New York, New Yorker lead US Magazine Awards nominees; digital mags surge

New York magazine leads the pack with 10 nominations for the US National Magazine Awards, ahead of rivals like The New Yorker and Bon Appétit, each of which landed 6 nods for the Ellies–so named for the elephant-shaped statuette presented to winners–which will be presented on February 2 in New York City.
But the buzz surrounding the field of nominations announced yesterday by the American Society of Magazine Editors is the surge in nominations garnered by “digital-first publications,” including Grantland (3 nominations), The Atavist (3), Slate (2), Matter (2), Nautilus (2), Politico (2), Kinfolk (1) and Refinery29 (1); all but The Atavist and Slate are first-time nominees.
The 5 finalists for Magazine of the Year are Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, The Hollywood Reporter, New York and Vogue.
Best Tablet Magazine finalists are Bon Appétit, Garden & Gun, National Geographic, New York and Sunset.
For General Excellence in Magazine Design, the 5 finalists are Bon Appétit, The California Sunday Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, New York and Wired.
The 5 Fiction nominees are:

And surely the oldest nominee (now or ever?), The New Yorker‘s indefatigable Roger Angell, age 94, is nominated in the category Essays & Criticism for “This Old Man.” Among his rivals for this prize: Monica Lewinsky.

Photojournalist James Nachtwey of TIME will receive this year’s ASME lifetime achievement award.
For a complete list of finalists, click here.
For the Twitter buzz, voilà.
The US National Magazine Awards consist of 24 categories, with a total of 66 nominees from 263 participating magazines and over 1500 submissions. The awards are sponsored by ASME  in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
The Canadian National Magazine Awards are still open for submissions–until Monday. The deadline approaches; get those submissions entered.
Image via ADWEEK.

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