Carolina Parent Wins Seven Editorial and Design Awards

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Carolina Parent won seven awards in the Parenting Publications of America Editorial and Design Awards Competition, which recognizes excellence in member publications within three circulation categories. Gold, silver and bronze awards for editorial, design and website categories were announced at the PPA annual conference March 3-5, 2011, in Arlington, Va.

For the second year in a row, Carolina Parent won a General Excellence award for the monthly magazine, with a bronze in the 30,001-54,999 circulation category.

The judges highlighted “some of the most engaging front-page photography front-cover photography seen in any circulation class” and writing that is “well sourced and reported with authority” in comments about the monthly magazine.

Carolina Parent also won:

– Ancillary General Excellence – Silver, for 2010-11 Education Guide. Strengths of this debut publication included strong service features and the directory listings and home-school resources.

– Ancillary Overall Writing – Gold, for 2010 Special Edition, another debut annual publication from Carolina Parent. Judges noted the parents’ first-person experiences and concise expert advice in this “go-to guide” that give parents “powerful tools for helping children who have special needs. Solid reporting and useful sidebars … strengthen each piece,” they wrote.

– Special Section Design – Silver, for the September 2010 Work-Life Balance section. Judges praised the section for promoting the life part of work-life balance by using “cool tones, big body type and a simple, uncluttered design. The result is a design that communicates calmness and coolness, which is often the most important attributes in balancing work and life,” they wrote.

– Editor’s Note – Gold, by Crickett Gibbons, for “Seasonal Reminders from the Grinch” (December 2009) and “Finding a Friend on the Cereal Aisle” (March 2010). Judges wrote the columns were “fun to read and elegantly structured, … a portal into the issue that’s easy to walk through. With a sensitive, sometimes tender voice, and vivid descriptions the writing conjures both sights and sounds.” [link to the two]

– Reviews – Bronze, for Associate Editor Carol McGarrahan’s monthly Book Nook columns, “Explore New, Healthy Attitudes” (January 2010) and “Outdoor Themes and Spring Reading” (April 2010). Judges liked the informative, concise and focused “themed vignettes [that] offer readers a wide range of books to consider for their family’s shelves.” [link to her two columns. I can send later if you don’t have them.]

– Website Design – Silver. Judges noted the “good use of a template and grid design to highlight stories and make them accessible,” along with image choices and clean and readable pages at

Carolina Parent is owned by Carolina Parenting Inc., which also publishes Charlotte Parent, which won six awards, and Piedmont Parent, which won three.