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Andrew Solomon’s “The Reckoning” Finalist for National Magazine Award

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The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today announced the National Magazine Awards 2015 finalists. Sixty-six publications were nominated in 24 categories this year. Notable finalists in Feature Writing include “The Reckoning,” by Andrew Solomon (“The New Yorker”). Known as the Ellies — for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each award winner — the National Magazine Awards will be presented on Monday, February 2, at the New York Marriott Marquis. The awards dinner will also include the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to the TIME photojournalist James Nachtwey.

National Magazine Awards 2015 Finalists

General Excellence

General Interest Magazines
Honors magazines covering politics, business, technology, sports and entertainment
GQ; The New York Times Magazine; The New Yorker, Politico; Wired

Service and Lifestyle Magazines
Honors magazines covering family, the home, food, fashion and relationships
Cosmopolitan; Glamour; Martha Stewart Living; Parents; Sunset

Style and Design Magazines
Honors magazines covering fashion, decorating, dining, entertaining and travel
Bon Appétit; Garden & Gun; Harper’s Bazaar; T, The New York Times Style Magazine; Vogue

Active Interest Magazines
Honors magazines covering health and fitness, active sports, outdoor recreation and cars and boats
Men’s Health; Outside; Popular Mechanics; Runner’s World; Women’s Health

Special Interest Magazines
Honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities
Harvard Business Review; The Hollywood Reporter; Inc.; Mental Floss; Texas Monthly

Literature, Science and Politics Magazines
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts
The American Scholar; Foreign Affairs; Mother Jones; Nautilus; Virginia Quarterly Review

Honors overall excellence in print magazine design
Bon Appétit; The California Sunday Magazine; Harper’s Bazaar; New York; Wired

Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography
Bon Appétit; GQ; Harper’s Bazaar; Kinfolk; National Geographic

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

• Audubon for “Special Issue: Birds and Climate Change,” September/October
• Bloomberg Businessweek for “85th Anniversary Issue,” December 8
• Bon Appétit for “The Thanksgiving Issue,” November
• New York for “Health: A Special Issue,” June 9-15
• San Francisco for “The Oakland Issue,” June

Magazine Section
Honors front- or back-of-the-book departments or sections regularly published in print

• Bloomberg Businessweek for “ETC”
• Inc. for “Made”
• New York for “The Culture Pages”
• New York for “Strategist”
• Popular Mechanics for “How Your World Works”

Honors magazine websites and online-only magazines
The Atlantic; Nautilus; New York; Politico; Refinery29

Tablet Magazine
Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers
Bon Appétit; Garden & Gun; National Geographic; New York; Sunset

Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media

• The Atavist for “Love for My Enemies,” by Lukas Augustin and Niklas Schenck, June, at
• Consumer Reports for “A Beautiful Death,” in December print edition and at
• Powder for “The Human Factor,” by David Page, December 9, at
• Slate for “The Year of Outrage,” December 17, at
• The Texas Observer in Partnership With The Guardian for “Beyond the Border,” by Melissa del Bosque, August 6, at

Honors the outstanding use of video by magazine websites and digital-only magazines

• The Atlantic for “The Contract Buyers League,” and “The Guardian of North Lawndale,” May 21
• Grantland for “The Finish Line,” Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3, directed by Jonathan Hock, February 13, February 28, and March 13
• Rolling Stone for “Rick Was Here,” October 16
• TIME for “Rise,” directed by Shaul Schwarz, March 6
• Vice for “The Islamic State,” by Medyan Dairieh, August 15

Public Interest
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

• The Atlantic for “Segregation Now . . .,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, May
• Matter for “You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now?” by Luke Malone, August 10
• National Journal for “Jackie’s Goodbye,” by Tiffany Stanley, October 4
• Pacific Standard for “Women Aren’t Welcome Here,” by Amanda Hess, January/February
• Slate for “The Campus Rape Overcorrection,” by Emily Yoffe, December 7

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

• Cosmopolitan for “The Cosmo Icky-pedia of STIs,” by Kelly Mickle, November
• Men’s Journal for “When to Say No to Your Doctor,” by Joseph Hooper, October
• New York for “Your Grandmother’s Guide to Pot,” by Allison P. Davis, Armen Enikolopov, Matthew Giles, Clint Rainey, Alexa Tsoulis-Reay, Mary Jane Weedman and Alex Yablon, December 1-14
• O, The Oprah Magazine for “Ready or Not: What It’s Like to Care for Aging Parents,” November
• Real Simple for “Real Simple’s Easy, Clever, Commonsense, Time-Saving, Game-Changing Guide to Help You Take Control of the Laundry (Finally)!” by Nicole Sforza, August

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

• Backpacker for “The Complete Guide to Fire,” edited by Casey Lyons, October
• Bon Appétit for “Inside the (Very Active) Mind of Bobby Flay,” by Adam Rapoport, March
• Outdoor Life for “Do It All: 51 Essential Skills, Inspired Project, and Clever Hacks to Improve Your Outdoor Life,” April
• Runner’s World for “What Will It Take to Run a 2-Hour Marathon?” by Alex Hutchinson, October 13
• Sunset for “25 All-Time Favorite Test Kitchen Recipes,” January

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

• The Atavist for “The Trials of White Boy Rick,” by Evan Hughes, September
• Chicago for “The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates: Dead Wrong,” May, and “The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates: Getting Washed,” June, by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson
• ESPN The Magazine for “No One Walks Off the Island,” by Scott Eden, May 12
• GQ for “Inside the Iron Closet,” by Jeff Sharlet, February
• The New Republic for “How Close They Came,” by Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon, August 4
• The New Yorker for “The Hunt for El Chapo,” by Patrick Radden Keefe, May 5
• Virginia Quarterly Review for “The Ghosts of Rana Plaza,” by Jason Motlagh, Spring

Feature Writing
Honors original, stylish storytelling

• The Atavist for “Love and Ruin,” by James Verini, February
• GQ for “The Strange and Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit,” by Michael Finkel, September
• Grantland for “The Sea of Crises,” by Brian Phillips, November 5
• The New York Times Magazine for “The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie,” by John Jeremiah Sullivan, April 13
• The New Yorker for “The Reckoning,” by Andrew Solomon, March 17
• T, The New York Times Magazine for “Lost Knowledge,” by Jody Rosen, December 7
• Texas Monthly for “The Witness,” by Pamela Colloff, September

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

• Bloomberg Businessweek for “Border Lines,” photographs by Kirsten Luce, December 1
• Harper’s Magazine for “Dark Heights,” photographs by Benjamin Lowy, May
• Matter for “Whoever Saves a Life,” by Matthieu Aikins, photographs by Sebastiano Tomada, September 14
• New York for “Magic Show,” photographs by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, February 17-24
• TIME for “Crime Without Punishment,” photographs by Jerome Sessini, August

Essays and Criticism
Honors interpretative and critical journalism

• The Atlantic for “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, June
• The Georgia Review for “The One I Get and Other Artifacts,” by Carol Ann Davis, Winter
• The New Yorker for “This Old Man,” by Roger Angell, February 17 and 24
• Vanity Fair for “Shame and Survival,” by Monica Lewinsky, June
• Virginia Quarterly Review for “Smuggler: A Memoir of Gay Male Literature,” by Philip Kennicott, Fall

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

• Grantland for three columns by Wesley Morris: “Let’s Be Real,” August 15; “After Normal,” February 21; and “If U Seek Amy,” October 3
• The New Republic for five posts by Rebecca Traister: “When Michael Dunn Compared Himself to a Rape Victim, He Was Following an Old, Racist Script,” October 23; “I Don’t Care If You Like It,” July 16; “I Sort of Hope We Find Out That Jill Abramson Was Robbing the Cash Register,” May 15; “Jill Abramson’s Firing Was About Gender. And Also Not About Gender,” May 22; and “The Slenderman Stabbing Shows Girls Will Be Girls, Too,” June 4
• New York for three columns by Jerry Saltz: “Zombies on the Walls: Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same?,” June 16-29; “Taking in Jeff Koons, Creator and Destroyer of Worlds,” June 30-July 13; and “Post-Macho God: Matisse’s Cut-Outs Are World-Historically Gorgeous,” October 8
• The Oxford American for three columns by Chris Offutt: “Chicken Eggs,” Spring; “Bourbon and Cheese,” Summer; and “CIA Cake and Jeff Davis Pie,” Fall
• Texas Monthly for three columns by Stephen Harrigan: “Dreaming in the Dark,” February; “Before the McConaissance,” April; and “A Double Date With Leatherface,” July

Honors fiction originally published in magazines

• The Antioch Review for “Afternoon in Byzantium,” by Rick DeMarinis, Summer
• The New Yorker for “The Emerald Light in the Air,” by Donald Antrim, February 3
• The New Yorker for “Scheherazade,” by Haruki Murakami, October 13
• The Paris Review for “Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets,” by Zadie Smith, Spring
• Virginia Quarterly Review for “Serve-and-Volley, Near Vichy,” by Greg Jackson, Fall

Magazine of the Year
Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and for magazine-branded content and services, including conferences and events
Better Homes and Gardens; Cosmopolitan; The Hollywood Reporter; New York; Vogue

All publication dates 2014 unless otherwise indicated