The 2013 National Magazine Awards Finalists Have Been Announced…

And we’re honored to be nominated

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) released the list of finalists for the 2013 National Magazine Awards today, and we are thrilled to share that we’re up for two Ellies (so named for the Alexander Calder-designed awards, which are shaped like elephants).

Los Angeles magazine has been nominated in the “Personal Service” and “Leisure Interests” categories, the former for our October 2012 package on Plastic Surgery in L.A. and the latter for our November 2012 Food Lover’s Guide To L.A. We’re proud of these stories because they cover local trends—but with a twist: It wasn’t easy to look past the stereotypes about cosmetic surgery that pervade the local industry, but when we did, deputy editor Nancy Miller, who helmed the feature, found humor in the history of the breast implant and why botched work really gets under our skin. We also learned how the L.A. ideal is changing—and why. Dine editor Lesley Bargar Suter’s greatest challenge in overseeing our annual Food Lover’s Guide was to approach the subject in a fresh and original way. We settled on an encyclopedia format that features everything from avocado honey to za’atar.

Just as exciting as seeing our name in lights? The fact that we’re in such great company. Esquire, GQ, Outside, Real Simple, Bon Appetit, ESPN the Magazine, Golf Digest, and Wired were also nominated in the Personal Service and Leisure Interests categories. You can find links to their work—along with our own nominated stories—below.

The winners will be announced from New York on May 2.

Personal Service

Los Angeles: Plastic Surgery In L.A
Esquire: Fatherhood for Men
GQ: Marriage: The Most Important, Least Discussed Institution You’ll Ever Be A Part Of
Outside: Take Two Hours of Pike Forest and Call Me in the Morning
Real Simple: Women and Time: Setting a New Agenda

Leisure Interests

Los Angeles: The Food Lover’s Guide to L.A.
Bon Appétit: The Incredible Egg
ESPN The Magazine: Fantasy Football
Golf Digest: Masters Preview
Wired: How to Be a Geek Dad