stack-awards-2019

The Stack Awards are back for their fifth edition, searching out the most exciting and inspiring independent magazines of the year.

Explore the shortlisted titles below, with an emphasis on the magazines stocked by Under the Cover. The winners and commended titles will be announced on 14 November.

Magazine of the Year

Remarkable magazines that have excelled in 2019, producing the highest quality content to deliver on a strong and clear editorial concept.

The judges consider the magazine in its entirety, looking for originality, innovation and clarity, as well as the overall quality of content, design and production.

Winner: Good Trouble

Commended: FlaneurMigrant Journal

Launch of the Year

This category is for magazines that made a bright start in 2019, launching with an exciting new editorial concept and high quality content.

The judges consider the magazine in its entirety, looking for originality, innovation and clarity, as well as the overall quality of content, design and production.

Shortlisted:

Others: Afterparti, Day + Night, Double Issue, Emergence, Meantime, Oh-So, Present, Rotten, Tinted Window, Visions, What Do People Do?, Where is the Cool?.

Editor of the Year

This award is for the editor who has led their magazine to success with a clear and original editorial vision, skilfully packaging their ideas into a compelling and engaging read.

The judges consider a single issue in its entirety and are looking for stories that come together to form a cohesive and characterful whole, with attention given to long-form writing, but also to headlines, picture captions and story selection.

Shortlisted:

Others: Buffalo Zine, Fiddler’s Green, Nataal, Rugby, The Nib, Tinted Window.

Art Director of the Year

This category is looking for the art director whose skillful and distinctive design has elevated their magazine and helped it stand out from the crowd this year.

The judges consider a single issue in its entirety and are looking for characterful design that defines and amplifies the magazine’s editorial identity. Attention will be paid to picture selection, fonts, layout and production to identify the creation of an exceptional magazine brand.

Shortlisted:

Others: Buffalo Zine, Gossamer, The Modernist, Oh-So, Profane, Suspira.

Cover of the Year

We want to see the year’s best, most inventive, most enticing magazine covers. The point of a cover is to make people pick up the magazine, so we’re looking for the covers we just can’t resist.

Shortlisted:

Others: Contra, Gosh, Gusher, Harvard Design Magazine, Meantime, Nichons-nous dans l’Internet, Pan & the Dream, Suspira, Virge.

Best Use of Photography

This category is for the most outstanding photography published in independent magazines this year. We’re looking for images that are impactful and memorable.

Photographs do not need to be original but consideration will be given to the way they are presented, quality of the image, and placement in the page.

Shortlisted:

Others: Accattone, Aint-Bad, Closing Ceremony, Make Running, Minimal Zine, Nataal, Primary Paper, Source.

Best Use of Illustration

The judges are looking for the best, most characterful, most distinctive illustrations published in independent magazines this year.

Combining excellent artwork with a clear editorial purpose, the winning illustrations will be conceptually rich as well as aesthetically pleasing, adding an extra dimension to the magazine’s stories.

Shortlisted:

Others: An Illustrated Guide to Bad Trip Advisor Reviews, Illustoria, Magma-Zine, The Nib, Nork, Normal, Psyche, Shado, Wobby.

Best Original Non-Fiction

This category is for the most exceptional interviews, reportage, and any other writing based on real events. The judges are looking for original storytelling that informs and engages the reader with a distinctive editorial voice.

Combining excellent artwork with a clear editorial purpose, the winning illustrations will be conceptually rich as well as aesthetically pleasing, adding an extra dimension to the magazine’s stories.

Shortlisted:

Others: Ecotone, Gossamer, Gusher, Meantime, The Nib, Peddler, Somesuch Stories, The Tangerine.

Best Original Fiction

Judges will be looking for fresh, distinctive fiction that stands out for its inventive ideas and memorable writing.

Shortlisted:

Others: Ecotone, Firewords, Index on Censorship, Sand, Somesuch Stories, South London Review of Hand Dryers, The Stinging Fly.

To see the complete list, visit the Stack Awards webpage here.

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