General Interest Magazines

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards may be given to superior college and university magazines sent to alumni and other external audiences. Gold winners from the College and University General Interest and Special Constituency Magazine categories are eligible for The Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year (Grand Gold Award).  To be eligible, your magazine must have been published two or more times a year. There is a separate category for Annual Magazines.  There is also a separate category for Independent School Magazines.


Circulation: 29,999 or Fewer: Enter here
Circulation: 30,000 to 74,999: Enter here
Circulation: 75,000 or Greater: Enter here

Entry Questions

Entry Instructions

Judging Criteria

Entry Questions
  • Title of entry
  • Brief description of your institution/organization (type, enrollment, mission)
  • Please provide the names of staff who worked on this entry
  • Frequency
  • Circulation
  • Average number of pages per issue
  • Unit cost, including all direct costs except salaries
  • Why do you think your entry is deserving of recognition? Entrants can emphasize budget, staff, goals, meeting the mission, serving the target audience or anything else that makes the entry worthy of an award. Please limit answer to 500 words
  • Share any additional information to clarify the purpose and/or outcome of this work
  • Please provide the name of the head of your institution
  • So that we may recognize our winners through social media, please provide your institution's preferred @handle and/or #hashtag. (For example: @CASEAdvance #CASECOE)

Entry Instructions

To be eligible, your magazine must have been published two or more times a year. There is a separate category for Annual Magazines. Magazines must have been published between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017. Enter your magazine in either General Interest Magazines or Special Constituency Magazines - not both. Magazines entered in the wrong category will be disqualified.

  1. Submit your entry with attachments (If you are able, upload the entire magazines as attachments. If not, you can upload covers/spreads.) through our online entry process. 
  2. Print out your completed entry application and submit with complete hard copies of two different issues of the magazine. Be careful to send your entry to the correct address for your circulation subcategory. Submitted magazines must be the same submitted online as attachments.
  3. Your entry form and supporting documents must be mailed and postmarked no later than March 9, 2018 to:

Circulation: 29,999 or Fewer

Rachel Muir
Executive Director for Editorial Services
George Washington University
2121 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

Circulation: 30,000 to 74,999

Tiffany Tran
Director of Marketing and Communications
La Jolla Country Day School
9490 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037

Circulation: 75,000 or Greater

Kim Asch
Director of Marketing & Special Projects, Editor of The Hill magazine
McDaniel College
2 Pattee Hill Road
Milton, VT 05468

Judging Criteria

To be considered for an award in the Circle of Excellence Awards Program, all entries except those in specified categories must be submitted both online and as a hard copy to the judging location. Judging sessions for this awards program are mostly done face-to-face at a member institution using the hard copies of the entries. Online versions and attachments are used so that judges can look at the work prior to the judging to read articles or to get a general idea of what they will be viewing during the actual judging. Online entries and attachments are also used to post the winners on the CASE website for members to view.

The judges will specifically look at:

  • The objectives of your magazine publishing program
  • Your magazine's content, writing, editing, layout and design, and print quality
  • Creative story ideas
  • Serving your audience