At a ceremony in New York City last night, the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) presented several literary publications with National Magazine Awards, which honor print and online periodicals for excellence and innovation in writing, journalism, editing, photography, and design.
The award for fiction went to Harper's, recognizing stories by Daniel Mason, Steven Millhauser, and Alice Munro. New Letters received the essay award for Thomas E. Kennedy's piece "I Am Joe's Prostate," which appeared in the Summer 2007 issue. The Virginia Quarterly Review won in the single-topic issue category, for its Fall 2007 issue on South America. The Atlantic received the award in reviews and criticism for Caitlin Flanagan's columns on cultural issues.
Among the winners in general excellence were the New Yorker and National Geographic, which recently added literary authors to its roster of contributing writers. For a complete list of honorees, visit the ASME Web site.
ASME established the National Magazine Awards in 1966 and shares sponsorship of the annual awards with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The winners are selected from over a thousand submissions by a group of magazine editors, art directors, and educators.