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National Magazine Awards
Awarded for Excellence in the magazine industry
Sponsor Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Date Annual
Country United States
Presented by American Society of Magazine Editors
First awarded 1966
Official website

The National Magazine Awards are a series of American awards that honor excellence in the magazine industry. They are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors and administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, New York. The awards have been presented annually since 1966.[1]

They are generally considered the highest award in the magazine industry; in the magazine world, they are roughly equivalent to the Pulitzer Prizes (which are far more widely known in the popular culture, but do not include a magazine category).[2][3]

Recipients of awards are selected in a two-step procedure: First, entries are reviewed by a judging panel, which recommends a group of finalists; then, a second panel of judges chooses one winner in each category. Categories include:

  • General Excellence
  • Personal Service
  • Leisure Interests
  • Reporting
  • Public Interest
  • Feature Writing
  • Profile Writing
  • Essays
  • Columns and Commentary
  • Reviews and Criticism
  • Magazine Section
  • Single-Topic Issue
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Photo Portfolio
  • Fiction
  • General Excellence Online
  • Personal Service Online
  • Interactive Feature

Winners in each of the categories are awarded an "Ellie", a copper-colored stabile sculpture by Alexander Calder, resembling an elephant, which is manufactured by New York firm Society Awards. The National Magazine Awards web site has a searchable database of all the winners and top-five finalists.

Current Categories[edit]

General Excellence[edit]

Honors print and digital magazines in six categories based on content and audience. Includes General Excellence Online (2001-2009) and General Excellence, Digital Media (2010-2013).

Businessweek received the first ever award in 1973. No award was given from 1974 to 1980. When General Excellence returned as a category in 1981, it was given to four magazines per year until 1998, when five magazines received General Excellence awards. Six magazines received awards in 2002.From 2003 to 2010, the award went to seven different magazines and in 2011, to eight. Since 2012, the award has gone to six magazines.

Year Magazine
1973 Businessweek
1981 Glamour, Businessweek, Audubon, ARTnews
1982 Science 81, Rocky Mountain, Newsweek, Camera Arts
1983 Science 82, Louisiana Life, LIFE, Harper's Magazine
1984 Outside, National Geographic, House & Garden, The American Lawyer
1985 Manhattan, Inc., American Heritage, American Health, TIME
1986 New England Monthly, Money, Discover, 3-2-1 Contact
1987 People, New England Monthly, Elle, Common Cause
1988 The Science, Parents, Hippocrates, Fortune
1989 Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, The Sciences, American Heritage
1990 Metropolitan Home, 7 Days, Texas Monthly, Sports Illustrated
1991 The New Republic, Interview, Glamour, Condé Nast Traveler
1992 Texas Monthly, The New Republic, National Geographic, Mirabella
1993 Newsweek, Lingua Franca, The Atlantic, American Photo
1994 Health, Businessweek, Wired, Print
1995 The New Yorker, Men’s Journal, I.D., Entertainment Weekly
1996 The Sciences, Civilization, Outside, Businessweek
1997 I.D., Wired, Vanity Fair, Outside, Money
1998 Rolling Stone, Preservation, Outside, DoubleTake, The Sporting News
1999 Vanity Fair, I.D., Fast Company, Condé Nast Traveler, Cigar Aficionado
2000 Saveur, The New Yorker, Nest, National Geographic, Businessweek
2001 Teen People, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, The American Scholar, U.S. News & World Report
2002 Vibe, Print, Newsweek, National Geographic Adventure, Entertainment Weekly, National Geographic
2003 Texas Monthly, Parenting, Foreign Policy, ESPN The Magazine, The Atlantic, Architectural Record, Slate
2004 Popular Science, Newsweek, Gourmet, Aperture, Budget Living, Chicago, CNET News
2005 Wired, The New Yorker, Print, Martha Stewart Weddings, Glamour, Dwell,
2006 The Virginia Quarterly Review, TIME, New York, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, National Geographic
2007 Wired, Rolling Stone, New York, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Beliefnet
2008 Print, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Mother Jones, GQ, Backpacker, Runner’s World
2009 Foreign Policy, Field & Stream, Wired, Texas Monthly, Reader’s Digest, New York, Backpacker
2010 San Francisco, New York, New York(Digital), National Geographic, Mother Jones, GQ, Men’s Health
2011 Women’s Health, Scientific American, Garden & Gun, Poetry, New York, Slate, Epicurious, Los Angeles
2012 Inc., House Beautiful, IEEE Spectrum, O, The Oprah Magazine, New York, Businessweek
2013 The Paris Review, Martha Stewart Living, National Geographic, Vogue, Pitchfork, Outside
2014 New York, Poetry, Inc., Field & Stream, Bon Appetit, Sunset


Previously known as Visual Excellence (1970-1979). Honors overall excellence in print magazine design.

Year Magazine
1970 Look
1971 Vogue
1972 Esquire
1973 Horizon
1974 Newsweek
1975 Country Journal and National Lampoon
1976 Horticulture
1977 Rolling Stone
1978 Architectural Digest
1979 Audubon
1980 GEO
1981 Attenzione
1982 Nautical Quarterly
1983 New York
1984 House & Garden
1985 Forbes
1986 TIME
1987 Elle
1988 Life
1989 Rolling Stone
1990 Esquire
1991 Conde Nast Traveler
1992 Vanity Fair
1993 Harper's Bazaar
1994 Allure
1995 Martha Stewart Living
1996 Wired
1997 I.D. Magazine
1998 Entertainment Weekly
1999 ESPN The Magazine
2000 Fast Company
2001 Nest
2002 Details
2003 Details
2004 Esquire
2005 Kids: Fun Stuff to Do Together
2006 New York
2007 New York
2008 Wired
2009 Wired
2010 Wired
2011 GQ
2012 GQ
2013 TIME
2014 New York


Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography.

Year Magazine
1985 Life
1986 Vogue
1987 National Geographic
1988 Rolling Stone
1989 National Geographic
1990 Texas Monthly
1991 National Geographic
1992 National Geographic
1993 Harper's Bazaar
1994 Martha Stewart Living
1995 Rolling Stone
1996 Saveur
1997 National Geographic
1998 W
1999 Martha Stewart Living
2000 Vanity Fair
2001 National Geographic
2002 Vanity Fair
2003 Condé Nast Traveler
2004 City
2005 Gourmet
2006 W
2007 National Geographic
2008 Gourmet
2009 GQ
2010 Vanity Fair
2011 W
2012 Vogue
2013 National Geographic
2014 Bon Appetit

Feature Photography[edit]

Previously known as Photo Portfolio/Photo Essay (2004-2006) and Photo Portfolio (2007-2010). Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio.

Year Magazine
2004 W
2005 TIME
2006 Rolling Stone
2007 City
2008 Vanity Fair
2009 The New Yorker
2010 The New Yorker
2011 ESPN The Magazine
2012 The New York Times Magazine
2013 W
2014 W

Single-Topic Issue[edit]

Honors magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject. No award was given in 2000 or 2001.

Year Magazine
1979 Progressive Architecture
1980 Scientific American
1981 Businessweek
1982 News Week
1983 IEEE Spectrum
1984 Esquire
1985 American Heritage
1986 IEEE Spectrum
1987 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
1988 Life
1989 Hippocrates
1990 National Geographic
1991 The American Lawyer
1992 Businessweek
1993 Newsweek
1994 Health
1995 Discover
1996 Bon Appétit
1997 Scientific American
1998 The Sciences
1999 The Oxford American
2002 TIME
2003 Scientific American
2004 The Oxford American
2005 Newsweek
2006 TIME
2007 Departures
2008 Virginia Quarterly Review
2009 Saveur
2010 Wired
2011 National Geographic
2012 New York
2013 Saveur
2014 Businessweek

Magazine Section[edit]

Honors a regularly published front- or back-of-the-book department or section.

Year Magazine
2005 Popular Science
2006 Backpacker
2007 New York
2008 Condé Nast Portfolio
2009 Wired
2010 New York
2011 New York
2012 New York
2013 New York
2014 Modern Farmer

Personal Interest[edit]

Previously known as Service to the Individual (1974—1985). Honors the use of print to serve readers’ needs and aspirations. No award was given in 1981.

Year Magazine
1974 Sports Illustrated
1975 Esquire
1976 Modern Medicine
1977 Harper's Magazine
1978 Newsweek
1979 American Journal of Nursing
1980 Saturday Review
1982 Philadelphia
1983 Sunset
1984 New York
1985 The Washingtonian
1986 Farm Journal
1987 Consumer Reports
1988 Money
1989 Good Housekeeping
1990 Consumer Reports
1991 New York
1992 Creative Classroom
1993 Good Housekeeping
1994 Fortune
1995 SmartMoney
1996 SmartMoney
1997 Glamour
1998 Men's Journal
1999 Good Housekeeping
2000 PC Company (renamed Smart Business for the New Economy)
2001 National Geographic Adventure
2002 National Geographic Adventure
2003 Outside
2004 Men's Health
2005 BabyTalk
2006 Self
2007 Glamour
2008 Popular Mechanics
2009 Esquire
2010 New York
2011 Men's Health
2012 Glamour
2013 Los Angeles
2014 Cosmopolitan

Leisure Interests[edit]

Previously known as Special Interests (1986-2001). Honors the use of print to provide practical information about recreational activities and special interests.

Year Magazine
1986 Popular Mechanics
1987 Sports Afield
1988 Condé Nast Traveler
1989 Condé Nast Traveler
1990 Arts & Antiques
1991 New York
1992 Sports Afield
1993 Philadelphia
1994 Outside
1995 GQ
1996 Saveur
1997 Smithsonian
1998 Entertainment Weekly
1999 PC Computing
2000 I.D.
2001 The New Yorker
2002 Vogue
2003 National Geographic Adventure
2004 Consumer Reports
2005 Sports Illustrated
2006 Golf Magazine
2007 O, The Oprah Magazine
2008 New York
2009 Esquire
2010 New York
2011 Men's Journal
2012 Saveur
2013 Wired
2014 O, The Oprah Magazine


Honors magazine websites and online-only magazines.

Year Magazine
2012 New York
2013 The Atlantic
2014 New York

Tablet Magazine[edit]

Previously known as Mobile Media (2010), Mobile Edition (2011) and Tablet Edition (2012). Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers, including digital-only magazines.

Year Magazine
2010 Epicurious
2011 Esquire
2012 National Geographic
2013 National Geographic
2014 National Geographic


Previously known as Multimedia Feature or Package (2010) and Multimedia Package (2011). Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media.

Year Magazine
2010 New York
2011 Virginia Quarterly Review
2012 Foreign Policy
2013 National Geographic
2014 National Geographic


Honors the outstanding use of video by magazines published on digital platforms.

Year Magazine
2010 Yale Environment 360
2011 The Oxford American
2012 The New York Times Magazine
2013 Mother Jones
2014 Glamour

Public Interest[edit]

Previously known as Public Service (1970-1985). Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance. No award was given in 1973.

Year Magazine
1970 Life
1971 The Nation
1972 Philadelphia
1974 Scientific America
1975 Consumer Reports
1976 Businessweek
1977 Philadelphia
1978 Mother Jones
1979 New West
1980 Texas Monthly
1981 Reader's Digest
1982 The Atlantic
1983 Foreign Affairs
1984 The New Yorker
1985 The Washingtonian
1986 Science 85
1987 Money
1988 The Atlantic
1989 California
1990 Southern Exposure
1991 Family Circle
1992 Glamour
1993 The Family Therapy Networker
1994 Philadelphia
1995 The New Republic
1996 Texas Monthly
1997 Fortune
1998 The Atlantic
1999 TIME
2000 The New Yorker
2001 TIME
2002 The Atlantic
2003 The Atlantic
2004 The New Yorker
2005 The New Yorker
2006 The New Yorker
2007 Vanity Fair
2008 The Nation
2009 Bicycling
2010 The New Yorker
2011 The New Yorker
2012 The New Yorker
2013 Texas Monthly
2014 TIME


Previously known as Reporting Excellence (1970-1980). Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles.

Year Magazine
1970 The New Yorker
1971 The Atlantic
1972 The Atlantic
1973 New York
1974 The New Yorker
1975 The New Yorker
1976 Audubon
1977 Audubon
1978 The New Yorker
1979 Texas Monthly
1980 Mother Jones
1981 National Journal
1982 The Washingtonian
1983 Institutional Investor
1984 Vanity Fair
1985 Texas Monthly
1986 Rolling Stone
1987 Life
1988 Baltimore Magazine (News Reporting)
1989 The New Yorker
1990 The New Yorker
1991 The New Yorker
1992 The New Republic
1993 IEEE Spectrum
1994 The New Yorker
1995 The Atlantic
1996 The New Yorker
1997 Outside
1998 Rolling Stone
1999 Newsweek
2000 Vanity Fair
2001 Esquire
2002 The Atlantic
2003 The New Yorker
2004 Rolling Stone
2005 The New Yorker
2006 Rolling Stone
2007 Esquire
2008 National Geographic
2009 The New York Times Magazine
2010 The New York Times Magazine
2011 Harper's Magazine
2012 The New Yorker
2013 GQ
2014 The New York Times Magazine

Feature Writing[edit]

Honors original, stylish storytelling. Incorporates Profiles as of 2013.

Year Magazine
1988 The Atlantic
1989 Esquire
1990 The Washingtonian
1991 U.S. News & World Report
1992 Sports Illustrated
1993 The New Yorker
1994 Harper's Magazine
1995 GQ
1996 GQ
1997 Sports Illustrated
1998 Harper's Magazine
1999 The American Scholar
2000 Sports Illustrated
2001 Rolling Stone
2002 The Atlantic
2003 Harper's Magazine
2004 The New Yorker
2005 Esquire
2006 The American Scholar
2007 GQ
2008 Atlanta
2009 Esquire
2010 Texas Monthly
2011 Los Angeles
2012 Esquire
2013 Texas Monthly
2014 The New Yorker

Essays and Criticism[edit]

Previously known as Criticism & Belle-Lettres (1977) and Essays (2000-2010). Honors interpretative and critical journalism.

Year Magazine
1977 Mother Jones
1978 Esquire
1979 Life
1980 Natural History
1981 TIME
1982 The Atlantic
1983 The American Lawyer
1984 The New Republic
1985 Boston
1986 The Sciences
1987 Outside
1988 Harper's Magazine
1989 Harper's Magazine
1990 Vanity Fair
1991 The Sciences
1992 The Nation
1993 The American Lawyer
1994 Harper's Magazine
1995 Harper's Magazine
1996 The New Yorker
1997 The New Yorker
1998 The New Yorker
1999 The Atlantic
2000 The Sciences
2001 The New Yorker
2002 The New Yorker
2003 The American Scholar
2004 The New Yorker
2005 National Geographic
2006 Vanity Fair
2007 The Georgia Review
2008 New Letters
2009 Backpacker
2010 National Geographic
2011 The Paris Review
2012 New York
2013 The Atlantic
2014 The New York Times Magazine

Columns and Commentary[edit]

Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism.

Year Magazine
2002 New York
2003 The Nation
2004 New York
2005 National Journal
2006 The New Yorker
2007 Vanity Fair
2008 Rolling Stone
2009 Automobile
2010 Newsweek
2011 Vanity Fair
2012 Vanity Fair
2013 Slate
2014 The New Yorker


Previously known as Fiction & Belle-Lettres (1974-1976). Honors fiction originally published in magazines.

Year Magazine
1970 Redbook
1971 Esquire
1972 Mademoiselle
1973 The Atlantic
1974 The New Yorker
1975 Redbook
1976 Essence
1977 Mother Jones
1978 The New Yorker
1979 The Atlantic
1980 Antaeus
1981 The North American Review
1982 The New Yorker
1983 The North American Review
1984 Seventeen
1985 Playboy
1986 The Georgia Review
1987 Esquire
1988 The Atlantic
1989 The New Yorker
1990 The New Yorker
1991 Esquire
1992 Story
1993 The New Yorker
1994 Harper's Magazine
1995 Story
1996 Harper's Magazine
1997 The New Yorker
1998 The New Yorker
1999 Harper's Magazine
2000 The New Yorker
2001 Zoetrope: All-Story
2002 The New Yorker
2003 The New Yorker
2004 Esquire
2005 The Atlantic
2006 Virginia Quarterly Review
2007 McSweeney's
2008 Harper's Magazine
2009 The New Yorker
2010 McSweeney's
2011 Virginia Quarterly Review
2012 Zoetrope: All-Story
2013 Harper's Magazine
2014 The New Yorker

Magazine of the Year[edit]

Year Magazine
2010 Glamour
2011 National Geographic
2012 TIME
2013 New York
2014 Fast Company

Former Categories[edit]

National Magazine Award[edit]

For the first four years of the National Magazine Awards, only one award was given.


  • Look "for its skillful editing, imagination and editorial integrity, all of which were reflected particularly in its treatment of the racial issue during 1965.”


  • Life "in recognition of skillful, imaginative and constructive editing as reflected particularly in vivid photo reporting of the war in Vietnam, outstanding coverage of the civil rights issue, and effective support for the preservation of great works of art—in keeping with an admirable tradition of public education on cultural subjects.”


  • Newsweek "in recognition of that magazine's development of a new form of editorial analysis and advocacy in its major effort to present America's racial problems. The 'program of action,' published in Newsweek's issue of November 20, 1967, was a 23 page article combining reportage, analysis and opinion under the title 'The Negro in America: What Must Be Done.' The judges considered the project, clearly labeled as a departure from Newsweek’s standard policy, to have been skillfully and responsibly executed. They consider it a useful and important form, when sparingly used, in the news magazine field.”


  • American Machinist Magazine, a McGraw-Hill trade publication, which was recognized for its special issue, “Will John Garth Make It?” The study of U.S. industry’s role in combating unemployment, especially among those that companies might consider unemployable, included Mr. Garth, a 26-year-old high school dropout and parolee.

Certificates of Special Recognition[edit]

Identifying one winner was no doubt a challenge for the judges in the first years of the National Magazine Awards. It was decided from the start that Certificates of Special Recognition as well as commendations would be given.


  • Scientific American “for general excellence in its field and, particularly, for its special issue, drawing on many disciplines, dealing with the broad subject of urbanization”
  • Grade Teacher “for its high quality treatment of important new subjects, conspicuously improved use of illustration and practical service to its readership—all within the limitations of a modest budget”
  • Ebony “for imaginative and forceful treatment of social questions as reflected particularly in its issue on 'The White Problem in America'”


  • Motive “for editorial vitality, for tasteful innovation in design, and for forthright treatment of delicate issues that once would have been taboo in religious-affiliated publications"


  • Esquire “for its editorial creativity and diversity its original typographical and pictorial presentation, and its penetrating reporting of character and social trends as exemplified in its submitted article about Jack Ruby”
  • Life “for its uncompromising and well documented series exposing the scale of organized crime in the United States and for its pursuit of new facets of the subject”
  • Vogue “for visual grace, wit and innovation accompanied by printed content in harmony with its high graphic standard”


Nine titles were commended at the first annual National Magazine Awards. This was the only year such recognition was given.


  • TIME "for the innovation of tis well researched, expertly written and balanced series of ‘TIME Essays.’”
  • The New Yorker “for its skillful editing and for its flair for dramatic innovation as demonstrated by its publication of Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood.’"
  • The American Machinist “for its comprehensive treatment of the balance of payments problem as it affects industry.”
  • Continuum “for its role, as a Roman Catholic magazine of small circulation, in delving into controversy and presenting strong conviction and thorough research in a handsome format.”
  • Motive “for skillful and dramatic presentations of major issues in a small-circulation Protestant magazine.”
  • Vogue “for its effective use of color in editorial pages.”
  • Fortune “for its clear and thoughtful presentations, including its series offering a fresh look at the influence of automation.”
  • TV Guide “for dealing thoughtfully with controversial topics in a setting where others might have settled for fan-appeal trivia.”
  • LIFE “for overall skill in dealing with contemporary civilization, cultural subjects and public affairs.”

Special Award[edit]

Year Magazine
1976 TIME, Bicentennial Issue
1989 Robert E. Kenyon, Jr.

Specialized Journalism[edit]

Year Magazine
1970 Philadelphia
1971 Rolling Stone
1972 Architectural Record
1973 Psychology Today
1974 Texas Monthly
1975 Medical Economics
1976 United Mine Workers Journal
1977 Architectural Record
1978 Scientific American
1979 National Journal
1980 IEEE Spectrum

Profile Writing[edit]

Previously known as Profiles (2000-2001). Honors excellence in profile writing by recognizing the vividness and perceptiveness with which the writer brings his or her subject to life.

Year Magazine
2000 Sports Illustrated
2001 The New Yorker
2002 The New Yorker
2003 Sports Illustrated
2004 Esquire
2005 The New Yorker
2006 Esquire
2007 New York
2008 Vanity Fair
2009 Rolling Stone
2010 Esquire
2011 The New York Times Magazine
2012 D Magazine

Reviews and Criticism[edit]

Honors excellence in criticism of art, books, movies, television, theater, music, dance, food, dining, fashion, products and the like by recognizing the knowledge, persuasiveness and original voice that the critic brings to his or her reviews.

Year Magazine
2000 Esquire
2001 The New Yorker
2002 Harper's Magazine
2003 Vanity Fair
2004 Esquire
2005 The New Yorker
2006 Harper's Magazine
2007 The Nation
2008 The Atlantic
2009 The New Yorker
2010 The New Yorker

News and Documentary Photography[edit]

Previously known as Photojournalism (2007-2010) and News Photography (2011-2012). Honors excellence in the informative photographic documentation of an event or subject in real-time.

Year Magazine
2007 The Paris Review
2008 National Geographic
2009 National Geographic
2010 National Geographic
2011 The New York Times Magazine
2012 Harper's Magazine

Photography, Digital Media[edit]

Honors overall excellence in the design of magazine websites and online-only magazines.

Year Magazine
2010 National Geographic

Design, Digital Media[edit]

Previously known as Best Interactive Design (2001). Honors overall excellence in the design of magazine websites and online-only magazines.

Year Magazine
2001 SmartMoney
2011 The New York Times Magazine
2012 Wired

Reporting, Digital Media[edit]

Previously known as News Reporting (2010-2011). Honors overall excellence in the design of magazine websites and online-only magazines.

Year Magazine
2010 Virginia Quarterly Review
2011 Foreign Policy
2012 Wired

Personal Service, Digital Media[edit]

Previously known as Interactive Service (2007) and Personal Service Online (2008-2008). Honors a site’s effective use of multimedia technology to deliver information that users can act on to improve the quality of their personal lives or enjoy recreational pursuits.

Year Magazine
2007 Businessweek
2008 Businessweek
2009 Backpacker

Commentary, Digital Media[edit]

Previously known as Blogging (2010-2011). Honors excellence in opinion journalism on digital platforms.

Year Magazine
2010 Foreign Policy
2011 Tablet Magazine
2012 The American Scholar

Website Department[edit]

Previously known as Regular Department or Section (2010) and Online Department (2011). Honors a regularly updated, clearly branded department or channel.

Year Magazine
2010 Sports Illustrated
2011 Fast Company
2012 The Daily Beast

Utility App[edit]

Previously known as Interactive Feature (2007-2009) and Interactive Tool (2010-2011). Honors an outstanding app, feature or section of a website that uses multimedia technology, tools, community platforms or other interactive formats to deliver or share content such as news, information and entertainment, rather than practical instruction or advice.

Year Magazine
2007 New York
2008 Bicycling
2009 AARP The Magazine
2010 Men's Health
2011 Epicurious
2012 TIME


Year Magazine
2010 National Geographic


Honors outstanding audio podcasts on a magazine website or online-only magazine.

Year Magazine
2010 Tablet Magazine
2011 Poetry

Award Winning Writers[edit]

Public Interest[edit]

Known as Public Service (1970-1985). Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance. No award was given in 1973.

Year Winner Article(s) Magazine
1970 William Lambert Fortas: A Question of Ethics (May 9) Life
1971 Ralph Lee Smith

Joseph C. Goulden

The Wired Nation (May 18)

The Cops Hit the Jackpot (November 23)

The Nation
1972 The River Pirates Philadelphia
1974 Kerr L. White Life and Death in Medicine (September) Scientific America
1975 Irwin Landau Is the Water Safe to Drink? (three-part series) Consumer Reports
1976 Irene Pave The Corporate Woman: Up the Ladder, Finally Businessweek
1977 Loretta Schwartz The Forgotten Children Philadelphia
1978 Mark Dowie Pinto Madness Mother Jones
1979 Moira Johnson Hell on Wheels New West
1980 Gene Lyons Why Teachers Can't Teach Texas Monthly
1981 Mary Jane Chambers

Peggy Mann

The Murder of Robbie Wayne, Age 6

Marijuana Alert II: More of the Grim Story

Reader's Digest
1982 William Greider The Education of David Stockman (December) The Atlantic
1983 McGeorge Bundy, George F. Kennan and Robert S. McNamara and Gerard Smith Nuclear Weapons and the Atlantic Alliance (Spring) Foreign Policy
1984 George Kennan Breaking the Spell (October 3) The New Yorker
1985 Nick Kotz and Nancy B. Nathan and Cathryn Donohoe Where Have All the Warriors Gone? (July) The Washingtonian
1986 R. Jeffrey Smith

Roger Bingham Carl Posey

Technology for Peace: High-Tech Vigilance

Technology for Peace: The Politics of Mistrust Technology for Peace: The Inspectors

Science 85
1987 Andrea Rock Inside the Billion-Dollar Business of Blood Money
1988 Peter G. Peterson The Morning After The Atlantic
1989 Cindy Ehrlich Halcion Madness; Halcion: Prescription for Trouble? California
1990 Barry Yeoman

Barbara Goldottas Tom Devine

Don't Count Your Chickens

Inside the Slaughterhouse The Fox Guarding the Hen House

Southern Exposure
1991 Stephanie Abarbanel Toxic Nightmare on Main Street Family Circle
1992 Le Anne Schreiber

Francis Wilkinson

Teenage and Pregnant; Where are the Doctors Who Will Do Abortions?

A Town Held Hostage

1993 Mary Sykes Wylie

James Carlin Laura M. Markowitz

Whatever Happened to Community Mental Health?--Revising the Dream

Steering through the Storm Making House Calls

The Family Therapy Networker
1994 Stephen Fried Less Than One Percent; Floxin Follow-Up; Floxin Update Philadelphia
1995 Elizabeth McCaughey No Exit; She's Baaack! The New Yorker
1996 Mimi Swartz Not What the Doctor Ordered Texas Monthly
1997 Richard Behar How Bill Ruckelshaus is Taking on the New York Mob; Carting Away New York City's Garbage Cartel Fortune
1998 Todd Oppenheimer The Computer Delusion The Atlantic
1999 Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele Corporate Welfare; Paying a Price for Polluters; The Empire of the Pigs TIME
2000 Richard Preston The Demon in the Freezer The New Yorker
2001 Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele Big Money & Politics: How the Little Guy Gets Crunched; Soaked by Congress; Throwing the Game TIME
2002 Samantha Power Bystanders to Genocide The Atlantic
2003 James Fallows The Fifty-First State? The Atlantic
2004 Seymore M. Hersh Lunch with the Chairman; Selective Intelligence; The Stovepipe The New Yorker
2005 Seymour M. Hersh Torture at Abu Ghraib; Chain of Command; The Gray Zone The New Yorker
2006 Elizabeth Kolbert The Climate of Man: Part I; The Climate of Man: Part II; The Climate of Man: Part III The New Yorker
2007 William Langewiesche Rules of Engagement Vanity Fair
2008 Joshua Kors How Specialist Town Lost His Benefits; Specialist Town Takes His Case to Washington The Nation
2009 David Darlington Broken Bicycling
2010 Atul Gawande The Cost Conundrum The New Yorker
2011 Atul Gawande Letting Go The New Yorker
2012 Sarah Stillman The Invisible Army The New Yorker
2013 Mimi Swartz Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives Texas Monthly
2014 Steven Brill Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us TIME


Previously known as Reporting Excellence (1970-1980). Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles.

Year Winner Article(s) Magazine
1970 Richard Harris

Daniel Lang

Annals of Politics

Casualties of War

The New Yorker
1971 Ward Just Soldiers The Atlantic
1972 Ross Terrill The 800,000,000: Report from China The Atlantic
1973 Gail Sheehy The Landlords of Hell's Bedroom; The Old Man in the Bronx New York
1974 Paul Brodeur

John McPhee Karl E. Meyer

Annals of Industry: Casualties of the Workplace

The Plundered Past Reporter at Large: The Plundered Past

The New Yorker
1975 Noel Mostert Supertanker The New Yorker
1976 Alvin Josephy

George Rieger

Dr. Strangelove Builds a Canal

Song of the Seal

1977 Curtis K. Stadtfeld Cheap Chemicals and Dumb Luck Audubon
1978 John McPhee A six-part series on Alaska The New Yorker
1979 Richard West A three-part series on life in three disparate areas of Texas Texas Monthly
1980 Mark Dowie The Corporate Crime of the Century Mother Jones
1981 Robert J. Samuelson Money Makes the World Go Round: But What If It Can't Any More?" National Journal
1982 John Pekkanen "The Saving of the President" The Washingtonian
1983 Chris Welles Drysdale: What Really Happened? Institutional Investor
1984 Francine du Plessix Gray When Memory Goes Vanity Fair
1985 Paul Burka The Man in the Black Hat Texas Monthly
1986 David Black The Plague Years Rolling Stone
1987 Anne Fadiman The Liberation of Lolly and Gronky Life
1989 Robin Wright A Reporter at Large: Teheran Summer The New Yorker
1990 Mark Danner A Reporter at Large: Beyond the Mountains The New Yorker
1991 Connie Bruck The World of Business: Deal of the Year The New Yorker
1992 Michael Kelly Highway to Hell; Rolls-Royce Revolutionaries; Back to the Hills The New Republic
1993 Glenn Zorpette

John A. Adam

Iraq and the Bomb

Halting Proliferation

IEEE Spectrum
1994 Lawrence Wright A Reporter at Large: Remember Satan The New Yorker
1995 Eric Schlosser Reefer Madness; Marijuana and the Law The Atlantic
1996 Connie Bruck The Politics of Perception The New Yorker
1997 Jon Krakauer Into Thin Air Outside
1998 John Colapinto The True Story of John/Joan Rolling Stone
1999 Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas Clinton and the Intern; The Secret War; The Tripp Trap? Newsweek
2000 Janine di Giovanni

Sebastian Junger

Madness Visible

Forensics of War

Vanity Fair
2001 Sean Flynn The Perfect Fire Esquire
2002 William Langewiesche Crash of Egypt Air 990 The Atlantic
2003 Jeffrey Goldberg In the Party of God The New Yorker
2004 Evan Wright The Killer Elite Rolling Stone
2005 Samantha Power Dying in Darfur The New Yorker
2006 James Bamford The Man Who Sold the War Rolling Stone
2007 C. J. Chivers The School Esquire
2008 Peter Hessler China's Instant Cities National Geographic
2009 Dexter Filkins Right at the Edge The New York Times Magazine
2010 Sheri Fink The Deadly Choices at Memorial The New York Times Magazine
2011 Scott Horton The Guantanamo 'Suicides' Harper's Magazine
2012 Lawrence Wright The Apostate The New Yorker
2013 Chris Health 18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque, and 1 Man Dead in Ohio GQ
2014 Luke Mogelson The Dream Boat The New York Times Magazine

Feature Writing[edit]

Honors original, stylish storytelling. Incorporates Profiles as of 2013.

Year Winner Article(s) Magazine
1988 Paul Hoffman The Man Who Loves Only Numbers The Atlantic
1989 Chip Brown The Transformation of Johnny Spain Esquire
1990 Katie McCabe Like Something the Lord Made The Washingtonian
1991 Joseph L. Galloway Vietnam Story U.S. News & World Report
1992 Gary Smith Shadow of a Nation Sports Illustrated
1993 Jane Kramer Whose Art Is It? The New Yorker
1994 Darcy Frey The Last Shot Harper's Magazine
1995 Tom Junod The Abortionist GQ
1996 Tom Junod The Rapist Says He's Sorry GQ
1997 Gary Smith Crime and Punishment Sports Illustrated
1998 Michael Paterniti Driving Mr. Albert Harper's Magazine
1999 Clara Claiborne Exiting Nirvana The American Scholar
2000 Gary Smith Moment of Truth Sports Illustrated
2001 David Foster Wallace The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys and the Shrub Rolling Stone
2002 Penny Wolfson Moonrise The Atlantic
2003 John Jeremiah Sullivan Horseman, Pass By Harper's Magazine
2004 Katherine Boo The Marriage Cure The New Yorker
2005 Chris Jones Home Esquire
2006 Priscilla Long Genome Tome The American Scholar
2007 Andrew Corsello The Other Side of Hate GQ
2008 Paige Williams You Have Thousands of Angels Around You Atlanta
2009 Chris Jones The Things That Carried Him Esquire
2010 Skip Hollandsworth Still Life Texas Monthly
2011 Ben Ehrenreich The End Los Angeles
2012 Luke Dittrich Joplin! Esquire
2013 Pamela Colloff The Innocent Man: Part I; The Innocent Man: Part II Texas Monthly
2014 Patrick Radden Keefe A Loaded Gun The New Yorker

Essays and Criticism[edit]

Previously known as Criticism & Belle-Lettres (1977) and Essays (2000-2010). Honors interpretative and critical journalism.

Year Winner Article(s) Magazine
1977 Li-li Ch'en Peking! Peking! Mother Jones
1978 Michael Herr High on War Esquire
1979 Malcolm Cowley The View from 80 Life
1980 Stephen Jay Gould For columns on evolutionary biology Natural History
1981 Lance Morrow Back to Reticence; Return to Patriotism; Rediscovering America TIME
1982 Holly Bruback Balanchine's Tchaikovsky; Moving Pictures The Atlantic
1983 Steven Brill Headnotes (column) The American Lawyer
1984 Charles Krauthammer The End of the World; Crosscurrents: Pseudo-Private Lives; The Politics of a Plague The New Republic
1985 Howard Carr Politics Boston
1986 Robert Wright The Information Age: bsohligrimtyhplrylvdb; The Computer Behind the Curtain; His Voice's Master The Sciences
1987 David Quammen The Same River Twice; Out of the Noösphere; Chambers of Memory Outside
1988 L. J. Davis The Next Panic Harper's Magazine
1989 Edward Hoagland

William Kittredge Shelby Steele

The Urge for an End

Who Won the West? Apologies to the Water Birds and Ranchhands I'm Black, You're White, Who's Innocent

Harper's Magazine
1990 William Styron Darkness Visible Vanity Fair
1991 Hans Christian von Baeyer The Aesthetic Equation; A Ripple in Gravity's Lens; Dead Ringer The Sciences
1992 Katha Pollitt Naming and Blaming: Media Goes Wilding in Palm Beach; Why We Read: Canon to the Right of Me... The Nation
1993 Roger Parloff Maybe the Jury Was Right The American Lawyer
1994 Lucy Grealy

Louise Erdrich David Beers


A Woman's Work The Crash of Blue-Sky California

Harper's Magazine
1995 Lewis H. Lapham Robert Barons Redux; Morte de Nixon; Terms of Endearment Harper's Magazine
1996 Simon Schama True Grid; Did He Do It?; Modes of Seduction The New Yorker
1997 Adam Gopnik Escaping Picasso The New Yorker
1998 Cynthia Ozick Who Owns Anne Frank? The New Yorker
1999 Emily Hiestand Hymn The Atlantic
2000 Brian Hayes Clock of Ages The Sciences
2001 Adam Gopnik Like a King The New Yorker
2002 Jonathan Franzen My Father's Brain The New Yorker
2003 Anne Fadiman (alias Philonoë) A Piece of Cotton The American Scholar
2004 Laura Hillenbrand A Sudden Illness The New Yorker
2005 David Quammen Was Darwin Wrong? National Geographic
2006 Marjorie Williams A Matter of Life and Death Vanity Fair
2007 Michael Donohue Russell and Mary The Georgia Review
2008 Thomas E. Kennedy I Am Joe's Prostate New Letters
2009 Tracy Ross The Source of All Things Backpacker
2010 Garrison Keillor Top Ten State Fair Joys National Geographic
2011 John Jeremiah Sullivan Mister Lytle: An Essay The Paris Review
2012 Wesley Yang Paper Tigers New York
2013 Nehisi Coates Fear of a Black President The Atlantic
2014 Ariel Levy Thanksgiving in Mongolia The New Yorker

Columns and Commentary[edit]

Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism.

Year Winner Article(s) Magazine
2002 Michael Wolff Russert to Judgment; Sullivan's Travels; The Stupids New York
2003 Katha Pollitt God Changes Everything; Backlash Babies; As Miss World Turns The Nation
2004 Michael Wolff Life from Doha…; My Big Fat Question; Al Jazeera's Edge New York
2005 Jonathan Rauch On Same-Sex Marriage, Bush Failed the Public and Himself; Fix the McCain-Feingold Law. Oops -- Can I Say That?; Good Plan, Republicans. But It Didn't Work In Britain National Journal
2006 Hendrik Hertzberg Landmarks; Mired; Bah Humbug The New Yorker
2007 Christopher Hitchens Childhood's End; The Vietnam Syndrome; Oriana Fallaci and the Art of Interview Vanity Fair
2008 Matt Taibbi Worse Than Bush; My Favorite Nut Job; Obama's Moment Rolling Stone
2009 Jamie Kitman They Fought the Laws (of Supply and Demand), and the Laws Won; Lease Me to the Moon: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Finance?; Bailout Time for the Big Three. None Dare Call Them Republicans Automobile
2010 Fareed Zakaria Three columns: “Worthwhile Canadian Initiative; The Way Out of Afghanistan; Theocracy and Its Discontents Newsweek
2011 Christopher Hitchens Three columns: Topic of Cancer; Unanswerable Prayers; Miss Manners and the Big C Vanity Fair
2012 Christopher Hitchens Three columns: When the King Saved God; Unspoken Truths; From Abbottabad to Worse Vanity Fair
2013 Dahlia Lithwick It's Not About the Law, Stupid; The Supreme Court's Dark Vision of Freedom; Where Is the Liberal Outrage? Slate
2014 Emily Nussbaum Three columns: Shark Week; Difficult Women; Private Practice The New Yorker


Previously known as Fiction & Belle-Lettres (1974 -1976). Honors fiction originally published in magazines.

Year Winner Article(s) Magazine
1970 Alfred Gillespie

Rick Sterry Lucille Clifton

Tonight at 9:36

Troubadour The Magic Mama

1971 Esquire
1972 William Kotzwinkle A Most Incredible Meal Mademoiselle
1973 Grace Paley Enormous Changes at the Last Minute The Atlantic
1974 Roberta Silman

Harold Brodkey Larry Woiwode

A Bad Baby

A Story in an Almost Classical Mode Burial

The New Yorker
1975 William Kotzwinkle Swimmer in the Secret Sea Redbook
1976 Hortense Spillers Isom Essence
1977 Li-li Ch'en Peking! Peking! Mother Jones
1978 Peter Taylor

Mavis Gallant Woody Allen

In the Miro District

Potter Kugelmass Episode

The New Yorker
1979 Richard Yates Oh, Joseph, I'm So Tired The Atlantic
1980 Joy Williams The Farm Antaeus
1981 Richard Abrons

Ward Just Maria Thomas

Every Day a Visitor

A Guide to the Geography of Vermont Summer Opportunity

The North American Review
1982 Nadine Gordimer

Edna O'Brien John Updike

A Correspondence Course

Sister Imelda The City

The New Yorker
1983 Louise Erdrich

William F. VanWert Erica Liederman


Putting and Gardening The Novitiate

The North American Review
1984 Elizabeth Benedict

Roberta Silman Anne Tyler

An Eighty Percent Chance

The Education of Esther Eileen Teenage Wasteland

1985 Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Andre Dubus III John Gardner

The Trail of Your Blood on the Snow

Forky Julius Caesar and the Werewolf

1986 Lee K. Abbott

Mary Hood Gary Gildner

Time and Fear and Somehow Love

Something Good for Ginnie Somewhere Geese are Flying

The Georgia Review
1987 Louise Erdrich

Edgar Wideman Tim O'Brien


Doc's Story The Things They Carried

1988 Ernst Havemann

Richard Bausch John Sayles

A Farm at Raraba

The Man Who Knew Belle Starr The Halfway Diner

The Atlantic
1989 Michael Cunningham

Ethan Mordden Mary Grimm

White Angel

I Read My Nephew Stories We

The New Yorker
1990 Alice Munro

Michael Frayn Richard Bausch

Goodness and Mercy

The Trick of It Letter to the Lady of the House

The New Yorker
1991 Saul Bellow

Rachel Ingalls Reynolds Price

Something to Remember Me By

Faces of Madness Serious Need

1992 Annick Smith

Amy Bloom W.D. Wetherell

It's Come to This

Silver Water The Greatest Living Mayan Speller Extant

1993 Alice Munro

Martin Amis Emily Carter

A Wilderness Station

Career Move Parachute Silk

The New Yorker
1994 Tom Earley

George Saunders Allan Gurganus

The Prophet from Jupiter

The 400-Pound CEO The Practical Heart

Harper's Magazine
1995 Tim Gautreaux

Alice Schell Kim Edwards

Waiting for the Evening News

Kingdom of the Sun The Story of My Life

1996 Mark Slouka

George Saunders Tova Reich

The Woodcarver's Tale

Bounty The Lost Girl

Harper's Magazine
1997 John Updike

Jeffrey Eugenides Cynthia Ozick

New York Girl

Baster Save My Child!

The New Yorker
1998 Lorrie Moore

Steven Millhauser Annie Proulx

People Like THAT? US? Are the Only People Here

A Visit Brokeback Mountain

The New Yorker
1999 Richard Russo

Lorrie Moore Michael Chabon

The Whore's Child

Lucky Ducks Son of the Wolfman

Harper's Magazine
2000 Jhumpa Lahiri

George Saunders Robert Stone

The Third and Final Continent

The Barber's Unhappiness Dominion

The New Yorker
2001 Rebecca Lee

Robert Olen Butler Stacey Richter


Fair Warning The Cavemen in the Hedges

Zoetrope: All-Story
2002 Alice Munro

E.L. Doctorow Akhil Sharma

What is Remembered

A House on the Plains Surrounded by Sleep

The New Yorker
2003 Don DeLillo

A.S. Bryant E.L. Doctorow


The Thing in the Forest Jolene: A Life

The New Yorker
2004 Arthur Miller

George Saunders Stephen King


The Red Bow Rest Stop

2005 Nathan Roberts

Aryn Kyle Robert Olen Butler

An Incomplete Map of the Northern Polarity

Foaling Season The One in White

The Atlantic
2006 Alan Heathcock

Joyce Carol Oates R.T. Smith


Smother Ina Grove

Virginia Quarterly Review
2007 T.C. Boyle

Susan Steinberg Rajesh Parameswaran

Wild Child

To Sit, Unmoving The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan

McSweeney's Quarterly
2008 Daniel Mason

Alice Munro Steven Millhauser

Death of the Pugilist

Fiction A Report on Our Recent Troubles

Harper's Magazine
2009 Annie Proulx

Aleksandar Hemon

Them Old Cowboy Songs

The Noble Truths of Suffering

The New Yorker
2010 Anthony Doerr

Wells Tower Kevin Moffett

Memory Wall

Raw Water Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events

McSweeney's Quarterly
2011 Paul Theroux Minor Watt Virginia Quarterly Review
2012 Karen Russell The Hox River Window Zoetrope: All-Story
2013 Stephen King Batman and Robin Have an Altercation Harper's Magazine
2014 Zadie Smith The Embassy of Cambodia The New Yorker

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carmody, Deirdre (April 17, 1992). "National Geographic and New Republic Win". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Keith, J. (March 15, 2007). "Ellie Picks Nominated". New York Post. 
  3. ^ Neuffer, Elizabeth (April 23, 1987). "13 Prizes Awarded for Magazine Excellence". The New York Times. 

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