Intended to celebrate the historic link between literary fiction and magazine journalism, the ASME Award for Fiction honors print magazines and magazine websites for overall excellence in fiction. An entry consists of three examples of short fiction written by one or more writers. Special weight is given to formally or thematically adventurous fiction. The winner receives a medal bearing the likeness of “Elephant,” the symbol of the National Magazine Awards.
The 2019 winner and finalists were chosen, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Magazine Editors, by a jury chaired by Karolina Waclawiak, Executive Editor, Culture, BuzzFeed News. The jury also included Keith Gessen, George T. Delacorte Professor of Magazine Journalism, Columbia Journalism School, and Koa Beck, who serves on the board of directors of Nat.Brut and is a Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School.
Claire Boyle, Managing Editor For “Skinned,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah, “Vinegar on the Lips of Girls,” by Julia Dixon Evans, and “Unsound,” by Maria Reva