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Off the Page, with Canada’s History editor Mark Reid

Off the Page appears regularly on the Magazine Awards blog. Today we catch up with Mark Reid, editor of Canada’s History, winner of the 2012 National Magazine Award for Words & Pictures.

NMAF: Canada’s History (formerly known as The Beaver) is one of this country’s oldest publications, six years away from its centennial. What do you consider the mandate of the magazine to be, and has this changed much in the past 94 years?

Mark Reid (Photo: Marianne Helm)

Mark Reid (Photo: Marianne Helm)

Mark: The mandate is to turn as many Canadians as possible on to their history, and to convince them that our stories are as interesting, entertaining and engaging as any other nation’s. This mandate has changed immensely over the years. In 1920, the magazine began as an in-house newsletter for the Hudson’s Bay Company. As years passed and the fur trade died, the magazine became more of a nostalgia magazine for the “days of yore” on the trap lines, telling stories of the Far North. By the in the 1980s, it had changed focus again, becoming increasingly a “history magazine.” And in 2010, we changed the name to reflect our current focus, going from “The Beaver” to “Canada’s History.”

NMAF: At last year’s National Magazine Awards Canada’s History won Gold in the category Words & Pictures, for “On Thin Ice,” an illustrated memoir of the 1972 Summit Series by Terry Mosher (a.k.a. Aislin), who covered the iconic event as a young political cartoonist. As an editor, what attracted you to this story? And what was the significance for you to have it win a National Magazine Award?

Mark: The ’72 Summit Series is a touchstone moment in our collective cultural history. This Cold War moment is one of a handful of “where were you when” turning points for a generation of Canadians. When I learned that Terry Mosher had travelled to Russia to cover the event as a cartoonist, I knew that we needed to share his story with our wider audience of history lovers.

I asked Terry to colourize the original cartoons he produced in 1972, and share the behind the scenes tales that inspired them. After viewing them, I realized that one cartoon was missing from the story – an image of Paul Henderson scoring the winning goal. Terry’s final cartoon, with Paul Henderson memorialized on a Canadian version of Mount Rushmore, was perfect.

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The Canada’s History team was collectively thrilled to work with Terry’s fantastic art, and to share his story with Canadians. For the package to win a National Magazine Award was just icing on the cake — an exciting endorsement from our peers that we received with gratitude, and that we dedicate to everyone with a passion for the past.

NMAF: You recently launched a micro-site called Destinations. How did this project come about, and what do you hope to achieve? 

Mark: While Canada’s History is our flagship magazine, our History Society is engaged in myriad programs. Canada’s History Society is a small Winnipeg-based non-profit that also produces a kid’s history magazine, and runs a host of awards and educational programs for students, teachers and community groups.

Our Destinations site is the latest attempt to reach a new audience of history lovers, in this case, history lovers who combine this passion with travel. Our hope is to work with museums, archives, and tourist sites to help them share their stories with a wider audience. It’s all part of our multipronged approach to encouraging and strengthening interest in our collective past.

NMAF: 2014 figures to be a big year for Canada’s History, with the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I on the minds of many Canadians. What do you think is the significance of this milestone for Canada, and can you tell us a bit about how the magazine will be covering the anniversary?

Mark: The start of WWI is certainly a huge part of our publishing plans. Our key publication will be a coffee-table book on the subject, titled Canada’s Great War Album. It will be published by HarperCollins Canada, and features essays on all aspects of the war by the country’s top historians and writers, along with photos and artifacts relating to the war that have been sent to us by our readers.

Our goal is to commemorate the courageous men, women and children who lived, loved, fought, served and sacrificed during that difficult time. It will be available for sale in the fall of 2014. On the magazine side, we are also working on a special package of articles that will examine not only WWI, but also WWII, which will mark the 75th anniversary of its start in September 2014. It’s an exciting time to be publishing history, and we look forward to bringing Canadians many more great articles and publications in the months and years to come.

Mark Reid is the editor-in-chief of Canada’s History magazine, published by the History Society in Winnipeg, which also publishes Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids. Follow them on Twitter @CanadasHistory and @MarkReidEditor.

More Off the Page interviews with NMA winners
Canada’s History in the National Magazine Awards archive
Submissions for the 37th National Magazine Awards

Images courtesy CanadasHistory.ca and National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Guide to entering Digital Content in the National Magazine Awards

For the 2013 National Magazine Awards, original content published in a magazine tablet edition or on a magazine website (companion site of a print title or an online-only magazine) is eligible in most written, visual and integrated categories. Check out the digital magazine section of our FAQ for more information.

There are also 5 categories, generously supported by the Government of Canada, which are open specifically to digital content in Canadian magazines:

TABLET MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
Open to: Any single issue of a Canadian tablet magazine published in 2013.
Criteria: The award for Tablet Magazine of the Year will go to a 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.
Entry Fee: $150 (early-bird by Jan 10); $175 (regular by Jan 15)
Meet last year’s finalists
Last year’s winner
: Canadian House & Home
More info

MAGAZINE WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
Open to: Any Canadian online-only magazine or companion website of a print title.
Criteria: The award for Magazine Website of the Year will go to a magazine website (either a companion site or an online-only 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 web-based publishing.
Entry Fee: $150 (early-bird by Jan 10); $175 (regular by Jan 15)
Meet last year’s finalists
Last year’s winner: Hazlitt
More info

EDITORIAL PACKAGE – WEB
Open to: Any original package of related or thematic editorial content produced by a Magazine Website.
Criteria: Maximizes the potential of web-based publishing and reflects collaboration by editors and content creators. Elements may include but are not limited to web design, written content, blogs, video, photography, infographics, illustration, social media and user-generated content.
Entry Fee: $95 (early-bird by Jan 10); $120 (regular by Jan 15)
Last year’s winner: The Grid (“Are you going to eat that?“)
More info

ONLINE VIDEO
Open to: A single video produced by a Magazine Website or Tablet Magazine.
Criteria: Eligible content must have been published during 2013, be clearly relevant to the magazine’s editorial mandate, and be part of an editorial process.
Entry Fee: $95 (early-bird by Jan 10); $120 (regular by Jan 15)
Meet last year’s finalists
Last year’s winner
: Hazlitt (“Pagelicker 01: Irvine Welsh“)
More info

BLOGS
Open to: A regular series of original written content by one or more authors produced by a Magazine Website that has a recognizable unifying voice or theme.
Criteria: Eligible content must have been published during 2013, be clearly relevant to the Magazine Website’s editorial mandate, and be part of an editorial process. Entrants must submit the blog’s main URL and then up to 3 sub-URLs linking specific content for the jury’s attention. The jury will be instructed to review the provided URLs as well as navigate other areas of the site, though only written content is evaluated.
Entry Fee: $95 (early-bird by Jan 10); $120 (regular by Jan 15)
Last year’s winner
Science-ish (Maclean’s)
Read our interview with last year’s winning blogger Julia Belluz
More info

Finally, the category Magazine Website Design is open to submissions from all eligible companion sites and online-only magazines. This award goes to a magazine website with the most successful and original overall combination of visual and graphic design elements with functionality and user experience, including ease of navigation, readability of content, successful integration of audio/visual elements and a clear distinction between paid content/advertising and editorial content. More info.

The 2013 National Magazine Awards are now open for submissions at magazine-awards.com. The deadline for all entries is January 15. Enter by the early-bird deadline of January 10 and save.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Off the Page, with The Feathertale Review editor Brett Popplewell

Off the Page is an interview series that appears regularly on the Magazine Awards blog. Today we catch up with Brett Popplewell, editor of The Feathertale Review, winner of the 2012 National Magazine Award for Best Single Issue.

NMAF: The Feathertale Review has been dubbed the “illegitimate love child of Mad Magazine and The New Yorker.” We just saw your latest issue, no. 11, double in size to 128 pages. Is this a signal to readers that the child is growing up? And if so, where is it headed?

Brett Popplewell: It’s definitely a sign that the child is growing up. Where it’s heading, I have no idea.

Truth is our entire team has grown up since our launch in 2006. We were just kids back then who felt there was an absence of high- and low-brow humour magazines in the Canadian market and thought we could be the cork to plug that hole. Lee Wilson, Feathertale’s co-founder and art director, and I wanted to create something that would feel fresh and cutting edge but that would hark back to an age when magazines leaned entirely on illustration to bring their words to life. We’re the ones who started calling our creation the “illegitimate love child of Mad Magazine and The New Yorker” because it felt like the best way to describe it.

The Feathertale Review, Issue no. 1

The Feathertale Review, issue no. 1

We really started to grow up with our fourth issue (summer 2009). I finally started writing editorials to help nail a raison-d’etre for each issue and we began interviewing interesting people (David Rakoff, Stuart McLean, Patrick deWitt, Lynn Coady, etc.) in the magazine, using those interviews to try to answer some of life’s greatest questions, like: “What does it actually mean to be funny?” All of this added a creative depth to what we were doing.

The Feathertale Review, issue no. 4

The Feathertale Review, issue no. 4

That adolescent stage carried on until our ninth issue (Spring of 2012), which was later named Best Single Issue by the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

By that point Lee and I were both working fulltime with mass-market magazines and had a much better understanding of our industry and Feathertale’s place within it. We began wanting to use Feathertale to challenge what we and others thought a magazine actually was. That’s how we came up with the idea for Feathertale 9. That issue, which looked, read and felt like it was lost in time, was modeled after 250-year-old magazines in order to show readers how far magazines had evolved and changed since their initial creation back in 1731. I think the moment we started thinking about Feathertale on such a bold scale was when it grew up and became more than just the bastard love child of Mad Magazine and The New Yorker.

The Feathertale Review, issue no. 9

The Feathertale Review, issue no. 9, winner of Best Single Issue at the 2012 National Magazine Awards

We didn’t have it in us to make Feathertale 10 as crazy an innovation as its predecessor. So we sought instead to create a “swan song” issue that resembled some of our earlier issues and served to book-end a chapter of our lives.

After Feathertale 10 we had time to reflect on what we’d accomplished and assess what we thought was working and what wasn’t. We had contemplated ending the print product and concentrating on Feathertale.com, the online companion to the Review. Our $10 cover price hadn’t been doing us any favours on newsstands and our online readership had always outstripped our printed circulation. But we still believed in producing beautiful printed products and decided to double down on that belief. That’s when we started thinking about making the Review look less like a magazine and more like a book.

From a design standpoint, this made sense. We were starting to publish some much longer stories and Lee felt the long features would read better if we changed the design. So we shrunk the page size from the 8”x10” we’d been using for the first 10 issues to 5”x8”. We then doubled the length of the book to make sure it would still pack the roughly 35,000 words we’d been publishing in our previous issues. In the end, the adjustment made good business sense as well.

The Feathertale Review, issue no. 11

The Feathertale Review, issue no. 11

Feathertale is still a magazine of course, but our current issue (and our next one for that matter) does look a lot more like a book than a mag. I don’t know how that format will serve us on newsstands. We have one of the thicker spines out there right now, and I think we’ve got some pretty appealing covers but we don’t take up nearly as much space on the magazine rack. That said, our subscribers seem to be enjoying the new forma, which is encouraging. It’s also substantially cheaper for us to print the smaller layout and from what we’ve seen at festivals, people are more inclined to pay $10 (or even $15) for the new format. We’re under no pretense of being the first to come out at this size, but so far it makes sense for us.

NMAF: In addition to winning the National Magazine Award for Best Single Issue (for issue no. 9), Feathertale has also won NMAs for Humour and for Best Magazine Cover; remarkable achievements for any magazine, no less a young literary one. What impact have achievements like these made on Feathertale and its writers and artists?

Brett: The accolades have certainly helped us stay motivated, but this has never been a vanity project. Our first win for Best Magazine Cover of 2010 came as a shock, both to us and I think to others in our industry. That cover was really special to us. It was illustrated by a young artist in Oshawa named Dani Crosby. She had just graduated from Sheridan and didn’t have a huge portfolio when we handed her our magazine and told her to do as she pleased with it. There aren’t many magazines that will hand over that kind of opportunity to such a young and relatively inexperienced artist. When we won best cover, we were really just humbled and honoured to be recognized by our peers.

The Feathertale Review, issue no. 6, winner of Best Magazine Cover, 2010 National Magazine Awards

The Feathertale Review, issue no. 6, winner of Best Magazine Cover, 2010 National Magazine Awards

After our first NMA a lot of illustrators and writers who hadn’t really been looking at us started submitting work our way. It definitely helped us grow and added some more established voices to our ever-expanding list of contributors. I guess you could say that award helped us beef up subsequent issues, including Feathertale 9, which won Gold for Best Single Issue last year. I was surprised when we were nominated for that award as well and I was ecstatic when we won. I think what I’m most proud of about that issue is that we pulled it all together on a $7,000 budget. I can’t really explain how it feels to have published and edited a magazine on that kind of budget and then see it nominated alongside magazines that are easily 100 times our size.

Feathertale was probably the smallest magazine nominated for any awards last year, so to win one of the evening’s most prestigious was an unexpected honour, something Cathal Kelly (one of our frequent contributors) touched on when he tweeted that watching Feathertale win that NMA was, financially speaking, “like your home movies winning an Oscar.”

There were 37 contributors in that issue and each of them was integral to its success. I can’t speak for any of them, but I can say that I am extremely proud to have worked with each of them on that issue. I’m equally as proud of Cathal for picking up silver in the Humour category last year. We’ve always said we’re a humour magazine, and Cathal’s award and work helped validate that claim. He’s probably the most naturally gifted writer I’ve had the privilege to work with.

"Feathertale Man rewrites history..." Silver, Humour, 2012 National Magazine Awards

“Feathertale Man rewrites history…” Silver, Humour, 2012 National Magazine Awards

NMAF: You’ve spoken elsewhere about the early success story of Feathertale, where start-up funds from a successful anti-bullying comic-book venture seeded the start of the magazine, and support from Canadian arts funding has helped you grow. What lessons have you learned about publishing a literary magazine in Canada that might benefit other publishers, writers and artists out there?

Brett: The biggest lesson I’ve learned is you have to believe in the value of what you’re doing because you won’t necessarily see any benefit from your labours in your bank account. Canada is such a small market that it’s very hard to make a profit with this type of venture. Financially, Feathertale is subsidized by grant money and sales of Lee’s and my anti-bullying comic books. But aside from that, this whole thing survives on the passion of its creators. That passion comes and goes. There are times when each of us have wanted to run away from Feathertale but the longer we spend working on the project the more we realize that it’s like a child that deserves a shot at growing up and becoming a fully functioning adult. It has definitely grown up and matured, but it’s still not ready to feed itself or change its own diapers.

Publishing, especially in the 21st century, is a very fickle industry. Lee and I wandered into it without any real experience. We had some spectacular success early on with our anti-bullying comic books and have no regrets at having used that success to launch The Feathertale Review. We are fortunate to now have support from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. I think it’s important for every Canadian to understand that if the Arts councils ever pulled out of funding literary journals in this country the entire industry would likely die, or at least cease to print.

NMAF: Who is D’Artagnan, really?

Brett: He’s the real brains behind this operation. The one who makes all this possible.

Seriously though, he’s the blue monkey who appears on all things Feathertale. We used to think of him as our Alfred E. Newman or Eustace Tilley, but he’s become more than that. He’s our face in this world. What’s his story? Why is he blue? We’ve been asking ourselves those questions for a long time now but still haven’t figured it out.

Brett Popplewell is the editor of The Feathertale Review, as well as a National Magazine Award-winning writer — he won Gold in the category Sports & Recreation at the 2011 National Magazine Awards for “The Team that Disappeared” (Sportsnet). Follow him on Twitter @b_popps.

Images courtesy Feathertale.com and National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2013 National Magazine Awards. Deadline for entries: January 15.

Going for Gold: How to win a National Magazine Award

At last June’s MagNet magazines conference in Toronto, a golden panel of industry experts gathered to present a session called “Going for Gold: How to Create Award-Winning Content,” moderated by Deborah Rosser, president of Rosser & Associates.

The panellists were:

  • Carole Beaulieu, publisher and editor-in-chief of L’actualité, winner of more than 50 National Magazine Awards since she became EIC in 1998;
  • Sarah Fulford, editor-in-chief of Toronto Life, the most-nominated magazine at last year’s NMAs and former winner of Magazine of the Year (2007);
  • David Hayes, freelance writer (nominated for 14 NMAs during his career, winning a gold and a silver award) and member of the board of directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF);
  • Domenic Macri, art director at Report on Business and winner of 6 NMAs for his design and creative direction;
  • Patrick Walsh, editor-in-chief and brand manager of Outdoor Canada, winner of 21 National Magazine Awards since 1987, and former president of the NMAF.

Risk and Reward: The moderator began by asking each of the panellists to present the story of a challenging piece that won a National Magazine Award, and what lessons they took from the experience.

2008_torontolife2Sarah Fulford spoke about how breaking the rules helped Toronto Life to a surprise NMA win for best magazine cover of 2008. Sarah said she and her then art director Jessica Rose, whom she hired with this specific challenge in mind, took big risks on a cover about gun violence in Toronto, as they bucked the conventions for cover design with small cover lines and other elements reflecting thinking outside the box. The issue sold well on the newsstand and also impressed the NMA judges that year, as they gave it a Gold.

Domenic Macri spoke in a similar vein about a magazine cover that won Gold the following year, 2009, at the NMAs. The Julie Dickson cover presented a challenge because the editors had agreed not to put her portrait on the magazine cover. Domenic showed the audience several of his drafts and mockups that he went through on his way to finally developing the final cover, saying that what he learned from the experience was although there are certain elements required of a good cover, “you don’t have to take the same approach all the time. I think we won the award because we came up with new directions, and because of the words.”

David Hayes mentioned an episode from 1990 when a feature story he’d written for Toronto Life wasn’t entered for an NMA that year, and after talking with his editor, who said he wasn’t able to enter the piece that year due to budget constraints, he learned that he could enter the NMAs himself. Several years later he took that experience to heart when he again discovered that an editor wouldn’t enter his story, so he entered it himself and it ended up winning Gold. “You never know what the jury will decide,” he reminded the audience, “so as a writer if you are proud of your work you should enter it.”

Patrick Walsh described the story of a controversial article he commissioned about the death of a hunter in Newfoundland, called “Another Fine Day Afield.” As an editor he felt that the story hadn’t been covered well in other media, and though it would be a legal, financial and editorial challenge to pursue the story for Outdoor Canada, he decided to take the risk. The risk paid off when the magazine story he published was picked up by CBC’s The Fifth Estate and NBC’s Inside Edition, and his writer Charles Wilkins won a Gold National Magazine Award in Sports & Recreation.

Carole Beaulieu also touted the benefits of taking risks and believing in the work you produce. She talked about a piece from last year she commissioned from a writer about Pauline Marois. Although Quebec news had been saturated with stories about the premier, Carole felt there was room for more if they could find the right angle and give it the right depth. She sent her writer to spend time with Mdm Marois at her hairdresser’s, achieving a kind of intimate portrait not yet seen, and L’actualité created a newsprint insert–what it is now calling a “mini-book” and making a semi-regular feature for the magazine–to accommodate the 16-page story. And at this year’s NMAs, “L’éttoffe d’un premier ministre,” by journalist Noémi Mercier, won Gold in Profiles.

Quote-Unquote: On the significance of winning a National Magazine Award and why we strive for award-winning content.

Sarah: “An award is useful for communicating to our stakeholders that we are successful. It adds momentum to what we do every day at the magazine… We create content to satisfy our readers, not to win awards. But it is our creators who get the awards and the cash prize, and for an editor, that’s an honour.”

David: “As writers, what we have is our reputation, and what we create should stand on its own. Awards are a feather in your cap, not the cap itself.”

Patrick: “We won because the story was beautifully written, because it was longform [5000 words]… We also took risks and winning the award was a measure of that.”

Carole: “I think we should always believe in what we do. Successful magazine stories have that ‘wow’ factor, and with everything we do we try to achieve that. You know that story matters, that content matters. If you believe you achieved success then you should enter, because then you’ll know if your peers [the jury] agree; that it made them say, ‘wow.’”

The Bottom Line: The moderator asked each panellist to distill one piece of advice for winning a National Magazine Award.

Domenic: Strive for strong collaboration between editorial and art in creating your content. Success is a product of a strong team.

Carole: Don’t take things too seriously. Trust your instincts and never give up on a great story.

Sarah: The most successful pieces are the ones where the creators were passionate and took risks.

Patrick: Be strategic, because the more you enter the more you are likely to win. If your aim is to win awards then enter as much as you can.

David: Advice to writers: write well. And advice to editors: hire writers who write well.

In Summary: Accept challenges, take risks, think differently, be passionate, find (or be) the best creator, work together, never give up on a good story, believe in your work and enter as much as you can. That, and always strive for the ‘wow’ factor! 

On behalf of the Canadian magazine industry, thank you to the panellists for sharing your wisdom.

Related posts:
Off the Page, with Patrick Walsh
National Magazine Award-winning Covers, 2007-2010
Winners of the 36th National Magazine Awards

More:
Award-winning work in the National Magazine Awards archive
National Magazine Awards digital Gold Book (free)

The 36th National Magazine Awards Gold Book

Make your summer reading the National Magazine Awards digital Gold Book. More than forty magazine stories and visual spreads representing the Gold winners from the 36th annual National Magazine Awards, available FREE for your computer or mobile device.

Including National Magazine Award-winning work by these Canadian literary and visual artists:

Caroline Adderson, Dave Cameron, Karen Connelly, Craig Davidson, Sierra Skye Gemma, Jessica Johnson, Tom Jokinen, Peter Ash Lee, Angus Rowe MacPherson, Greg McArthur, Leah McLaren, Conor Mihell, Jonathan Montpetit, Alison Motluk, Mark Peckmezian, Graeme Smith, Emma Teitel, Chris Turner, Jeff Warren, Sam Weber and more!

With stories from Canada’s best magazines, including Adbusters, Avenue, Azure, Canada’s History, Canadian Notes & Queries, Eighteen Bridges, Explore, Geist, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Reader’s Digest, Report on Business, Sportsnet, The Feathertale Review, The Grid, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Toronto Life and more!

Congratulations to all of this year’s National Magazine Award winners, and happy summer reading to all!

Canada’s Best Magazine Covers of 2012

At the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala last week, the Gold Award for Best Magazine Cover went to Adbusters, for the cover of their 100th issue, entitled “Are We Happy Yet?”

"Are We Happy Yet?" - Adbusters, Art Direction by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue

“Are We Happy Yet?” – Adbusters, Art Direction by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue

Why the judges picked this cover: “It resonated loudly and immediately on all counts, with its tight connection between the striking cover image and the solitary cover line. An instant classic… [it] challenges one of the primary goals of advertising–to stimulate desires–and implicitly answers its own question. At once strong, direct, incisive, compelling and complete: a brilliant magazine cover.”

The Silver award for Magazine Covers went to Maisonneuve.

"Issue 45" - Maisonneuve, Art Direction by Anna Minzhulina

“Issue 45″ – Maisonneuve, Art Direction by Anna Minzhulina

Congratulations to all the winners of the 36th National Magazine Awards.

Related post:
Meet the NMA Finalists for Magazine Covers

Announcing the winners of the 36th National Magazine Awards!

Tonight the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) presented the winners of the 36th annual National Magazine Awards at a gala this evening in Toronto at The Carlu, presented by CDS Global, and hosted by Canadian actor Zaib Shaikh. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 47 categories, after the NMAF’s 250 volunteer judges evaluated 2000 submissions from nearly 200 Canadian consumer magazines.

[Version française]
[Complete list of winners PDF]
[36th NMA Gold Book]

Magazine of the Year

The coveted award for Magazine of the Year went to Corporate Knights. Honourable Mention for Magazine of the Year was awarded to Cottage Life, UPPERCASE and Urbania.

The award for Tablet Magazine of the Year went to Canadian House & Home for their “Colour Issue” from March 2012.

The award for Magazine Website of the Year went to Hazlitt, the online literary magazine published by Random House Canada.

Renowned Canadian editor, teacher and mentor Stephen Trumper was presented with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The winner of the award for Best New Magazine Writer was Sierra Skye Gemma, for her story “The Wrong Way” published in The New Quarterly.

Top Winning Magazines at the 36th National Magazine Awards:

Magazine

Gold

Silver

HM

L’actualité

6

0

18

The Grid

5

2

15

The Walrus

4

2

17

Hazlitt

3

0

1

Report on Business

2

5

13

Maisonneuve

2

3

9

Maclean’s

2

2

16

Corduroy

2

0

0

Toronto Life

1

4

24

Sportsnet

1

2

7

Eighteen Bridges

1

1

8

Canadian House & Home

1

1

5

Explore

1

1

4

Reader’s Digest

1

1

2

The Feathertale Review

1

1

0

Québec Science

0

2

1

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AWARDS
The article “Building with the Brigadier” (Report on Business) by Greg McArthur and Graeme Smith—about the SNC-Lavalin investment in Libya—was the most celebrated individual article of the 36th National Magazine Awards, winning two Gold Awards, in Business and in Investigative Reporting, as well as Silver in Politics & Public Interest.

The Gold award for Best Single Issue went to The Feathertale Review (“Issue 9”), the Toronto-based independent arts magazine. The Silver went to Toronto Life (“The Loneliest Man in Toronto”).

The Gold award for the best Magazine Cover of the year went to Adbusters for their fast food satire “Are We Happy Yet?” by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue. “Issue 45” of Maisonneuve by Anna Minzhulina took the Silver award.

The new online literary magazine Hazlitt, in addition to winning Magazine Website of the Year, also took the Gold awards for Magazine Website Design and for best Online Video, the latter for the first installment of their interview series “Pagelicker 01: Irvine Welsh.”

Journalist Catherine Dubé of L’actualité won her eighth National Magazine Award with a Gold in Service: Health & Family, for “Faut-il interdire le cellulaire à l’école?” – one of six Gold awards won by L’actualité, the most of any magazine.

Journalists from L’actualité also won Gold in Politics & Public Interest (“Jason, le missionaire de Harper” by Alec Castonguay); in Service: Personal Finance & Business (“La guerre des retraites est commencée” by Annick Poitras); in Profiles (“L’étoffe d’un premier ministre?” by Noémi Mercier); in Photojournalism & Photo Essay (“Au coeur d’Attawapiskat” by Renaud Philippe); and in Spot Illustration (“Papa souffre, moi aussi” by Gérard Dubois).

The Grid led all publications with 7 total awards, including 5 Gold Awards: in Editorial Package: Web for their feature “Are You Going to Eat That?”; in Single Service Article Package for “The Grid Guide to Getting Hitched”; in How-To for “The Grid Guide to Buying a Condo”; in Creative Photography for “Truckin’ A!” by Angus Rowe MacPherson; and in Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article, for “Chef’s Guide to Toronto” by Vanessa Wyse.

Corduroy, an independent style and fashion magazine based in Toronto, won Gold for Art Direction of an Entire Issue (“Issue 10”) and in Fashion (“ten covers x ten models”), with art direction by Peter Ash Lee.

Writer Chris Turner led all individuals with four nominations and won Gold in Travel for “On Tipping in Cuba” in The Walrus. Mr. Turner has now won nine National Magazine Awards.

The Walrus won 6 total awards including 4 Gold: in addition to the Travel category, also winning Gold in Illustration (“Apocalypse Soon” by Sam Weber); in One-of-a-Kind (“What Would Tommy Douglas Think?” by Tom Jokinen); and in Society (“Fade to Light” by Dave Cameron).

In Words & Pictures the Gold award went to “On Thin Ice” in Canada’s History, by Terry Mosher (a.k.a. Aislin), Mark Reid and Michel Groleau.

Writer Alison Motluk won Gold in Health & Medicine for her story “Is Egg Donation Dangerous?” in Maisonneuve. For Ms. Motluk this is her third National Magazine Award. The Montreal quarterly’s other Gold award came in the category Best Short Feature, for “Notes from the End of the War” by Jonathan Montpetit.

In Fiction the Gold went to Alberta novelist Caroline Adderson for her short story “Ellen-Celine, Celine-Ellen” published in Canadian Notes & Queries. Former Governor General Literary Award winner Patrick deWitt won the Silver for “The Looking-Ahead Artist” in Brick.

In Poetry the Gold winner was former Governor General Literary Award winner Karen Connelly for her poem “The Speed of Rust, or, He Marries” in Geist. Sue Goyette won the Silver for her series of “Fashion” poems in Prairie Fire.

The story “Whale Rising” by Jeff Warren in Reader’s Digest was a double winner, taking Gold in Science, Technology & Environment and Silver in Essays.

Sportsnet took the Gold in Editorial Package: Print, for “Sports that can kill.” Québec Science won Silver for “50 défis pour 2050.”

Emma Teitel of Maclean’s won the Gold award in Columns. Ms. Teitel won Honourable Mention last year in the category Best New Magazine Writer.

Six of the ten finalists in the new category Blogs were from Maclean’s, with the blog “Science-ish” by Julia Belluz—a former winner of the National Magazine Award for Best Student Writer—winning Gold. Paul Wells won the Silver for “Inkless Wells.”

In Portrait Photography the Gold went to “Never Left Art School,” a series of portraits of artist Douglas Coupland by Mark Peckmezian for Montecristo.

The new French-language literary magazine Nouveau Projet won its first National Magazine Award for “Faux self mon amour” by Fanny Britt in the category Personal Journalism.

Eighteen Bridges gained ten nominations and won Gold in Humour for “The Hairs about our Secrets” by Jessica Johnson.

Toronto Life led all publications with 29 nominations, winning a Gold in Arts & Entertainment for “Something Borrowed” by Leah McLaren.

The new Globe & Mail magazine Globe Style Advisor won its first National Magazine Award, a Gold in the category Beauty for “Lady Obscura.”

Also winning Gold Awards:

Visit magazine-awards.com for the complete list of winners and to download the commemorative 36th National Magazine Awards Gold Book.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as financial support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise.

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The National Magazine Awards Foundation is a bilingual, not-for-profit institution whose mission is to recognize and promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts. magazine-awards.com

Meet the NMA Finalists for Words & Pictures

The National Magazine Award for Words & Pictures goes to the best example of a magazine article whose impact lies in the successful integration of text and visuals as inseparable elements, reflecting collaboration between writers, editors, visual artists and art directors. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th NMA Gala on June 7.
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Here are this year’s nominees…

"On Thin Ice" (Canada's History)

“On Thin Ice” (Canada’s History) – Text and illustrations by Aislin, art direction by Michel Groleau, edited by Mark Reid

"Play it Again, Sam" (Cottage Life)

“Play it Again, Sam” (Cottage Life) – Text by Jay Teitel, photography by Derek Shapton, art direction by Kim Zagar, edited by Blair Eveleigh

"Avons-nous un devoir envers eux?" (ELLE Quebec)

“Avons-nous un devoir envers eux?” (ELLE Québec) – Text by Dominique Forget, photography by Tim Flach, art direction by Nancy Pavan, edited by Louise Dugas

"For Love of Country" (enRoute)

“For Love of Country” (enRoute) – Text by Jean-François Légaré, photography by Leda & St. Jacques, art direction by Nathalie Cusson, photo editing by Julien Beaupré Ste-Marie, edited by Philippe Gohier

"5 Star Tribute" (More)

“5 Star Tribute” (More) – Text by Kim Pittaway, art direction by Faith Cochran, edited by Linda Lewis and Sarah Moore, with contributions from Shelley Frayer.

"We Built That" - Report on Business

“We Built That” (Report on Business) – Text by John Daly, photography by Cindy Blazevic, art direction by Domenic Macri, edited by John Daly

"The Six Habits of Highly Successful Art Collectors" (Report on Business)

“The Six Habits of Highly Successful Art Collectors” (Report on Business) – Text by Sara Angel, photography by Markian Lozowchuk, art direction by Domenic Macri, edited by Dave Morris and David Fielding

"Ringmasters" (The Walrus)

“Ringmasters” (The Walrus) – Text by Sean Michaels, photography by Roger LeMoyne, art direction by Brian Morgan, edited by Sasha Chapman.

"Oh, for Just One Time..." (Up Here)

“Oh, for Just One Time…” (Up Here) – Text by Margo Pfeif; photography by Lee Narraway, Eric McNair-Landry, and Sarah McNair-Landry; art direction by John Pekelsky; edited by Aaron Spitzer

Congratulations to all the nominees in Words & Pictures. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer
Illustration
Magazine Covers
Online Video
Portrait Photography
Magazine Website of the Year
Best Single Issue
Tablet Magazine of the Year

Meet the NMA Finalists for Best Single Issue

The National Magazine Award for Best Single Issue rewards general excellence of an individual issue of a magazine in terms of quality of content and design, originality and relevance to its intended audience. As an integrated category this award celebrates the collaborative effort of editors, art directors and content creators in producing a successful magazine edition. The Gold and Silver winners in Best Single Issue will be revealed at the 36th NMA Gala on June 7. [INFO & TICKETS]

Here are this year’s nominees…

Cottage Life, June 2012. Editor: Penny Caldwell. Art Director: Kim Zagar. Including contributions from Blair Eveleigh, Martin Zibauer, Michelle Kelly, Liann Bobechko, Jackie Davis, Vicki Hornsby, Quinn Banting

Cottage Life, June 2012. Editor: Penny Caldwell. Art Director: Kim Zagar. Including contributions from Blair Eveleigh, Martin Zibauer, Michelle Kelly, Liann Bobechko, Jackie Davis, Vicki Hornsby, Quinn Banting and Cottage Life contributors.

About this issue: The third installment of Cottage Life‘s twenty-fifth anniversary series celebrated the unrivaled sensation of the Canadian lake swim in a cover story by Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden. The magazine’s consistent service to its hungry readers continued unabated with an installment of its regular Grill Guide (to essential sides) and a how-to for DIY boathouse builders. Page after page of some of Canada’s best magazine writers, photographers and illustrators made it an especially memorable issue.

enRoute, November 2012. Editor: Ilana Weitzman. Art Director: Nathalie Cusson.

enRoute, November 2012. Editor: Ilana Weitzman. Art Director: Nathalie Cusson. Including contributions from enRoute staff and contributors.

About this issue: enRoute’s annual look at the interconnectedness of food and travel took on new shapes for its November 2012 issue. Centered primarily upon the title of “Canada’s Best New Restaurants,” readers were invited into a nation-wide search for Canada’s top-10 new restaurants. Specific emphasis was placed upon Canadian chefs and Toronto’s burgeoning food culture. A series of delectable topics were also attended to, inclusive of sea lettuce, vermouth and international dining experiences set in Tokyo, Puerto Rico and Birmingham.

LE Must, June 2012. Redactrice: Yacka Simard. Directrice artistique: Lyne Gosselin. Avec contributions par Marjolaine Jetté, Martin Lemire, Marion Renard, Maxime Canton

LE Must, juin 2012. Rédactrice: Lyne Gosselin. Directrice artistique: Yacka Simard. Avec des contributions de Marjolaine Jetté, Martin Lemire, Marion Renard, Maxime Canton.

About this issue: LE Must‘s summer guide to “Santé alimentaire” was an exaltation of all things green; an homage to herbs, a celebration of salad. The editors curated a series of healthy recipes, including desserts, bolstered by stunning photography and practical guides to cooking and eating according to the body’s needs. Plus an in-depth look at school breakfast clubs in Quebec and a nostalgic ode to the family picnic (complete with portraits of a VW microbus).

Maisonneuve, Spring 2012. Editors: Drew Nelles, Amelia Schonbek. Art Director: Anna Minzhulina. Including contributions from Maisonneuve staff and contributors.

Maisonneuve, Spring 2012. Editors: Drew Nelles, Amelia Schonbek. Art Director: Anna Minzhulina. Including contributions from Maisonneuve staff and contributors.

About this issue: Maisonneuve’s Spring 2012 issue celebrated its ten-year anniversary. The decade-old publication–and Canada’s reigning Magazine of the Year–chose to emphasize the importance of its birthday with the addition of sixteen pages and contributions from top Canadian writers. Among the latter was Tim Falconer who authored a personal reflection into the science of music as well as Paul Gettlich who delved into the Occupy Toronto movement. Commonwealth Prize winning author Demi Y. Bechard also offered a compelling memoir regarding the criminal past of his father. And in a cross-Canada tour of Nunavut, Vancouver and Montreal Maisonneuve explored the human condition.

The Feathertale Review, Issue 9, June 2012. Editor: Brett Popplewell. Art Director: Lee H. Wilson. Including contributions from Benson Lee, Sharis Shahmiryan, Corina Milic.

The Feathertale Review, Issue 9, June 2012. Editor: Brett Popplewell. Art Director: Lee H. Wilson. Including contributions from Benson Lee, Sharis Shahmiryan, Corina Milic.

About this issue: The Featherale Review’s mandate is to provide a literary voice for a new contingent of Canadian creators while also giving rise to breakout developments in the world of art.  The single issue that was Feathertale No.9 accomplished these very goals with contributions from 33 writers and artists. A regard for timelessness was maintained throughout as the content was intended to be read as if produced at any point during the past 200 years, a nod to Edward Cave, a.k.a. Sylvanus Urban, who produced the first magazine in 1731.

The Grid, May 10, 2012. Editors: Laas Turnbull, Lianne George. Art Director: Vanessa Wyse. Including contributions from The Grid staff and contributors.

The Grid, May 10, 2012. Editors: Laas Turnbull, Lianne George. Art Director: Vanessa Wyse. Including contributions from The Grid staff and contributors.

About this issue: The Grid‘s Chef’s Guide to Toronto graced the pages of its inaugural issue in 2011, and the 2012 installment once again whetted urban appetites for the latest culinary creations and foodie trends, as well as a guide to the city’s new food trucks. The indispensable weekly guide to Canada’s largest city stimulated readers with colourful graphics on every page, a hallmark of its award-winning design. Add in a dash of Edward Keenan’s widely read column, excellent reviews and handy tips for how to become a firefighter, and you have one delectable issue.

The Walrus, November 2012. Editor: John Macfarlane. Art Director: Brian Morgan. Including contributions from Kyle Carsten Wyatt, Sasha Chapman, Rachel Giese, Amy Macfarlane, Michael Lista, Nick Mount, Paul Kim, Meredith Holigroski, Pamela Capraru

The Walrus, November 2012. Editor: John Macfarlane. Art Director: Brian Morgan. Including contributions from Kyle Carsten Wyatt, Sasha Chapman, Rachel Giese, Amy Macfarlane, Michael Lista, Nick Mount, Paul Kim, Meredith Holigroski, Pamela Capraru

About this issue: The November 2012 issue of The Walrus addressed North American politics as the U.S. breached its Presidential election. Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges addressed a pressing political question in his cover story that asked what happens to Canada if America fails?  Working alongside Hedges was photographer Alan Chin whose “A Metaphor for America” images drew sobering ties between Canada’s economy and America’s political climate. These governmental considerations were further paired with reviews of food truck booms, the dancing career of Peggy Bajer and the new $20 bill.

Toronto Life, May 2012. Editor: Sarah Fulford. Art Director: Christine Dewairy. Including contributions from Toronto Life staff and contributors.

Toronto Life, May 2012. Editor: Sarah Fulford. Art Director: Christine Dewairy. Including contributions from Toronto Life staff and contributors.

About this issue: Toronto Life‘s May 2012 issue remained true to the magazine’s established history of covering stories that matter most to Torontonians, this time via its profile of embattled mayor Rob Ford. Author Marci MacDonald followed Ford’s political trajectory with precision and a cold review of facts. A focus upon the city’s best in food, fashion and real estate was also maintained via its coverage of pop-up restaurants, spring apparel trends and chic loft conversions.

Congratulations to all the nominees in Best Single Issue. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer
Illustration
Magazine Covers
Online Video
Magazine Website of the Year

Meet the NMA Finalists for Best Online Video

A new category for this year’s National Magazine Awards, the award for Online Video will go to the best production by a magazine website or tablet magazine. This year there are 5 finalists, and the Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th NMA gala on June 7. [INFO & TICKETS]

And the nominees are:

1. “Condo Balcony Makeover” (Canadian House & Home):

What the judges said: “The perfect example of a how-to video. The hosts are casual and comfortable in their narration/explanation of the makeover. Visuals showing before and after are used to great effect. Strong editing and camera work carry this well-paced video that doesn’t leave out details and offers solutions in under three minutes.”

2. “Les coulisses du reportage mode Icônes” (ELLE Québec)

What the judges said: “Excellent use of interviews interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage to highlight this unique fashion shoot. The editing keeps the pace moving along quickly and the interview subjects are dynamic and interesting. It’s journalism with style.”

3. “Pagelicker 01: Irvine Welsh” (Hazlitt)

What the judges said: “A video that captures a moment and holds you there through intimate camera work,  a contemplative soundtrack, and a sense of honesty fuelled by humour and one nervous-yet-together host, who draws out kernels of information a conventional interview would miss. Creative, quirky and excellent production quality.”

4. “Reboot on Life” (Ottawa Citizen Style)

What the judges said: “The pace of this short video is spot on, and the illustrator does a great job of moving the piece along to the voices of the narrators. Excellent sound quality. The overall communication is clear and well paced. Perfect length. Effective and memorable.”

5. “Toronto’s National Anthem” (The Grid)

What the judges said: “A strong example of what web video should be. Simple, clean, short, and communicates everything it needs to in under two minutes. This playful, well composed song’s apathetic tone is matched by playful visuals and packaged in a solid edit. A catchy tune that captures the spirit of the city.”

Congratulations to all the nominees in Online Video. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer
Illustration
Magazine Covers

Meet the NMA Finalists for Magazine Covers

A great magazine cover attracts the reader with alluring images and solid display; the perfect blend of editorial and design that makes the magazine such a unique and special medium. At this year’s National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 [INFO & TICKETS] one of these 10 nominees will earn the right to be called Canada’s best magazine cover:

"Are We Happy Yet?" - Adbusters, Art Direction by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue

“Are We Happy Yet?” – Adbusters, Art Direction by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue

"March/April 2012" - Azure, Art Direction by Concrete Design Communications

“March/April 2012″ – Azure, Art Direction by Concrete Design Communications

"The New Oilpatch" - Canadian Business, Art Direction by John Montgomery

“The New Oilpatch” – Canadian Business, Art Direction by John Montgomery

"The Secret Khadr File" - Maclean's, Art Direction by Stephen Gregory

“The Secret Khadr File” – Maclean’s, Art Direction by Stephen Gregory

"Issue 45" - Maisonneuve, Art Direction by Anna Minzhulina

“Issue 45″ – Maisonneuve, Art Direction by Anna Minzhulina

"Colombia" - Report on Business, Art Direction by Domenic Macri

“Colombia” – Report on Business, Art Direction by Domenic Macri

"January 12, 2012" - The Grid, Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse

“January 12, 2012″ – The Grid, Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse

"That Time We Beat the Americans" - The Walrus, Art Direction by Brian Morgan

“That Time We Beat the Americans” – The Walrus, Art Direction by Brian Morgan & Anita Kunz

"The Northwest Passage" -  Up Here, Art Direction by John Pekelsky

“The Northwest Passage” – Up Here, Art Direction by John Pekelsky

"July/August 2012" - Vancouver Magazine, Art Direction by Randall Watson

“July/August 2012″ – Vancouver Magazine, Art Direction by Randall Watson

Congratulations to all the nominees in Magazine Covers. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer
Illustration

Announcing the Nominees for the 36th National Magazine Awards!

Today the NMAF announces the nominees for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards!

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In the category Magazine of the Year the jury has selected four finalists:

Corporate Knights
Cottage Life
Uppercase
Urbania

Nominated for Tablet Magazine of the Year are Canadian House & Home (“The Colour Issue”), Maclean’s (“Canada’s Best Restaurants”) and Chez Soi (“Noël 100% déco”).

And the nominees for Magazine Website of the Year are Hazlitt, Maclean’s and Toronto Life.

The winner of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, announced on April 30, is Stephen Trumper.

Leading all magazines with 29 nominations for this year’s National Magazine Awards is Toronto Life, followed by L’actualité (24), The Walrus (23), The Grid (22), Maclean’s and Report on Business (20 each).

Top Nominated Magazines for the 36th National Magazine Awards:

Magazine

Written

Integrated

Visual

Special

Total

Toronto Life

19

4

4

2

29

L’actualité

20

0

4

0

24

The Walrus

15

3

5

0

23

The Grid

8

7

7

0

22

Maclean’s

17

1

0

2

20

Report on Business

13

3

4

0

20

Maisonneuve

10

2

1

1

14

Cottage Life

4

3

2

1

10

Eighteen Bridges

10

0

0

0

10

Sportsnet

9

0

1

0

10

enRoute

3

2

4

0

9

The New Quarterly

7

0

0

1

8

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Nine magazines are nominated for National Magazine Awards for the first time:
Chez Soi
Globe Style Advisor
(3 nominations)
Hazlitt
(4 nominations)
Infopresse
Le Must
New Trail
Nouveau Projet
(2 nominations)
Ottawa Citizen Style

Write Magazine

Chris Turner leads all individual finalists with 4 nominations in written categories for his work in Canadian Geographic, Marketing and The Walrus. Garnering 3 individual nominations are Catherine Dubé (L’actualité), Dan Robson (Sportsnet), Iain Marlow (Report on Business) and Dominique Forget (ELLE Québec, Jobboom and L’actualité).

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

The article “Building with the Brigadier” (Report on Business) by Greg McArthur and Graeme Smith has the distinction of being nominated in 3 categories: Business, Investigative Reporting and Politics & Public Interest.

The 10 finalists for the best Canadian Magazine Cover of 2012 come from Adbusters, Azure, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Report on Business, The Grid, The Walrus, Up Here and Vancouver.

There are 8 finalists for the award for Best Single Issue: Cottage Life (“June 2012”), enRoute (“The Food Issue”), LE Must (“Santé alimentaire”), Maisonneuve (“Tenth Anniversary Issue”), The Feathertale Review (“Issue 9”), The Grid (“May 10”), The Walrus (“November 2012”) and Toronto Life (“The Loneliest Man in Toronto”).

The 3 finalists for Best New Magazine Writer are Chris Hampton (for “The Place Where Art Sleeps”; Maisonneuve), Sierra Skye Gemma (for “The Wrong Way”; The New Quarterly), and May Jeong (“The Cult of Pastor Song”; Toronto Life).

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

In addition to the new category Tablet Magazine of the Year, for 2012 the NMAF created 2 other new categories for digital content. In the new integrated category Online Video, the 5 finalists are “Balcony Makeover” (Canadian House & Home), “Les coulisses du reportage mode Icône” (ELLE Québec), “Pagelicker 01: Irvine Welsh” (Hazlitt), “Reboot on Life” (Ottawa Citizen Style), and “Toronto’s National Anthem” (The Grid).

Of the 10 finalists in the new written category Blogs, 6 are from Maclean’s, 2 from Torontoist, and 1 each from L’actualité and Today’s Parent.

Congratulations to all the finalists!
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Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

The 36th annual National Magazine Awards Gala
Join us for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards, Friday June 7 at the fabulous Carlu in Toronto. [Tickets]

Gold and Silver awards will be handed down on June 7 in 24 written categories, 12 visual categories and 6 integrated categories. All other finalists will receive Honourable Mention. Winners will also be celebrated in 5 special categories: Outstanding Achievement, Best New Magazine Writer, Magazine Website of the Year, Tablet Magazine of the Year, and Magazine of the Year.

Gold winners in written, visual and integrated categories (except Best Single Issue) receive a cash prize of $1000; Silver winners $500. The winner of Best New Magazine Writer receives a cash prize of $500.

Credit Changes
If you are a National Magazine Award nominee, please let us know of any credit changes to your nomination no later than Thursday May 9, 2013.

Thank you!
A grand thank you to all of our judges who evaluated this year’s entries to the National Magazine Awards. From nearly 2,000 individual entries nationwide, the NMAF’s 251 volunteer judges nominated a total of 365 submissions from 87 different Canadian magazines for awards in 47 written, visual, integrated and special categories.

Acknowledgements
The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as financial support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise.

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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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Meet the NMA Finalists for Best Single Issue

Next Thursday — June 7 — the NMAF will reveal the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards at our 35th anniversary gala. This year there are 5 finalists in the integrated category Best Single Issue, sponsored by Mag+.

This award goes to the magazine that has published the best single issue of the year in terms of the overall quality and originality of the content and its relevance to the intended readers.

For 2011 the nominees are:

“Protecting Our Water” by Canadian Geographic (June, 2011)

About this issue of Canadian Geographic:
The June 2011 issue of Canadian Geographic is a call to arms to all Canadians: paying more attention to our water is already vital, and will become even more important in the years ahead. This edition explores issues such as the campaign to restore Toronto’s Don River, Lake Winnipeg’s algae problems, and the mounting development pressure in the Yukon’s Peel River watershed, perhaps the most pristine in Canada. The editors have included an action guide inspiring readers to get involved in protecting watersheds where they live. The issue also spreads out a photo essay documenting shoreline cleanup in Nova Scotia, and a profile of water scientist Monique Dubé.

“Our Biggest Issue Ever” – Maclean’s (May 16, 2011)

About this issue of Maclean’s:
Who could have predicted that a Canadian federal election delivering a majority government, a royal wedding that became a global event and the assassination of the world’s most loathed terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, would all take place within a single week? Not Maclean’s, but they didn’t miss a beat covering this remarkable week in news in a way that ensured none of these three momentous events would be short-shifted. The issue—the biggest in Maclean’s’ 106-year-history—is a tour de force for a week like no other.

“Undiscussibles” – Rotman Magazine (Spring 2011)

About this issue of Rotman:
We have all participated in conversations where we keep critical information, feelings, or ideas to ourselves, for a wide variety of reasons. “Undiscussables” are more than just sensitive topics: they can be incredibly disruptive to trust and to the whole process of getting work done. Rotman believes that leaders must do more to get tough, uncomfortable issues onto the table for discussion. In the spring 2011 issue, the goal was to enable readers to lift the veil on the undiscussables in their organizations and to provide some tools for dealing with difficult issues in productive ways.

“The North Poll” – Up Here (April/May 2011)

About this issue of Up Here:
The cornerstone of the April/May 2011 is the exclusive North Poll–a national survey the magazine commissioned whose results reveal how dramatically ignorant southern Canadians are about the geography and culture of the territories. As Up Here‘s first-ever national survey, the North Poll was picked up by thousands of media outlets nation-wide, including dozens of newspapers and online news sites, and a plethora of radio shows. Anticipating public attention, the magazine strove to make the entire issue its best.

“Gros” – Urbania (Winter, 2011)

About this issue of Urbania:
With its special “Fatness” issue, Urbania investigates a question considered taboo in Quebec: Is it okay to be fat? The editors have made a concerted effort not to give voice to the nutritionists and healthy-living zealots who would tell us for the umpteenth time that in order to be healthy and happy we must eat less and exercise more. Instead, in words and pictures, they present the voices of “les Gros,” and in the process of researching the flip side of fatness, Urbania has discovered a world where being large is celebrated, where there are indeed happy, healthy “Gros.”

The winner of Best Single Issue will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

Related Posts:
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

Meet the NMA Finalists for Single Service Article Package

The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards are just around the corner (June 7, to be exact, at the corner of Yonge and College Streets). This year there are 6 finalists in the integrated category Single Service Article Package, sponsored by Impresa Communications, Ltd.

This award will go to a single service article that displays superior packaging of visual and written components–including but not limited to annotations, illustrations, photography, sidebars and captions–and that reflects collaboration by the editorial team.

For 2011 the finalists are:

“Thrifty Ideas” – Canadian House & Home

“Grill Guide: Great Grilled Fish & Seafood” – Cottage Life

“Restaurant Trends” – enRoute

“58 Ways to Do Summer Better” – explore

“Camping 101″ – explore

“A Chef’s Guide to Toronto” – The Grid

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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Meet the NMA Finalists for Words & Pictures

Sixteen days from now (on June 7) the NMAF will reveal the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards at our 35th anniversary gala. This year there are 7 finalists in the integrated category Words & Pictures, sponsored by CDS Global.

The award for Words & Pictures will go to an article that relies for its impact on the successful integration of text and visuals as inseparable elements.

For 2011 the finalists are:

“A Happy Makeshift Vision” – Cottage Life (George Bowering, Kim Zagar, Derek Shapton, Penny Caldwell, Blair Eveleigh)

“What’s the Story, Morning Glory?” – enRoute (Jean-François Légaré, Ellen Himelfarb, Alexandra Forbes, Nathalie Cusson, Angus Fergusson, Susan Campos, Sasha Seymour)

“Signs of Literary Life in Vancouver” – Geist (Michal Kozlowski, Mauve Pagé, Rebecca Dolan, Mary Schendlinger)

“Japan: Special Report” – Maclean’s (Nancy Macdonald, Nicholas Köhler, Stephen Gregory, Mark Stevenson, Erica Alini, Kate Lunau)

“Toronto’s Waterfront Is…” – The Grid (Lara Zarum, Jacqueline Perlin, Vanessa Wyse, Nikki Ormerod, Diana Monge, Nana Arbova, Laas Turnbull)

“Portraits of the War” – The Walrus (Joanne Tod, Brian Morgan, Amy Macfarlane)

“Going Mobile” – Toronto Life (Nicholas Hune-Brown, Christine Dewairy, Lee Towndrow, Sarah Fulford, Mark Pupo)

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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Meet the NMA Finalists for: Best New Visual Creator | Art Direction for an Entire Issue | Magazine Covers | Magazine of the Year–Digital

Meet the NMA Finalists for Magazine Covers

On June 7 the NMAF will announce the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards at our 35th anniversary gala. One of the most coveted prizes is that of Magazine Covers. Previous winners include Weekend Magazine, Quest, The Idler, Shift, Equinox, Saturday Night and Azure, among others.

For 2011 there are 10 finalists for the National Magazine Award for best Magazine Cover:

“Blackberry is Toast / A Toast to Blackberry” – Canadian Business – Art Direction by Una Janicijevic; Contributors: Jason Logan, Ronit Novak, Shanghoon

This is the third time that Canadian Business has been nominated for Magazine Covers.

“Earn Your Stripes on Canada’s Wildest Slopes” – enRoute – Art Direction by Nathalie Cusson

enRoute has now been nominated nine times for Magazine Covers; they won Gold in 1994.

“Jeff Mallett” – Report on Business – Art Direction by Domenic Macri

This year marks the eighth Magazine Covers nomination for Report on Business and seventh for Art Director Domenic Macri since 2003. They won Gold in 2005 and 2009.

“Got Spunk?” – The Grid – Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse

Launched in May 2011, The Grid  has been nominated for seventeen total NMAs in its first year at the awards, including twice for Magazine Covers.

“Beyond Gay” – The Grid – Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse

“The Future of Food” – The Walrus – Art Direction by Brian Morgan

This is the seventh nomination for The Walrus in Magazine Covers since 2003. They won Silver in 2006 and 2007.

“45th Anniversary Special” – This Magazine – Art Direction by David Donald

Its 45th anniversary cover is the fourth nomination all time for This Magazine in Magazine Covers.

“The Truth about Tim Hudak” – Toronto Life – Art Direction by Christine Dewairy

Toronto Life is a four-time Gold winner for Magazine Covers, most recently in 2008. They also won the Gold here at the very first National Magazine Awards in 1977.

“Bébés” – Urbania – Art Direction by Philippe Lamarre

Urbania won Silver in this category last year, and has been nominated a total of four times since 2005.

“101 Things to Taste” – Vancouver Magazine – Art Direction by Randall Watson

For Vancouver Magazine and Art Director Randall Watson, this is their sixth nomination for Magazine Covers since 2004.

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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National Magazine Award-winning Covers 2007-2010

National Magazine Award-winning Covers 2007-2010

As we count down to the announcement — May 1 — of the nominees for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards, we’re taking a look back at some of the award-winning creative from the past four years. Today: Gold award winners in the category Magazine Covers.

2007

Maisonneuve, Winter 2007; Creative direction by Anna Minzhulina

2008

Toronto Life, August 2008; Creative direction by Jessica Rose

2009

Report on Business, May 2009; Creative direction by Domenic Macri

 2010

"Issue #6" - The Feathertale Review. Creators: Lee H. Wilson, Dani Crosby, Brett Popplewell

The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be held on June 7. Nominations and ticket information coming May 1 at www.magazine-awards.com.

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