Canadian Business Press seeking noms for Career Achievement Award

Canadian Business Press and the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards are accepting nominations for this year’s Harvey Southam Award for Career Achievement. Deadline for nominations: Friday May 2.

The Harvey Southam Award is the highest individual honour bestowed by Canadian Business Press. Winners represent the highest standards of B2B publishing and are recognized for their contributions to the Canadian Business Press tradition of distinguished initiative, leadership and integrity.

The award is open to publishers, editors, designers, creators, circulation experts, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, production managers. It cannot be given posthumously.

Nominations are welcome from the entire industry, and must consist of a completed entry form and at least two letters of support from fellow industry members, attesting to the achievements and qualifications of the nominee.

The winner will be presented at the 60th anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards in Toronto on June 3.

More info at krwawards.ca.

Heather Robertson – March 19, 1942 – March 19, 2014

ImageHeather Robertson, who began her career as a reporter in Winnipeg, spent years as an award-winning magazine feature writer and eventually wrote more than a dozen books, died of cancer on March 19th,  on her 72nd birthday.

She learned her trade as a reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press and Winnipeg Tribune and years later wrote a wonderful essay in Saturday Night called “My Squalid Life on the Winnipeg Dailies.” She noted that the crusty old male journalists of the time weren’t sure what to make of this new crop of educated, first-wave feminists who had no intention of being confined to the newspaper ghetto called the “women’s pages.” She could be hilariously irreverent, as in this observation: “We had no tits. It had been customary to measure the talent of female staff members at the Tribune by the size of their bra cups; the women’s editor was a statuesque 38D, columnist Ann Henry a stunning 36 triple C. We were all As.”

As a feature writer, her work appeared in Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Toronto Life, Equinox, Elm Street, Canadian Forum, Canada’s History, Saturday Night as well as Weekend and The Canadian (the rotogravure magazines that used to appear in Saturday editions of newspapers across the country until the late ‘70s). Later she wrote more than a dozen books, both nonfiction (Reservations Are for Indians, an early investigation into social conditions on Canadian reserves, and The Flying Bandit, the story of flamboyant bank robber Kenny Leishman) and fiction that was often based on real-life figures (most famously, Willie: A Romance, about former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King).

Robertson was a muckraker whose reforming spirit animated much of her work and her life. Her family had roots in organized labour and she once told the Ryerson Review of Journalism that “it was in my blood to stick it to the corporation,” adding that she had her grandfather’s copy of Marx’s Das Kapital on her bookshelf. Unafraid of controversy, she once wrote an harsh evaluation of U.S. – Canadian relations that irritated the executive ranks at Maclean-Hunter (then corporate owner of Maclean’s) and a withering critique of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto Life that caused the chattering classes to choke on their cocktails.

Her grandfather’s spirit carried into her life as a freelance writer, as well. Aware that writers were underpaid and often treated churlishly by publishers, she became a co-founder of both the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). When she realized that publishers didn’t compensate her for putting her work on their for-profit electronic databases, she launched a class-action lawsuit against the country’s largest media corporations on behalf of all freelance writers that resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement. Robertson was among the first writers to understand that intellectual rights and the Internet would become a defining cultural issue.

It was for all of these reasons that in 2011 the National Magazine Awards Foundation gave Robertson its highest honour, the Outstanding Achievement Award. 

David Hayes,Toronto-based freelance writer and member of the NMAF board.

Western Magazine Awards Call for Entries

Western Magazine AwardsThe Western Magazine Awards Foundation’s call for entries to the 2014 competition is now open. 

Early-bird entries must be received by noon on March 31st, 2014.  Final deadline is no later than noon on April 30th, 2014.  Finalists will be announced in July 2014 and winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on September 26th, 2014.  

See www.westernmagazineawards.ca to enter and for more details. 

Do you have what it takes to be Editor of the Year?

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CSME’s Call for Entries: 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards

 

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is looking for the best work of 2013 by Canadian magazine editors. The Editors’ Choice Awards, presented by CSME, honour and celebrate the high-quality work of editors within the Canadian magazine industry.

 

The submissions process for this year’s awards is now open to all CSME members. Enter your magazine by 4:30 p.m. PDT, Fri., March 14, 2014, to be considered by a judging panel of your peers.

Download the entry form here.
Download the official rules here.

Winners in each of the Small (under 50,000), Medium (50,000 to 149,999) and Large (150,000+) circulation categories, as well as the Trade magazine categories, each earn the right to use the Editors’ Choice Award logo on their cover for a year. There are also awards for Best Front of Book, the Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing, Best Website and, of course, the coveted Editor of the Year.

**This year CSME is introducing its first-ever Tablet Award, as well as an award for Best Art Integration.**

Entries are free with your 2014 CSME membership. Membership runs on a calendar year basis: If you were a member in 2013 and have not yet renewed, you need to do so before entering.

Winners will be announced at the Editors’ Gala event at MagNet in June.

 

Deadline for Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations

Deadline: March 1, 2014

The NMAF’s most prestigious individual prize since its inception in 1990 is The Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, an award that recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.

The award is open to circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, creators, designers, production managers – in short, to everyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously. Nominations for this award are welcome from everyone in the industry. 

The nomination consists of a letter from the nominator indicating the candidate’s name, title and career achievements, with supporting letters from at least two (2) other individuals.

The Judging Committee of the National Magazine Awards Foundation will consider the nominations, along with nominations from members of the Committee itself. The Board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation will select the winner. No entry fee is required. Applicants not selected will be kept under consideration for two (2) additional years.

The deadline for nominations for the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is March 1, 2014. There is no entry fee.

Send your nominations and support letters to staff@magazine-awards.com

Your Guide to Winter/Spring 2014 Magazine Writing Contests

It’s that time of year again. The calendar has rolled over, winter closes in around you, and all you want to do is write, write, write. The National Magazine Awards Foundation’s annual winter/spring contest guide is back, and in fact bigger than ever, as more Canadian magazines and writers organizations are offering prizes, publication and recognition for great new talent in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.

As always, the list below may be incomplete. Leave a comment here, or pull us aside on Twitter (@MagAwards) if you know of any we missed.

Prism International Short Fiction & Poetry Contests
Section: Fiction; Poetry
Deadline: January 23, 2014
Prize: $2000 (1st); $300 (2nd); $200 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $35; includes subscription
Detailshttp://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

Matrix Magazine Robert Kroetsch Poetry Award
Section: Fiction; Poetry
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Prize: $500 + publication
Entry Fee: $30
Detailshttp://matrixmagazine.org/rkaward/

Dalhousie Review Short Fiction Contest
Section: Fiction
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Prize: $750 (1st); $250 (2nd); publication
Entry Fee: $30
Detailshttp://dalhousiereview.dal.ca/contest.html

CBC Canada Writes Creative Non-Fiction Prize
Section: Non-fiction (1200-1500 words)
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Prize: $6000 + publication in enRoute + Banff Centre residency (1st); $1000 each to 4 runners up
Entry Fee: $25
Details:
http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/nonfiction/index.html

Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Contest
Section: Poetry
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Prize: $5000
Entry Fee: $32; includes subscription
Detailshttp://arcpoetry.ca/?p=7349

The Malahat Review Novella Prize
Section: Fiction
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Prize: $1500 (1st)
Entry Fee: $35
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/novella_contest/info.html

10th annual Geist Literary Postcard Contest
Section: Very short fiction or non-fiction (500 words)
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Prize: $500 (1st); $250 (2nd); $150 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $20; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.geist.com/articles/postcard-contest/

Atlantic Writing Competition
Sections: Creative Non-fiction; Poetry; Short Fiction; Drama
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Prize: Various
Entry Fee: $20 – $35
Detailshttp://writers.ns.ca/awards-competitions.html

The New Quarterly Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest
Section: Poetry
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Prize: $1000 + publication (1st); other prizes for runners up
Entry Fee: $40 (for first 2 poems; $5 each for additional); includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.tnq.ca/contests

The Capilano Review Poetry Contest
Section: Poetry
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Prize: Three prizes of $250
Entry Fee: $35; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.thecapilanoreview.ca/contests/

Writers Union of Canada Short Prose Competition
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Prize: $2500 + assistance with publication
Entry Fee: $29
Detailshttp://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition

Writers’ Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
Section: Fiction
Deadline: March 7, 2014
Prize: $5000 (1st); $1000 (each of 2 Honourable Mentions)
Entry Fee: None
Details: Writers’ Trust website

Writers’ Trust Student Non-Fiction Contest
Section: Non-fiction (open to high school students only)
Deadline: March 14, 2014
Prize: $2500 + trip to Toronto (1st); $500 (2nd); $250 (3rd)
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://writerstrust.com/students

The New Quarterly Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: March 28, 2014
Prize: $1000 + publication
Entry Fee: $40; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.tnq.ca/contests

Narrative Magazine Winter 2014 Short Story Contest
Sections: Non-fiction and Fiction
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Prize: $2,500 (1st); $1000 (2nd); $500 (3rd); $100 (finalist)
Entry Fee: $22
Detailshttp://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/238622
Notes: Entries may be short fiction or literary nonfiction, including essays, memoirs, or any other form of unpublished manuscript, with a word limit of 15,000. All are judged in the same pool.

Grain magazine Short Grain Writing Contest
Sections: Fiction; Poetry
Deadline: April 1, 2014
Prize: $1000 (1st); $750 (2nd); $500 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $35; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.grainmagazine.ca/contest.html

CV2 2-Day Poem Contest
Sections: Poetry
Deadline: April 4, 2014 (registration; competition is held April 12-13)
Prize: $500 (1st); $300 (2nd); $150 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $26; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/contests/2-day-poem-contest

Event magazine Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Prize: $1500 in total cash prizes; publication
Entry Fee: $34.95; includes subscription
Detailshttp://eventmags.com/contest-2014/

CBC Canada Writes Poetry Prize
Section: Poetry
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Prize: $6000 + publication in enRoute + Banff Centre residency (1st); $1000 each to 4 runners up
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/poetry/index.html

The Malahat Review Far Horizons Poetry Prize
Section: Poetry
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Prize: $1000
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/far_horizons_poetry/info.html

Sub-Terrain Lush Triumphant Literary Awards
Sections: Creative Non-fiction; Fiction; Poetry
Deadline: May 15, 2014
Prize: $3000 in total prizes; publication
Entry Fee: $27.50; includes subscription
Detailshttp://subterrain.ca/about/103/lush-2013-awards-open+for+entries

The New Quarterly Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award
Section: Fiction
Deadline: May 28, 2014
Prize: $1000 + publication
Entry Fee: $40; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.tnq.ca/contests

Did we miss one? Send us a note or grab us on Twitter @MagAwards. We’ll update this post throughout the winter and spring as more contests are announced. Others to be announced this spring include the Quebec Writing Competition and Room Magazine contests.

Find more awards, prizes and contests for magazine journalism on the Awards and Contests pages of this blog.

Related Posts:
A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines
Your Guide to Fall Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Summer Magazine Writing Contests

Canadian Cover Awards open for submissions until Jan 31

The annual Canadian Cover Awards, produced by CMC and Magazines Canada, is accepting submissions until January 31 for its 2013 awards.

There are eight categories this year, including Newsstand Marketer of the Year. Last year’s winner of that award, Greg Kielty, highlighted a successful 2012 awards for SkyNews magazine.

Submissions are open to Canadian magazines that were distributed on newsstands between September 2012 and September 2013, and are sales-final. Submissions must be accompanied by distribution verification.

This year’s awards ceremony will once again be held at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown at 6 pm on February 25, 2014.

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