Leaked: A Memo from Our Publisher

Sent to the F&S editorial team this morning, from Publisher Eric Zinczenko.

Dear staff,
Last night was an important milestone in our magazine’s 114 year history. Shortly after 9pm, the announcement rang through the Rose Hall at Lincoln Center that Field & Stream took top honors winning General Excellence for 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 circulation magazines at the National Magazine Awards.

This is an extraordinary accomplishment. After an impressive streak of 11 nominations, our Field & Stream editorial staff finally won their first “Ellie.” Competing against the other nominees, The New Yorker, Vogue, Bon Appetit and Popular Science in the most contested category of the night was not an easy feat and when you consider the other titles eligible for the category (Men’s Health, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Golf Digest, Gourmet, etc.) it should help put this monumental achievement in perspective.

Winning such an honor for editorial excellence, consistency and as ASME states “for which writing, reporting, editing and design all come together to fulfill the magazine’s editorial mission” during a time when other titles within our space are compromising on quality makes this achievement even more meaningful.

Please join me in congratulating Anthony [Licata], who in his first full year as editor, wins the highest award in his craft and to the rest of his editorial group for making their mark on our brand’s storied history. Regardless of department or title, we should all feel proud at this moment to be a part of something so special here at Bonnier and our Outdoor Group. Last night wasn’t only a vote for Field & Stream, but for the great American heritage of hunting and fishing and to sportsmen everywhere.