For immediate release March 4, 2024

The American Scholar Nominated for Two National Magazine Awards

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) announced on February 15 the finalists for its 59th annual National Magazine Awards. The Scholar is a finalist in two categories: General Excellence (for our Spring 2023 and Autumn 2023 issues, several Read Me a Poem and Smarty Pants podcasts, and a selection of online-only essays); and Reviews and Criticism (for Megan Craig’s Autumn 2023 essay “Alphabet of Despair”).

The National Magazine Awards are the most prestigious honors in American magazine journalism, and the Scholar is one of only 21 publications (out of 60 nominees) to be nominated in more than one category this year. These nominations bring the number of nominations that the Scholar has received in its history to 24.

The winners of the 2024 National Magazine Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York City on Tuesday, April 2. For a complete list of nominees, click here.


About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at over 290 colleges and universities in the United States, nearly 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 42 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 150 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. For more information, visit

About The American Scholar

The American Scholar is the venerable but lively quarterly magazine of public affairs, literature, science, history, and culture published by the Phi Beta Kappa Society since 1932. Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous speech, “The American Scholar,” delivered to the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard College in 1837, the magazine aspires to Emerson’s ideals of independent thinking, self-knowledge, and a commitment to the affairs of the world as well as to books, history, and science. To read more, visit