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WHO CAN ENTER THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS
Magazines and websites edited and published in the United States are eligible to enter the National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media. Other creators and publishers of magazine-like content, including newspapers, newsletters and audio and video production companies, are also eligible to enter.

Entries are subject to the following conditions:

1. Print magazines must have been published at least four times during 2021 and must still be in existence at the end of the year.

2. Digital publications must have been launched before June 30, 2021, and must still be active at the end of the year.

3. Newspapers, newsletters, newsrooms and audio and video production companies, as well as websites associated with radio and television stations and networks, are eligible to enter every category except General Excellence (newsletters may be entered as part of an entry in General Excellence).

4. The following are not eligible to enter the National Magazine Awards: company publications intended primarily for and distributed solely to employees and their associates or customers; marketing and promotional websites; and magazines published in languages other than English and Spanish.

Only chief editors or their equivalents may enter their publication or organization in the National Magazine Awards. No article or photograph may be entered without the approval of the publication in which it appeared. The administrators of the National Magazine Awards reserve the right to determine if an entry is eligible for submission.

The following conditions also apply:

5. Print content must be dated 2021. See the Rules and Eligibility section for each category for exceptions.

6. Digital content must have been largely produced in 2021. Screenshots may be requested to verify publication dates.

7. No entry can duplicate an entry in another category. See the Rules and Eligibility section for each category for additional conditions.

8. Excerpts serialized from fiction and nonfiction books are not eligible except as part of an entry in General Excellence, Design, Photography and Single-Topic Issue

9. A website channel may submit entries separately from its parent site if the channel has an independent brand identity.

10. Media organizations that fund or partner in the publication of a finalist or winner will receive certificates of recognition.

11. Entries found to be in violation of commonly accepted editorial standards, including the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers, may be disqualified at any time.

12. The administrators of the National Magazine Awards may at their own discretion extend the deadline for entry in any category.

See the Rules and Eligibility section for each category for more information.

Entry Statement
Each submission must include a three-part statement describing the publication and the entry. Part 1 should describe the editorial mission of the publication and include information about audience size and reader demographics. Part 1 may be based on the description of the editorial mission included in media kits. Part 1 should be no longer than 100 words. Part 2 should provide information about the overall size of the full-time staff as well as its composition by gender and ethnicity. Editors are also encouraged to describe in Part 2 any efforts at their publications to address issues of diversity and inclusion, including representation of the LGBTQ community, in both hiring and assigning. This information will not be disclosed publicly but will be provided to judges. Part 2 should be no longer than 200 words. Part 3 should describe the entry and the reasons it deserves to be recognized. Part 3 may include links to other information, including content related to the entry, as well as examples of reader correspondence or media coverage attesting to the significance of the entry. Any significant challenge to the accuracy or fairness of an entry, including corrections or retractions, must be noted in Part 3. Part 3 should be no longer than 300 words.

Multipart Entries
Entries in some categories may consist of as many as three thematically linked articles. Articles published under a common rubric such as “Health” or “Money” do not qualify as thematically linked unless the articles address a specific topic, such as ways to stop smoking or saving for retirement. Entries composed of two or more articles are judged in part on their consistency. Editors may wish to enter a single strong article rather than a series of uneven quality.

 

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