2015 National Magazine Awards design wins Communications Arts Award

The NMAF is excited to pass along the news that the creative design from the 2015 National Magazine Awards has won a Communications Arts Award and will be featured in the Comm Arts Typography Annual due out early 2016.

This year’s design was created by the incredible team at Monnet Design, and the NMAF congratulates and offers its sincere and enduring gratitude to Stéphane Monnet, Agnes Wong and the entire team at Monnet for their work.



This year’s National Magazine Awards gala was perhaps the most exciting ever, thanks in large part to the wonderful creative by Monnet Design.

Photos of the NMA gala by KlixPix for the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Video: Apply for an Internship with the National Magazine Awards Foundation

Applications are being accepted until Friday, September 25 at 5pm. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and one letter of reference. For details visit:

Paid Internship with the National Magazine Awards Foundation


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 2015/Spring 2016.

Position: Administrative Intern

Contract Duration: September 28, 2015—June 30, 2016; 15 hrs/week on average.

Description: The successful candidate will be reporting to and working in consultation 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) and CBM Blog (CBMassociation.com) and other social media channels;
  • 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;


  • 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.


  • Gain practical knowledge of the Canadian magazine industry;
  • Play an important role in the execution of NMAF projects and events;
  • Make a great first impression on writers, editors, publishers and other members of the industry;
  • Enhance your skill set in communications, publicity, administration, event planning, writing, editing and non-profit organizations;
  • Learn more about Canadian magazines from the NMAF’s wonderful team of staff, board members and stakeholders;
  • Participate in one of Canada’s most cherished and important cultural events, the National Magazine Awards.

Terms and Remuneration: The length of the contract will be from September 28, 2015 until June 30, 2016. 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 is paid $11.25/hour.

Deadline: Friday, September 18, 2015. September 25, 2015.

How to apply: Applications must consist of a cover letter demonstrating your specific interest in the internship, a résumé, and a letter of reference from a professor or a mentor. Applications must be sent via email to Émilie Pontbriand, Communications Manager, at staff@magazine-awards.com. Application deadline is September 18 September 25.

The NMAF internship program has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

An earlier version of this post mistakenly indicated a pay rate of $11 per hour. The rate is in fact $11.25 per hour.

NMAF Vice-President, former Outstanding Achievement Award winner Terry Sellwood to retire from Cottage Life

Few individuals in our industry have done more for the success of the National Magazine Awards Foundation and Canadian magazine publishing in general than Terry Sellwood, whose retirement as president of Cottage Life Media has just been announced by Blue Ant Media, the ownership partner of Cottage Life.

“I am honoured to have spent the last 15 years of my career with this industry-leading media company and its incredibly talented team. As Cottage Life Media continues its evolution in this new era of publishing, I know they will continue to be a trailblazer in this space.”

Terry Sellwood joined the board of directors of the NMAF in 1996 and served for more than a decade, including a term as board president from 2002-2004, overseeing our 25th anniversary celebration. Last summer, Terry accepted an invitation to return to the NMAF as its board vice-president, where he has played a key role in guiding the Foundation toward a stronger future of recognizing and celebrating excellence in Canadian magazines.

In awarding him the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2010, the NMAF recognized Terry’s myriad contributions to the Canadian magazine industry as a publisher, circulator, mentor and volunteer. “No conversation about magazine publishing and its future,” Al Zikovitz remarked at the time, “is complete without Terry’s name arising.”

He has worked with—or for—most of Canada’s major publishing companies and was the Executive Vice-President of the largest Canadian magazine fulfillment company, INDAS (now CDS Global). Terry has held the position of chair for Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC), Magazines Canada and the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Toward the end of his tenure at Cottage Life, the magazine celebrated a memorable 25th anniversary in 2013 and capped a remarkable run of National Magazine Awards excellence–51 National Magazine Awards since its founding in 1988–by winning the award for Magazine of the Year in 2014.

Other Cottage Life Media titles over the years, including Outdoor Canada, explore and Canadian Home Workshop, have also enjoyed incredible success in part due to Terry’s leadership.

In announcing Terry’s retirement, effective August 2015, Blue Ant Media also announced that magazine editor Penny Caldwell has been promoted to the magazine’s publisher, and former executive editor Michelle Kelly will assume the role of editor.

Wishing you the very best, Terry! Thank you, on behalf of the NMAF and the Canadian magazine industry, for your unending support, enthusiasm and indelible cheerfulness. Meanwhile, we look forward to continuing to work with you at the NMAF.

Images via the NMAF and Terry Sellwood.

Thank You! From the 38th National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation wishes to thank Stéphane Monnet, Agnes Wong and their team at Monnet Design for creating and executing the look and feel of this year’s National Magazine Awards.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, CDS Global, for their support of the National Magazine Awards gala. CDS Global has been a proud sponsor of the National Magazine Awards since 1989.

Thank you to all our sponsors and partners for their enthusiastic support of the NMAs and Canadian magazines.

Thank you to the team at Relay Experience for their production of the gala including the multimedia show and the popular Smash Reel of nominated Canadian magazines, which you can view on our YouTube channel.

Thank you to the National Magazine Awards judges, our peers in Canadian magazines and media, more than 200 who volunteered their time and expertise to evaluate the submissions this year.

Thank you to our gala Masters of Ceremonies — Lainey Lui & Jessica Allen — of CTV’s The Social for their witty, ebullient and otherwise unforgettable performance as hosts (and for arranging a hilarious cameo by Scott Feschuk). And thank you to our gala guests, more than 450 who enjoyed this year’s show at our new venue, the Arcadian Court in Toronto.

Thank you to our wonderful staff and our Board of Directors for their hard work and guidance.

Thank you to KlixPix, which supplied the event photography of this year’s National Magazine Awards. Here’s a sampling of their work; more is available on our Facebook Page.

Thank you to all who supported the 38th National Magazine Awards:

Printing: Lowe-Martin Group

PaperRolland Enterprises

TranslationÉmilie Pontbriand, Éloïse Pontbriand

Program Editor: Richard A. Johnson

Copy Editors: Leah Jensen, Melissa Myers, Éloïse Pontbriand

Production Assistant: Olesya Zimina

Event PhotographyDave Todon, KlixPix

Outstanding Achievement Photography: Donna Griffith

NMAF President Photography: Jared Sych

Volunteer CoordinationMelissa Myers

News Release Distribution: CNW Group

Chartered Accountants: Beckett Lowden Read, LLP

Flowers: San Remo Florists

CateringOliver & Bonacini

VenueThe Arcadian Court, Toronto

Masters of CeremoniesLainey Lui & Jessica Allen

Thank you to our hardworking event volunteers.

And to all who support Canadian magazines and their creators: Thank you from the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Announcing the winners of the 38th annual National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) presented the winners of the 38th annual National Magazine Awards at a gala this evening in Toronto at the Arcadian Court, presented by CDS Global, and hosted by Lainey Lui & Jessica Allen of CTV’s The Social. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 43 categories.

La version française: magazine-prix.com
Complete list [pdf] of all winners
Press release [pdf]: English | Français
Twitter highlights: @MagAwards | #NMA15
The Judges
Award Seals


Magazine of the Year
Nouveau Projet

“Nouveau Projet is a near-perfect symbiosis of subject matter, expert writing and exceptionally original design. It sets itself apart thanks to inspiring themes and bold covers. The magazine offers a fresh take on the genre and dares to cover topics that are virtually absent in other media. The energy of the editorial team is tangible page after page. Nouveau Projet embodies the spirit of print magazines.” — National Magazine Awards jury

Magazine Website of the Year
Hazlittmag.com (Hazlitt)

Tablet Magazine of the Year
Today’s Parent

Best Magazine Brand
Sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation
Cottage Life


Best New Magazine Writer
Sponsored by Reader’s Digest Foundation
Genna Buck

Best New Illustrator or Photographer
Sponsored by RedPoint Media
Hudson Christie

Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
Sponsored by Alliance for Audited Media
Michael Fox



Best Single Issue
Sponsored by Rolland Enterprises, Inc
Back to School Issue (September 2014)
Today’s Parent

Magazine Covers
Hunter Is At It Again
Report on Business

Editorial Package (Web)
Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss
Today’s Parent

Fare Warning
Report on Business

Online Video
Ukraine in Crisis

Single Service Article Package
30 Awesome Cupcakes
Today’s Parent

Words & Pictures
Sponsored by CDS Global
La pointe des utopies
Nouveau Projet

“Tonight the National Magazine Awards Foundation recognized the outstanding work of Canada’s magazine writers, editors, designers, photographers and illustrators. The nominees and winners of this year’s awards have set new standards of excellence in Canadian media, and on behalf of those working in our wonderful industry and magazine readers across the country, we congratulate them.” — Joyce Byrne, President, NMAF


Arts & Entertainment
Nicholas Hune-Brown
For Kids, By Kids—But Not For Long

Best Short Feature
Michael Friscolanti
My Hitchhiker, the Parliament Hill Gunman

Stephanie Nolen
High and Dry
Report on Business

Sponsored by Impresa Communications Ltd.
Eric Reguly
Jobs: Optional
Report on Business

Editorial Package (Print)
Mark Stevenson, Sue Allan, Stephen Gregory, Alison Uncles
Ottawa Shooting

Andrea Bennett
Water Upon the Earth

Tamas Dobozy
The New Quarterly

Health & Medicine
Marie-Pier Elie
Immunothérapie. Le nouvel espoir
Québec Science

Richard Light
Reviews of My Dreams from Last Night
The Feathertale Review

Investigative Reporting
Alec Castonguay, Noémi Mercier
Crimes sexuels dans l’armée

One of a Kind
Noah Richler
The Trials of Philip Halliday
The Walrus

Personal Journalism
Lauren McKeon
Save Me from My Workout
Toronto Life

Richard Greene
You Must Remember This

Politics & Public Interest
Alec Castonguay, Noémi Mercier
Crimes sexuels dans l’armée

Jason McBride
The Captive
Toronto Life

Science, Technology & Environment
Jeremy Keehn
The Toilet Papers
The Walrus

Service: Family, Health & Personal Finance
Danielle Groen
Where Do We Put All the Babies?
The Grid

Service: Lifestyle
The Editors
25th Annual Restaurant Awards
Vancouver Magazine

Mylène Tremblay
Intersexualité : Rencontre du troisième sexe

Sports & Recreation
Dan Robson
Home and Really Far Away

Marie-Soleil Desautels
Au paradis des thés



Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Sponsored by The Lowe-Martin Group
Jean-François Proulx
Le Canada dont nous ne voulons pas (printemps – été 2014)
Nouveau Projet

Art Direction of a Single Article
Sponsored by Monnet Design
Marcey Andrews
Best Summer Ever
New Trail

Chris Nicholls, Photographer
Eng Lau, Art Director
Zeina Esmail, Stylist
Human Touch
Fashion Magazine

Homes & Gardens
Karen Simpson, Art Director
Naho Kubota, Photographer
Catherine Osborne, Will Jones, Contributors
On Canal Lake

Raymond Biesinger
The Well-Oiled Machine

Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Sponsored by CNW Group
Larry Towell
In Attawapiskat
The Walrus

Portrait Photography
John Ulan
Bigger Than Barriers

Spot Illustration
Sébastien Thibault
The Rising Tide
The Walrus

Still-Life Photography
Clinton Hussey
Origin Story
Western Living

To view the complete list of Gold and Silver winners and Honourable Mentions, visit magazine-awards.com/38winners.

More than 450 members of the Canadian magazine industry—publishers, editors, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators, circulators and more—joined esteemed sponsors and other guests at the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala, at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, presented by CDS Global.

This year more than 200 Canadian magazines submitted their work to the National Magazine Awards. Magazines from all three coasts—in both official languages, print and digital—participated this year, entering work created by more than 3000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators. This year saw growth in participation from Quebec and Alberta magazines, as well as remarkable participation from Canada’s literary and arts magazines through the help of the NMAF’s Small Magazine Rebate program.

The NMAF’s 241 volunteer judges have nominated a total of 326 submissions from 80 different Canadian magazines for awards in 43 written, visual, integrated and special categories. More than $53,000 in cash prizes have been awarded to Canadian creators.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors and suppliers.

The NMAF (and all guests of the National Magazine Awards) are grateful to Lainey Lui & Jessica Allen for their incredible performance tonight.

Check back next week for photos, videos and more from the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala.

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. Discover more at magazine-awards.com.

Tonight! The 38th annual National Magazine Awards

What: The 38th National Magazine Awards
WhereThe Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower, 8th Floor, Toronto [MAP]
When: 5:30pm (Reception); 7:00pm (Awards presentation)
Why: To recognize and celebrate excellence in the content and creation of Canadian magazines.

Have a ticket?
If you purchased a ticket and did not request it to be mailed, you can pick up your ticket at the Will-Call tables at the top of the elevators at the Arcadian Court. Judges may also pick up their tickets here.

Need a ticket?
Tickets are available for purchase at the door: $170 (table seats including dinner) SOLD OUT or $90 (show-only; excludes dinner), including HST. Credit cards or cash accepted.

Not able to come?
Follow our twitter handle @MagAwards and #NMA15 for live tweets throughout the show. Keep it right here on this blog for a full recap of the awards and all the winners (sometime after 10pm ET).

The Nominees?
A recap of this years nominees
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
Magazine of the Year
Best Magazine Brand
Tablet Magazine of the Year
Best Magazine Cover
Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Illustrator or Photographer

The Masters of Ceremonies?
Lainey Lui & Jessica Allen

See you tonight!