Archive | September 2012

NMAF welcomes new President and other members to its Board of Directors

Douglas Thomson

The Board of Directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation has formally approved its board executive and new directors for 2012-2013, as well as the date and venue for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala.

Douglas Thomson, editor of Canadian Home Workshop, has been elected the new President of the NMAF Board of Directors for a two-year term. Douglas replaces Arjun Basu, editorial director of Spafax, who served as president from 2010-2012 and will remain on the board.

To his fellow directors, Douglas Thomson noted:

“Like the Canadian magazine industry itself, the NMAF has responded to the changing media landscape with an extra push of creativity, energy and innovation. And as evidenced by the nearly 2000 entries and 200 participating magazines in the awards last year, it’s an exciting time for magazines and its an exciting time for the NMAF. I’m eager to be a part of that continued spirited evolution.”

Joyce Byrne, associate publisher of Venture Publishing, has been elected the new Vice-President of the NMAF Board of Directors.

Brian Morgan, art director of The Walrus, has been elected the new Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Also newly elected to serve on the NMAF Board of Directors is Matthew Fox, executive editor & digital media strategist at St. Joseph Media.

The NMAF would also like to honour its outgoing board members and thank them for their service to the Canadian magazine industry:

Patrick Walsh, editor of Outdoor Canada and Past President of the NMAF, who served 11 years on the Board of Directors.

Susan Zuzinjak, president of Smitten Creative Boutique and former Secretary of the NMAF, who served 9 years on the Board of Directors.

Carolyn Warren, regional manager of cultural programming and new integrated content at CBC Montreal, who served 2 years on the Board of Directors.

For a complete list of the NMAF Board of Directors please visit magazine-awards.com.

The 36th annual National Magazine Awards

The NMAF Board of Directors has also approved the event date and venue for the 2013 National Magazine Awards gala. Next year’s event will be Friday, June 7, 2013 at The Carlu in Toronto. Further details and ticket information will be posted in the spring.

Submissions for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards will be accepted starting December 1. Updated submissions information (categories, guidelines, etc) will be posted to the NMAF website in mid-November. Sign up for our bilingual newsletter or follow the Magazine Awards blog to stay up to date on announcements.

Your Guide to Fall Magazine Writing Contests

[This post has been updated]

Autumn, for many, is a fertile time of mind. Anticipating that, many of Canada’s great literary magazines and organizations are hosting creative writing contests for emerging journalists and literary artists.

Building on our Guide to Summer Writing Contests we present those competitions open to the general public coming up this fall. We also carry an exhaustive list of awards, contests, funding and other opportunities in the Professional Resources section of our website. If we missed one, let us know.

The Walrus | CIC International Long-Form Competition
Sections: Non-fiction
Deadline: October 26, 2012
Prize: $7500 + publication
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://www.opencanada.org/competition/
Notes: Entrants submit a detailed pitch for an investigative story with an international focus; the winner will work with a Walrus editor to develop and publish the piece.

CBC Canada Writes Short Story Prize
Sections: Short fiction
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Prize: $6000 + publication in enRoute + Banff centre residency (winner); $1000 to each of 4 runners-up
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/shortstory/
Notes: CBC Canada Writes also hosts Creative Non-fiction and Poetry competitions with deadlines in 2013. Details to come.

The Malahat Review Open Season Awards
Sections: Fiction; Poetry; Creative non-fiction
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Prize: $1000 to the winner in each section + publication
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/open_season/info.html

Amprosia | WCDR Prose Competition
Sections: Creative non-fiction
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Prize: $1000 (1st); $400 (2nd); $200 (3rd); publication in anthology
Entry Fee: $20
Detailshttp://wcdr.ca/wcdr/2012-amprosia-the-wcdr-prose-competition/

Writers Union of Canada Short Prose Competition
Sections: Fiction; Non-fiction
Deadline: November 3, 2012
Prize: $2500; assistance with publication
Entry Fee: $29
Detailshttp://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose

PRISM International Creative Writing Contests
Sections
: Literary non-fiction; Short fiction; Poetry
Deadline: November 28, 2012 (non-fiction); January 25, 2013 (fiction & poetry)
Prize: $1500 (1st); $300 (2nd); $200 (3rd); publication in magazine
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

Prairie Fire Creative Writing Contests
Sections: Creative non-fiction; Short fiction; Poetry
Deadline: November 30, 2012
Prize: $1250 (1st); $500 (2nd); $250 (3rd); publication in magazine
Entry Fee: $32 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://prairiefire.ca/contests.html

Briarpatch Creative Writing Contest
Sections: Creative non-fiction
Deadline: December 1, 2012
Prize: $750 in total prizes
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://briarpatchmagazine.com/announcements/view/creative-writing-contest

The Fiddlehead 22nd annual Literary Contest
Sections: Poetry; Fiction
Deadline: December 1, 2012
Prize: $2000 (winner); $200 each for 2 runners-up; publication in magazine
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.thefiddlehead.ca/FHcontest.html

FreeFall magazine Poetry and Prose Contest
Sections: Poetry; Fiction
Deadline: December 31, 2012
Prize: $300 (winner); $150 (2nd); $75 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $21 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html

Alberta Literary Awards
Sections: Travel Writing (unpublished); Essays (unpublished); Short Fiction (published); Non-fiction (published); plus book awards
Deadline: December 31, 2012
Prize: $700 (winner in each section)
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.writersguild.ab.ca/Alberta-Literary-Awards.asp

Other contests on the horizon for 2013:
The New Quarterly literary contests
CBC Canada Writes non-fiction & poetry contests
Grain magazine Short Grain writing contests
Event magazine non-fiction contest
Writers Union of Canada various contests
Geist magazine various contests
Arc Poetry Magazine various contests

Know of other literary contests coming up this fall/winter? Leave a comment on this blog or holler at us: staff [at] magazine-awards.com or twitter.com/natmagawards.

NMA Winner Joshua Knelman wins Edna Staebler Prize

National Magazine Award-winning writer Joshua Knelman, whose book Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art began life as a NMA-winning investigative story in The Walrus, has been named the 2012 winner of the prestigious Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction from Wilfried Laurier University in Waterloo.

We profiled Joshua and his remarkable book in our Off the Page interview segment last spring, outlining the story of how his NMA success helped pave the way for the book project.

The Edna Staebler Award was established in 1991 by writer and literary journalist Edna Staebler. It recognizes a Canadian writer of a first or second published book with a Canadian locale and/or significance. The annual winner receives a prize of $10,000.

Just the Facts: Magazines Canada publishes 2012 Fact Book

Our friends at Magazines Canada have published their annual state-of-the-magazine compendium of statistics, trends and other research from the Canadian consumer magazine industry. Available in English and French (pdf; 120 pages).

Did you know that:

  • Approximately 59% of Canadians read a magazine last week (and more than 8 in 10 picked one up within the last 3 months);
  • Canada has more consumer magazines per capita (100) than France, Germany, the UK and the USA;
  • In the past decade the number of new Canadian consumer magazines has grown by 12%;
  • The vast majority (71%) of readers still prefer print (i.e. real paper) over digital magazine media;
  • Ad revenue in Canadian magazines outpaces a sampling of 12 other global leaders by 20%;
  • The American multinational consumer-goods conglomerate Procter & Gamble spends more on Canadian magazine advertising–by a long shot–than any other company or organization;
  • Ads on the right-hand page of a magazine have only marginally more impact than ads on the left-hand page;
  • 73% of magazine readers save or bookmark a magazine advertisement for future reference;
  • Magazine advertisements, in brief, work better than ads in all other media (there are about 50 pages of stats and research to back this up).

Visit Magazines Canada to download the fact books.

The Tyee launches event series with America: But Better

The award-winning and National Magazine Award-nominated The Tyee magazine is launching a speaker series called “A Tyee’d Talk” with the first event a book launch of America: But Better.

The authors, Chris Cannon and Brian Calvert, will present their unique interpretation of how to cure the ails of our neighbour to the south at the Wise Hall in Vancouver.

The event is this Thursday, September 27 at 7pm. Ticket info at the BCAMP website.

‘Word on the Street’ is this weekend in 6 Canadian cities!

Word on the Street is the annual Canadian book and magazine festival, which this year is coming to 6 Canadian cities:

Toronto: Sunday, Sept 23 at Queen’s Park Circle
Halifax: Sunday, Sept 23 by the Maritime Museum
Saskatoon: Sunday, Sept 23 at Civic Square
Lethbridge: Sunday, Sept 23 at Main Library
Kitchener: Sunday, Sept 23 around City Hall
Vancouver: Sept 28-30 (various locations)

If you’ve never been to WOTS before, it’s basically a fun day in the park surrounded by magazines, books, authors and food. It’s often a great opportunity to snag great subscription deals and hard-to-find back issues of your favourite magazines, as well as discounted books.

Plus, readings from wonderful authors and informative, career-building speaker series. Most of all, it’s a great place to discover new reads.

Magazines Canada Webinar Series begins today

Magazines Canada is launching its fall webinar series this afternoon at 2pm (ET) with a class hosted by National Magazine Award-winning journalist Stephen Kimber, on the subject of non-fiction writing:

Join award-winning author and journalism professor Stephen Kimber for an hour of inspiring and practical advice on how to make your non-fiction sing, including capturing characters and dialogue, creating vivid scenes, knowing what to include—and what to cut, and much more.

The rest of Magazines Canada’s webinar lineup this season includes a feature by National Magazine Award winner David Fielding of Canadian Business, called “Strategies of an Award-Winning Editor” on November 14:

What does it take to get your magazine’s writers into the winner’s circle at the NMAs and other awards programs? Join David Fielding, executive editor at Canadian Business magazine, as he shares the strategies he’s used to help his writers get their best work onto his magazine’s pages—and score some prizes along the way as well.

Magazines Canada offers individual and package rates for members and non-members for its webinars. Read more.

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