The 2010 issue of the annual Suffolk Arts+Sciences magazine has been named a finalist in the Media Industry Newsletter (min) Editorial & Design Awards competition (Magazine Design/Single Issue category), and will be competing for the prestigious award with national magazine giants including Sports Illustrated and Real Simple.

In addition, designer Seth Sirbaugh was named a winner in the Freelance Editorial & Design category.

For more than 60 years, min has been a trusted source in the consumer and business-to-business magazine industry, reaching thousands of media executives through print, online and in-person events. The annual Editorial & Design Awards program recognizes excellence in content and design among consumer, business-to-business and specialized information media brands.

“This is a highly competitive magazine industry contest with the top brands vying for recognition, so it is great news that our publication has risen to that national level of professionalism and exposure,” said Editor-in-Chief Sherri Miles. “It’s pretty wild to see Suffolk Arts+Sciences competing against some of the best and widely-known magazines in the field.”

In addition to Suffolk Arts+Sciences, finalists for the magazine design/single issue category include AARP The Magazine, Food Network Magazine, Parenting Early Years, Real Simple, and Sports Illustrated.

This particular edition of the magazine, titled “IMAGINE,” is an 80-page journey filled with interesting stories and eye-catching photographs. One feature piece, “Beyond The Milky Way,” describes how students explore the world of astronomy and astrophysics from the Boston campus, Suffolk Madrid, and the Teide Observatory in the Canary Islands.

“We added two new sections devoted to the science and the theatre departments in this issue of the magazine, and it really made a difference,” said Miles. “Overall, I feel the quality of the content is inspiring and does justice to Suffolk and everything it has to offer.”

Miles praised the design work of Sirbaugh, whose talent has graced the pages of the magazine for three years. “He knows how to bring a story to life in a way that’s creative and unique,” she said. “He has also helped to put us on the map.”

Min’s Editorial & Design Awards show will be held November 8, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Since its launch in July 2007, Suffolk Arts+Sciences magazine has received national recognition for design and editorial excellence.