PPA SCOTTISH MAGAZINE AWARDS 2019 CATEGORIES

ELIGIBILITY PERIOD FOR ALL ENTRIES: OCT 1 2018 - SEPT 30 2019

Entry fees are £80+VAT for non-PPA members / £40+VAT for PPA members.
 To access the PPA Member price, please enter discount code PPAMEMB


DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: OCTOBER 4 2019


Young Journalist of the Year

Judges will be looking for a young magazine writer (aged 25 and under on 31 December 2019) in print and/or online, who has made significant impact over the year. The winning entry will show evidence of the writer’s promise, originality, and flair, together with his or her ability to truly captivate target readers. Judges will also consider the entrants' broader contribution to the print or online magazine - this will be judged through a 300-word testimonial from an editor, course leader or other senior figure they have worked with. 

All shortlisted entrants will win a free place to attend the PPA Scottish Magazine Awards celebration on November 28. The winner will also receive a year-long mentorship from a top Scottish magazine professional (suited to their interests).

All entries for this award are FREE

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Columnist of the Year

Open to commentators and opinion-formers who reach their audiences through a regular by-lined column or feature. Our judges will be looking for content of the highest quality and insight that informs, educates, and leads opinion within their target communities. Entrants should have the ability to provoke debate: appealing to, or challenging, the magazine’s audience. Judges will look for someone whose presence within the publication has made a positive contribution to its success. The winning entry will show clear evidence of the writer’s brilliance with words, along with his or her authority, insight, and accuracy, all delivered with real wit, style, and sheer force of personality.

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Writer of the Year – Consumer Magazines

This category is open to writers for magazines which fall in the following categories: Consumer Magazine, Special Interest Magazine, Supplement. This award recognises real excellence in style and content from consumer magazine writers in print and/or online. Whatever the channel, our judges will be looking for writing of the highest quality in a style appropriate to the relevant audience. The winning entry will show evidence of the writer’s brilliance, originality, and flair, together with his or her ability to truly captivate target readers.

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Writer of the Year – Specialist Magazines

This category is open to writers for magazines that fall in the following categories: Specialist Magazine, Customer Magazine.

This award recognises real excellence in style and content from specialist magazine writers in print and/or online. Whatever the channel, our judges will be looking for writing of the highest quality in a style appropriate to the relevant audiences. The winning entry will show evidence of the writer’s brilliance, originality, and flair, together with his or her ability to truly captivate target readers.

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Designer of the Year

This award recognises the Art Director or Designer who can demonstrate truly brilliant and outstanding design in the last 12 months on a particular title or brand. Our judges will be looking for evidence of how the designer’s sheer excellence throughout the year has played a key part in the success of the brand, whether focused on single or multiple platforms. Our judges will also be looking for coherence, excellence in the use of photography, typography and illustration, and all other classic design elements. Please enter nominees for one brand/title only. An individual may enter this category only once.

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Editor of the Year – Specialist Magazines

This category is open to editors of magazines that fall in the following categories: Specialist Magazine, Member Magazine, Community Magazine. 

Our judges will focus on the personal contribution of the Editor to the consistent all-round brilliance which puts his or her brand above its competitors, taking into account the overall quality of journalism, significant successful editorial developments and initiatives, the relevance of the content to the audience, and the Editor's own knowledge of, involvement in, and influence on, his or her relevant market.  

Our judges will be searching for genuine individual genius, along with assessing the overall performance of the brand during the last 12 months, including audience figures, and achievement within the competitive set.  

Please enter nominees for one brand/title only. Any individual may enter this category once only.

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Editor of the Year – Consumer Magazines

This category is open to editors of magazines that fall in the following categories: Consumer Magazine, Special Interest Magazine, Supplement.

Our judges will focus on the personal contribution of the Editor to the consistent all-round brilliance which puts his or her brand above its competitors, taking into account the overall quality of journalism, significant successful editorial developments and initiatives, the relevance of the content to the audience, and the Editor's own knowledge of, involvement in, and influence on, his or her relevant market.

Our judges will be searching for genuine individual genius, along with assessing the overall performance of the brand during the last 12 months, including audience figures, and achievement within the competitive set.

Please enter nominees for one brand/title only. Any individual may enter this category once only.

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Event of the Year

This award will recognise an outstanding event from a Scottish media brand. The event can be an exhibition, awards ceremony, festival, or any other type of event at which the publisher brings together its target audience face-to-face. The event can either stem from an existing parent brand or be a wholly standalone experience. Our judges will primarily be looking for evidence of real innovation and creativity here, along with an event that has proven commercial success, which really engages with the target audience, and which looks to have real legs for some time to come.

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Special Edition of the Year

This award recognises the success of a special standalone edition of a magazine, which extends the brand. Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Originality or innovation within the special edition
  • How the special edition promotes the core magazine
  • Commercial success of the special edition
  • The additional value of the special edition to the readership and/or the advertisers
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Launch of the Year

This category celebrates new – or re-launched – print or digital magazines from Scottish publishers or for a Scottish market. For new magazines, the first edition must be dated between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019. To qualify for this award, re-launched magazines should have been dormant for at least 12 months, before being relaunched between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019.

Judges will look for entries that demonstrate:

  • Excellent editorial, design and production to create a title with ‘magazine magic’ Innovation – improving on existing products; solving a problem; or reaching new customers
  • Evidence of market research and strategy behind the launch
  • Evidence of planning for commercial success
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Supplement of the Year

Judges will look for editorial and commercial success from a magazine or newspaper supplement, produced in Scotland, which makes a significant contribution to the overall appeal of the parent title and has met its objectives for the past 12 months. The winning magazine will add significant value to the parent title and demonstrate all-round excellence in its editorial, design, and overall publishing values.

Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • How the supplement broadens and deepens the relationship with the reader
  • How the supplement has supported circulation and audience growth
  • Excellence in well-targeted editorial content, design and use of photography
  • Commercial innovation to improve the bottom line
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Community Magazine of the Year

A community magazine is a digital or print magazine that specifically serves one geographic area. The winning magazine will add significant value to their community and will demonstrate all-round excellence in its editorial, design, and overall publishing values.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • How the publication meets the community's information needs, and strengthens the community
  • Relevant editorial, design and production to the target audience
  • Evidence of innovation to improve the publication for the readership
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Special Interest Magazine of the Year

For the purpose of this award, a special interest magazine is one which addresses a specific consumer interest (including food, health, sport, hobbies, homes, interiors, travel) or publishes within a specific sector, such as children’s magazines or partworks.

As with the Consumer Magazine of the Year award, the winning specialist magazine will demonstrate outstanding editorial and design, a sure understanding of the needs of its audience, as well as sound commercial results. Ideally the magazine will have a new achievement or innovation to celebrate in the past 12 months.

Please note that a magazine may be entered in EITHER Consumer Magazine of the Year OR Special Interest Magazine of the Year, but not both.

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Member Magazine of the Year

This category recognises the digital and print publication that has best served the members or customers of an organisation, society or institution, as a medium for news, views and information in the last year.

Judges will look for:

  • How the publication matches the readers’ information needs and reflects the organisation’s aims and values
  • How the publication adds value to the readers’ relationship with the organisation
  • Well-targeted editorial, design and production for the target audience
  • Evidence of innovation to improve the publication for the readership
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Specialist Magazine of the Year

This award is for a magazine that covers a specific professional interest or a specific business sector.

The winning magazine will demonstrate outstanding editorial and design, a sure understanding of the needs of its audience, as well as sound commercial results. Although the judges will note how effectively a brand has been developed across all platforms, the focus for this entry is on the magazine’s excellence in its core area, be that in print or on a digital platform.

Please note that this category is open to both consumer-facing and Business Media titles.

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Consumer Magazine of the Year

This award is for the title that stands out as a beacon of excellence in consumer magazines. Our judges will be looking for a magazine with outstanding editorial and design, a total understanding of the needs of the target audience, and that is meeting its commercial objectives. Ideally the magazine will have a new achievement or innovation to celebrate in the past 12 months.

Please note that a magazine may be entered in EITHER Consumer Magazine of the Year OR Special Interest Magazine of the Year, but not both.

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Cover of the Year

Does your magazine cover shout ‘pick me up and read me’? This category rewards the very best cover of a Scottish magazine in the last year. The overall winner of this category will be voted for by the public, through an online poll, and magazines will be encouraged to campaign for their cover with their readership.

In drawing up the shortlist, judges will look for demonstration of:

  • Correlation with the magazine’s brand values
  • Strong cover lines which sell the content
  • Effective and original use of imagery, colour, type and/or logos as applicable
  • A very high standard of imaginative design, photography, and/or illustration
  • A front cover that presents something totally unexpected to its audience
  • How the cover appeals to both new and core readers
  • A strong sense of personality
  • A unique connection with the target audience
  • How the cover appeals to both new and core readers
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Media Brand of the Year

This award is for the magazine brand that demonstrates excellence in serving the needs of its target audience across multiple channels (print, online, face-to-face, events, broadcast, mobile, other digital offerings). Our judges are looking for a brand that has shown outstanding innovation in responding to the changing dynamics of its market.

Entries should clearly demonstrate how a multi-channel approach or innovative extension of the brand has created deeper engagement with the target audience. Where different communities are being targeted, evidence will show how the brand adapts to and serves the requirements of each community.

While creativity and innovation are paramount, the judges will also be looking for evidence of a strong commercial performance from the brand during the last 12 months.

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