That made The New Yorker the leading contender among the 128 finalists for the 43rd annual awards that were named today by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Twenty-six other publications received multiple nominations, led by New York (9), Vanity Fair (6), GQ (5) and National Geographic (5).
To the surprise and perhaps disappointment of several magazine blogs, Condé Nast's much-maligned business title, Portfolio, is among 13 first-time finalists. Other first-time nominees include Good, Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine, Radar and Paste.
The award nominees were whittled down from a record 1,964 entries for the show, which is sponsored exclusively by Barnes & Noble. The 25 winners of the awards, also known as the "Ellies," are determined by 240 industry members, and will be handed out on May 1 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
An expanded finalist list (including issue dates, nominated articles and authors) is available on the ASME website. The categories and finalists are:
Recognizes overall excellence in magazines in six circulation categories. The award honors the effectiveness with which writing, reporting, editing and design all come together to command readers' attention and fulfill the magazine's unique editorial mission.
Circulation under 100,000
Aperture; The Georgia Review; Metropolis; Print; The Virginia Quarterly Review
Circulation 100,000 - 250,000
Foreign Policy; Mother Jones; Paste; Philadelphia Magazine; Radar
Circulation 250,000 - 500,000
Backpacker; Cookie; New York Magazine; W; Wondertime
Circulation 500,000 – 1,000,000
Budget Travel; The Economist; GQ; National Geographic Adventure; Wired
Circulation 1,000,000 – 2,000,000
Men's Health; The New Yorker; Play, The New York Times Sports Magazine; Popular Mechanics; Vanity Fair
Circulation over 2,000,000
Glamour; Martha Stewart Living; National Geographic; People; Time
This category recognizes excellence in service journalism. The advice or instruction presented should help readers improve the quality of their personal lives.
Field & Stream; Good Housekeeping; O, The Oprah Magazine; Popular Mechanics (two nominations)
This category recognizes excellent service journalism about leisure-time pursuits. The practical advice or instruction presented should help readers enjoy hobbies or other recreational interests.
Domino; Field & Stream; Men's Health; New York Magazine; Time Out Chicago
This category recognizes excellence in reporting. It honors the enterprise, exclusive reporting and intelligent analysis that a magazine exhibits in covering an event, a situation or a problem of contemporary interest and significance.
National Geographic; The New York Times Magazine; The New Yorker (two nominations); Vanity Fair
This category recognizes journalism that sheds new light on an issue of public importance and has the potential to affect national or local debate or policy.
5280; Bloomberg Markets; BusinessWeek; The Nation; The New Yorker
This category recognizes excellence in feature writing. The award honors the stylishness, flair and originality with which the author treats his or her subject.
Atlanta Magazine; GQ; New York Magazine; The New Yorker; Vanity Fair
This category recognizes excellence in profile writing. The award honors the vividness and perceptiveness with which the writer brings his or her subject to life.
The Atlantic; Los Angeles Magazine; The New Yorker; The New York Times Magazine; Vanity Fair
This category recognizes excellence in essay writing on topics ranging from the personal to the political. Whatever the subject, the award honors the author's eloquence, perspective, fresh thinking and unique voice.
The Atlantic; Elle; Entertainment Weekly; Harper's Magazine; New Letters; The New Yorker
COLUMNS and COMMENTARY:
This category recognizes excellence in short-form political, social, economic or humorous commentary. The award honors the eloquence, force of argument and succinctness with which the writer presents his or her views.
Inc.; New York Magazine; The New Yorker; Rolling Stone; Slate
REVIEWS and CRITICISM:
This category recognizes excellence in criticism of art, books, movies, television, theater, music, dance, food, dining, fashion, products and the like. The award honors the knowledge, persuasiveness and original voice that the critic brings to his or her reviews.
The Atlantic; GQ; The Nation; New York Magazine; The New Yorker
This category recognizes the excellence of a regular department or editorial section of a magazine, either front- or back-of-book, and composed of a variety of elements, both textual and visual. The award honors the section's voice, originality, and unified design and packaging.
Condé Nast Portfolio; Esquire; Good; O, The Oprah Magazine; Wired
This category recognizes magazines that have devoted an issue to an in-depth examination of one topic. The award honors the ambition, comprehensiveness and imagination with which a magazine treats its subject.
Departures; Domino; Gourmet; IEEE Spectrum; The Virginia Quarterly Review
This category recognizes excellence in magazine design. The award honors the effectiveness of overall design, artwork, graphics and typography in enhancing a magazine's unique mission and personality.
Good; GQ; New York Magazine; T, The New York Times Style Magazine; Vanity Fair; Wired
This category recognizes excellence in magazine photography. The award honors the effectiveness of photography, photojournalism and photo illustration in enhancing a magazine's unique mission and personality.
Gourmet; GQ; Martha Stewart Living; National Geographic; New York Magazine; W
This category recognizes the informative photographic documentation of an event or subject in real-time.
Aperture; Mother Jones; National Geographic; The New Yorker; The Virginia Quarterly Review
This category honors creative photography and photo illustration (including portraiture or specially produced layouts on fashion, food, decorating, travel, design, the arts, etc.).
New York Magazine; Newsweek; T, The New York Times Style Magazine (two nominations); Vanity Fair
This category recognizes excellence in magazine fiction writing. The award honors the quality of a publication's literary selections.
Harper's Magazine; McSweeney's Quarterly; The New Yorker; The Paris Review; Zoetrope: All-Story
GENERAL EXCELLENCE ONLINE:
This category recognizes outstanding magazine websites, as well as online-only magazines that feature original content. The award honors sites that convey a distinct editorial identity and create a unique magazine environment on the Web.
Babble.com; Chow.com; NewYorker.com; Runners World.com; Slate.com
PERSONAL SERVICE ONLINE:
Previously known as Interactive Service, this category recognizes an outstanding service feature on the web. It honors a site's creative use of multimedia technology, user involvement and community tools, and/or exceptional work in the blog form.
BusinessWeek.com; NYmag.com; People.com; Self.com; SI.com
This category recognizes an outstanding interactive section of the website, featuring news, entertainment and other subjects that do not offer practical instruction or advice. It honors a site's creative use of multimedia technology, user involvement and community tools, and/or exceptional work in the blog form.
Bicycling.com; Economist.com; ESPN.com; Essence.com; National Geographic Online