'New York' Magazine's Impeachment Issue Wins ASME's Cover Of Year Award

New York’s October cover illustration of President Trump crushed under a huge peach earned ASME's Cover of the Year award.

The award was announced during ASME's Best Cover Contest, held this afternoon in a virtual presentation on YouTube hosted by ASME executive director Sid Holt.

The American Society of Magazine Editors contest honors magazine covers published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. 

The winning cover, from New York’s October 14–27, 2019 issue, has the words “Finally” written across the large orange peach, with the cover line: “Impeachment Season Begins.” 

The illustration is by Joe Darrow. The cover also won the category of “Best News and Politics Cover.”



The feature story covers the unfolding impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

This year, the ASME judging group was made up of 120 magazine editors, art directors and photo editors. They chose five finalists, including a winner, in 10 categories.

The ASME Board of Directors chooses the ASME Cover of the Year from the winners of the other categories.

There was a tie for the “Best Entertainment and Celebrity Cover,” between The New York Times Magazine’s cover featuring pop icon Madonna and the WSJ Magazine’s The Innovators Issue.

The New York Times Magazine won two other categories: “Best Sports and Fitness Cover” for its issue on women in big-wave surfing and The Climate Issue.

New York also took home awards for “Best Service and Lifestyle Cover” for its issue on marriage, and “Most Controversial Cover” for its issue on the growing terrorist movement inside the U.S.

The New Yorker won “Best Business and Technology Cover” and California Sunday Magazine won “Best Travel and Adventure Cover” for its issue tracking the death of a glacier.

Every cover in the contest was also posted on Facebook, where readers voted for the winner of the ASME Readers’ Choice Award. 

Billboard Magazine won the Readers’ Choice Award for its cover featuring K-pop band Blackpink.

Vanity Fair won “Best Fashion and Beauty Cover” from the ASME judges and readers' choice for its cover featuring actress Lupita Nyong’o.

Bon Appetit won “Most Delicious Cover” in both competitions for its Holiday Issue.

This year, ASME expanded its contest with nine new awards for Photography and Illustration, which honor visual excellence both in print and online.

The full list is available here.

The “ASME Best Cover Contest” awards began in 2006. ASME also hosts the National Magazine Awards, also called the Ellie Awards, which took place this year virtually in May.

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