Departments — 17 August 2018
C&S wins state, regional, national awards

By Mark Gauert

Editor, City & Shore magazine

We don’t put out the magazine each month to win awards. (We’d rather win readers). But it’s nice – and humbling – to be recognized for the work we do to win readers.

City & Shore won 11 state, regional and national awards in 2018, from the state Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Florida Magazine Association (FMA), the Florida Press Club (FPC), the Southeast regional SPJ Green Eyeshade Awards and the national Society for Features Journalism.

The magazine won three awards at the Society of Professional Journalists South Florida Pro Chapter’s 24th Annual Sunshine State Awards, “recognizing the best in Florida journalism.” The magazine won 1st place in the state in the “Special Interest Publication” category for City & Shore PRIME; 1st place for Commentary & Criticism for the First Words column and 2nd place for Cover Design. (See links below to the winning entries, also available online at

The First Words column also won Second Place for Humorous Commentary in SPJ’s 68th Annual Green Eyeshade Awards, “in recognition of the best journalism in the Southeastern United States.” (See links below to the winning entries, also available online at

The magazine won second for Best Niche Publication from the national Society of Features Journalism for City & Shore PRIME. Of the entries, which included the May and August 2017 issues of the magazine, the judges said, “Stunning covers … invite readers in. The mix of short takes and longer pieces keeps them there. Loved the piece on five places to escape to before the summer fades away. Overall, a strong effort.” The annual awards, “[honor] the craft of feature storytelling.”

City & Shore won the Charlie Award for “Best Writing: Feature Headlines” from the Florida Magazine Association. The FMA’s top award, “recognizing publishing excellence in the state of Florida,” was announced Aug. 10 at the Florida Media Conference in Orlando.

Finally, City & Shore won five awards in statewide competition from the Florida Press Club: First and second place in the Special Sections category for City & Shore PRIME and City & Shore magazine, respectively; First Place for Commentary for the First Words column; First Place in the Light Feature Writing category and Second Place for Headline Writing. The winners were announced Nov. 3 at the organization’s annual statewide gala, in Mount Dora, complete list here

City & Shore has won 55 state, regional and national journalism awards in the past seven years, including First Place awards for Niche Publication, Commentary/Criticism, Feature Writing, Headlines, and Cover and Inside Design. Some of the winning entries appear here; links to all the stories appear online at; and on the City & Shore Facebook page,


Special Issue winners

City & Shore PRIME, May 2017,{“page”:0,”issue_id”:406759}

City & Shore PRIME, August 2017,{“page”:0,”issue_id”:427488}

Cover Design winners

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City & Shore, “The Dining Issue,’’{“page”:0,”issue_id”:434072}

City & Shore, “The Arts Issue, November 2017,{“page”:0,”issue_id”:449650}

Commentary/Criticism/Humor category winners (SPJ, FPC and Green Eyeshade Awards)

“The Question I Asked Marjory Stoneman Douglas,”

“In a Hurricane, Everything May Depend on Something Small,”

“A Selective Memory Helps after Hurricanes Andrew, Wilma and Irene,”

“Then & Now & Again,”

“My Reservations about Dining Reservations,”

“Good Advice when Formal Wear Goes Bad,”

“Better Late than Never, a Vintage Mistake,”

Best Writing: Headlines, Florida Magazine “Charlie Award”; and Florida Press Club award

“To Vicinity and Beyond with Tim Allen,” February 2017.

“A Case of Elf Defense,” November 2017.

“Fish & Ships,” June 2017.

Light Feature Writing (Florida Press Club)

“Object Lessons,”

“A Wine to Call Our Own?”

“Love, Eventually,”








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