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Nine Make Their Mark

Lynn Keillor, freelance writer

First-time winners make their voices heard at 2011 Excellence Awards.

Nine magazines were first-time award recipients at the 2011 MMPA Excellence Awards, including some first-time entrants and some who were back for another attempt.

The nine magazines with new hardware are:

AR Guns & Hunting—Bronze: Feature Article, special interest over 60,000.

FenderBender—Silver and Bronze: Profile Article, business/trade over 30,000; Silver: Feature article, business/trade over 30,000.

Hamline—Gold, silver, and bronze: Feature Design, association under 30,000

Mall of America and Destination Bloomington Visitors Guide—Gold, Best directory.

MCAD—Silver: Overall Design, association over 30,000

Metropolitan State University Buzz—Gold: Profile Article, association under 30,000

Reach—Gold: Editor’s or Publisher’s Editorial or Letter to the Readers, association

Transdermal—Silver: Technical Article, association, business/trade under 30,000

Upland Tales: The Youth Magazine of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever—Bronze, Single-Page or Spread Design, association under 30,000

“This shows that people are proud of their work and that they strive to be recognized by their peers,” says Jean Blackmer, creative director for Catersource and Excellence Awards chair. “Everyone is facing their own struggles now, and this says a lot for MMPA that people want to enter this competition.”

This was the first time that Reach, a publication of the University of Minnesota, made a submission to the Excellence Awards. “Our magazine had won some awards at the U of M and we thought it was time to step it up,” said Editor Mary Pattock.

Pattock, who wrote the gold-award editorial piece, said she had a good feeling about the editorial’s potential. It was about peace, she said, and the role that liberal arts plays in the process.

Upland Tales was another first-time entrant. Todd Sauers, art director for the publication, gave designer Sara Holle credit for the winning piece. “I think this is going to mean some big things for the magazine,” he said, adding that the award will be announced to the publication’s readership.

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