The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) announced on Thursday the finalists for the fifty-ninth annual National Magazine Awards. Texas Monthly was nominated for two National Magazine Awards: the February 2023 “Texas Icons” issue is a finalist in the single-topic issue category, and executive editor Michael Hall’s May 2023 profile of Houston folklorist Mack McCormick, “Hellhounds on His Trail,” is a finalist in the profile-writing category.

Executive editor Jeff Salamon spearheaded the February 2023 issue, which commemorated Texas Monthly‘s fiftieth anniversary; it was an enormous team effort, involving dozens of writers and contributions from much of the editorial staff. The Mack McCormick profile, which followed up on a feature Hall wrote in 2002 and had been years in the making, was also edited by Salamon.

ASME also announced on Thursday the finalists and winners of the ASME Awards for Design, Photography and Illustration. Texas Monthly was named a finalist for Best News and Entertainment Photograph, for its May 2023 cover photo of a feral hog, by Peter Yang. The photo shoot was led by assistant photo editor Kayla Miracle, creative director Emily Kimbro, and design director Victoria Millner.

The National Magazine Awards are the highest honor in U.S. magazine journalism, and these nods mark Texas Monthly‘s eighty-sixth and eighty-seventh nominations. The winners of the 2024 National Magazine Awards will be announced at an awards show in New York City on Tuesday, April 2. For the full press release of nominations, click here.