Departments — 24 July 2020
City & Shore wins top statewide awards

  City & Shore magazine has won six awards in the Florida Magazine Association’s annual Charlie Awards competition, “recognizing publishing excellence in the state of Florida.”

The magazine won three 2020 Charlie Awards – FMA’s top recognition – in the Over 20,000 Circulation Category for:

Explore Florida & the Caribbean, City & Shore’s annual travel issue, in the Best Visitor Publication category,

–Editor Mark Gauert’s column in the Best Writing Column category, which included “What I Didn’t Know Then about the Super Bowl,’’; “Rock of Ageless,” and “Beaten Out of House and Home,”

–Best Humor for Gauert’s column, “Rock of Ageless,”

In the Best Visitor Publication category, which included the work of Art Director/Designer Anderson Greene, John Dolen, Robyn A. Friedman, Patti Roth, Thomas Swick, Cassie Armstrong, Kathleen Christiansen, Elizabeth Rahe and Gauert, the judges said: “Good thorough content presented in a sophisticated publication. Great layout, graphics and photos and lots of information.”

In the Column category, the judges said: “What a winning style of storytelling! Mark Gauert’s charm, wit and ability to paint with words shine through his columns in the way of the best weavers of tales. These are only a single page in length, but he would easily entice you on a multi-page turner. That the succinct personal tales are so satisfyingly complete in just the one page, though, shows a writer skilled in his craft.”

In the Humor category, the judges said: “Great concept for a piece. The anecdotes felt very real and they kept me interested and reading more. The writer feels quirky and likeable.”

The magazine also won Silver Awards for Feature Writing, for “What Ruined it For Me,’’ and Headlines; and a Bronze Award in the Best Humor category, for Gauert’s column, “Where Every Body Knows Your Name,”

About “What Ruined it For Me,” the judges said: “An original and delightful take on how to present a series of shorts to enlighten readers about their greater community. This works so well because it is done by a quality, seasoned and masterful storyteller who can stitch together humor, personality and information seamlessly into an enjoyable whole.”

This year’s Charlie Awards – originally scheduled to be a live event in Sarasota – was reorganized as a virtual event this year. The competition included publications throughout the state, collected here in the Charlie Awards 2020 Winners Booklet:





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