The Economist, Forbes, Racer X, Smithsonian Magazine, The Taunton Press, Yankee Magazine Take Home Top Awards

Charleston, SC (May 9, 2019) – MPA – The Association of Magazine Media today announced the winners of the fourth annual Imagination Awards to honor the innovative and transformational work of independent magazine media (IMAG) companies and brands and bring recognition to the many creative and revenue-producing programs that leverage unique audience connection.

“Whether a brand has recently launched or been a household name for more than a century, the winners of this year’s Imagination Awards represent the unparalleled ability of our IMAG community to connect with enthusiast audiences with creativity and innovation,” said Linda Thomas Brooks, president and CEO, MPA – The Association of Magazine Media.
The Imagination Awards recognize projects and teams across the entire company that capture the essence of a brand and demonstrate innovative thinking and imaginative tactics, well-defined business objectives, and successful execution and results. Awards are presented in six categories: Audience, Content, Digital, Events, Leadership and Revenue.

“In honoring the achievements of independent and enthusiast brands, we have an exciting opportunity to celebrate the outstanding work being done in this community,” added Marc Passarelli, president, PubWorX ProCirc. “We are proud to see a number of our clients among the Imagination Awards finalists and offer our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners.”
Entries were evaluated by a panel of judges composed of senior executives from a variety of independent magazine media companies. Winners were judged on ingenuity, effectiveness and their ability to enhance brand voice and serve enthusiast audiences. They are as follows:

Weekends with Yankee Season 2 | Yankee Magazine

Open Future | The Economist

Racer X Illustrated Digital Edition | Filter Publications 

Museum Day 2018 | Smithsonian Magazine 

Content Operating Leverage | The Taunton Press 

Forbes AI with Intel | Forbes Media

The winners were revealed at the Imagination Awards Gala on Thursday, May 9 during the annual IMAG Conference in Charleston, SC. The ceremony was sponsored by PubWorX and ProCirc, together delivering customized solutions focused on customers’ unique consumer marketing strategies, circulation management and production needs.

For more information about the winners, including the complete list of finalists and a list of the judges, visit  

About the IMAG Community
Within the world of magazine media brands, MPA – The Association of Magazine Media has carved out a community of independent publishers to facilitate peer-to-peer convening, sharing and learning. Fueled by the passionate interest of enthusiast audiences, IMAG brands produce world-class content that captures the attention and loyalty of consumers. These brands continue to build, expand and monetize audiences and assets across platforms and formats.

About the IMAG Annual Conference
The IMAG Annual Conference brings together independent magazine media executives who thrive on innovation of product, practices and platforms. Senior owners, operators and c-suite entrepreneurs from enthusiast media brands attend the Annual Conference to candidly share ideas and explore new opportunities for their companies and brands.

About MPA
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media is the primary advocate and voice for the magazine media industry, driving thought leadership and game‐changing strategies to promote the industry’s vitality and increase its revenues and market share. Established in 1919, MPA represents 150 domestic, associate and international members. MPA is headquartered in New York City, with a government affairs office in Washington, D.C.

About PubWorX
PubWorX is a Hearst and Condé Nast partnership committed to offering scale and innovation to the magazine industry. With more than 200 experts from across the industry, PubWorX offers solutions to satisfy the consumer marketing, circulation management, production and paper procurement needs of any publisher, large or small.

About ProCirc
ProCirc is a leading provider of full-service consumer marketing outsourced solutions to the publishing industry, offering strategic, promotional, analytical and operational support to publishers of all sizes. Founded in 1993, ProCirc provides strategic vision and customized circulation solutions to deliver profitable and engaged readers to more than 50 publishers, representing more than 250 titles.

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