NEW YORKER, ESQUIRE SWEEP MAGAZINE AWARD PRELIMS

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March 14, 2001

By Jon Fine

Perennial nominees lead this year's list of finalists for the National Magazine Awards. The New Yorker snapped

up 11 nominations, Esquire also scored 11 and The Atlantic Monthly and Rolling Stone claimed four each.

But there were some surprises as well: The American Scholar garnered three nominations -- including one for general excellence in the under-100,000 circulation category -- and shelter-design newcomer Nest nabbed three as well. Further down the list, Vanity Fair and GQ scored "only" two nominations apiece -- something that likely displeases GQ Editor in Chief Art Cooper, whose former No. 2, David Granger, now helms Esquire. Alongside standard-issue general excellence nominees The New Yorker, Men's Journal, Gourmet and Fortune in the 400,000 to 1,000,000 category was first-time nominee Jane.

Here is the list of nominees:

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
To honor a magazine for its performance in achieving its editorial objectives

Under 100,000 circulation

The American Scholar
Anne Fadiman, editor, for spring, summer, autumn issues
DoubleTake
Robert Coles, editor, for winter, summer, fall, issues
Harvard Medical Alumni Bulletin
William Ira Bennett, editor in chief, for winter, spring, summer issues.
Nest
Joseph Holtzman, editor in chief and art director, for spring, summer, fall issues
Transition
Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., editors; Michael Colin Vazquez, executive editor, for winter, spring, fall issues

100,000 to 400,000 circulation

Harper's Magazine
Lewis H. Lapham, editor, for January, June, November issues
Mother Jones
Roger Cohn, editor-in-chief, for May/June, September/October, November/December issues
Nylon Magazine
Marvin Scott Jarrett, editor in chief, for October, November, December issues Saveur
Dorothy Kalins, editor in chief, for April, May/June, September/October issues
Texas Monthly
Gregory Curtis, editor, for April issue; Evan Smith, editor, for October, December issues.

400,000 to 1,000,000 circulation

Fortune
John Huey, managing editor, for March 6, May 29, Nov. 13 issues
Gourmet
Ruth Reichl, editor in chief, for September, October, November issues
Jane Magazine
Jane Pratt, editor in chief, for March, May, August issues
Men's Journal
Mark Bryant, editor, for April, June, December issues
The New Yorker
David Remnick, editor, for Jan. 31, Feb. 21 and 28, Oct. 30 issues

Over 1,000,000 circulation

Health
Barbara Paulsen, editor in chief, for September, October, November/December issues
Rolling Stone
Jann S. Wenner, editor and publisher; Robert Love, managing editor, for April 13, May 25, Nov. 9, issues
Sports Illustrated
Bill Colson, managing editor, for June 26, Oct. 2, Dec. 18 issues
Teen People
Christina Ferrari, managing editor, for March, June/July, August issues
Vanity Fair
Graydon Carter, editor, for October, November, December issues

PERSONAL SERVICE
For articles that clearly and compellingly help readers take action to improve the quality of their lives

Esquire
David Granger, editor in chief, for "This Man Survived Breast Cancer," by Ted Allen, June
Money Magazine
Robert Safian, managing editor, for "The Ultimate Guide to Retirement," by Amy Feldman, Leslie Haggin, Laura Lallos, Teresa Tritch, Walter Updegrave, Penelope Wang, July
National Geographic Adventure
John Rasmus, editor in chief, for "The Rules of Adventure," by Laurence Gonzales, January/February
Newsweek
Richard M. Smith, editor in chief; Mark Whitaker, editor, for "Your Child: Birth to Three," fall/winter
The New Yorker
David Remnick, editor, for three articles by Jerome Groopman, "Second Opinion," Jan. 24; "The Prostate Paradox," May 29; "Hurting All Over," Nov. 13

SPECIAL INTERESTS
For articles that foster the enjoyment of leisure-time interests through clear and instructive writing and infographics

Esquire
David Granger, editor in chief, for "How to Be a Better Man," November
The New Yorker
David Remnick, editor, for "The Sports Issue," Aug. 21 and 28
The Oxford American
Marc Smirnoff, editor, for its "Fourth Annual Double Issue on Southern Music," July/August
The Paris Review
George Plimpton, editor, for "The Poetry Issue," spring
Texas Monthly
Gregory Curtis, editor, for "A Celebration of Texas Music," May

REPORTING
For articles that give a definitive account of, or uncover new information about, an event, a situation or a problem of contemporary interest and importance

Esquire
David Granger, editor in chief, for "The Perfect Fire," by Sean Flynn, July
The New Yorker
David Remnick, editor, for "Overwhelming Force," by Seymour M. Hersh, May 22.
Rolling Stone
Jann S. Wenner, editor and publisher; Robert Love, managing editor, for "In the Jungle," by Rian Malan, May 25
The Texas Observer
Louis Dubose and Michael King, editors, for "Color of Justice," by Nate Blakeslee, June 23
Wired Magazine
Katrina Heron, editor in chief, for "The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth," by John Heilemann, November

FEATURE WRITING
For an article that treats its subject with imagination, originality and stylish writing

Esquire
David Granger, editor in chief, for "My Favorite Teacher," by Robert Kurson, March
Esquire
David Granger, editor in chief, for "The Long Fall of One-Eleven Heavy," by Michael Paterniti, July
National Geographic Adventure
John Rasmus, editor in chief, for "The Endless Hunt," by Gretel Ehrlich, September/October
The New Yorker
David Remnick, editor, for "A Cold Case," by Philip Gourevitch, Feb. 14
Rolling Stone
Jann S. Wenner, editor and publisher; Robert Love, managing editor, for "The Weasel," "Twelve Monkeys" and "The Shrub," by David Foster Wallace, April 13

PROFILES
For an article that presents an original and illuminating portrait of a person, whether famous or obscure.

The Atlantic Monthly
Michael Kelly, editor, for "The Million-Dollar Nose," by William Langewiesche, December
GQ
Art Cooper, editor in chief, for "The Ghost," by Elizabeth Gilbert, December
The New Yorker
David Remnick, editor, for "Delta Nights," by Bill Buford, June 5
The New Yorker
David Remnick, editor, for "The Pitchman," by Malcolm Gladwell, Oct. 30
Rolling Stone
Jann S. Wenner, editor and publisher; Robert Love, managing editor, for "The Prince of Darkness," by Erik Hedegaard, July 6-20

PUBLIC INTEREST
For outstanding examples of analytical or expository journalism that bring exceptional clarity, interpretation and insight to their subject, and have the potential to influence national or local public policy.

The Atlantic Monthly
Michael Kelly, editor, for "Health Care: A Bolt of Civic Hope," by Matthew Miller, October
The New Yorker
David Remnick, editor, for "The Redemption," Jan. 31, "Gore Without a Script," July 31, by Nicholas Lemann
Technology Review
John Benditt, editor in chief, for "The Great Gene Grab," by Antonio Regalado; "The Case for Gene Patents," by William A. Haseltine; "Toward Sharing the Genome," by Seth Shulman, September/October
Texas Monthly
Evan Smith, editor, for "They Haven't Got a Prayer," by Pamela Colloff, November
Time
Walter Isaacson, managing editor, for three articles by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, "Big Money & Politics: How the Little Guy Gets Crunched," Feb. 7; "Soaked by Congress," May 15; "Throwing the Game," Sept. 25

DESIGN
To honor a magazine for excellent and innovative visual presentation that enhances the magazine's mission

Entertainment Weekly
James W. Seymore Jr., managing editor; Geraldine Hessler, design director, for June 30/July 7, Oct. 27, Dec. 22/29 issues
Esquire
David Granger, editor-in-chief; John Korpics, design director, for February, March, July issues
Martha Stewart Living
Martha Stewart, editorial director; Stephen Drucker, editor in chief; Eric Pike, creative director; Scot Schy, art director, for October, November, December issues
Nest
Joseph Holtzman, editor in chief and art director, for spring, summer, fall issues
W
Patrick McCarthy, chairman and editorial director; Kirby Rodriguez, art director, for February, March, April issues.

PHOTOGRAPHY
For a magazine's excellent use of photography as a part of its editorial presentation.

Esquire
David Granger, editor in chief; John Korpics, design director, for July, September, December issues
Martha Stewart Living
Martha Stewart, editorial director; Stephen Drucker, editor-in-chief; Eric Pike, creative director, for October, November, December issues
National Geographic
William L. Allen, editor; W. Allan Royce, senior editor, illustrations; Kent J. Kobersteen, senior editor, photography, for January, February, November issues.
Nest
Joseph Holtzman, editor in chief and art director, for spring, summer, fall issues
Vibe
Emil Wilbekin, editor-in-chief; George Pitts, director of photography, for June/July, September, December, issues
W
Patrick McCarthy, chairman and editorial director; Kirby Rodriguez, art director, Melissa Comito, photo editor, for February, March, May issues

FICTION
To honor a magazine for its publication of excellent fiction

The Atlantic Monthly
William Whitworth, editor, for "Tyrants," by Marshall N. Klimasewiski, January; Michael Kelly, editor, for "I Am the Grass," by Daly Walker, June; "Family Christmas," by Roxana Robinson, December.
Esquire
David Granger, editor in chief, for "Lobster Night," by Russell Banks, March; "July '69," by Tim O'Brien, July; "The Deep Sleep," by Aleksandar Hemon, November
GQ
Art Cooper, editor in chief, for "Cow-Cow," by Russell Banks, April; "The Black Woman in the Chinese Hat," by Walter Mosley, August; "Sharing," by John Edgar Wideman, December
The New Yorker
David Remnick, editor, for "Nettles," by Alice Munro, Feb. 21 and 28; "Revival Road," by Louise Erdrich, April 17; "The Smoker," by David Schickler, June 19 and 26.
Zoetrope: All-Story
Adrienne Brodeur, editor in chief, for "Fialta," by Rebecca Lee, spring; "Fair Warning," by Robert Olen Butler, summer; "The Cavemen in the Hedges," by Stacey Richter, fall.

ESSAYS
To honor a single piece of writing. The category includes a wide variety of nonfictional points of view, including personal reflection, political and/or social commentary, editorial opinion and humor.

The American Scholar
Anne Fadiman, editor, for "Mail," by Anne Fadiman, winter
The American Scholar
Anne Fadiman, editor, for "Narrow Ruled," by Nicholson Baker, autumn
Harper's Magazine
Lewis H. Lapham, editor, for "In the Land of the Rococo Marxists," by Tom Wolfe, June
The New Yorker
David Remnick, editor, for "Like a King," by Adam Gopnik, Jan. 31
Outside
Hal Espen, editor, for "Skating Home Backward," by Bill Vaughn, January

REVIEWS and CRITICISM
For short reviews and longer critical pieces that analyze and comment upon specific works of art, performances, movies, broadcasts, products, and the like

Gourmet
Ruth Reichl, editor in chief, for three restaurant reviews by Jonathan Gold, "Luxury Triumphant," January; "Paris on the Hudson," April; "Magnificent Obsession," November.
Harper's Magazine
Lewis H. Lapham, editor, for "Stupor Mundi," by Lewis H. Lapham, April; "A Life in the Maze," by Guy Davenport, June; "The Glory of J.F. Powers," by Donna Tartt, July
The New Yorker
David Remnick, editor, for three pieces by Anthony Lane, "The Maria Problem," Feb. 14; "The Eye of the Land," March 13; "The Light Side of the Moon," April 10
Sports Illustrated
Bill Colson, managing editor, for three pieces by Steve Rushin, "Let There Be Light," Sept. 25; "Blessings in Disguise," Oct. 2; "The Mock Olympics," Oct. 9
Vanity Fair
Graydon Carter, editor, for three pieces by James Wolcott, "Lovers Come Back," April; "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Breathing," June; "Forever Young," November.

GENERAL EXCELLENCE ONLINE
To honor an Internet site that most effectively serves its intended audience and reflects an outstanding level of interactivity, journalistic integrity and service.

Business Week Online Bob Arnold, editor in chief
The Chronicle of Higher Education Phil Semas, editor, new media
Hint Fashion Magazine Lee Carter, editor in chief
U.S. News Online Chris Sturm, editor
Wine Spectator Online Tom Matthews, editor

BEST INTERACTIVE DESIGN
To honor an Internet site that meets the criteria for General Excellence Online, but that also makes exceptional use of the digital medium to serve its intended audience

The Atlantic Online Wen Stephenson, editorial director
Business Week Online Bob Arnold, editor in chief
CQ.com On Congress Dave Rapp, executive editor
Nerve.com Susan Dominus, editor in chief
SmartMoney.com Marc Frons, editor and chief technology officer

Copyright March 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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