Esquire walked away the top elephant at Wednesday’s American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Award ceremony, for the first time taking home multiple statuettes.
Mag left the noontime ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria with four of the 21 Ellies — the Alexander Calder-designed elephantine sculpture that winners receive — while the New Yorker came in second with three.
The two magazines were the only multiple winners. First-time Ellie recipients included Aperture, Budget Living, City, CNET News.com, Gourmet and Popular Science.
For the first time in recent memory, Vanity Fair received no nominations in this year’s contest.
Esquire won in the categories of reviews and criticism (Tom Carson), fiction (Arthur Miller, George Saunders and Stephen King), profile writing (Bill Zehme) and design.
The New Yorker won in the categories of public interest writing (Seymour M. Hersh), feature writing (Katherine Boo) and essays (Lauren Hillenbrand).
Newsweek won in the general excellence category for mags with a circulation over 2 million; Popular Science won in the general excellence category for mags with a circulation of 1 million to 2 million; Gourmet, in the general excellence category for mags with a circulation of 500,000 to 1 million; Chicago Magazine, in the general excellence category for mags with a circulation of 100,000 to 200,000; and Aperture, in the general excellence category for mags with a circulation under 100,000.
Rolling Stone won in the reporting category and New York magazine in the category of columns and commentary.
CNET News.com won in the general excellence online category. City won in the photography category and W in the photo/portfolio/photo essay category.
Men’s Health won in the category of personal service, while Consumer Reports won in the category of leisure interests. Finally, the Oxford American received an Ellie for single-topic issue.