Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline January 15, 2014
Decision Date
Ceremony Date May 1, 2014
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

This category honors excellence in opinion journalism, including but not limited to blogs, microblogs and podcasts. Content may include news analysis; political, social and cultural commentary; and reviews of products and services. Judges will evaluate entries based on the expressiveness and insight of the writer or group of writers. An entry consists of three examples of commentary linked by writer or topic or, for entries consisting exclusively of blog and microblog posts, no fewer than three examples but no more than 10.

Notable Winners

The New Yorker
David Remnick, Editor
Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor
Three columns by Emily Nussbaum: “Shark Week,” February 25; “Difficult Women,” July 29; and “Private Practice,” October 7


Judges will evaluate entries based on the strength and consistency of the magazine making and the editors' success in serving the interests of their readers.

Entries will be judged on the merits of the submission and not on the presence or absence of print or digital content in the submission. Print-only entries consist of three print issues, which may include one special-interest or newsstand-only publication.

Digital-only entries consist
of any combination of websites, tablet editions, smartphone apps and examples of social media. Print and digital entries consist of three print issues, which may include one special-interest or newsstand-only publication, and any combination of websites, tablet or e-reader editions, smartphone apps and examples of social media

Monetary/Material Award Details

National Magazine Award winners receive certificates of recognition and an award , referred to as “Ellies,” which are reproductions of an Alexander Calder stabile.

Eligibility Requirements

Any eligible publication, including digital-only publications, may submit two entries in Columns and Commentary. Entries may be submitted as print or digital content or as a combination of print and digital content. Entries may include one article dated January 2014. Content entered in this category cannot be submitted in other categories except as part of an entry in Magazine of the Year, General Excellence, Design, Photography, Website and Tablet Magazine.

All consumer and business magazines edited and published in the United States, including digital-only publications,
are invited to enter the National Magazine Awards

Only the chief editor of an eligible magazine may enter her or his publication in the National Magazine Awards. Other
magazine personnel, including writers and photographers as well as former editors, may not submit entries without
the knowledge and approval of the chief editor. The administrators of the National Magazine Awards reserve the right to determine if a print or digital publication qualifies for entry.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Restrictions to eligibility do apply. Read about them here:

Entry Fee Details

• $295 for members of ASME

• $395 for

Required Material

WHAT TO SUBMIT FOR PRINT: (1) four copies of each print issue containing an article that is part of the entry; (2) a CD or DVD containing PDFs of each article (advertisements need not be included); and (3) a separate file on the same CD or DVD containing PDFs of the cover, the table of contents and, if published, the editorial masthead and the letter from the editor from each issue.

WHAT TO SUBMIT FOR DIGITAL: (1) a clearly labeled link to each article, including podcasts, that is part of the entry or (2) platform-specific instructions, including user names and passwords, for accessing content produced for tablets, e-readers and smartphones.

Entry Format

All entries must be submitted online at Entry forms and step-by-step
instructions are posted on the website. Entries that originally appeared in print require the submission of both print magazines and CDs or DVDs containing PDFs of the entry as it was printed in the magazine. PDFs should be converted to a single file in correct page order
before submission (entire print issues should be submitted as one PDF, not as one PDF per page).

Advertisements need not be included. Pages in editorial spreads should be shown together. Low-resolution files are preferable.

Multiple entries may be submitted on a single CD or DVD. Print magazines and CDs or DVDs should be mailed to National Magazine Awards, ASME, 810 Seventh Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10019, or delivered to the 810 Seventh Avenue Messenger Center on 52nd Street between Seventh Avenue and Broadway. Deliveries are accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please follow the directions at for the labeling and packaging of print magazines and CDs or DVDs.

Contact Information

CALL: 212.872.3737
EMAIL: [email protected]
Sid Holt Chief Executive / Nina Fortuna Director

810 Seventh Avenue, 24th Floor,
New York, NY 10019

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