National Magazine Award finalists include Los Angeles, Byliner


The American Society of Magazine Editors on Monday announced the finalists for its 2013 awards. The National Magazine Awards -- known as the Ellies for the Alexander Calder “Elephant” that winners receive -- will be presented at a luncheon in New York on May 2.

Many of the usual suspects appear on the finalists list: GQ and the New Yorker are perennial favorites, and National Geographic, with a total of seven, received the most nominations. Two finalists are particularly notable.

The first is local contender Los Angeles Magazine. One of its two nominations is “The Food Lovers Guide to L.A.” in the category of Leisure Interests and the other is “The New Face and Body of Plastic Surgery” -- that’s a finalist in the category of Personal Service (go figure).


The other is Byliner, the online newcomer that specializes in long-form stories -- pieces that are a little too long for a standard magazine article, a little too short to count as a book. It has nominations for two originals, one in nonfiction feature writing and the other in fiction: “The Living and the Dead,” Brian Mockenhaupt’s true story of American Marines in Afghanistan and novelist Jennifer Haigh’s short story “The Boy Vanishes.” This is Byliner’s first year among the National Magazine Award finalists.

It’s interesting that Byliner’s stories, which are individually delivered e-books, are in competition against works published in traditional monthly magazines: GQ, Wired, Harper’s, Texas Monthly, the New Yorker.

In all, 62 publications are finalists in the awards’ 23 categories. The complete list is below.

National Magazine Awards 2013 Finalists

General Excellence, Print

News, Sports and Entertainment Magazines
Honors large-circulation weeklies, biweeklies and monthlies


Esquire; Fortune; National Geographic; New York; Wired

Service and Fashion Magazines
Honors women’s magazines, including health, fitness and family-centric publications

Harper’s Bazaar; O, the Oprah Magazine; Real Simple; Vogue; Women’s Health

Lifestyle Magazines
Honors food, travel and shelter magazines as well as city and regional publications

Bon Appétit; House Beautiful; Martha Stewart Living; Saveur; Texas Monthly

Special-Interest Magazines
Honors magazines serving targeted audiences, including enthusiast and hobbyist titles

The Fader; mental_floss; MHQ: the Quarterly Journal of Military History; Outside; Scientific American

Literary, Political and Professional Magazines
Honors small-circulation general-interest magazines as well as academic and scholarly publications

MIT Technology Review; Mother Jones; the New Republic; the Paris Review; Poetry

General Excellence, Digital Media

Chow; Glamour; National Geographic; Pitchfork; Slate


Bon Appétit; Bullett; Details; New York; TIME


Bon Appétit; Interview; National Geographic; TIME; W

Feature Photography

  • Harper’s Magazine for “The Water of My Land,” photographs by Samuel James; September
  • Martha Stewart Living for “A Pilgrim’s Feast,” photographs by Anna Williams; November
  • National Geographic for “In the Shadow of Wounded Knee” by Alexandra Fuller; photographs by Aaron Huey; August
  • New York for “What We Saw When The Lights Went Out” by John Homans; photographs by Iwan Baan, Pari Dukovic, Christopher Griffith, Casey Kelbaugh, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Joseph Michael Lopez, Gus Powell, Joseph Rodriguez and Peter Yang; November 12
  • W for “Good Kate, Bad Kate” by Will Self; photographs by Steven Klein; March

Single-Topic Issue

  • Backpacker for “The Survival Issue,” October
  • Bloomberg Businessweek for “Election Issue,” Oct. 15-21
  • Fast Company for “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies,” March
  • Saveur for “The Mexico Issue,” August/September
  • Sports Illustrated for “Olympic Preview,” July 23

Magazine Section

  • Bon Appétit for “Starters”
  • Esquire for “Man at His Best”
  • GQ for “The Punch List”
  • HGTV Magazine for “Help Wanted”
  • New York for “Strategist”

Personal Service

Leisure Interests

  • Bon Appétit for “The Incredible Egg” by Carla Lalli Music, April
  • ESPN the Magazine for “Fantasy Football,” August 6
  • Golf Digest for “Masters Preview,” April
  • Los Angeles for “The Food Lover’s Guide to L.A.,” edited by Lesley Bargar Suter; November
  • Wired for “How to Be a Geek Dad,” June


AFAR; the Atlantic; Golf Digest; National Geographic; Scientific American

Tablet Magazine

Bloomberg Businessweek; Bon Appétit; Esquire; Money; National Geographic



Public Interest


Feature Writing Incorporating Profile Writing

Essays and Criticism

Columns and Commentary


  • Byliner for “The Boy Vanishes” by Jennifer Haigh; July
  • Harper’s Magazine for “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation” by Stephen King; September
  • Harper’s Magazine for “Train” by Alice Munro; April
  • McSweeney’s Quarterly for “River Camp” by Thomas McGuane; September
  • The Paris Review for “Housebreaking” by Sarah Frisch; December


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