Event: The 2018 BSME Awards

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Earlier this week, the evening after the Stack Awards, the British Society of Magazine Editors held their annual Awards dinner in London. The two events probably had no more than four people in common present, yet the cause was the same: celebrating the best magazines.

‘The best’ is subjective of course, and while Stack specialises in independent magazines the BSME Awards have a far broader base.

But if there were few of the same people present at each ceremony, there were plenty of publications with crossover appeal from a magCulture standpoint. The BSME shortlists included The Economist, Elle, Wallpaper* and Wired, all available at our shop. Eye magazine editor John L Walters and art director Simon Esterson both won trophies for their relevant categories, following on from BSME wins in recent years by The Gentlewoman, Delayed Gratification and Index on Censorship.

Closer links between mainstream and indie mags is a vital thing for the industry, and the BSME committee seem intent on pushing this. If you make it to the end of the list here you’ll see I was awarded the Mark Boxer Award, for services to the industry. I’m hugely grateful to be honoured in this way and hope it’s a further sign that the BSME is waking up to the indie world.


Congratulations to all the BSME winners:

Editor of the year – Food & Drink
Laura Rowe, Olive

Editor of the year – Business & Finance
Harry Rose, Which? Money

Editor of the year – Culture
Jane Ferguson, The Observer New Review

Editor of the year – Sport, Fitness & Health
Claire Sanderson, Women’s Health

Editor of the year – Science & Technology
Greg Williams, Wired

Editor of the year – Motoring
Ben Miller, Car

Editor of the year – Specialist
Kelly Wilks, Girltalk
Highly Commended: Peter Hart, BBC Top of the Pops

Art Director of the year – Digital
Gemma Stark, Porter Digital

Art Director of the year – B2B
Aubrey Smith, Supply Management
Highly Commended: Sam Walker, Modus

Editor of the year – Branded Content
Ellie Hughes, Healthy
Highly Commended: Sarah Warwick, N by Norwegian

Editor of the year – Trade & Professional
Keely Stocker, Draper

Editor of the year – Homes & Interiors
Susy Smith, Country Living

Editor of the year – Current Affairs & Politics
Tom Clark, Prospect
Highly Commended: Jason Cowley, New Statesman

Editor of the year – Digital
Marcus Fairs, Dezeen

Columnist of the year – B2b
Mark Ritson, Marketing Week

Columnist of the year – Consumer
Polly Vernon, Grazia
Highly Commended: Helen Lewis, New Statesman

Launch of the year
Vivien Jones, Kookie

Art Director of the year – Independent
Simon Esterson, Eye

Art Director of the year – Branded Content
Paul Yelland, WHN?

Art Director of the year – Consumer
Maggie Murphy, Guardian Weekend Magazine

Editor of the year – Gardens & Country
Lucy Bellamy, Gardens Illustrated

Editor of the year – Travel
Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveller
Highly Commended: Ed Grenby, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine

Editor of the year – Independent
John L. Walters, Eye

Editor of the year – Newspaper Magazine
Melissa Denes, Guardian Weekend Magazine

Editor of the year – Entertainment & Celebrity
Colin Tough, What’s On TV
Highly Commended: Rosie Nixon, Hello!

Editor of the year – Men’s & Women’s
Farrah Storr, Cosmopolitan
Highly Commended: Jill Wanless, Hello! Fashion Monthly

Cover of the year – B2B
Ravi Naidoo, Pulse

Cover of the year – Consumer
Graeme James, The Economist

Mark Boxer Award
Jeremy Leslie, founder, MagCulture

Chair’s Special Award
Sue Peart, former Editor, You

2018 Editors’ Editor of the year
Anna Bassi, The Week Junior


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