Texas Monthly Wins Absurd Amount of 2006 CRMA Awards

Honorary-FishbowlNYer Evan Smith and his Texas Monthly won 16 awards, including the top award in nine categories, at the 21st Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition announced June 19th at CRMA’s annual conference in Boston. In fact, the only thing close to a magazine in FishbowlNY’s waters to win a CRMA was Buffalo Spree — we’re not counting Philadelphia, which won four, until they take down those spiteful ads.

The release and winner’s list:


Texas Monthly, Indianapolis Monthly and Aspen magazines won gold awards for general excellence in their circulation categories in the 21st Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition announced June 19th at CRMA’s annual conference in Boston.

Perennial CRMA winner Texas Monthly won an unprecedented 16 awards, including the top award in nine categories: criticism, cover, excellence in writing, excellence in design, civic journalism and others. Following close behind was Los Angeles magazine with 13. In addition to general excellence, Los Angeles won gold awards in food/dining writing, personality profile, feature design, and leisure and lifestyle interests.

Atlanta magazine won five awards, Chicago and Philadelphia magazines took four. Boston and Indianapolis Monthly each captured three. This year’s competition also saw a number of smaller circulation titles take prizes: Berkshire Living (with two, including a bronze for general excellence), Memphis, Buffalo Spree, Hour Detroit and others. Two magazines were first-time winners. Evansville Living won bronze for covers and Gulfshore Life took bronze for regular column.

The 2005-2006 winners include:

General Criticism

Gold: Texas Monthly “Mary, Quite Contrary”
“All the Pretty Corpses”
“You’ve Got Mailer”

Silver: Los Angeles magazine “The Squint vs. The Eyebrows”
“A Selfish Life”
“Beyond the Pale”

Bronze: Berkshire Living “Glory Days”
“A Whale of a Mural”
“Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon”

Food/Dining Criticism

Gold: Los Angeles magazine “Sea World”
“Steak Out”
“Slow Fade”

Silver: Rhode Island monthly “Cheese Whiz”
“Gaga for Sherbert”
“Bowled Over”

Bronze: Boston magazine “Smooth Sailing”
“Shooting Star”
“The Greatest Fish Story Ever Told”

Regular Column

Gold: Philadelphia magazine “Wanted: Grays & Gays”
“Attack of the Blogs”
“Boys ‘R Us Inc.”

Silver: Atlanta magazine “Encore”
“Forgive, Don’t Forget”
“This Old House”

Bronze: Gulfshore Life “A Rose From Charley”
“The Ancient Itch”
“Bug Off”


Gold: Boston magazine “The Great Harvard Drug Scandal”
Silver: Texas Monthly “Dr. Evil”
Bronze: Los Angeles magazine “The Accidental Ecoterrorist”

Personality Profile

Gold: Los Angeles magazine “The Recruit”
Silver: Texas Monthly “Prime Minister”
Bronze: Philadelphia magazine “The Passion of T.O.”

Feature Story

Gold: Chicago magazine “Betting Her Life”
Silver: Texas Monthly “Unholy Act”
Bronze: 5280 “Colorado’s Most Amazing and Punishing (and Magical) Race”

Writer of the Year

Gold: Texas Monthly John Spong
Silver: Atlanta magazine Justin Heckert
Bronze: Los Angeles magazine Jesse Katz

Excellence in Writing

Gold: Texas Monthly November
Silver: Los Angeles magazine October
Bronze: Philadelphia magazine December

Spread Design

Gold: Philadelphia magazine “Lord of the Wings”
Silver: Boston magazine “Jesus @ Work”
Bronze: Indianapolis Monthly “Nice Catch”

Feature Design

Gold: Los Angeles magazine “In the Raw”
Silver: Texas Monthly “Southern Comfort”
Bronze: Minnesota Monthly “The Turtle Catcher”

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