Archive | December 2012

Happy Holidays from the National Magazine Awards

Happy holidays from the board and staff of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. Have a wonderful and safe holiday season, and Happy New Year.

Our offices are closed from December 21 – January 2. The submissions deadline is January 16 (early-bird deadline January 11).

The National Magazine Awards eBook: A Great Holiday Gift

The best gifts in life are free! The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards ebook is now available gratis for your iPad — or the iPad of your magazine-loving friend.

This unique collection of Canada’s finest magazine journalism includes more than 30 award-winning stories, covers and photography/ illustration collections, including the top winners from this year’s National Magazine Awards and the best of the best from the past 5 years.

Each individual piece maintains the look and feel of its original publication (The Walrus, Explore, Cottage Life, Toronto Life, Maisonneuve, Eighteen Bridges, Swerve, and many more), while the digital platform offers a dynamic interface with the award-winning content.

The perfect gift for the magazine fanatic. It’s portable. It’s educational. It’s fun. And it’s free.

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Great Books for the Holidays, all by NMA Winners

“Monkey Ranch” by Julie Bruck won the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry

While stuffing stockings and gift baskets with magazine subscriptions (Buy 2, Get 1 Free!; don’t forget Maisonneuve, Canada’s magazine of the year) may be your first priority this holiday season, we present our second annual holiday book guide to tempt you with yet more literary treats. (And perhaps our first annual guide may still be of interest.)

All of these books are by National Magazine Award finalists and winners.

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Poetry

Illustration

eBooks

Did we miss any 2012 books by NMA winners? Drop a comment or tweet at us.

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Booking up for Winter: Great Reads by NMA Winners
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Spotlight: The National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer

Each year one of the most exciting moments at National Magazine Awards gala is discovering which hardworking young magazine journalist is named Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer.
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Submissions in this category are open to students as well as young magazine writers whose early work in Canadian magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

The competition is open to work published during 2012 in print, tablet or web-based Canadian magazines. Individuals may enter their own work (see the full requirements here), but editors, teachers and mentors are encouraged to nominate the talented young writers they’ve worked with.

Details:

  • Entry Fee: $25
  • Deadline: January 16, 2013
  • Requirements: Tear sheets plus a letter of recommendation
  • Finalists: A shortlist of 3 finalists will be announced May 1, 2013
  • Winners: The winner will be revealed at the NMA Gala on June 7, 2013
  • Prize: The winner receives a cash prize of $500, a certificate, industry recognition on stage, and promotion of their work in various NMAF publications and archive; the other two finalists will receive Honourable Mention, a certificate, various publicity, and their work will appear in the NMA archive.
  • More informationVisit our website for complete submissions and award details.
  • To SubmitClick here to register online.

Among last year’s three finalists, two were recent graduates of Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and the third was a young columnist for Maclean’s.

The winner was Liam Casey, whose award-winning piece “Suicide Notes” (Ryerson Review of Journalism) won over the judges with its passion and its courageous investigative reporting. Liam Casey is now a staff reporter at the Toronto Star.

"Suicide Notes" by Liam Casey in the Ryerson Review of Journalism. (Click image to read the complete article.)

“Suicide Notes” by Liam Casey in the Ryerson Review of Journalism. (Click image to read the complete article.)

The winner of this year’s National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer will join a group of award laureates that includes Matthieu AikinsPatrick WhiteChantal SrivastavaJeremy KlaszusJonathan TrudelMatthew McKinnonDanielle GroenJean-François BéginSophie Lees, and Kris Demeanor.

Check out some of our interviews with past winners and finalists for this award:

Read more about the award for Best New Magazine Writer. Read the full text of past finalists and winners in our archive.

Click here to submit. The submissions deadline is January 16, 2013.

Liam Casey, winner of the 2011 award for Best New Magazine Writer, accepts his award on stage at the NMA Gala.

Liam Casey, winner of the 2011 award for Best New Magazine Writer, accepts his award on stage at the NMA Gala.

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Best Canadian Essays 2012 features 7 National Magazine Award winners

The 2012 installment of The Best Canadian Essays has been released from Tightrope Books, edited by Ray Robertson and Christopher Doda.

Like previous editions of the book, The Best Canadian Essays 2012 features a number of National Magazine Award-winning stories by some remarkable authors celebrated at the 35th NMA gala earlier this year, and from previous years:

  • Alexandra Molotkow, whose article “My Cybersexual Education” (Toronto Life) was part of a series that won Gold in Editorial Package for 2011;
  • Paul Wilson, whose article “Adrift on the Nile” (The Walrus) about the Arab Spring won Gold in One-of-a-Kind;
  • Eric Andrew Gee, whose article “Our Tar Sands Man in Washington” (Maisonneuve) won Honourable Mention in Politics & Public Interest;
  • Chris Turner, whose article “Paradigm Shift” (Alberta Views) won Honourable Mention in Essays.

The book also features essays by former National Magazine Award winners and finalists Monte Paulsen, Ryan Bigge, and Jeet Heer.

Check out the complete list of essays from the 2012 edition and buy it at Tightrope Books.

A Brief Guide to entering Digital Content in the National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards are open to content from all Canadian consumer magazines, whether they are published in print, online or in a tablet edition.
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Where previously we distinguished between Print and Digital Magazines, this year we are further clarifying the difference between three types of magazine publishing:

  • Print Magazine
  • Magazine Website (companion site or online-only magazine)
  • Tablet Magazine

Most categories are open to content from any of these types, though specific categories have certain restrictions. For all clarifications, see the list of categories and rules and eligibility.

There is now a Special Award for each of these three types:

  • Magazine of the Year
  • Magazine Website of the Year
  • Tablet Magazine of the Year

A single publication may enter any and all of these 3 special categories if they meet the eligibility and category criteria.

CATEGORIES EXCLUSIVELY FOR DIGITAL CREATIONS
There are six categories open exclusively to content from either Magazine Websites or Tablet Magazines, or both:

Blogs: This written category is open to a regular series of original written content produced by a Magazine Website that has a recognizable unifying voice or theme. Entries may consist of up to ten (10) blog posts by one or more authors.

Online Video: This integrated category is open to a single video produced by a Magazine Website or Tablet Magazine.

Magazine Website Design (formerly Best Digital Design): This visual category will reward a Magazine Website with the most successful and original overall combination of visual and graphic design elements with functionality and user experience.

Editorial Package—Web (formerly Best Multimedia Feature): This integrated category is open to any original package of related or thematic editorial content produced by a Magazine Website that best serves its intended audience by maximizing the potential of web-based publishing, and that reflects collaboration by editors and content creators. Elements may include but are not limited to written content, blogs, video, photography, data visualization, illustration, social media and user-generated content.

Tablet Magazine of the Year: This special category is open to any single issue of a Tablet Magazine that successfully fulfills its editorial mission by representing the highest journalistic standards and effectively serving its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of tablet publishing.

Magazine Website of the Year: This special category is open to any Magazine Website that successfully fulfills its editorial mission by representing the highest journalistic standards and effectively serving its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of web-based publishing.

ENTERING DIGITAL CONTENT IN OTHER CATEGORIES
Except where noted in specific category restrictions, content from Magazine Websites and Tablet Magazines is eligible in all National Magazine Awards categories.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Check out our Digital FAQ for more information about how we define digital magazines, how to submit content from tablet editions, how the judging process works, and more.

ABOUT THE PROCESS
Each year the National Magazine Awards Foundation conducts surveys, solicits feedback and hosts round-table discussions with key stakeholders in order to ensure that our awards program is in tune with developments in the Canadian magazine industry.

Any changes that are made to the program reflect the consideration of numerous experts from relevant fields as well as the Judging Committee and Board of Directors of the NMAF.

The NMAF is grateful to those who volunteered their time to provide us with feedback and sit on our 2012 Digital Round Table and other committees.

With any additional questions please feel free to contact us.

Visit magazine-awards.com to submit. The deadline is January 16, 2013.

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Spotlight: The National Magazine Award for Best New Visual Creator

Photographer Jake Rosenberg accepts the award for Best New Visual Creator at the 35th National Magazine Awards gala.

Photographer Jake Rosenberg accepts the award for Best New Visual Creator at the 35th National Magazine Awards gala.

The award for Best New Visual Creator is one of our special awards, which recognizes excellence in illustration, photography or digital image creation by a young Canadian artist in a Canadian magazine. [Version française ici]

Submissions in this category are open to students as well as young magazine artists whose early work in Canadian magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

The competition is open to work published during 2012 in either print or digital Canadian magazines, including online magazines and tablet editions. Individuals may enter their own work (see the full requirements here), but editors, art directors and teachers are encouraged to nominate the talented young artists they’ve worked with, even discovered.

Details:

  • Entry Fee: $25
  • Deadline: January 16, 2013
  • Requirements: Tear sheets plus a letter of recommendation
  • Finalists: A shortlist of 3 finalists will be announced May 1, 2013
  • Winners: The winner will be revealed at the NMA Gala on June 7, 2013
  • Prize: The winner receives a cash prize of $500, a certificate, industry recognition on stage, and promotion of their work in various NMAF publications; the other two finalists will receive Honourable Mention, a certificate, various publicity, and their work will appear in the NMA archives.
  • More information: Visit our website for complete submissions and award details.
  • To Submit: Click here to register online.

Last year’s three finalists included a photographer, a digital illustrator, and a visual-arts collective. The winner was The Coveteur, for their curation called “Strictly Top Shelf” in Report on Business magazine (below).

Read our interview with The Coveteur about their National Magazine Award and their visual creations.

Byron Eggenschwiler created this image for the cover of the 33rd NMA Program.

Byron Eggenschwiler created this image for the cover of the 33rd NMA Program.

The inaugural winner of this award in 2009 was illustrator Byron Eggenschwiler, now a multiple National Magazine Award winner who also designed the creative for the 33rd National Magazine Awards. Byron was a double winner at the 2011 National Magazine Awards, with a Gold in Spot Illustration and a Silver in Illustration.

Read more about Best New Visual Creator and the National Magazine Awards.

The submissions deadline is January 16, 2013.

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Related Post: Off the Page, with The Coveteur

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