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NMAF elects 3 new members to its Board of Directors

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its board of directors for the 2014-2015 term. [ Français ]

Christopher Frey is the Editor-in-Chief of Hazlitt and Director of Digital Publishing at Random House Canada. As a journalist he has twice been a Gold Medal winner at the National Magazine Awards.

Terry Sellwood is the President of Cottage Life Media, a division of Blue Ant Media and publisher of Cottage Life, Canada’s Magazine of the Year. Previously he served on the board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, including as President from 2001-2003.

Melony Ward is the Publisher of Canada’s History magazine and Kayak: Canada’s History for Kids. She serves on the magazine advisory committee for Ontario Media Development Corporation and previously served on the board of Magazines Canada.

The NMAF has also elected a new president for 2014-2015, Joyce Byrne, who succeeds Douglas Thomson. Ms. Byrne is the Publisher of Avenue magazine in Calgary. She has served on the NMAF board of directors since 2010 and as its Vice-President from 2012-2014. She is also a Silver Medal National Magazine Award winner. On being elected to the position, Ms. Byrne noted:

“I am delighted to be able to champion excellence in Canadian magazines, and to be the first president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation based in Western Canada. Though Canada has a vast geography, our magazines bring us together, and our creators help us see other lives through their eyes. The NMAF board is a dedicated and invested group of volunteers who, like me, value the role that singling out our best work can have on company culture, staff and freelancer career development, and even our bottom line. We have an exciting year ahead and our new directors bring fresh perspectives and great experience to our bench.”

The NMAF Board of Directors has elected the following executive for the 2014-2015 term:

PRESIDENT: Joyce Byrne

VICE-PRESIDENT: Terry Sellwood

SECRETARY: Brian Morgan
Brian Morgan is the Art Director of The Walrus. He has served on the NMAF board of directors since 2011.

TREASURER: Liana Bell
Liana Bell is a Partner with the Clark Henning Group. She has served on the board of directors since 2011.

PAST PRESIDENT: Douglas Thomson
Douglas Thomson is the Editor of ROM Magazine. He has served on the NMAF board of directors since 2005 and as its President from 2012-2014.

The board of directors of the NMAF is comprised of leaders in the Canadian magazine industry dedicated to supporting the Foundation’s mission 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.

For more information about the NMAF and its board of directors, please visit magazine-awards.com/about

Apply for an Internship with the National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is now accepting applications for one paid Administrative Internship position for the National Magazine Awards (NMAs) and the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards (KRWs) in Toronto for Winter 2014/Spring 2015.

Duration: November 3, 2014 – June 30, 2015; 15 hrs/week on average.

Description: The successful candidate will be reporting to and working with the NMAF/KRW Communications Manager and Special Projects Manager and specifically will:

  • Assist with the day-to-day operations of the NMAF/KRW office, including support for the submissions process, judging process, and awards production;
  • Handle some of the office-related communications and outreach with the Canadian magazine industry in both English and French—including but not limited to initiating and responding to phone calls and general email;
  • Assist with the research and production of content for the NMAF blog (blog.magazine-awards.com);
  • Copy edit and fact check NMAF/KRW communications materials and publications, including newsletters, press releases, website copy, gala programs and related material;
  • Assist with ongoing projects to promote the NMAF/KRW and its various initiatives;
  • Attend regular staff meetings.

Requirements:

  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Familiarity with the Canadian magazine industry;
  • Ability to work independently and on deadline with goal-oriented projects;
  • Solid writing and editing skills;
  • Knowledge of French a strong asset;
  • Career aspirations in the Canadian magazine industry or similar;
  • Strong interest in fulfilling the mandate and vision of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Terms and Remuneration: The length of the contract will be from November 3, 2014 until June 30, 2015. The average weekly commitment may range from 10 hours per week (Nov-Dec; Feb-Mar; Jun) to 20 hours per week (Jan; Apr-May). Working hours are flexible except at specific times, and most work may be completed remotely. This internship pays $11/hour.

Applications: Candidates should submit:

  • A cover letter demonstrating their specific interest in the internship;
  • A resume;
  • And at least one letter of reference from a professor or career mentor.

Please send applications by email to NMAF Communications Manager Émilie Pontbriand at staff[at]magazine-awards.com.

Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2014

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NMA winners headline shortlists for GGs, Writers’ Trust, Giller Prize

Yesterday’s revealing of the Giller Prize shortlist, today’s announcement of the Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists, both on the heels of last week’s release of the five finalists for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, means that the big three Canadian literary prizes are counting down the days until we find out who wrote the best in Canadian literature for 2014.

Each year, it seems a handful of the nominees for these prestigious CanLit prizes have come from the magazine world; this year, almost all of the shortlisted authors have National Magazine Awards on their resumes.

GILLER PRIZE

v2Former National Magazine Award winner Miriam Toews (Gold Medal, Humour, Saturday Night, 1999) made the shortlist for both the Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Prize for her novel All My Puny Sorrows, which some critics consider to be the favourite for one or both prizes.

Also on the shortlist for the Giller is two-time National Magazine Award winner Heather O’Neill (Gold Medal, Best Short Feature, Chatelaine, 2011; Gold Medal, Best Short Feature, ELLE Canada, 2010) for her novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. Read our interview with Heather about her writing career.

Sean Michaels, twice a National Magazine Award winner (Gold Medal, One of a Kind, Brick, 2010; Silver Medal, Words & Pictures, The Walrus, 2012) is on the Giller shortlist for his novel Us Conductors. Read more about Sean’s work from our One of a Kind summer reading series.

David Bezmozgis, nominated for the Giller Prize for his novel The Betrayers, won a Silver Medal at the 2003 National Magazine Awards for his Fiction in Prairie Fire.

A fifth Giller shortlisted author, Frances Itani for her novel Tell, was nominated for a National Magazine Award for Fiction in 1995 (Saturday Night). The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, by Padma Vishwanathan, is the final novel on the Giller Prize shortlist. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on November 10. The winner receives $100,000; all other finalists receive $10,000.

GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARDS

Four of the five finalists for the GG Fiction (English) award are former National Magazine Award winners and nominees:

  • Juliet Was a Surprise, by Bill Gaston (Gold Medalist, Fiction, Event, 2011)
  • The Back of the Turtle, by Thomas King (Silver Medalist, Fiction, Saturday Night, 1991)
  • The Opening Sky, by Joan Thomas (Silver Medalist, Personal Journalism, Prairie Fire, 1995)
  • Sweetland, by Michael Crummey (Honourable Mention, Poetry, The New Quarterly, 2012)

The fifth GG fiction finalist is Claire Holden Rothman for her novel My October.

In the GG Non-Fiction (English) category, all four finalists are former National Magazine Awards nominees:

  • The Oilman and the Sea, by Arno Kopecky
  • Up Ghost River, by Alexandra Shimo (co-authored with Edmond Metatawabin)
  • Know the Night, by Maria Mutch
  • The End of Absence, by Michael Harris

Finally, for the GG Award for Children’s Book Illustration, one of the finalists, Jillian Tamaki, is a three-time National Magazine Award winner for Illustration. Read our interview with Jillian about her career as an illustrator.

The Governor General’s Literary Awards honour excellence in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text), children’s literature (illustration), and translation. The winners will be announced online on November 18, 2014, with a public event to follow in Ottawa on November 26 (English-language winners) and November 27 (French-language winners).

WRITERS’ TRUST FICTION PRIZE

imgresFor the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, joining Miriam Toews are 3 former National Magazine Awards nominees: André Alexis (Fiction, Event, 2009) for his novel PastoralSteven Galloway (Humour, Vancouver Magazine, 2005) for his novel The Confabulist; and K.D. Miller (Fiction, The Capilano Review, 1997) for her novel All Saints. Rounding out the shortlist is Carrie Snyder for Girl Runner. The winner of the Writer’s Trust Prize receives $25,000; all finalists receive $2500. The winner will be announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards in Toronto on November 4.

Congratulations to all the finalists. A great CanLit awards season awaits, and we’ve got lots of reading to do!

Canada’s History, Prairie Fire lead nominees for Maggie Awards

The 2014 Manitoba Magazine Awards (“Maggies”) nominations have been announced, and the 5 publications shortlisted for Manitoba Magazine of the Year include National Magazine Award winners Canada’s History and Prairie Fire as well as Conservator, Covet and Kayak.

(Border Crossings, recently crowned Manitoba Magazine of the Year at the Western Magazine Awards, did not make the list.)

Prairie Fire grabbed 7 of the 10 overall nominations in the 3 Arts & Literary categories–Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry and Short Fiction, while Canada’s History was also nominated for Best Cover Illustration, Best Mobile, Digital or Interactive Initiative (for its “Destinations” microsite), Best Editorial Feature, Best Regular Column or Department and Best Single Issue.

Other notable nominees include Anna Magazine, Ayoko, Cellar Door, CV2, Geez, Rhubarb and The Cottager.

The winners, including People’s Choice Awards, will be announced Thursday, October 2 at the Delta Hotel, Winnipeg.

Magazine of the Year Cottage Life on special display at Chapters Indigo

When the lights came up on the final prize of the 2013 National Magazine Awards, the 500 gala guests at The Carlu and the thousands following the show on Twitter leaned in to hear the following words: “The winner of the award for Magazine of the Year: Cottage Life.”

This month and next, you can find the latest issue of Canada’s Magazine of the Year on a special display at 91 Chapters and Indigo superstores across Canada, alongside many other National Magazine Award-winning titles as part of a new promotional partnership between the NMAF and Indigo Books & Music, Inc.  Read More…

WORN Fashion Journal to publish its final issue

It’s a bittersweet moment for all “Wornettes” as one of Canada’s brightest and coolest indie fashion magazines has announced its forthcoming Issue #20 will be its last.

Largely reader supported (with limited advertising) since it launched in 2005, WORN Fashion Journal created a niche as an alternative to the large, ad-driven glossy books by focusing its content on the culture of clothing rather than runway fashion trends.

Its community of volunteer staff, readers, writers and fans, who call themselves Wornettes, sustained the magazine for a decade with creative and personal stories, essays, ideas and spreads, as well as memorable launch parties for each issue.

A note on its Facebook page announced that pre-orders are being accepted for Issue #20, which will be published on November 22. A final WORN party, dubbed the Black Cat Ball, is in the works. Also:

Subscribers to WORN Fashion Journal will have the option to transfer their subscription to one of the following Canadian independent publications: Broken Pencil, Maisonneuve, Shameless, or The Walrus. All subscribers will receive an email with more information to the accounts associated with their subscriptions, but are encouraged to get in touch by emailing orders@wornjournal.com if they have any questions.

Earlier this year, WORN published a compendium of its first 14 issues called The WORN Archive (Drawn & Quarterly), which is also available on its website along with individual back issues.

WORN Fashion Journal was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2008, in the category Best Magazine Cover, for Issue #7. Best wishes to all Wornettes out there, and thanks for all the fashion.

NMAF partners with Indigo Books & Music Inc in Newsstand Promotion

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to announce the launch of a nationwide newsstand promotion designed to increase awareness about Canada’s top award-winning magazines. This strategic partnership with Indigo Books & Music, Inc, part of the NMAF’s mandate to promote award-winning magazines and content, will run from September 22 to October 18. During this period, this year’s eligible winning publications will be featured in a special NMA display in 91 Indigo and Chapters superstores across the country.

More specifically, the objective of this initiative is to significantly increase single-copy sales of award-winning magazines by providing publishers with the opportunity to leverage their prestigious, nationally recognized award through a group marketing effort to increase newsstand sales, magazine awareness, and future subscriptions in a cost-effective manner.

While print publications are rising to meet the challenges and opportunities of the digital era, the newsstand remains a significant place of reader engagement. With this promotion, the NMAF’s goal is to provide magazines with a unique opportunity to showcase their award-winning status and to maximize their impact on the newsstand.

Participating magazines include Magazine of the Year winner Cottage Life, as well as award winners Azure, Chatelaine, ELLE Canada, FASHION Magazine, fshnunlimited (f.u.), Little Brother, Maclean’s, Prefix Photo, Sharp, Sportsnet, The Walrus, This Magazine, Toronto Life, and the United Church Observer.

We’ll be featuring each of these participating magazines here on the Magazine Awards blog in the coming weeks. And be sure to visit your local Chapters Indigo to check out the special NMA display. Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for more updates.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
For this promotional effort the NMAF acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and gratefully thanks Indigo Books & Music Inc. for their support of the NMA newsstand promotion. The NMAF would also like to thank CNW Group.

An agency of the Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film and television; book and magazine publishing; interactive digital media and music industries. www.omdc.on.ca

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