Fashion Magazines, Female Writers Passed Over For ASME Awards

The American Society of Magazine Editors has announced its finalists for this year’s National Magazine Awards, and the results are not entirely surprising.

A full list of nominees is below, but we have some easily digestible stats for you. Condé Nast leads magazine publishers with 24 nominations, Hearst comes in second with 10, and Time scored seven. Perennial ASME favorites New York and The New Yorker are the most decorated titles with six noms each, while GQ received five and Wired got four. Country Living, The Fader, and Vice all received their first-ever nominations.

How did fashion magazines fair? Not too well, as per usual. Vogue and W each snagged two nominations, as did Glamour. Far more notable is the fact that none of the 25 nominees in the Reporting, Feature Writing, Profile Writing, Essays/Criticism, and Columns/Commentary writing categories were women. While four out of the five nominations in the other major non-fiction writing category (Public Interest) went to women, it’s unsettling to see such a lack of female writers being recognized for their work.

You’ll also notice that there is a specific Women’s Magazines category for the General Excellence awards, while there is no men’s category. Instead, men’s magazines like GQ compete in the General Interest category. Over at Think Progress, Alyssa Rosenberg wondered if “the division in General Excellence creates an incentive for women’s magazines to genuinely specialize their coverage across the board, while men’s magazines have incentives to commission features and criticism that compete with publications like the New Yorker and The Atlantic.” That’s certainly some food for thought, huh?

Check out the finalists below:


General-Interest Magazines (honors large-circulation weeklies, biweeklies and general-interest monthlies): Bloomberg Businessweek; GQ; New York; The New Yorker; Vice

Women’s Magazines (honors women’s magazines, including health and fitness magazines and family-centric publications): Glamour; More; O, The Oprah Magazine; Real Simple; W

Lifestyle Magazines (honors food, travel and shelter magazines as well as city and regional publications): Bon Appetit; Country Living; Garden & Gun; House Beautiful; Texas Monthly

Active- and Special-Interest Magazines (honors magazines serving targeted audiences, including enthusiast titles): The Fader; Field & Stream; Inc.; Men’s Health; Popular Mechanics

Thought-Leader Magazines (honors literary, scholarly and professional publications as well as small-circulation general-interest magazines): The American Scholar; Aperture; IEEE Spectrum; The New Republic; Virginia Quarterly Review

Bloomberg Businessweek; GQ; Interview; New York; Wired

GQ; Interview; National Geographic; Virginia Quarterly Review; Vogue

Harper’s Magazine for “Juvenile Injustice,” October
Harper’s Magazine for “Uncertain Exodus,” July
National Geographic for “Too Young to Wed,” June
The New York Times Magazine for “From Zero to 104,” September 4
TIME for “Birds of Hope,” January 17

National Geographic for “Taming the Wild,” March
The New York Times Magazine for “Touch of Evil,” December 11
TIME for “Portraits of Resilience,” September 19
Vogue for “Lady Be Good,” March
W for “Planet Tilda,” August

Bloomberg Businessweek for “Steve Jobs,” October 10-16
ESPN The Magazine for “NFL Preview: The Vick Issue,” September 5
Garden & Gun for “Southern Food,” October/November
New York for “The Encyclopedia of 9/11,” September 5-12
Wired for “Underworld,” February

Bicycling for “Know/How”
Esquire for “Man at His Best”
New York for “Strategist”
Real Simple for “Food”
Wired for “Start”

Glamour for “The Secret That Kills Four Women a Day,” June
Good Housekeeping for “Fractured,” July
Real Simple for “Your Holiday-Spending Survival Guide,” November
Redbook for “Would You Get a ‘Mommy Tuck’?” April
San Francisco for “The New School of Fish,” February

New York for “The Urbanist’s Guide To . . . ,” April 25
Outdoor Life for “Sniper School,” March
Saveur for “Italian American,” December
Texas Monthly for “Home Plates,” April
Wired for “The Wired Travel Optimizer,” October

5280 Magazine for “Direct Fail,” December
Harper’s Magazine for “Tiny Little Laws,” February
Marie Claire for “The Big Business of Breast Cancer,” October
Men’s Health for “The Signature Wound,” November
The New Yorker for “The Invisible Army,” June 6

The Atlantic for “Our Man in Kandahar,” November
Los Angeles for “What Happened to Mitrice Richardson?” September
The New Yorker for “The Apostate,” February 14 & 21
The New Yorker for “Getting bin Laden,” August 8
Vanity Fair for “Echoes From a Distant Battlefield,” December

Esquire for “Heavenly Father!” October
GQ for “The Man Who Sailed His House,” October
The New York Times Magazine for “You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey!” June 12
The New Yorker for “A Murder Foretold,” April 4
Rolling Stone for “Arms and the Dudes,” March 31

D Magazine for “He Is Anonymous,” April
ESPN The Magazine for “Game of Her Life,” January 10
Men’s Journal for “The Blind Man Who Taught Himself to See,” March
Rolling Stone for “Santiago’s Brain,” December 8
Sports Illustrated for “Dewayne Dedmon’s Leap of Faith,” November 14

Esquire for “The Loading Dock Manifesto,” May
GQ for “Too Much Information,” May iPad Edition
New York for “Paper Tigers,” May 16
The New Yorker for “The Aquarium,” June 13 & 20
Slate for “The Stutterer: How He Makes His Voice Heard,” February 22

The Atlantic for columns by James Parker
Field & Stream for columns by Bill Heavey
Los Angeles for reviews by Steve Erickson
TIME for columns by Joel Stein
Vanity Fair for columns by Christopher Hitchens

The Atlantic for “Scars,” Summer 2011
McSweeney’s Quarterly for “Ambition,” April
McSweeney’s Quarterly for “The Northeast Kingdom,” August
Virginia Quarterly Review for “La Moretta,” Fall
Zoetrope: All-Story for “The Hox River Window,” Fall

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