Best magazine covers from The Stack Awards 2016

Posted by Grace Wang on Wednesday, September 13 2017

Zadie Smith, vibrators, sausages: last year's magazine covers that came out on top

As shortlisted publishers and magazine fanatics huddle around a projector screen in the basement of The Book Club last year, the announcement of the winner for Cover of the Year drew the biggest ooos and ahhhs. Arguably the most defining image of any magazine, covers have the doubled burden of emphatically conveying the publication’s ethos, whilst driving sales by grabbing the passerby’s eye on a newsstand.

The judges for this category were Jaap Biemans, founder of, and Steve Heller from the School of Visual Arts in New York. They decided on Water Journal and Shellsuit Zombie for the commended titles, and settled on Parterre de Rois for the winner. Hear them explain their decision in the video below.

Some of the other covers that were shortlisted were…

Adbusters’ timely post US elections cover.


The Gentlewoman’s painterly Zadie Smith portrait.


The Gourmand’s cover by legendary photographer Harri Peccinotti.


Krass Journal’s typographic excellence by editor Sanja Grozdanic.


The Sex issue cover of Ladybeard magazine.


And Boat magazine’s jovial cover star for their Havana issue, local jazz singer Dayme Arocena.


Have a magazine with a smashing cover? Enter it for The Stack Awards! Entries close 29 September…

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