Sarasota Magazine Wins National City and Regional Magazine Award for Best Feature Story

The magazine earned the honor for a 2023 story about the use of ketamine to treat long-term depression. The publication was also named a General Excellence finalist for its overall quality.

By Cooper Levey-Baker May 21, 2024

Megan McDonald's story "The New Medicine of the Mind" took home a Best Feature award from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

The City and Regional Magazine Association announced the winners of its 39th annual national magazine awards on Monday, and Sarasota Magazine earned a first-place finish for best feature story published by a magazine with a circulation less than 45,000. The story, "The New Medicine of the Mind," by the magazine's digital editor Megan McDonald, looks at how emerging treatments that use psychedelic drugs like ketamine are helping people experiencing long-term depression and other mental health struggles.

"This is a powerful story of the positive difference a stigmatized drug can have on those suffering from mental health conditions," the contest judges said in a statement. "The author uses a central compelling character to humanize the story so the reader can truly empathize with the situation."

The magazine was also a finalist in the competition's General Excellence category for magazines with a circulation below 23,000. "Sarasota Magazine appeals to all types of readers who are hoping to get the most out of the area," the judges said, "whether it's through thoughtful restaurant and event guides or surprising neighborhood trend stories, with great design to accompany them." The magazine was a General Excellence finalist last year, as well.

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