On August 9, Ruralite magazine won the gold award for best magazine design during the National Electric Cooperative Statewide Editors Association (SEA) annual awards banquet at the National Press Club Building in Washington, D.C.

Judges said the magazine has “gorgeous cover photos.” They were impressed by the consistent grid, use of white space, clean section headers, and fresh, modern look.

“Overall, a truly beautiful magazine,” the judges said.

Two runner-up publications awards for merit: Kentucky Living and Oklahoma Living. Ruralite competed against 17 other magazine design entries for the top honor.

“This is the best of the best of the Statewide publications,” says Managing Editor Curtis Condon of the submissions. “This competition means a lot to us. It’s a way for us to appreciate what all of us do, and look forward to what we can improve the next year.”

Ruralite also received an award of merit for best editorial. Curtis’ January 2016 Voice Box column, “Taken for Granted,” recounts a snow camping trip. Through this cold, dark wilderness experience, Curtis was reminded of how vital electricity is to his life, and how it should be appreciated. Read the column on the Ruralite website.

Judges said the article was “very well written” and “a gentle reminder to readers not to take the availability of electricity for granted.”

The National Electric Cooperative Statewide Editors Association represents 32 statewide magazines, including Ruralite, Currents, and Florida Currents. The annual awards are nicknamed the Willies, a tribute to the legendary cooperatives mascot Willie Wiredhand. The awards honor excellence in publication designs, writing, illustrations, photography, and website design. Learn more about the association at the SEA Website.