By Dr Christian Jarrett. Suppose there were a device you could buy that zapped your brain whenever your mood dipped.…
The 2017 Stack Awards, which celebrate the world’s “most exciting independent magazines” received over 400 entries this year, a record number of submissions. Stack received submissions from all over the world, describing the quality of the magazines as “frustratingly fantastic”.
Thanks to the wonderful work by our writers, editors, and illustrators Womankind and our other publication New Philosopher have been recognised in this year’s awards, with Womankind featuring in two shortlists – Editor of the Year and Best Original Non-Fiction – and New Philosopher in three shortlists – Editor of the Year, Best Original Non-Fiction, and Best Use of Illustration.
Editor of the year: thanks to the editorial team of Antonia Case (editor-in-chief) and Zan Boag (editorial director):
Best Original Non-Fiction: thanks to our team of writers, which includes Antonia Case, Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, Elizabeth Oliver, Rhian Sasseen, Katherine Scholes, Lucy Treloar, Kate Forsyth, Sara Tucker, Sohini Chattopadhyay, Stav Dimitropoulos, Louise Hoole, Christian Jarrett, Charlotte Wood, Tara Isabella Burton, Nicola Gates, Sara Maitland, Jenny White, Mariana Alessandri, Niamh Boyce, and many more.
Recognition in the 2017 Stack Awards caps off a busy year, which has seen the launch of Korean editions of both magazines, the editorial director of Womankind Zan Boag receiving the 2017 Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professional’s Award, Poet Press being awarded runner-up in the NSW Business Chamber Awards for Excellence in Export, and the opening of offices and poet bookstore in Hobart.
Poet Press, the publisher of New Philosopher and Womankind, moved head office to Hobart in February, and opened the bookstore and tea atelier poet in July at 130 Macquarie St Hobart. “Opening poet has given us the chance to expose people in Hobart – locals and visitors alike – to the books that inspired the creation of the magazines. The books and other items we stock reflect our interests,” says Antonia Case, Editor-in-Chief of Womankind magazine. “The aim is to give people a sense of the history and research that goes into them by selling books you wouldn’t normally find. We don’t stock bestsellers or popular fiction. It’s all quite eclectic and curated, so we give people access to new authors and new ideas, and a broad spectrum of information they don’t usually come across.”
A string of award-winning writers have contributed to New Philosopher and Womankind, including Will Self, Peter Singer, DBC Pierre, Nicholas Carr, Nigel Warburton, Gary Cross, Marina Benjamin, Damon Young, Patrick Stokes, Tom Chatfield, Antonia Case, Niamh Boyce, Charlotte Wood, Lucy Treloar, and many more. The magazines have also featured interviews with numerous intellectuals, including Noam Chomsky, Jane Goodall, Daniel C. Dennett, Juliet Schor, Anita Allen, Thomas Piketty, and Jane Roland Martin.
Both publications are printed and distributed in Australia, NZ, the US, the UK, Asia, the Middle East, and Canada. There are four editions – Australasian, UK/European, North American, and Korean (in Korean). Neither magazine accepts advertising of any kind.