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Sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors, the ASME NEXT Awards were established in 2016 to support the development of print and digital media. The awards honor outstanding achievement by magazine journalists under the age of 30. Any full-time or freelance writer, photographer, editor, designer or photo editor is eligible for nomination. Candidates must be nominated or endorsed by a member of ASME and must be employed by or associated with a magazine or website edited by an ASME member. Eligible candidates must be under the age of 30 on January 1, 2022.

Five winners are chosen each year based on their talent and skill as demonstrated by their portfolio of work and on their potential to make significant contributions to magazine journalism. Award winners receive a medal bearing the likeness of “Elephant Walking,” the symbol of the National Magazine Awards, and will be honored at the annual presentation of the awards on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Brooklyn Steel, in Williamsburg, New York.

Nominations must include the following:

  • an application form, including a video statement by the candidate no longer than two minutes, preferably recorded on a mobile device, explaining why he or she is pursuing a career in magazine media
  • a statement no longer than 400 words by the nominating editor explaining why the candidate deserves to win an ASME NEXT Award
  • a portfolio of the candidate’s work, including no more than 10 print or digital examples
    • examples may be of any length and from any time in the candidate’s career
    • each example must be accompanied by a statement no longer than 100 words describing the
    • candidate’s role in the creation of the work
  • the candidate’s current résumé

How to Submit a Nomination ASME NEXT Awards 2022 nominations must be submitted online at asmeawards.org. Entrants are advised to visit the website before preparing submissions. Portfolios containing work originally published in print require the submission of PDFs (the submission of print issues is not required or permitted). PDFs should be converted to a single file in correct page order before uploading. Advertisements should not be included. Pages in editorial spreads should be shown together. Low-resolution files are preferred. Portfolios containing digital content require the submission of web links or app-specific instructions, including usernames and passwords.

Processing fee: $95
For more information, email asme@asme.media or call 212.872.3737
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