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WHAT ARE THE AWARDS?

The biggest and most glamorous event in every editor’s diary. A who’s who of celebrity columnists and the country’s leading editors, all come together every November, together with many of their publishers, editorial and advertising team members, to honour the best in British magazines. And all helped along by a celebrity presenter, live entertainment and usually a surprise or two.

THE CATEGORIES

Please note, entries for 2016 have now closed.  CLICK HERE to view the shortlists.

To find out more about the 2016 BSME Awards categories please click here.

2016 AWARDS PRESENTATION

WHEN Tuesday, 15 November

WHERE The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Drinks Reception
  • Three course Dinner with half a bottle of wine per person
  • Awards Presentation
  • After Party

DRESS CODE

Black Tie

TICKET BOOKING INFORMATION

  • The Early Booker Rate is only available until Friday 21 October when rates will increase
  • Ticket purchases are subject to availability
  • Names of guests may be submitted after payment has been made
  • Tickets will not be sent out until the names and details of all attendees have been received
  • Bookings will not be accepted unless payment has been made
  • CLICK HERE to pay online.  Alternatively please enclose a cheque payable to The British Society of Magazine Editors with your booking form
  • Please note that once your booking form has been received money will not be refunded in the event of cancellation by you and/or your guests
  • Receipted VAT invoices will be forwarded, together with tickets for the dinner, in due course

EVENT TIMINGS

To be announced in due course

 

BSME Chair, Claire Irvin, heads up the 2016 judging panel that comprises:

Ian Birch - Former Director of Editorial Development, Hearst Magazines; Executive Vice President, Chief Content Officer & Editor-in-Chief, TV Guide

Beth Brewster - Head of Journalism & Publishing, Kingston University

Abi Chisman - Former head of digital, Condé Nast Britain

Louise Court - Editorial Director-Content and Strategy, Hearst UK

Tim de Lisle - Writer, consultant and former editor of Intelligent Life

Paul Harpin - Joint Creative Director, Harpin & Waring

David Hillman - Designer

Terry Kirby - Director of the School of Journalism and Programme Convenor, MA Journalism, Goldsmiths

 

Jeremy Leslie - Founder, magCulture

Eilidh MacAskill - VP Creative, Asda; former editor, InStyle

David Moynihan - Editor-in-Chief, LEGO; former editor, Digital Spy, nme.com, FHM.com

Eric Musgrave - Former editorial director, Drapers and launch editor of For Him Magazine (later FHM)

William Owen - Founder & Partner, Made by Many

Wendy Sloane - Senior Lecturer, Journalism, London Met University

Carrie Tyler - Consultant Director of Content and Digital Strategy

Deirdre Vine - Editorial and Branding Consultant

The following categories are judged by the BSME Committee:

  • The Fiona Macpherson New Editor of the Year
  • Innovation / Brand-Building Initiative of the Year
  • Campaign of the Year
  • The Mark Boxer Award

Cover of the Year awards are judged by YOU – the attendees on the night!

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES WAS FRIDAY, 22 JULY 2016

GENERAL RULES

You must:

  • Edit, Art Direct or be in charge of content for a print and/or digital title.  You don't need to be a BSME member
  • Have edited your brand for a minimum of six months during the period 1 August 2015 to 31 July 2016
  • If your title has launched since 1 April 2015 you must enter the Launch category
  • To enter the Launch category you must be the editor responsible for the launch and have edited for four months during the persiod 1 April 2015 to 31 July 2016
  • Only submit material that you have edited
  • Acting editors and acting art directors may not enter and periods spent as acting editor/art director will not be considered
  • Content must be published in English and edited and published in the UK
  • Print titles must be published a minimum of twice a year
  • Only digital editions produced by British companies and organisations are eligible
  • Branded content titles may compete in a different Editor of the Year category if they feel it is more appropriate, but the reason must be clearly explained 


COST OF ENTERING

  • There is an administration charge of £45 + VAT for each entry*
  • If you were NOT a member of the BSME on 1 June 2016, there is an additional entry fee of £154 + VAT per entry, which includes temporary membership of the Society until the end of 2016.  Please note this does not entitle you to enter the 2017 Rising Stars Awards at the BSME member rate.
  • If you work on an Independent Brand the entry fee is £54 + VAT in addition to the administration charge**
  • Entries must be accompanied by credit card details or a cheque made payable to The British Society of Magazine Editor.  For BACS payments, please contact the BSME office on 020 8906 4664.  Please note that entries will not be processed until payment has been received.
  • There is no charge to make a nomination for the Editors' Editor of the year
  • Student magazines are not eligible
  • Should a magazine, digital edition or App be suspended, closed or closing prior to the Awards Dinner on 15 November 2016, the entry will be withdrawn
  • The BSME reserves the right to re-allocate or refuse entries where appropriate and will inform the editor/s of the brand/s concerned
  • The decision of the BSME Committee is final and feedback is not given
  • For all awards, members of the panel of judges are excluded from entering any magazine, digital edition or App they edit on a day-to-day basis.  If they are an editor-in-chief of a title and there is another named editor, that editor may enter, the editor-in-chief will not judge this category
  • Editorial judges are eligible to be nominated for the Editors' Editor of the Year category
  • If you edit or art direct more than one title, you may enter each title
  • Digital editors may submit an entry based on more than one project if they wish
  • You may enter a brand in only one Editor of the Year category but in any number of other categories.  If your brand has launched since 1 April 2015 you must enter Launch instead of the relevant Editor of the Year category
  • If you are entering more than one award, please ensure that you submit a complete set of material for each entry

    *To qualify for the BSME rate you must have been a member of the BSME during the period 1 January to 31 December 2015. If you had temporary membership from entering the main BSME 2015 Awards you must pay the non-member rate.

    **To qualify for the Independent Publishers rate you must publish no more than a few core titles and the financial and creative decisions must be made by the same person/people


 

CRITERIA

The Criteria for entering are listed under each category. In essence, awards will be given to the entrant whose brand, in the judges’ opinion, has achieved and maintained within its market sector consistently high editorial quality in terms of ideas, words, design, contributors, illustration and photography. Entrants must demonstrate success in communicating with their audience and show how the brand has developed editorially or creatively during the year OR been consistently excellent and appropriate for their readership.  Commercial success forms part of the overall picture but circulation figures are not of primary consideration.


HOW TO ENTER

It’s simple to enter. Just:

  1. Complete and print the entry form included with each category
  2. Pay online (click here), send a cheque with your entry or call the BSME office to pay by BACS
  3. Make the required number of completed copies (stated on each entry form); retain one for your records and send the others to the BSME with the relevant supporting material and payment
  4. To nominate in the Editors’ Editor category simply submit a nomination on the Editors’ Editor page
  5. Mark your entry ‘BSME Awards’; add the name of the brand you are entering and send it to: BSME Administration, Gill Branston & Associates, 137 Hale Lane, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 9QP
  • Entries will be accepted only between 10.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday
  • Incomplete entries will not be processed
  • Please print your entries on regular A4 paper, unbound, and do not submit any material on art paper
  • Entries and supporting material will not be returned

 

 

 

 

PAST AWARDS

You can download the full list of winners and shortlisted entries from previous years here.