National Magazine Awards Noms Announced

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced the nominations for its annual National Magazine Awards, and as usual, it helped to have New York in one’s name.

The New Yorker and New York once again were the big favorites for the coveted awards, with 10 nominations apiece, including one each for General Excellence.

National Geographic was close behind, with seven nominations. Others receiving multiple nominations were Esquire, GQ and Wired, each getting six.

As usual, a number of titles were nominated for the first time. This year there were eight, including Hearst’s newbie Food Network Magazine, Southern lifestyle magazine Garden & Gun, Military History and Out.

If you include the digital nominations that were announced previously, New York was the most nominated title, with 14 noms. On that same basis, The New Yorker and Nat Geo each received 12.

This year included a 23rd category, Magazine of the Year, honoring titles that represent excellence in both print and digital. Nominations in that category were The Atlantic, Fast Company, Glamour, Men’s Health and New York.

Submissions were up slightly over last year, when many magazine companies were trying to cut costs. ASME received 1,758 submissions versus 1,707 in 2009, a decrease of 13 percent from 2008.

The awards, or “Ellies,” as they’re called for the Alexander Calder elephant statues given to winners, will be presented at a gala at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall April 22.

The complete list of nominations can be found here.