The National Magazine Awards Foundation is calling for nominations for the 2016 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, presented annually to an individual whose creativity and innovation over the course of their career have made a significant impact on the Canadian magazine industry.
Previous winners include Kim Jernigan, Michael Fox, Stephen Trumper, Heather Robertson, John Macfarlane, Stephen Osborne, Jean Paré, Sally Armstrong, Robert Fulford and more.
Nominations are welcome from anyone working in Canadian magazines, and must consist of:
A letter of nomination, including a brief bio of the nominee and a summary of their career achievements;
At least two (2) supporting letters from other individuals in the Canadian magazine industry or colleagues of the nominee.
There is no cost to nominate someone for the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Nominations are due by March 1, 2016 and can be emailed as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by mail to: National Magazine Awards Foundation 2300 Yonge St, Suite 1600 Toronto, ON, M4P 1E4
The winner will be announced on May 2 and will be presented with their award on stage at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 10 in Toronto.
Have you heard about the new Digital Publishing Awards? Submissions for this new awards program–recognizing and rewarding excellence by Canadian digital publishers and content creators–are being accepted until February 16. Awards will be presented in 14 categories, including Best Video, Best Podcast Series, Best Digital Design, Best Feature, Best Visual Storytelling, Best Editorial Package and more.
The Digital Publishing Awards program is looking for Canada’s best digital content creators, designers, innovators and publishers, with awards in 14 categories for feature writing, news coverage, blogging, visual storytelling, video, podcast, multiplatform publishing, design and more.
The early-bird deadline is Monday, February 8: Enter online by that date to save 20% on entries. The final deadline is February 16.
We look forward to presenting the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards on June 9, recognizing excellence by Canada’s best digital publishers and content creators, and we hope you’ll be a part of the experience.
The new Digital Publishing Awards program is offering a free entry to small digital publishers whose budgets could use a break. Publishers with annual revenue under $50,000 are eligible to participate.
The 2016 Digital Publishing Awards are open to Canadian digital publishers, designers, innovators and content creators. Awards will be presented in 14 categories:
Best Digital Editorial Package
Best Blog or Online-Only Column
Best News Coverage of a Single Topic or Event
Best Online-Only Short Feature
Best Online-Only Long Feature
Best Online Video
Best Multimedia Storytelling in a Single Feature
Best Use of Data
Best Podcast Series
Best Visual Storytelling
Best Digital Design
Best Use of Multiple Platforms
Best Digital Initiative
Digital Publication of the Year.
The final deadline for entries is February 16. Nominees will be announced on May 4, 2016 and winners unveiled at the inaugural awards soirée, which will take place on June 9, 2016 in Toronto. Enter today at:
Winter. A shivery season not only conducive to externalizing our inner narratives in poetry and prose, but also which leaves us, as we curl under heirloom quilts with cups of tea, prone to daydreaming. Michael Pollan, in A Place of My Own–a bestseller in which the author writes the biography of his own writing cabin in the woods–used the daydream as metaphor for the writer’s first draft. “A fair amount of what [writers] call work,” wrote Pollan, “consists of little more than daydreaming edited.” He went on:
Isn’t it in our daydreams that we acquire some sense of what we are about? Where we try on futures and practice our voices before committing ourselves to words or deeds? Daydreaming is where we go to cultivate the self, or more likely selves, out of the view and earshot of other people. Without daydreams, the self is apt to shrink down to the size and shape of the estimation of others.
Like Thoreau, Shaw, Woolf and her Room of One’s Own, and countless others, Pollan understood that daydreaming depended “on a certain degree of solitude,” and resolved to build a cabin to allow his daydreaming to flourish. “What is a book but a daydream at second hand?”
Wherever you find yourself writing this winter and spring, these Canadian magazine contests may be just what you’re daydreaming for.
All contests and awards listed below accept previously unpublished works of Canadian poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction; listed in chronological order by deadline date. (If you know one that we missed, please let us know.)
Narrative Magazine Winter 2016 Story Contest Genres: Non-fiction; Fiction; Graphic Narratives; Photo Essays Deadline: March 31, 2016 Prize: $2,500 (1st); $1000 (2nd); $500 (3rd); $100 (finalists) Entry Fee: $24 Details: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/winter-2016-story-contest Notes: Entries can be short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.
Alice Munro Festival Short Story Contest Genre: Short Fiction (max 2500 words; separate categories for adults and youths) Deadline: April 1, 2016 Prizes: $1,500 (adults prize); $500 (youth prize); $500 (Arts & Letters Club Special Prize) Entry Fee: $25 (adults); $10 (youth) Details: http://alicemunrofestival.ca/?page_id=1317 Note: New this year, there is a special category for an emerging GTA author between the ages of 20 – 30. Sponsored by the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. Must be living in the GTA or have grown up in that area.
The New Quarterly Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award Genre: Fiction Deadline: May 28, 2016 Prize: $1000 + publication Entry Fee: $40; includes subscription Details: http://www.tnq.ca/contests Note: All submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine.
“For the third year in a row,” notes Adweek, “New York magazine led the pack of print and digital publications with an impressive nine nominations, including one for Magazine of the Year.” New York put out one of the most enduring covers of 2015–its “Cosby: The Women” cover, including 35 portraits of the women who’ve come forward to accuse the former TV star.
Also nominated for Magazine of the Year: The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The Hollywood Reporter.
Affectionately known as the Ellies, for the copper elephant statuette designed by Alexander Calder and given to winners, the U.S. NMAs will present awards in 21 categories including four divisions of the award for General Excellence. This year’s awards gala–the 50th anniversary Ellies–is February 1 in New York City. Tickets start at $850 per person.
Leading the nominees:
New York (9)
New York Times Magazine (7)
The New Yorker (5)
Bon Appétit (4)
Among the first-time finalists this year are a number of non-traditional magazines, including VICE, BuzzFeed News, The Huffington Post, The Intercept, the Marshall Project and ProPublica, demonstrating once again the ability of the magazine medium to evolve with technologies, platforms and reader appetites.
Although there is no Ellie for Best Cover, here are a few of our favourite U.S. magazine covers from 2015, from among the nominated titles.