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2015 MAGGIE Press Release

Western Publishing Association Announces 2015 MAGGIE Winners & Awards of Distinction Leadership Award

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Los Angeles, CA – May 2, 2015 – The Western Publishing Association Recognizes Top Trade, Consumer and Student Publications, Video, Digital Pubs and Websites.

The Western Publishing Association (WPA) announced its 2015 MAGGIE® winners in 83 editorial and design categories at the 64th Annual MAGGIE® Awards, May 1st at the Marriott Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport.

More than 300 people from all areas of publishing were on hand to honor the "West's Best" in both print and electronic publishing. An enthusiastic audience cheered as winners accepted their awards and later watched the MAGGIE® trademark "Montage of Winners" video at the close of the banquet.

Considered to be the most prestigious award in the publishing industry, the 2015 MAGGIES draws from the 24 states west of the Mississippi River.

“This year’s Maggie Awards were extremely competitive, with entrants in several categories winning by just one point,” said Ron Epstein, President of Epstein Custom Media and President of the WPA Board of Directors. “We honored writers and editors, long-standing media properties, and many new and innovative ones. Our industry finds new ways each year to connect with its audience, and I’m proud to see the continued growth. Congratulations to all of the winners.”

Among this year's top honors were Diablo for Best Overall Publication/Consumer, Emergency Management for Best Overall Publication/Trade, Celebrated Living for Most Improved Publication/Consumer, Motor Trend for Best Use of Video in Editorial Long Form/Consumer, Variety for Best Use of Video in Editorial Short Form/Consumer, Shelf Unbound for Best Digital Edition or Tablet Publication/Consumer, Comstock’s for Best Web Publication/Consumer, and Emergency Management for Best Web Publication/Trade.

TUSK, from CSU Fullerton, was awarded the MAGGIE for Best Student Publication, along with a $1,000 grant to its journalism/publishing department.

WPA Awards of Distinction Leadership Award In bestowing the Second Annual WPA Awards of Distinction in Leadership to Marin Bright, of Bright Business Media, the WPA recognized an individual who distinguished herself in the field of media over the past 12 months.

"Marin embodies what the Leadership Award is all about,” said WPA President Ron Epstein, who presented the award. “Her ideas have helped her business grow and connect with, and expand, her audience. That combination is so critical in our industry. Marin has shown that she knows her business and knows her people. That’s the definition of a strong leader.”

Entrants for the Leadership Award are required to submit nominations in writing. The Winner is announced at the Maggie Banquet.

About Western Publishing Association
The Western Publishing Association is a non-profit business trade association dedicated to the advancement of the media publishing industry in the western United States. With 64 year's experience, the Western Publishing Association offers a variety of services and benefits to its members. Our primary mission, to provide continuing education to the media publishing industry, is accomplished through seminars, executive management sessions and webinars.

Additional MAGGIE Trophies Available

If you’re interested in purchasing additional MAGGIES, for this year (or past years) and would like to share your excitement of winning a Maggie with your writers, photographers, illustrators, and others in your company, contact the WPA.

MAGGIE
Price: $259 each (includes shipping)

Please contact the WPA office to place your orders. Tel. 805-495-1863. All orders must be prepaid. Delivery 4-6 weeks. Wording on Maggie can't be altered.

WPA & Maggie Sponsors for 2015

WPA would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:

    BPA     Democrat Printing     Omni Contests     Publication Printers     Quad Graphics     Sprocket Media     Trend Offset Printing Services     WPA is now accepting sponsors for its 2015 Maggie competition and Executive Insight Speaker event. Please watch your email for details on available sponsorships and their benefits. Call the WPA office at 805-495-1863 with any questions you have or suggestions for how you would like to sponsor the WPA or Maggies.

Click here for sponsor rates and benefits.


2015 Maggie Competition Closed

The 2015 Maggie competition is now closed and winners have been announced.

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW OR THIS LINK for a copy of the now closed 2015 Maggie Call4Entries PDF.

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Click here for judging criteria..

2015 WPA Awards of Distinction in Leadership Awarded to Marin Bright

Two finalists for the 2015 WPA Awards of Distinction in Leadership have been announced. They are:

Nadia Al-Samarrie, the founder and publisher of Diabetes Health Magazine based in Woodacre, CA.

Marin Bright, the CEO & Founder of Bright Business Media in Sausalito, CA.

In bestowing the Second Annual WPA Awards of Distinction in Leadership to Marin Bright, of Bright Business Media, the WPA recognized an individual who distinguished herself in the field of media over the past 12 months.

"Marin embodies what the Leadership Award is all about,” said WPA President Ron Epstein, who presented the award. “Her ideas have helped her business grow and connect with, and expand, her audience. That combination is so critical in our industry. Marin has shown that she knows her business and knows her people. That’s the definition of a strong leader.”

Scott Dickey, CEO TEN, Slated for Executive Insight Speaker

Scott Dickey, CEO TEN, The Enthusiast Network, is on board as WPA's Executive Insight speaker =, Friday May 1st, the afternoon of the MAGGIE banquet.

In 2014, Scott Dickey brought a 25-year career of managing high-profile global businesses to TEN: The Enthusiast Network (formerly: Source Interlink Media) the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, such as Motor Trend, Automobile, Hot Rod, Surfer, Transworld and GrindTV. With more than 50 publications, 60 websites, 50 events, 1000 branded products, the world’s largest automotive VOD channel, and the world’s largest action/adventure sports media platform, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions - enthusiastnetwork.com.

Join us as Scott speaks about his extensive experiences in the publishing industry, and discusses the innovations, expectations and more he anticipates in the future.