The six General Excellence categories honor both print and digital magazines. Publications may choose which category to enter, subject to the approval of the administrators of the awards, and may submit print or digital content or both.
Each of the six categories recognizes editorial and visual excellence as demonstrated in print and editorial, visual and functional excellence as demonstrated on websites, tablets and smartphones.
1 General Interest
Honors magazines covering politics, business, technology, sports and entertainment
2 Service and Lifestyle
Honors magazines covering family, the home, food, fashion and relationships
3 Style and Design
Honors magazines covering fashion, decorating, dining, entertaining and travel
4 Active Interest
Honors magazines covering active sports, outdoor recreation and health and fitness
5 Special Interest
Honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities
6 Literature, Science and Politics
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts