The National Magazine Awards are a series of American awards that honor excellence in the magazine industry. They are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors and administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, New York. The awards have been presented annually since 1966.
They are generally considered the highest award in the magazine industry; in the magazine world, they are roughly equivalent to the Pulitzer Prizes (which are far more widely known in the popular culture, but do not include a magazine category).
Recipients of awards are selected in a two-step procedure: First, entries are reviewed by a judging panel, which recommends a group of finalists; then, a second panel of judges chooses one winner in each category.
The current categories are:
* General Excellence, News, Sports and Entertainment
* General Excellence, Service and Lifestyle
* General Excellence, Special Interest
* General Excellence, Literature, Science and Politics
* Single-Topic Issue
* Public Interest
* Personal Service
* Leisure Interests
* Magazine Section
* Feature Writing
* Feature Photography
* Essays and Criticism
* Columns and Commentary
* Magazine of the Year
Winners in each of the categories are awarded an "Ellie", a copper-colored stabile sculpture by Alexander Calder, resembling an elephant, which is manufactured by New York firm Society Awards. The National Magazine Awards web site has a searchable database of all the winners and top-five finalists.
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