European Magazine Award

The European Magazine Award welcomes media companies that create and market content-driven products, as well as their suppliers, service partners and service providers. The awarding ceremony will take place at the European Publishing Congress in late April 2020 in Vienna. The deadline for entries is October 2nd, 2019 (Late Deadline: October 17th, 2019).


European Magazine
of the Year
The category awards a magazine/brand which is successful, proper and creative in a number of ways. Entries should include a brief description and a clear suggestion why it may become European Magazine of the Year. The jury is free to promote entries from other categories to the shortlist.
European Newcomer
of the Year
This category awards a magazine which was launched in the past three years. Please add a brief description and a clear suggestion why the magazine may become European Newcomer of the Year to your entry. The jury is free to promote entries from other categories to the shortlist.
Politics & Society
The most outstanding magazines in Europe dealing with political or social subjects. This category is also open for general interest magazines.
Most outstanding magazines which reveal subjects from the economy. Magazines related to dedicated industries may be submitted in B2B Media.
Most outstanding magazines with editorial focus on service topics – such as healthcare, education, careers, personal finance, parenting or recreation.
Lifestyle, Fashion & Beauty
Most outstanding magazines on lifestyle content, like food, travel, home design and others such as fashion, beauty, entertainment and celebrities.
Special Interest
Outstanding magazines dedicated to a specific subject, area of interest or niche topic like region, kind of sports, hobbies.
B2B Media
The category B2B Media is for the outstanding trade magazines in Europe which serve a specific industry or a certain profession.
This category is dedicated to independent magazines, published without the support of a major publisher.
Magazines which have been created during education and trainings should be entered in this category.
Best contemporary magazine design which supports the editorial approach and audience’s needs. Submissions should explain the design idea and include a minimum of two features from one issue or the whole issue itself.
Outstanding photography, no matter if it is a single picture or a whole series. The picture(s) can be of any kind and must have been published in a magazine. Entries should include the whole story or feature to illustrate the context and subject.
Best use of infographic to reveal magazine content, be it part of a story or a stand-alone piece of infographic. Submissions should include a brief description of the subject and context – and, if appropriate, also the challenge in visualizing the topic.
Cover Concept
The category awards outstanding visual concepts of cover page design. Please describe the underlying creative principles and submit an appropriate number of cover examples.

Cover One-shot
Outstanding cover that has been published, reflecting perfect collaboration by editors, design and distribution in order to sell the cover story or enhance reading experience. An entry consists of one cover only; however, there is no limitation to the number of entries.
Business Model
Consequent strategies for increasing profits or defending revenues with a brand. This may be by sharpening the approach to readers/advertisers, introducing digital offers, inventing new formats etc. Please describe challenges, goals and the outcome.
Business Innovation
New ideas in publishing which may serve as an example for the magazine industry. Please describe challenges, goals, idea and, if possible, outcome.

Alternative Revenues
New sources of revenue linked to the core magazine publishing business. Please describe why a model has been chosen and what the outcome is.

Audience Marketing
The category is dedicated to innovative and successful concepts of audience marketing for an existing magazine brand, launch or spin-off. Marketing goals, the campaign’s mechanism and methods as well as the results should be described.
Distribution/ Paid Content
The category is open for any approach to make the audience pay for published content. This can be in print, digital or a combination of both.

Organization & Collaboration
Meeting the demands of (magazine) publishing by establishing new ways of work, processes and/or collaboration. The focus should be on one magazine or brand per entry only – including the principles of the approach as well as the results of the model.
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The Winners 2019


Julia Jäkel


Gruner + Jahr

Thomas Lindner



Marina Haydn

Managing Director

The Economist

Philipp Welte

Board Member

Hubert Burda Media

Andreas Arntzen


Wort & Bild Verlag

Julia Becker



Karl Ulrich

Managing Director

Süddeutscher Verlag

Maria Hedengren



Sven Dams

Managing Director

Bauer Programm KG

Slobodan Sibincic

Secretary General

European Business Press

Thomas Hass

Managing Director

Der Spiegel

Ulrik Haagerup

Founder and CEO

Constructive Institute, Aarhus Univercity

Gerrit Klein


Ebner Verlag

Stefan Regez

Head of Magazines

Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz

Christian Rainer

Editor-in-chief and publisher


Markus Wiegand


Kress Pro

Rupert Sommer

Correspondent Munich

Jörg Hausendorf


Jahreszeiten Verlag

Gerald Grünberger

Managing Director

Verband Österreichischer Zeitungen

Oliver Voigt

Managing Director

Handelsblatt Media Group

Philipp J. Jacke

Managing Director

Media Carrier