Call for Nominations: Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement


The National Magazine Awards Foundation is calling for nominations for the 2016 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, presented annually to an individual whose creativity and innovation over the course of their career have made a significant impact on the Canadian magazine industry.

Previous winners include Kim Jernigan, Michael Fox, Stephen Trumper, Heather Robertson, John Macfarlane, Stephen Osborne, Jean Paré, Sally Armstrong, Robert Fulford and more.

Nominations are welcome from anyone working in Canadian magazines, and must consist of:

  • A letter of nomination, including a brief bio of the nominee and a summary of their career achievements;
  • At least two (2) supporting letters from other individuals in the Canadian magazine industry or colleagues of the nominee.

There is no cost to nominate someone for the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Nominations are due by March 1, 2016 and can be emailed as a PDF to or sent by mail to:
National Magazine Awards Foundation
2300 Yonge St, Suite 1600
Toronto, ON, M4P 1E4

The winner will be announced on May 2 and will be presented with their award on stage at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 10 in Toronto.

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Have you heard about the new Digital Publishing Awards? Submissions for this new awards program–recognizing and rewarding excellence by Canadian digital publishers and content creators–are being accepted until February 16. Awards will be presented in 14 categories, including Best Video, Best Podcast Series, Best Digital Design, Best Feature, Best Visual Storytelling, Best Editorial Package and more.

February Events & Awards Deadlines in Canadian Magazines

Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawny Phil did not see his shadow down in Pennsylvania this morning, but good luck convincing the residents of Iqaluit that spring is on its way.

Here’s what’s going on in February (and early March) in Canadian magazines:


Digital Publishing Awards
February 8: Early-bird deadline (& Small Publishers Rebate)
February 16: Final deadline

Canadian Business Media Awards
(formerly the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards)
February 8: Early-bird deadline
February 16: Final deadline

CSME Editors Choice Awards
February 2: Call for Entries

Arc Poem of the Year Award
February 14: Final deadline

Canadian Cover Awards
February 23: Final deadline

Alberta Magazine Awards
February (TBA): Finalists announced

Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
March 1: Deadline for nominations


Canadian Society of Magazine Editors
February 3: The Best Free Online Tools For Editors, Toronto

Freedom to Read Week
February 21-27

AlbertaViews Photography Contest
February 28: Final deadline

TNQ Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest
February 28: Final deadline

Alberta Magazines Conference
March 3-4, Calgary

More awards and events info will be added. Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for updates and to share your news with us.

Rebate for Small Publishers at Digital Publishing Awards

The new Digital Publishing Awards program is offering a free entry to small digital publishers whose budgets could use a break. Publishers with annual revenue under $50,000 are eligible to participate.

To apply for the Small Publishers Rebate, complete the online application form and submit by February 8 (also the DPA’s Early-Bird deadline for discounted entry fees).

The 2016 Digital Publishing Awards are open to Canadian digital publishers, designers, innovators and content creators. Awards will be presented in 14 categories:

  1. Best Digital Editorial Package
  2. Best Blog or Online-Only Column
  3. Best News Coverage of a Single Topic or Event
  4. Best Online-Only Short Feature
  5. Best Online-Only Long Feature
  6. Best Online Video
  7. Best Multimedia Storytelling in a Single Feature
  8. Best Use of Data
  9. Best Podcast Series
  10. Best Visual Storytelling
  11. Best Digital Design
  12. Best Use of Multiple Platforms
  13. Best Digital Initiative
  14. Digital Publication of the Year.

The final deadline for entries is February 16. Nominees will be announced on May 4, 2016 and winners unveiled at the inaugural awards soirée, which will take place on June 9, 2016 in Toronto. Enter today at:

New York, New York Times, New Yorker lead U.S. National Magazine Awards nominees

Now that submissions for the (Canadian) National Magazine Awards are complete–though submissions for the Digital Publishing Awards remain open until February 16–it’s a perfect time to look at the nominees for the American mag awards, announced last Thursday by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

“For the third year in a row,” notes Adweek, “New York magazine led the pack of print and digital publications with an impressive nine nominations, including one for Magazine of the Year.” New York put out one of the most enduring covers of 2015–its “Cosby: The Women” cover, including 35 portraits of the women who’ve come forward to accuse the former TV star.

Also nominated for Magazine of the Year: The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The Hollywood Reporter.

Affectionately known as the Ellies, for the copper elephant statuette designed by Alexander Calder and given to winners, the U.S. NMAs will present awards in 21 categories including four divisions of the award for General Excellence. This year’s awards gala–the 50th anniversary Ellies–is February 1 in New York City. Tickets start at $850 per person.

Leading the nominees:

  • New York (9)
  • New York Times Magazine (7)
  • GQ (6)
  • The New Yorker (5)
  • Bon Appétit (4)

Among the first-time finalists this year are a number of non-traditional magazines, including VICE, BuzzFeed News, The Huffington Post, The Intercept, the Marshall Project and ProPublica, demonstrating once again the ability of the magazine medium to evolve with technologies, platforms and reader appetites.

Although there is no Ellie for Best Cover, here are a few of our favourite U.S. magazine covers from 2015, from among the nominated titles.

Very Last Call for Entries: National Magazine Awards

“Opportunity is missed by most people,” quipped Thomas Edison, “because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

It couldn’t be easier to enter the National Magazine Awards, and today is your last chance. Complete the online submissions form by midnight (ET) tonight to enter your best work from 2015 for one or more of 39 awards, including:

  • Best New Magazine Photographer & Best New Magazine Writer: Given to the young journalists whose early work in Canadian magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise. Entry fee just $25.
  • Best Magazine Brand: Awarded to the publication that makes the best use of creativity and innovation in growing its audience.
  • Magazine Covers: Canada’s best magazine cover of the year.
  • Art Direction of an Entire Issue: Given to the art director or team that designs and executes the most compelling magazine issue.
  • Investigative Reporting: Awarded to the journalist or team that produces the top investigative story of the year.
  • Editorial Package: Rewarding collaboration between writers and editors in producing a package of thematic or related content in a single issue.
  • Infographics: Awarded to the editorial team that produces the best presentation of data using text and visuals.
  • Magazine of the Year: Awarded to the magazine judged to be the most consistently engaging and surprising publication of the year, serving the needs and desires of its readers.

And more: 39 awards for writing, photography, illustration, packaging and design in Canadian magazines.

Enter today (and today only) at

Canadian Business Media Awards open Call for Entries

Getting ready to recognize excellence in Canadian business-to-business publishing for the 62nd year, the Canadian Business Media Awards, in memory of Kenneth R. Wilson (formerly the KRW Awards), have announced a call for submissions for awards in 30 categories, including excellence in writing, reporting, photography, illustration, design, branding and more.

The early-bird deadline for submissions is February 8, 2016. Entering by this date means the submissions fee will be discounted in most categories.

With this year’s rebranding, the CBMA awards program is presenting 7 new categories, developed in consultation with industry stakeholders and an industry survey last fall.

  • Best Technical Content
  • Best Use of Data
  • Best Use of Video / Webcast
  • Best Words & Pictures
  • Best In-House Cover
  • Best E-Newsletter
  • Best Media Brand

Winners will be presented at the 62nd annual Canadian Business Media Awards, in memory of Kenneth R. Wilson, on June 7, 2016.

The awards program is also seeking judges. Visit for details or follow @CdnBizMedia on Twitter.

The final deadline for National Magazine Awards entries is this Friday, Jan 15.

Early-Bird Deadline: National Magazine Awards

Today, January 11, is the “Early-Bird” deadline for National Magazine Awards submissions. Save 20% on entry fees if you complete your online submissions application (including payment) by midnight (ET) tonight.

“The early bird catcheth the worm.”
A collection of English proverbs, by John Ray, 1670

To be eligible for the early-bird discount, submitters should:

  • Complete application Step 1, indicating all of the details about each submission (name, email, date, title, magazine, etc) and upload a PDF version of each entry;
  • Complete application Step 2, confirming payment (by credit card or cheque).

Hard copies (for these 6 categories that require them) and cheques do NOT need to be received by today to be eligible for the discount. Courier your cheques and hard copies to the NMAF office by the final deadline of Friday, Jan 15.

National Magazine Awards Foundation
2300 Yonge St, Suite 1600
Toronto, ON
M4P 1E4

For assistance, please email us at

Digital Publishing Awards
Submissions to the 14 categories of the Digital Publishing Awards are due by February 16.

Good luck to all submitters!

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