National Magazine Awards: Nominees and Winners

This year, The Atlantic was nominated in three categories for National Magazine Awards for editorial excellence. Read the nominated articles, along with award-winning Atlantic pieces from previous years.
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2008 Atlantic Nominees

GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN THE 250,000 TO 500,000 CIRCULATION BRACKET
July/August 2008 Atlantic
November 2008 Atlantic
December 2008 Atlantic

FEATURE WRITING
"A Boy's Life" (November 2008)
What would you do if your son wanted to be a girl? Some doctors have a new and troubling answer. By Hanna Rosin

REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
"Tales Out of School" (March 2008)
How a pushy, Type A mother stopped reading Jonathan Kozol and learned to love the public schools. By Sandra Tsing Loh

REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
"I Choose My Choice!" (July/August 2008)
The fruits of the feminist revolution? Sisterhood, empowerment, and eight hours a day in a cubicle. By Sandra Tsing Loh

REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
"Should Women Rule?" (November 2008)
A clutch of books suggests they can’t rule like men. But there are other ways to run the world. By Sandra Tsing Loh

Winners: 2008

REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
"The Sanguine Sex" (March 2007)
bortion and the bloodiness of being female. By Caitlin Flanagan

REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
"Babes in the Woods" (July/August 2007)
Anybody could be tracking your children online. Even me. By Caitlin Flanagan

REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
"No Girlfriend of Mine" (November 2007)
One woman’s estrangement from Hillary Rodham Clinton. By Caitlin Flanagan

Finalists: 2008

PROFILE WRITING
"Present at the Creation" (September 2007)
The only person the speechwriter Michael Gerson made look better than President Bush was Michael Gerson. The shaping of a Washington reputation, as witnessed by a White House colleague. By Michael Gerson

ESSAYS
"Autumn of the Multitaskers" (November 2007)
Neuroscience is confirming what we all suspect: Multitasking is dumbing us down and driving us crazy. One man’s odyssey through the nightmare of infinite connectivity. By Walter Kirn

Finalists: 2007

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
January/February 2006 Atlantic Monthly
September 2006Atlantic Monthly
December 2006Atlantic Monthly

PUBLIC INTEREST
"Declaring Victory" (September 2006)
The United States is succeeding in its struggle against terrorism. The time has come to declare the war on terror over, so that an even more effective military and diplomatic campaign can begin. By James Fallows

REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
"Rhymes With Rich" (May 2006)
One woman’s conscientious objection to the “mommy wars.” By Sandra Tsing Loh

REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
"Cheap Thrills" (July/August 2006)
A story of American women in financial jeopardy. By Sandra Tsing Loh

REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
"The Drama of the Gifted Parent" (October 2006)
Hey! Leave those kids alone! By Sandra Tsing Loh

Finalists: 2006

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
January/February, 2005 Atlantic Monthly
November, 2005 Atlantic Monthly
December, 2005 Atlantic Monthly

REPORTING
"The Wrath of Khan" (November 2005)
How A. Q. Khan made Pakistan a nuclear power—and showed that the spread of atomic weapons can't be stopped. By William Langewiesche

REPORTING
"In a Ruined Country" (September 2005)
How Yasir Arafat destroyed Palestine. By David Samuels

FICTION
"One of Our Whales Is Missing" (September 2005)
In which Rick Renard, PR hustler par excellence, sets out to save Grimland's gentle giants of the deep. By Christopher Buckley

FICTION
"Bullheads" (April 2005)
He wanted to thank God for his life, and he did. He didn't know what was next, but saw no point in being fearful now. By Michael Lohre

FICTION
"A Record Book for Small Farmers" (January/February 2005)
Had her father been a coward all these years, his reticence a cover for things he was afraid to say? By Anna North

PUBLIC INTEREST
"Why Iraq Has No Army" (December 2005)
An orderly exit from Iraq depends on the development of a viable Iraqi security force, but the Iraqis aren't even close. The Bush administration doesn't take the problem seriously—and it never has. By James Fallows

PROFILES
"Host" (April 2005)
"The key to the John Ziegler Show," says the angry, outraged, and apocalyptically gleeful talk-radio host John Ziegler, "is that I am almost completely real." A report from deep inside the mercenary world of take-no-prisoners political talk radio. By David Foster Wallace

FEATURE WRITING
"Countdown to a Meltdown" (July/August 2005)
America's coming economic crisis. A look back from the election of 2016. By James Fallows

CRITICISM
"Marshal Plan" (March 2005)
The age of parents as friends is over. By Sandra Tsing Loh

CRITICISM
"Kiddie Class Struggle" (June 2005)
One mom's breast-milk-curdling tour of lower education's higher end. By Sandra Tsing Loh

CRITICISM
"The Great Escape" (September 2005)
A grudging salute to an absentee mom. By Sandra Tsing Loh

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