Stack announces independent magazine award 2016 winners

  • Words: Spindle

Stack hosted its second awards ceremony last night in London, naming the winners of its best independent magazine awards. Stack is a subscription service that selects a surprise independent magazine to send out each month, so they’re top authority on what makes an interesting publication. Previous magazines they’ve sent out have included Cereal and Little White Lies. Over 150 editors, designers, and publishers attended last night’s event, where 11 awards were announced after receiving over 300 entries from independent publishers all over the world. The Stack awards are still the world’s only awards scheme for independent magazines.

Magazine of the Year was won by the Amsterdam based MacGuffin, a design and crafts magazine, while London’s The Gentlewoman and Ladybeard were commended. Launch of the Year was awarded to Real Review, which focuses on architecture, with Ladybeard being commended again, as well as Racquet, a New York based magazine. A full list of winners can be read below. The judging panel was made up of an international array of magazine experts including Gail Bichler, Design Director of the New York Times Magazine, Debbie Millman, President of AIGA, and Jeremy Leslie, Creative Director of magCulture.

Watch a video naming the 2016 winners below:

View a full list of winners below:

Magazine of the Year

Winner: MacGuffin Amsterdam

Commended: The Gentlewoman, London; Ladybeard, London

Launch of the Year

Winner: Real Review London

Commended: Ladybeard, London; Racquet, New York

Editor of the Year

Winner: The Happy Reader, London

Commended: Eye, London; Flaneur, Berlin

Art Director of the Year

Winner: Voortuin Amsterdam

Commended: Elephant, Amsterdam; Lost, Shanghai

Cover of the Year

Winner: Parterre de Rois, Milan

Commended: Shellsuit Zombie, London; Water, London

Best Original Fiction

Winner: The White Review, London

Commended: American Chordata, New York; The Lifted Brow, Melbourne

Best Original Non-Fiction

Winner: The Outpost, Beirut

Commended: American Chordata, New York; Oxford American, Arkansas

Best Use of Photography

Winner: Gather Journal, New York

Commended: 212, Istanbul; The Exposed, Copenhagen

Best Use of Illustration

Winner: Ladybeard, London

Commended: Amuseum, London; The Ride Journal, London

Student Magazine of the Year

Winner: King’s Review, Cambridge

Commended: Metazine, Nottingham; Nii Journal, London

Stack Subscriber’s Choice

Winner: Drift, New York

Commended: Ladybeard, London