Jonathan Kay named new Editor-in-Chief of The Walrus

The Globe and Mail reported today that Jonathan Kay, previously the managing editor of letters, issues and comments at the National Post, has been hired to the top editorial post at The Walrus magazine.

Shelley Ambrose, Walrus co-publisher and Walrus Foundation executive director, made the announcement in Toronto Wednesday afternoon. Kay, 46, succeeds John Macfarlane, 72, at the general interest magazine that, since its founding in fall 2003, has been the most-decorated periodical at the annual National Magazine Awards.

The Walrus has won 113 National Magazine Awards (72 Gold, 41 Silver) since its founding in 2003, under the editorships of David Berlin, Ken Alexander and John Macfarlane. This past June, it won 7 Gold and 6 Silver National Magazine Awards, including the award for Best Single Issue for its tenth anniversary edition.

 

Cottage Life, British Columbia Magazine win big at IRMA Awards

This Cottage Life illustration by Byron Eggenschwiler was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and won Silver at the IRMAs
This Cottage Life illustration by Byron Eggenschwiler was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and won Gold at the IRMAs

Cottage Life, crowned Magazine of the Year at the 37th annual National 
Magazine Awards this past June, scooped up 8 awards at the annual International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) awards this past weekend in New Hampshire, many of them for work that was also recognized by the NMAF.

Winning Gold awards for Columns, Illustration, Reader Service, and Department, Silver awards for Covers, Profiles and Nature & Environment, and an Award of Merit for Essays, Cottage Life continued an incredible year of recognition for its outstanding journalism.

1240372_10151647288723391_1225830601_nBritish Columbia Magazine also won 8 awards at IRMA including a Silver award for Best Website, while Yukon: North of Ordinary won a Bronze award in the Covers category (under 35,000 circ.).

The IRMA awards recognize publishing excellence by U.S. and Canadian member magazines devoted to regional interests. Read more about the awards night at the Canadian Magazines blog.

 

NMAF Newsstand Displays at Chapters Indigo extended until Nov 2

As part of its mandate to promote award-winning Canadian magazines to readers across the country, the NMAF has partnered with Indigo Books & Music Inc to showcase this year’s National Magazine Award winners in special displays at 91 Chapters and Indigo bookstores across the country, and now this special publicity effort has been extended until November 2.

Visit your nearest Chapters or Indigo bookstore and look for the special displays, and pick up a copy of National Magazine Award-winning titles like Chatelaine, Azure, ELLE Canada, Fashion Magazine, The Walrus and Cottage Life, Canada’s Magazine of the Year.

Tweet us a photo of the display @MagAwards.

A look at some of the National Magazine Award winners on display:

Apply for an Internship with the National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is now accepting applications for one paid Administrative Internship position for the National Magazine Awards (NMAs) and the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards (KRWs) in Toronto for Winter 2014/Spring 2015.

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NMA winners headline shortlists for GGs, Writers’ Trust, Giller Prize

Yesterday’s revealing of the Giller Prize shortlist, today’s announcement of the Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists, both on the heels of last week’s release of the five finalists for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, means that the big three Canadian literary prizes are counting down the days until we find out who wrote the best in Canadian literature for 2014.

Each year, it seems a handful of the nominees for these prestigious CanLit prizes have come from the magazine world; this year, almost all of the shortlisted authors have National Magazine Awards on their resumes.

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Canada’s History, Prairie Fire lead nominees for Maggie Awards

The 2014 Manitoba Magazine Awards (“Maggies”) nominations have been announced, and the 5 publications shortlisted for Manitoba Magazine of the Year include National Magazine Award winners Canada’s History and Prairie Fire as well as Conservator, Covet and Kayak.

(Border Crossings, recently crowned Manitoba Magazine of the Year at the Western Magazine Awards, did not make the list.)

Prairie Fire grabbed 7 of the 10 overall nominations in the 3 Arts & Literary categories–Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry and Short Fiction, while Canada’s History was also nominated for Best Cover Illustration, Best Mobile, Digital or Interactive Initiative (for its “Destinations” microsite), Best Editorial Feature, Best Regular Column or Department and Best Single Issue.

Other notable nominees include Anna Magazine, Ayoko, Cellar Door, CV2, Geez, Rhubarb and The Cottager.

The winners, including People’s Choice Awards, will be announced Thursday, October 2 at the Delta Hotel, Winnipeg.