The Stack Awards

Launched in 2015, the Stack Awards recognise the best work in independent magazines

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In its inaugural year the Stack Awards attracted more than 170 entries from magazines around the world. Click any of the categories below to see full details of the shortlists, commendations and winners, as well as the judges who chose them.

Magazine of the year

Winner: The Gourmand

Commended: Flaneur & The Outpost

Shortlisted

Benji Knewman (Riga)
Boat (Los Angeles)
Brutal (New York)
Buffalo Zine (London)
Delayed Gratification (London)
Flaneur (Berlin)
The Gourmand (London)
The Happy Reader (London)
Hole & Corner (Dorset)
Makeshift (New York)
Mondial (London)
The Outpost (Beirut)
Perdiz (Barcelona)
The Travel Almanac (Berlin)
Twin (London)

Judges

Jeremy Leslie

The creative director of magCulture has written three books about editorial design, most recently The Modern Magazine, and is an awarded member of D&AD and a member of AGI. His favourite magazines are The New Yorker and mono.kultur.

Ruth Jamieson

A journalist, editor and creative director, Ruth is the author of Print is Dead, Long Live Print, an eye-opening look into the fascinating field of independent print journalism that showcases over 50 examples of innovative magazines from around the globe.

Launch of the year

Winner: Weapons of Reason

Commended: Benji Knewman & American Chordata

Shortlisted

American Chordata (New York)
Artefact (London)
Artenol (New York)
Benji Knewman (Riga)
Fathers (Warsaw)
Fiera (London)
Hayo (Vancouver)
NOUA (Moldova)
Salvage (London)
The Smart View (Hamburg)
Weapons of Reason (London)

Judges

Steven Gregor

The London-based freelance art director and editorial designer has worked at WIRED (UK), British Esquire, the European edition of Newsweek, NME and The Observer newspaper. Steven is also the founder of Gym Class, a bi-annual printed magazine about magazines and the people who make them.

Malte and Urs

Malte Brenneisen and Urs Spindler are journalists and entrepreneurs based in Hamburg, Germany. Their love of publications produced outside the mainstream led them to create indiemags.de, an archive of independent magazines, and Indiecon, an annual festival for independent magazines.

Cover of the year

Winner: Guts

Commended: Avaunt & Cercle

Shortlisted

A New Type of Imprint (Oslo)
Artefact (London)
Avaunt (London)
Berlin Quarterly (Berlin)
Cercle (Strasbourg)
Eye (London)
Gather Journal (New York)
The Gourmand (London)
Gratuitous Type (New York)
Guts (Dublin)
Gym Class (London)
Hole & Corner (Dorset)
Intern (Manchester)
Like the Wind (London)
Makeshift (New York)
Mondial (London)
Nous (Manchester)
Port (London)
The Recorder (London)
Teeth (New York)

Judges

Steven Heller

The former art director of the New York Times Book Review, Steven is the current co-chair of SVA’s MFA Design: Designer as Author + Entrepreneur programme. He is the author of over 170 books, including Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant Garde Magazine Design of the 20th Century.

Jaap Biemans

The guy behind Coverjunkie.com, "an addiction to magazine covers you wanna lick, a celebration of creativity and ace designers", Jaap is also art director of Volkskrant Magazine, the weekly magazine published with Dutch quality newspaper Volkskrant.

Best use of photography

Winner: Victory

Commended: Four & Sons & Gather Journal

Shortlisted

Boat (Los Angeles)
Brewster (New South Wales)
The Collective Quarterly (West Virginia)
Eye (London)
Feelings (Paris)
Four & Sons (Victoria)
Gather Journal (New York)
Pet People (Gothenburg)
Sidetracked (Worcester)
Victory (New York)

Judges

Clare Grafik

The head of exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery, Clare has worked at the ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Hayward Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. She has lectured at institutions including Birkbeck College, University of the Arts and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Ben Hillwood Harris

The owner of Artwords, the London bookshop specialising in publications on the visual arts, media and culture, Ben has been involved in books and publishing since the 1990s, previously managing the Serpentine Gallery's book sales and publications.

Best use of illustration

Winner: Weapons of Reason

Commended: Little White Lies & The Ride Journal

Shortlisted

Amuseum (London)
Buffalo Zine (London)
Guts (Dublin)
Hot Rum Cow (Edinburgh)
Little White Lies (London)
The Ride Journal (London)
Shelf Heroes (London)
Spring (Hamburg)
Stadtlichh (Hamburg)
Weapons of Reason (London)

Judges

Thomas James

An illustrator whose work has appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, The Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post amongst others, Thomas is the editor and creative director of Illustration Age, the popular blog and professional resource.

Annabelle Fernandez

A die-hard magazine obsessive for as long as she can remember, Annabelle is the co-founder and curator of Magpie, a retailer of independent specialty magazines in Singapore, where she selects and sells a rotating mix of new and established titles.

Best original fiction

Winner: American Chordata

Shortlisted

American Chordata (New York)
Amuseum (London)
Berlin Quarterly (Berlin)
The Eighty-Eight (London)
Firewords (Durham)
Structo (Cumbria)

Judges

Evie Wyld

After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award. Evie’s second novel, All the Birds, Singing, won the Miles Franklin Award, the Encore Award and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. In 2013 she was included on Granta's Best of Young British Novelists list.

Alex Clark

A well-known literary journalist and broadcaster, Alex writes for the Guardian and the Observer. She makes regular appearances on Radio 4, chairs numerous literary events and is an experienced judge of literary awards, including the 2008 Man Booker prize. She lives in London and is an Arsenal fan.

Best original non-fiction

Winner: The Lifted Brow

Commended: Victory & Delayed Gratification

Shortlisted

Boat (Los Angeles)
Delayed Gratification (London)
Fool (Malmo)
Future Perfect (New South Wales)
The Lifted Brow (Victoria)
Makeshift (New York)
Postr (Ghent)
Sidetracked (Worcester)
Victory (New York)
Works That Work (The Hague)

Judges

Shazna Nessa

Director of journalism at Knight Foundation, Shazna has more than 15 years of newsroom experience, including deputy managing editor at the Associated Press in New York. She has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

Lynn Barber

A journalist on the Sunday Times, Lynn’s interviews have won six press awards. Her memoir, An Education, was made into a film starring Carey Mulligan.

The Stack Awards 2016

Entries to the Stack Awards 2016 will open in July, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Monday 28 November. Watch the Stack blog for details as they are announced, or if you’d prefer you can send us an email and we’ll notify you when entries open.

FAQs

How do I enter the Stack Awards?

Entries to this year’s awards will open in July. Full details will be announced on the Stack blog before then so keep checking back for information as it’s available, or you can send us an email and we’ll make sure we notify you as soon as entries open.

What do you define as an independent magazine?

We like the definition suggested at Indiecon 2014: “The chiefs are the makers – the people who take care of the financial decisions are directly responsible for the magazine’s content or design”. If you’d like to check whether your magazine qualifies under this definition, please drop us a line.

Do the magazines have to be in English?

Non-English magazines are welcome to enter – several made it through to the shortlists of more visual categories in 2015. But please bear in mind that English is the common language of the judges, and as such it’s unlikely that they will be able to read and fully understand non-English magazines.

What publishing dates will be eligible?

All magazines entered into the Stack Awards 2016 must have been published between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.

How many magazines will win?

Each category will have one winner, and up to two commendations. We will be adding more categories to the awards in 2016 to better reflect the work done – watch the Stack blog for more details.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners and commended magazines will be announced at a ceremony in London on Monday 28 November.

Wait! I don’t get it!

If you have any questions about the Stack Awards please just drop us a line and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

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