Plaudits for the New Statesman

The New Statesman has been shortlisted for no fewer than 11 awards in the coming weeks, demonstrating how its exclusive stories, fine writing and bold new design have made waves.

The UK Press Gazette's Magazine Journalism Awards 2006 have nominated three of our writers: Martin Bright, our political editor, in the category Exclusive of the Year for a series of brilliant scoops; Peter Wilby as Columnist of the Year for his unrivalled critiques of the media; and Andrew Billen as Critic of the Year for his searing and witty television reviews.

The remarkable achievements of our design team: consultants Simon Esterson and Stephen Coates, working alongside our art director, David Gibbons, have been recognised in the Press Gazette's Magazine Design Awards 2006. They receive five nominations: for Best New Design, Best Designed Consumer Magazine, Best Use of Typography and Consumer Front Cover of the Year (two citations). The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 26 October.

A few weeks later, the British Society of Magazine Editors holds its annual awards, with the NS shortlisted in two categories - Current Affairs Magazine and New Editor of the Year.

First up is the Paul Foot award for investigative journalism, for which Stephen Grey is shortlisted. Grey was a winner at last year's Amnesty Awards for his New Statesman exposé of US secret prisoner flights.

Meanwhile, since June, sales of the NS have hit 25-year highs.

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