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2018 National City and Regional Magazine Awards Finalists Announced

The Missouri School of Journalism
University of Missouri-Columbia

March 13, 2018


View the list of categories and finalists.

Magazine professionals from around the country chose 175 finalists representing 34 publications in the 33-year-old City and Regional Magazine Association’s national awards competition. Magazines of varying circulations competed in 35 categories, including editorial, design, online, multiplatform storytelling and general excellence. Judges named five finalists in each category and will soon choose one ultimate winner in each. The winners for work completed in 2017 will be announced at CRMA’s 42nd Annual Conference to take place June 2-4, 2018 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Topping the list with double-digit finalist selections were 5280 (Denver), Boston Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Seattle Met and Texas Monthly. Magazines with seven or more selections include Baltimore Magazine, D Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Portland Monthly, St. Louis Magazine, Washingtonian, and Yankee Magazine. Palm Springs Life received six finalist selections while Houstonia and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine each received five.

Cleveland Magazine received four finalist selections and Honolulu Magazine two. Alaska Magazine, Austin Monthly, Buffalo Spree, Charlotte Magazine, Columbus Monthly, Down East: The Magazine of Maine, Greenwich Magazine, Gulfshore Life, Hour Detroit, Madison Magazine, Memphis Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, Sactown Magazine, San Antonio Magazine, Sarasota Magazine and Sonoma Magazine each had one finalist.

This year’s finalists covered topics such as:

  • An indigenous tribe forced to run drugs for Mexican cartels
  • A family determined to find the cure for a fatal genetic disorder
  • A world-renowned game theorist who committed the perfect murder
  • A city’s growing number of urban crows
  • The legacy of a legendary college basketball coach
  • An undocumented immigrant living in sanctuary
  • An ex-governor serving a prison sentence
  • Saving rare land snails

Other contenders focused on a hog farm’s effect on a local river, a man who makes pens out of shell casings and a best-selling author returning home.

More than 100 judges selected the finalists. They included representatives from publications and media outlets such as AARP the Magazine, Advertising Age, Allure, Better Homes & Gardens, The Atavist Magazine, CityLab, Consumer Reports, Discover Magazine, Eater, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, Rachel Ray Every Day, Family Circle, Farm & Ranch Living, Fast Company, Garden & Gun, Harper’s, Houston Press, Inc. Magazine, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Midwest Living, Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, National Geographic, The New York Times, Oxford American, Popular Mechanics, Reminisce Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, Runner’s World, Saveur, Scientific American, Southern Living, Successful Farming, Sunset, Time, Voice Media Group, The Washington Post and Woman’s Day, as well as journalism professors from the Missouri School of Journalism.

The competition is open to members of CRMA. The national competition has been in existence for 33 years and has been coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism on behalf of CRMA for the past 22 years.

For more information, contact Contest Coordinator Kimberly Townlain, University of Missouri, 320 Lee Hills Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 (573-884-1869) or CRMA Executive Director Cate Sanderson, 287 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850 (203-515-9294).