Memphis magazine won the coveted General Excellence award in its circulation category (under 30,000 circulation) in the 30th Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition announced June 1st at CRMA’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas.
“It’s always great to be honored by our journalistic peers in the city-magazine business,” said Kenneth Neill, editor of Memphis. “This award is a superb tribute to a terrific editorial and design staff who produce work of the highest quality, year in and year out.”
As always, this annual competition attracted nearly a thousand submissions from magazines throughout the United States and Canada. Memphis previously won the top General Excellence honor in 2007, 2008, and 2010, and the magazine has been a finalist in this category every year since 2007.
Memphis magazine’s entries included issues that focused on our city’s burgeoning dining scene (February 2014), the renovation and reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum (March 2014), and the resurgence of Harbor Town (September 2014).
The magazine’s “Ask Vance” history column, produced by Vance Lauderdale, was a finalist for “Best Column.”
More than 100 judges selected the finalists. They included representatives from publications as diverse as Advertising Age, Better Homes and Gardens, Discover Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, New York Magazine, Oxford American, Rolling Stone, Scientific American, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, and others, as well as journalism professors from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The other 2015 General Excellence winners were Seattle Met (30,000-60,000 circulation) and Boston (more than 60,000 circulation).
The 30-year-old national competition is open to members of CRMA and other city and regional magazines throughout North America. The contest has been coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism on behalf of CRMA for 19 years.
Memphis magazine is published by Contemporary Media, the locally owned company that also publishes the Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent and Inside Memphis Business. The magazine celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2016.