Summer is here and so are the writing contests. Quite a number of great magazines are hosting contests, awards and other opportunities for writers new and seasoned. Naturally, the chance of winning should not be your sole motivation; just by entering you’ll acquaint yourself with (and probably get a subscription to) a great magazine, plus you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of having put your hard work, creativity and talent out into the world.
Matrix Magazine: LitPop Awards
Sections: Poetry; Fiction; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 1, 2012
Prize: Round-trip ticket and accommodation to POP Montreal Festival in September; publication in Matrix
Entry Fee: $25
This Magazine: Great Canadian Literary Hunt
Sections: Fiction; Poetry; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 31, 2012
Prize: $750 plus publication for winners; prize packs for second and third place
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Also: This Mag editor talks about Creative Nonfiction and the workshops included with this year’s GCLH.
The Walrus: Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry, juried prize and people’s choice prize
Deadline: July 31, 2012
Prize: $5000 and publication (juried winner); $1000 (people’s choice winner)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Antigonish Review: Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize & Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest
Sections: Poetry; Fiction
Deadline: July 31, 2012 (Fiction); August 31, 2012 (Poetry)
Prize: $600 (first); $400 (second); $200 (third); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Malahat Review: Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize
Sections: Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Prize: Publication in Malahat Review; interview with winning author
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)
Also: Malahat Review has a number of writing contests throughout the year
Geist: Erasure Poetry Contest
Sections: Poetry (in an unusual way)
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Prize: $600 (first); $250 (second); $150 (third); publication in Geist; prize packs for HM
Entry Fee: $20 (includes subscription)
Other contests, further on the horizon for 2012 and 2013:
PRISM International: Writing contests
Prairie Fire: Writing contests
Fiddlehead: Literary contests
WCDR Amprosia prose competition
CBC Literary Prizes
The New Quarterly: Writing contests
Grain: Writing contests
Event Magazine: Writing contests
Writers Union of Canada Awards
Designers and enthusiasts are getting ready to celebrate the best in design publishing at the 3rd annual Regional Design Awards Party–the Reggies–put on by Design Edge Canada, which takes place on Tuesday, June 26 at The Hoxton in Toronto.
Renowned art director Ken Rodmell, who received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards in 2000, will be honoured at the Reggies for his career achievements in design.
This event honours the winners and finalists of the Regional Design Awards, and includes special presentations to the “Best of Region” winners. Guests will also receive an advance copy of the Design Edge Canada Awards annual. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Magazines Canada’s digital newsstand, in partnership with Zinio, is offering 30% discounts on subscriptions to the digital editions of a host of magazines that took home awards at this year’s 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards.
Straight to your tablet, enjoy some great Canadian magazines such as Canadian Art, Cottage Life, Elle Canada, explore, Malahat Review, More, Outdoor Canada, The Walrus, This Magazine and Vancouver Magazine. Subscribe today!
The winners of the 30th anniversary Western Magazine Awards were announced Friday night at a ceremony in Vancouver. Vancouver Magazine was named the Western Canada Magazine of the Year, while the new publication Eighteen Bridges won four awards, including Best New Magazine, Magazine of the Year for Alberta/NWT, Best Article for Alberta/NWT (Chris Turner, “Bearing Witness”) and Best Article in Arts, Culture and Entertainment (Don Gillmor, “All In“).
Vancouver Magazine led all publications with 7 awards, followed by Eighteen Bridges with 4 and Swerve with 3.
Five-time National Magazine Award winner Byron Eggenschwiler won for Best Illustration.
Alberta Oil, which won the Kenneth R. Wilson Award for Magazine of the Year earlier this month, won that honour once again in the trade magazine category at the WMAs. The Tyee won the new award for Best Online Magazine.
The award for Student Writing, sponsored by the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation, went to Stacey Hopper for writing in Pacific Rim Magazine.
See the complete list of winners at http://www.westernmagazineawards.ca/.
Attention National Magazine Award-nominated and -winning magazine publishers, editors and art directors: Promote your success at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards with our official winners’ and finalists’ seals.
Adorn your covers, acknowledgement pages, promotional materials and websites with these creative designs to promote to your readers the excellence of your magazine and the writers and artists who contribute to that success.
Contact the NMAF office to request the seals in .pdf or .eps format.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation is honoured to congratulate you on your success this year.
This Friday, June 15 is the deadline for submissions for the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards, with a category each for magazine and book publications. There is a $2000 prize for the magazine writer competition and $5000 for book writers. The competition rewards freelance work with a social-justice angle.
For magazine articles, the applicant must be working on completion for publication of a contracted English language magazine article (non-fiction) or have published the article in the first six months of the year of the competition they are applying for (e.g. between January 1 and June 30, 2010 when applying for the 2010 award). Any magazine article published after June 30 must meet the criteria for a magazine article in the process of being readied for publication.
Originally a Calgary prize, the award is now open to all Canadian freelance writers. Previous winners include National Magazine Award laureates Deborah Campbell, Gordon Laird and Marcello Di Cintio.
National Magazine Award-winning illustrator Leif Parsons created the fabulous illustration from which blossomed the entire creative look and feel of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards.
Leif Parsons’ highly conceptual illustrations have been used in publications including The Walrus, Esquire, Bloomberg, Real Simple, and The New York Times. With two Gold and one Silver National Magazine Award under his belt for his illustrations, he has been inspired by the works of Nicholas Bleckman, Christoph Nieman, Saul Steinberg, Philip Guston, and the artwork he sees around New York City, where he currently resides.
Thanks also to NMAF board member and The Walrus art director Brian Morgan for his creative direction on the 35th anniversary National Magazine Award illustration.
If you would like to order a copy of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards program please get in touch with us at staff[at]magazine-awards[dot]com.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and contributors who helped make the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala an event to remember.
Special mention to Jason Jajalla and Dean Bradley and their volunteer assistants, who captured the evening’s celebration on camera. You can view the photos of the NMA gala on our Facebook page now.
The NMAF is also proud to thank:
Multimedia Design & Show Production: Wolfson Bell
Advertising & Program Design: Anna Minzhulina
Illustration: Leif Parsons
Translation: Charles Girard
Outstanding Achievement Portraiture: Clay Stang
Event Exhibit: Vinyl Xpress, Inc.
Volunteer Coordination: Erin Klassen
Production Assistants: Joi McConnell, Aaron Lai
News Release Distribution: CNW Group
Chartered Accountants: Beckett Lowden Read
Catering: Daniel et Daniel
Flowers: Sheridan Nurseries
Venue: The Carlu
Additional thanks to Julia De Laurentiis Johnson, Levi Nicholson, Nicolas Dagenais, our interns Wajiha Suboor and Rebecca Zanussi, and our event volunteers. And of course to all of our sponsors and partners, thank you for your support of the National Magazine Awards and the Canadian magazine industry.
And to all who support Canadian magazines and their creators: Thank you from the NMAF.
Check out all the photos at the NMAF Facebook page.
Did you attend the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala on June 7? Please take 2 minutes to complete this survey concerning some of the changes to this year’s awards program and event. We need your feedback to help us continue to fulfill our mandate to support and promote creators in the Canadian magazine industry. The National Magazine Awards program is for the industry by the industry.
If you did not attend this year’s awards gala, we will be issuing a survey in the coming weeks to gather your feedback as well.
Maisonneuve was named Canada’s Magazine of the Year—Print at the conclusion of the awards presentation. The Montreal-based, English-language quarterly of arts, culture and ideas was nominated for a total of 9 NMAs this year, and added a Silver award in the category Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article to the prestigious Magazine of the Year award, which it also won in 2004.
TodaysParent.com, the online companion of Today’s Parent magazine, was named Magazine of the Year—Digital. Heather Robertson received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Liam Casey was named Best New Magazine Writer and The Coveteur was named Best New Visual Creator (see more below).
The Walrus led all magazines with 6 Gold and 6 Silver awards. This is the 8th consecutive year in which The Walrus has either had the most or tied for the most Gold awards, and the seventh time during that span in which they’ve won the most total awards (Gold and Silver combined).
The Grid – new to the NMAs this year after launching in May 2011 – won 4 Gold and 2 Silver awards. Toronto Life won 4 Gold awards and 1 Silver, followed by Report on Business (3 Gold, 4 Silver), L’actualité (3 Gold, 2 Silver), explore (3 Gold, 1 Silver), Sportsnet (2 Gold) and The New Quarterly / Arc Poetry Magazine (2 Gold).
Top Award-Winning Magazines at the 35th National Magazine Awards:
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Also winning a Gold award were Chatelaine, Châtelaine, DesignLines Toronto, Québec Science, Ryerson Review of Journalism, Sharp, This Magazine, Today’s Parent and Urbania.
Winning one Silver award were Canadian Business, Canadian Family, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, Fiddlehead, Nuvo, Ottawa Magazine, The New Quarterly and Up Here.
Leading all individual winners with 3 Gold awards was Art Director Vanessa Wyse of The Grid, who swept the all three of the design categories Magazine Covers, Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article, and Art Direction for an Entire Issue. In each case the celebrated article/issue was The Grid’s May 19, 2011 issue “Got Spunk?” This is the first time that one publication has swept these three categories since 1998 (Shift magazine).
The most decorated individual article of the evening was “Where Asbestos is Just a Fact of Life” by John Gray and Stephanie Nolen (Report on Business), which was nominated for a record 5 awards and won Gold in Business, Silver in Politics & Public Interest, and Honourable Mention in Health & Medicine, Investigative Reporting, and Science, Technology & the Environment.
The article “Camping 101” by Kevin Callan and Ryan Stuart in explore was a double Gold winner in the integrated category Single Service Article Package and the written category How-To. This is the third straight year that explore has won Gold in Single Service Article Package, and the third time overall that the magazine has won Gold in How-To.
The award for Best Single Issue went to “Gros” from Urbania, the Montreal-based arts quarterly which won this award for the second year in a row.
Dominique Forget of L’actualité led all writers with 5 nominations for 5 different articles, and won Gold in Service: Personal Finance & Business (“Impôts: la colère monte”).
The Gold award in the integrated category Words & Pictures went to the editorial team at Toronto Life for “Going Mobile.”
The new magazine Eighteen Bridges won its first National Magazine Award when Don Gillmor was named the Gold winner in Arts & Entertainment (“All In”). The article, also nominated in Personal Journalism, examines the great career of the late Paul Quarrington, a 5-time NMA winner. This is Gillmor’s 10th National Magazine Award. Eighteen Bridges had 10 nominations this year.
Illustrator Byron Eggenschwiler won Gold in Spot Illustration (“Post-Secondary Distress” in More) and Silver in Illustration (“Death of the Salesman” in Canadian Business). This is Eggenschwiler’s second Gold for Spot Illustration, and he now holds 5 National Magazine Awards. Selena Wong (“Meet You at the Door”; The Walrus) won her first National Magazine Award after winning the Gold for Illustration.
In Photojournalism & Photo Essay, the Gold award went to “In the Shadow of the Oilsands” by Ian Willms, published in This Magazine. Donald Weber took the top prize in Creative Photography for “Quniqjuk, Qunbuq, Quabaa” in Canadian Art. DesignLines won its first-ever National Magazine Award with a Gold in Still-Life Photography for “From: To:” by Naomi Finlay. Photographer Daniel Ehrenworth took the Gold award for Portrait Photography for “Project Privacy” in Cottage Life. He won the Silver in this category last year.
In the Fashion category, Flare won Gold for the third year in a row, and in fact swept Gold and Silver. Photographer Chris Nicholls, art director Tanya Watt and stylist Fiona Green took Gold for “Your Majesty.” The same photographer/art director duo joined stylist Elizabeth Cabral in winning Silver with “Nature of Prints.”
For the first time this year, Beauty was awarded as a separate category from Fashion, and Sharp won the Gold for “Fragrances” (Art Direction by Adam Taylor; Photography by Adrian Armstrong).
Economist Pierre Fortin won Gold in Columns for his regular column “Économie” in L’actualité. This is the third year that Fortin has won Gold in this category (he also won in 2003 and 2007), which matches Robert Fulford and Benoît Aubin for the most all time in Columns.
“What You Don’t Know About Stephen Harper” by Paul Wells and John Geddes (Maclean’s) took the Gold award for Politics & Public Interest.
In the Humour category, Scott Feschuk won his second National Magazine Gold Award for “A Reading from the Book of Tebow” (Sportsnet). In fact, Feschuk defeated himself in this category, as he was also nominated for two other articles this year in Humour.
Brett Popplewell’s article “The Team that Disappeared” won Gold in Sports & Recreation for Sportsnet, which in its first year at the NMAs (after launching in September 2011) received 4 nominations, including one of three finalist spots for Magazine of the Year (Print)
Alison Motluk won Gold for Investigative Reporting (“A Political Meltdown”; The Walrus). Motluk won Silver in this category last year.
Catherine Dubé won her 7th National Magazine Award when she took Gold in the category Service: Health & Family (“Demain, des centres à 7$ par jour pour les vieux?”; L’actualité).
Nathan Vanderklippe’s “A Pipleline Runs Through It” (Report on Business) won Gold in Science, Technology & the Environment. The same article also won Honourable Mention in Business and in Travel.
Charles Wilkins won his 3rd Gold National Magazine Award, this year taking the top prize in the Travel category for “The Big Blue” in explore.
The article “Quand je serai plus là, qui va s’occuper de mes poissons?” by Pascale Millot from Québec Science was the Gold winner in Health & Medicine.
The Gold award in Personal Journalism went to Anne Marie Lecomte for “Parti sans bruit” (Châtelaine).
Chris Nuttall-Smith won Gold in Service: Lifestyle for “Where to Eat Now” in Toronto Life. This is Nuttall-Smith’s 4th individual National Magazine Award.
In the category Best Short Feature—under 2000 words—there was a tie for Gold between Heather O’Neill (“When Your Mother is a Stranger”; Chatelaine) and JJ Lee (“On the First Time He Told a Girl She Was Beautiful”; ELLE Canada).
In 2011 the literary magazines The New Quarterly and Arc Poetry Magazine published a joint issue, and from the pages of this issue Alice Major won Gold in the Essays category (“The Ultraviolet Catastrophe”) and Matthew Holmes won Gold in Poetry (“The Failing of Purity”).
Event magazine – the thrice-yearly literary review from Douglas College – swept the awards in the Fiction category for the second consecutive year, with Bill Gaston (“Four Corners”) winning Gold and Wayde Compton (“The Instrument”) taking the Silver.
Today’s Parent (TodaysParent.com) won the award for Magazine of the Year—Digital. The judges lauded the site’s clean layout, which exudes calmness and utilizes various typeface styles to direct the reader to different features. In branding, it’s perfectly aligned with its print parent and creates added value for its users with interactivity, relevance and overall quality.
The popular TorontoLife.com production “TIFF.to,” which covers the annual Toronto International Film Festival, won the Gold for Best Multimedia Feature. FashionMagazine.com’s “At the Shows / Spring 2012” won Silver.
BEST NEW CREATIVE TALENT
Liam Casey won the award for Best New Magazine Writer for his article “Suicide Notes” in the Ryerson Review of Journalism. Said the NMAF judges: “In a rare combination of eloquent personal journalism and meticulous reporting, Liam Casey has confronted a highly charged question that has been dodged for so long – the practice in newsrooms of non-reporting of suicide. With tremendous honesty he has put himself inside the story of the pain of depression and emerged with a strong commentary on journalism. Not many writers have made such an impact with one of their first pieces.”
The award for Best New Visual Creator went to The Coveteur, for its photography layout “Gifts” in Report on Business. Said the NMAF judges: “A tasteful curation of photographs that succeed in magnifying the desirability of objects, The Coveteur’s ‘Gifts’ are a perfect balance of style and composition. The look and feel engages the viewer effortlessly, which speaks to the impressive talent of this young trio: stylist Stephanie Mark, designer Erin Kleinberg, and photographer Jake Rosenberg. We’ll be seeing lots more of their work in the future.
Heather Robertson received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement during the presentation of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards.
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR—PRINT
A broad-minded, insatiable magazine that publishes investigative journalism, long-form essays and breathtaking artwork, Maisonneuve strives to support emerging talent and present the arts and ideas of Quebec to Anglophone Canada. 2011 saw the magazine publish several high-profile investigative pieces and photo essays, and it was rewarded with nine National Magazine Award nominations. Maisonneuve recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and over the past decade it has won 18 National Magazine Awards, including now two wins (2004 and 2011) for Magazine of the Year.
The other two finalists for Magazine of the Year—Print were Outdoor Canada and Sportsnet.
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The Master of Ceremonies?
Tomorrow we gather to celebrate excellence in Canadian magazine publishing at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. [Version française ci-dessous]
There are more magazines being published today than there were a year ago. More print. More digital. More everything. Every stat out there tells us that people are reading more. And that includes magazines.
The industry has been running from something, change perhaps, for the last few years, all the while running toward something as well, you could call it the future, and we’ve been doing it without thinking. There has been fear. Surely. And the flip side of fear is opportunity.
We’ve played with the shiny new toys and tried to figure out what they do. And how they change us. The scramble has been something to behold. Maybe, in a decade or so, we can all sit back and laugh.
But you know what? The delivery system doesn’t matter. Because everyone soon gets bored of that shiny new thing and then returns to demanding things that are pretty old-fashioned: Quality. Relevance. Our readers want the same thing they’ve always wanted. They might want it presented differently, but they want something that speaks to them. That entertains them. That tells them something they didn’t know. Magazines have always been about discovery. And that is truer now than ever before.
We are in an age of quality. I really believe that. We have the toys and now instead of just getting our product on the toys “just because,” we’re putting it there because that’s where it belongs. Because it makes sense. Because it’s the best way to reach our readers. Not because we “have to” be there. I believe those days are over. Thankfully.
This year’s nominations come from across the country and from across platforms. We see blogs competing against print publications. A digital slideshow competing against a more traditional photo essay. How we consume our media isn’t really important anymore. That we consume it—that’s the important thing. And we’re consuming media—Canadian media—more than ever before.
The National Magazine Awards are for you. For us. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating a job well done. I hope you enjoy the show.
President, National Magazine Awards Foundation
Mot du président
On compte aujourd’hui davantage de magazines publiés que ce n’était le cas il y a un an. Davantage de magazines imprimés. Davantage de magazines numériques. Davantage de tout. Toutes les statistiques confirment que la lecture est de plus en plus populaire. Et les magazines n’échappent pas à la tendance.
Depuis quelques années, l’industrie a agi à la fois en résistance à quelque chose, le changement peut-être, et a foncé dans quelque chose d’autre, qu’on pourrait appeler l’avenir, et nous l’avons fait sans trop y réfléchir. Il y a eu de l’appréhension. Sûrement.
Mais derrière l’appréhension se profilait une occasion. Nous avons étrenné de tout nouveaux jouets et tenté d’en mesurer le potentiel. Nous avons aussi tenté de discerner de quelle façon ces jouets nous changent. Il faut reconnaître que nous nous sommes sentis bousculés. Dans une dizaine d’années, avec le recul, peut-être nous remémorerons-nous cette période d’incertitudes le sourire aux lèvres.
Mais vous savez quoi? Le système de diffusion n’a pas de véritable importance. Parce qu’un jour ou l’autre, nous nous lasserons tous de ces nouveaux jouets et retournerons à des valeurs anciennes : la qualité; la pertinence.
Nos lecteurs continuent de rechercher ce qu’ils ont toujours recherché. Peut-être souhaitent-ils que cela leur soit présenté différemment, mais ils recherchent un contenu qui leur parle. Qui les divertit. Qui leur révèle quelque chose qu’ils ne savaient pas. La découverte a toujours été la raison d’être des magazines. Et cela vaut aujourd’hui plus que jamais.
Nous vivons une époque marquée au sceau de la qualité. Je le crois sincèrement. Nous avons nos jouets et, aujourd’hui, plutôt que de simplement diffuser nos productions sur ces jouets, «parce qu’il le faut bien», nous le faisons parce que c’est là qu’ils doivent aller. Parce que cela va de soi. Parce que c’est la meilleure façon de rejoindre nos lecteurs. Non pas parce que nous « devons » être là. Ces jours sont, selon moi, derrière nous. Et c’est bien ainsi.
Les nominations de cette année viennent de partout au pays et de diverses plates-formes. Nous voyons des blogues en compétition avec des publications imprimées. Un diaporama numérique concurrencer un reportage photo plus traditionnel. Notre mode de consommation des médias n’a plus l’importance qu’il avait. L’important, c’est que nous les consommions. Et la consommation des médias, des médias canadiens, est plus importante que jamais.
Cet événement vous est dédié. Nous est dédié. Il n’y a rien de mal à célébrer le travail bien fait. Bon spectacle !
Président, Fondation nationale des prix du magazine canadien
One week to go and we couldn’t be more excited! On June 7 the NMAF will announce the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards at our 35th anniversary gala. This year our esteemed panel of judges named 3 finalists in the special category Magazine of the Year–Print.
The award for Magazine of the Year–Print will go to the magazine that most consistently engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers.
For 2011 the 3 finalists are:
A broad-minded, insatiable magazine that publishes investigative journalism, long-form essays and breathtaking artwork, Maisonneuve strives to support emerging talent and present the arts and ideas of Quebec to Anglophone Canada. 2011 saw the magazine publish several high-profile investigative pieces and photo essays, and it was rewarded with nine National Magazine Award nominations.
Check out all of Maisonnueve‘s NMA nominations at Maisonneuve.org.
Canada’s only national fishing and hunting magazine, Outdoor Canada is a vibrant mix of service journalism, feature stories, reportage, profiles, travelogues and expert analysis. In 2011 the magazine also hosted its second annual consumer show and redesigned its website to great acclaim. Its staff and contributors have won numerous awards, and this year Outdoor Canada is nominated for four National Magazine Awards.
Also nominated from Outdoor Canada: “75 Whitetail Essentials” (How-To).
Launched in September 2011, Sportsnet aims to be Canada’s premier general-interest sports magazine, with a mandate to tell the stories about athletes, teams and games that Canadians care most about. Committed to blending long-form magazine journalism with shorter, faster-paced stories that explore trends in the world and business of sports, the magazine is ambitious, engaging and optimistic. In its first year at the NMAs, Sportsnet garnered four nominations.
Also nominated from Sporstnet: “A Reading from the Book of Tebow” (Humour).
The winner of Magazine of the Year–Print will be revealed at the conclusion of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards presentation on June 7. Tickets are on sale now.
Meet the NMA Finalists for: Best New Visual Creator | Art Direction for an Entire Issue | Magazine Covers | Magazine of the Year–Digital | Words & Pictures | Single Service Article Package | Photojournalism & Photo Essay | Best New Magazine Writer | Best Single Issue | Beauty