  • The New York Times Magazine, “The Culture Issue [Nicki Minaj],” October 11
  • Rolling Stone, “Adele: A Private Life,” November 19
  • Vanity Fair, “Call Me Caitlyn,” July

Best Business and Technology Covers

  • Bloomberg Businessweek, “The Aging of Abercrombie & Fitch,” January 26-February 1
  • The California Sunday Magazine, “Death,” April 5
  • The New Yorker, “The Mouse of Wall Street,” September 7
  • Newsweek, “What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women,” February 6
  • PC Magazine, “3D Printers,” Digital Edition, November 2015

Best Women’s-Lifestyle Covers

  • Glamour, “Women of the Year [Reese Witherspoon],” December
  • Parents, “Girl Power! Raise a Confident Daughter,” November
  • People, “The World’s First Size 22 Supermodel! [Tess Holliday],” June 1
  • Redbook, “Real Women, Real Style Tips,” September
  • Southern Living, “The Soul of Summer,” July

Best Sports and Fitness Covers

  • ESPN The Magazine, “Body 2015: Chantae McMillan,” July 20
  • ESPN The Magazine, “James Harden: ‘When Was the Last Time You’ve Seen Anything Normal From Me?’” October 26
  • Men’s Fitness, “Game Changer: Miles Teller,” October
  • Men’s Health, “The Reader Issue,” November
  • Sports Illustrated, “Sportsperson of the Year: Serena Williams,” December 21 

Best Fashion and Beauty Covers

  • Harper’s Bazaar, “Rihanna: Killer Fashion,” March
  • Harper’s Bazaar, “Kendall Jenner Transformed,”  May
  • New York, “Serena’s Sweep,” August 10-23
  • W, “Gigi Hadid: The World’s Most Connected Supermodel,” September
  • WSJ., “Rocket Woman: Karlie Kloss Suits Up for SpaceX,” December 2015-January 2016

Best Travel and Adventure Covers

  • AFAR, “Will Travel for Food,” May
  • AFAR, “The Future of Travel,” June-July
  • Conde Nast Traveler, November 2015
  • The New York Times Magazine, “The Voyages Issue,” September 27
  • Oklahoma Today, “The Indians & Cowboys Issue,” July-August

Best Style and Design Covers

  • Audubon, “Parakeet,” July-August
  • Nautilus, “Playing War: Games, Not Missiles,” September-October
  • Real Simple, “More Energy Now,” February
  • Surface, “Tadao Ando,” February
  • Wired, “Cities by Design MMXVI,” October

Most Delicious Covers

  • Bon Appétit, “The Toast With the Most,” January
  • Garden & Gun, “The Southern Food Issue,” August-September
  • Los Angeles Magazine, “L.A.’s Best New Restaurants,” January
  • New York, “Cook Me. A Home Chef’s Resource Book,” November 9-15
  • Saveur, “The Saveur 100,” January-February

Brainiest Covers

  • Bloomberg Businessweek, “If You Can’t Read That, You’d Better Read This, “ June 15-June 28
  •  The Chronicle Review, “The Isolated Black Professor,” January 30
  • New York, “Times Square: The City’s Id, Now and Always,” October 5-18
  • The New Yorker, “90th Anniversary [Eustace Tilley],” February 23 and March 2
  • Wired, “Sex in the Digital Age,” March

All publication dates 2015 unless otherwise indicated

About ASME

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 on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the Ellie Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

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