MMPA Excellence Awards & Gala
Excellence Awards & Award Winners
Magazine of the Year Award
The Magazine of the Year Award was first presented in 2010. This award is designed to recognize consistent, comprehensive, and cumulative excellence in publishing. Like the medal count at the Olympics, it rewards titles for the individual gold, silver, and bronze awards they receive.
The Magazine of the Year award is based on a cumulative scoring system whereby points are earned from Excellence Awards won between 1997 (when the Publishing Excellence Awards were founded) through the current year. Gold awards are worth three points, silver awards are worth two, and bronze awards are worth one.
Once a publication wins the Magazine of the Year award, their cumulative score resets to zero, and they begin accumulating points again the following year in their pursuit of a second Magazine of the Year trophy.
The Magazine of the Year is given out each year at the annual MMPA Excellence Awards Gala. The top five nominees will be notified prior to the event, and the winner will be announced at the Gala in November.
Previous Magazine of the Year Award winners
2017: Exhibitor Magazine
2016: Lavender Magazine
2015: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
2014: Experience Life
2013: Lake Superior Magazine
2012: Twin Cities Business
2011: Exhibitor Magazine
2010: Minnesota Monthly
A few of the 2018 Excellence Awards Winners
Hedley Donovan Award
Hedley Donovan was born May 24, 1914, in Brainerd, Minnesota. He graduated in 1934 magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was an editor in chief of Time Inc. from 1964 till 1979 and was responsible for all publications at Time Inc., including Time, Life, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Money, and People. After retiring in 1979 he became a senior adviser to President Jimmy Carter. Hedley Donovan was chosen by Henry Luce, founder of Time Inc., to be his successor.
The Hedley Donovan Award was created in 1999 by the MMPA to recognize individuals who have shown outstanding lifelong dedication and made exceptional contributions to Minnesota's magazine industry.
Should be leaders who have helped the publishing industry grow and receive more recognition.
May come from the creative or the commercial side of the business.
Should have a history of long-standing, notable contributions to the publishing industry.
Criteria for nominees
A person who for many years has demonstrated significant contributions - near the pinnacle of success rather than on the way up in mid career.
The nominee should be a publisher, editor or senior magazine executive who has received broad recognition in the magazine publishing arena and has been instrumental in one or more successful magazine enterprises.
The nominee should be someone we would all be proud to have represent us and our industry.
The nominee should have a record of significant contributions ("giving back") to the publishing industry as a whole, either through industry associations or other voluntary and cooperative forms of service.
Previous Hedley Donovan Award winners
2017: Gary Johnson, MSP Communications
2016: Rebecca Sterner, Publishing Consultant
2012: Steve Hedlund, formerly of GS Media & Events
2004: Steve Fox, Minnesota Monthly
2002: Al and Ron Lindner, founders of In-Fisherman magazine
2001: John Ehlert, formerly of Ehlert Publications Group
2000: Jim Secord, formerly of Bill Communications
1999: Burt Cohen of MSP Communications
*No award was given in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 or 2015.
Greg Carey Leadership Award
Greg Carey, a former Vice President of North American Media Group in Minnetonka, served on the MMPA board of directors from 1995 to 2000, and was president of the organization in 1998. His dedication and leadership have been instrumental in helping the MMPA to grow.
Carey was particularly responsible for engineering the MMPA Publishing Excellence Awards, founded in 1997. The awards recognize and celebrate outstanding publishing achievements in Minnesota in the areas of Editorial, Design and Overall Excellence. The Awards Program has grown rapidly to become the MMPA's largest event.
Previous Greg Carey Leadership Award winners
2017: Laura Michaels, Liz Keener and Galynn Nordstrom
2016: Kevin Dunn, MSP Communications
2015: Kathryn Ciesielczyk, Thomson Reuters
2014: Steve Schiffman, Publisher, IFAI
2011: Aileen Hough, CSC Publishing Inc.
2010: Mary Jo Larson, Franchise Times
2009: Hervey Evans, Erasmus, Inc.
2007: Steve Hedlund, Ehlert Publishing Group
2006: Shelly Elmore, Twin Cities Business
2005: Bill Monn, General Mills
2004: Cindy Christian Rogers, Owner, Different Draft, Inc.
2003: Mary Hennessy, Publisher, IFAI
2002: Jennifer Koski, Freelance Writer
2001: Rebecca Sterner, Independent Consultant
*No award was given in 2008, 2012, 2013
The Innovator Award was first presented in 2002. This award recognizes companies that have successfully established and executed a new concept in the magazine publishing business. This new concept could range from a particularly successful publication (or launch) to a more-efficient production technique.
Nominees must presently be MMPA members. A print or online publishing product or service that incrementally or radically changes thinking, products, processes or organizations.
Previous Innovator Award winners
2014: Rat Rod Magazine
2012: Rat Rod Magazine and Quad/Graphics
2010: EXHIBITOR Magazine
2007: Woodworker's Journal
2006: Ehlert Publishing
2005: Game Informer
2004: Sales Force XP
2003: North American Membership Group
2002: New Moon, The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams
*No award was given in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018.
People's Choice Award
2018 will mark the fifth year of the People’s Choice Award, with Excellence Award gala attendees voting for their favorite magazine cover on site. Submit your best magazine cover for display on the wall inside Aria during the gala and wait for the votes to pile up. We’ll count the votes and the winner will be announced later in the evening - and awarded a beautiful crystal award.
Entry rules are simple:
Print a full-sized copy of your publication’s favorite magazine cover and mount it on a cardboard or foam core. Submit only one cover per title.
Cover must have been published between July 2017 and June 2018, but it is not necessary to have entered that magazine or cover in any of this year’s official award categories.
Drop off or mail your mounted covers by (date TBD) to the MMPA Office:
Minnesota Media & Publishing Association
Attn: Mary Pat Nielson
5353 Wayzata Blvd., Ste. 350
Minneapolis, MN 55416
During the evening, we’ll tally the votes and present the winner with the People’s Choice Award. As the gala ends, collect your covers and bring them home with all of your other winnings.
Previous People's Choice Award Winners
2017: The Growler
2016: Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2015: The Wagazine
2014: Delta Sky Magazine
Excellence Awards Gala
Entries were submitted, judges’ scores were tabulated and those gleaming awards were presented during the 2018 MMPA Excellence Awards Gala held November 1 at Aria, in the heart of Minneapolis’ Warehouse District.
The MMPA Excellence Awards Gala culminates with the announcement of the 2018 Magazine of the Year award.