Shortlist: Best Original Non-Fiction

by Grace Wang in November 2016
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Literature Update

You might have seen that we recently announced the shortlists for this year’s Stack Awards, and now each day on the Stack blog we’re digging down into the shortlists to give more information on the magazines our judges are currently poring over.

Today it’s the turn of the Best Original Non-Fiction category – these are magazines that feature exceptional interviews, articles and other reportage of real events. Take a look at the selection below, and if you’d like to see more, keep checking back each day as we showcase the rest of the categories.

American Chordata | New York
“A brilliantly designed literary magazine that sidesteps smug melodrama” — See more from It’s Nice That

American Chordata

Delayed Gratification | London
“Today’s ultra-fast news cycle rates being first above being right, telling us what’s happening in real time, but rarely what it means.” This magazine, by the guys at the Slow Journalism Company, revisits news after the dust has settled to give the final analysis on the stories that matter.

Dirty Furniture | London
A look at furniture after it leaves the showroom and enters into our (often dirty) lives. Read co-founder Anna Bates’ interview on Dezeen.

Drift | New York
Each issue, Drift visits a different city in search of coffee culture and how it brings communities together.

Even | New York
The arts and literary title featuring brilliantly insightful long-form writing. Read our interview with editor Jason Farago.


The Lifted Brow | Melbourne
A self-proclaimed ‘quarterly attack journal’, this literary magazine features exciting new writing from Australia and the world.

Mirror Mirror | Amsterdam
With beauty as a starting point, this fashion magazine features interviews, profiles and essays about the world of cosmetics, skincare, haircare and perfumes.


Mundial | London
A football magazine more interested in the cultural aspects of the sport, rather than who’s going to make each squad. See more in an interview with editor Daniel Sandison on Proper.


The Outpost | Beirut
Based out of Beirut, this is a title dedicated to possibilities in the Arab world. Watch our review of their latest issue below, themed around finding a home.

Oxford American | Arkansas
A Southern literary title that’s like “The New Yorker With Hot Sauce” — see more on the New York Times.


Peeps Magazine | Toronto
Combining expert analysis with engaging, first-person narratives and beautiful photojournalism, this magazine commissions anthropologists around the world to tell original stories about the way people live.

Perdiz | Barcelona
A magazine about happiness. But not the sappy kind — some of it is actually downright alarming, with a bizarre parade of characters all pursuing their own personal definitions of what constitutes a happy life.

Somesuch Stories | London
“Off-beat and delightfully esoteric, the content spans a variety of experimental topics, themes and genres” — read more, plus an exclusive extract on AnOther mag.


The White Review | London
“Literary magazines are booming, and leading this wave is The White Review, a carefully conceived and beautifully produced publication” — see more on magCulture.


Weapons of Reason | London
Made by the guys at Human After All, this magazine takes on the world’s biggest problems and aims to educate people, engage them emotionally and provoke action. Read more in our interview with editor Danny Miller.

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