The Press: Prizes for Magazines

Although newspapermen have their annual Pulitzer Prizes, magazines and magazine writers have never had any similar awards. This week the University of Illinois announced the Benjamin Franklin Magazine Awards. Beginning in April of next year, seven prizes with a cash value of $500 and $1,000 will be given every year for "original reporting under adverse circumstances," best nonfiction writing on the U.S. foreign reporting, fiction, humor, personality profiles, and an open category" to be named every year. There will also be one prize (gold medal) for the magazine that has performed "the most distinguished and meritorious public service."


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