The magazine is recognized for general excellence and profile writing.

Columbus Monthly is up for two national City and Regional Magazine Association Awards, including for the fourth consecutive year a prestigious general excellence award for its circulation size.

For the general excellence category, judges reviewed entries of three complete issues from 2019, two of which were from consecutive months. Columbus Monthly’s entry consisted of its January, November and December issues, featuring cover stories about former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the Les Wexner-Jeffrey Epstein scandal and “The Defining Decade,” a series of articles about 10 key moments that helped birth a new Columbus during the 2010s. Other general excellence finalists are Louisville Magazine, Palm Springs Life, Sarasota Magazine and Sonoma Magazine. In 2018, Columbus Monthly won the top prize.

Columbus Monthly senior editor Suzanne Goldsmith is also a finalist in the profile-writing category (circulation less than 60,000) for her October 2019 story about Jasmin Osman and her escape from an abusive Somali boarding school for wayward Muslim women. This honor marks the third time Goldsmith has been a finalist for a CRMA writing award.

CRMA entries were reviewed by more than 100 judges from such publications and media outlets as ESPN, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Vanity Fair and The Washington Post. The winners will be announced in May.


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