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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:

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

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

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

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

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 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.

Happy Holidays from the National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation wishes you a happy holiday season. Don’t forget to enter your submissions for the 2013 National Magazine Awards. Please note that, while our office is closed until January 2, you may still submit the online submissions registration during the holidays. The final deadline for entries, including all required hard copies, is January 15.

National Magazine Awards Foundation seeking candidates for paid internship

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is now accepting applications for two (2) paid Administrative Internship positions for the National Magazine Awards (NMAs) and the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards (KRWs) in Toronto for Winter/Spring 2014.

Contract Duration: January 20, 2014—June 30, 2014; 15 hrs/week on average.

Description: The successful candidates will be reporting to and working in consultation with the NMAF/KRW Communications Coordinator 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 (;
  • 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 an 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 January 20, 2013 until June 30, 2014. The average weekly commitment may range from 10 hours per week (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.

Interns will be paid a stipend of $1500 for the duration of the internship, plus receive two (2) tickets to the National Magazine Awards gala on June 6, 2014.

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 Coordinator Avary Lovell at staff[at]

Deadline: Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

Call for Submissions: 2013 National Magazine Awards

For the 37th year, the National Magazine Awards Foundation is looking for the best in Canadian magazine publishing. Submissions are now being accepted for awards in 48 categories, recognizing excellence in the creation of written, visual, digital and integrated Canadian magazine content. Cliquez ici pour la version française.

Early-Bird Deadline: January 10, 2014
Final Deadline: January 15, 2014

All Categories
Magazine of the Year
Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Illustrator or Photographer

What’s New This Year?
The NMAF has created a new category this year—Infographics—rewarding an original creation of data visualization produced by a magazine, print or digital. Entries may consist of a single infographic or a series of related infographics appearing in a single article. Read more

We’ve Moved – Again!
When you’re sending in your hard copies–after you complete the online registration–be sure to note our new address:

2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1600, Toronto, ON, M4P 1E4

Digital Magazine Publishing
Content from Magazine Websites and Tablet Magazines is eligible in most categories, including dedicated digital categories Blogs, Editorial Package: Web, Online Video, Magazine Website of the Year and Tablet Magazine of the YearRead more

More information:
Ready to submit:
Version française:

NMAF welcomes three new directors for 2013-2014

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors for 2013-2014.

Theresa Ebden is the director of media and analyst relations (Canada) at Accenture and a former journalist with The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Business News Network and others.

Steve Maich is the senior vice-president of publishing at Rogers Media, prior to which he was the founding editor-in-chief and publisher of Sportsnet, and group publisher of Rogers consumer business magazines.

Dominique Ritter is the managing editor of Reader’s Digest, former editor-in-chief of various titles at Spafax Canada and a freelance writer and editor.

“On behalf of the NMAF I am pleased to welcome Theresa Ebden, Dominique Ritter and Steve Maich to our board of directors for 2013-2014.The volunteer members of the NMAF board support the mission of Foundation to recognize and promote excellence in Canadian magazine content. The board serves as guides in fulfilling our mandate to support a vibrant Canadian magazine industry. On behalf of my fellow members of the board, I’m grateful for their important service to our industry and I am pleased to have these three new members join us for an exciting year ahead.”
Douglas Thomson, president of the NMAF

The NMAF would also like to thank its outgoing directors for 2013: Sarah Moore, managing editor at Star Content Studios, and Robert Goyette, vice-president and editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest.

Key dates for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards

At the National Magazine Awards Foundation we are getting very excited about the upcoming year, our 37th recognizing and rewarding the very best in Canadian magazines. We’ll be announcing our call for entries next week. Here are the important dates for the coming year:

Dec 1: Call for Entries
Jan 7: Co-Financing Deadline
Jan 10: Early Bird Submissions Deadline
Jan 15: Final Submissions Deadline
May 1: Nominations Announcement
Jun 6: 37th National Magazine Awards Gala
As always, there are many ways to keep current with news and updates from the National Magazine Awards: sign up for our e-newsletter; follow us on Twitter at @MagAwards; and come back and visit this blog often.
More information about this year’s National Magazine Awards will be posted here later this week and next.

Call for Judges: The 37th annual National Magazine Awards

This year the Canadian magazine industry will celebrate the 37th annual National Magazine Awards. Submissions open on December 1 for awards in 48 categories, and we are looking for volunteer judges to serve on our juries for these categories.

Each year the National Magazine Awards Foundation relies on the generously donated time and expertise of over 200 volunteer judges, who sit on three-member peer juries for our written, visual, integrated and special awards.

Ideal candidates should fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • Editor, art director, publisher, web editor or other staff member (past or present) of a Canadian magazine, whether or not your publication participates in the National Magazine Awards (naturally you cannot serve as a judge in a category where your magazine is entered, but potentially in other categories);
  • Freelance or staff writer, illustrator, photographer or digital creator, where a significant portion of your work is in Canadian magazines (especially if you have been nominated for or won a National Magazine Award yourself);
  • Journalist with expertise in a particular field represented by one or more NMA categories (such as health, business, science, sports, travel, lifestyle, food, finance, poetry, etc);
  • Bilingual (obviously not all of our judges need be bilingual, but all written categories are judged by both unilingual and bilingual juries, and most other categories include one or more bilingual members on their juries).

For more information, review the NMAF’s Judging Process on our website, as well as the Eligibility & Rules and Previous Judges.

To submit yourself or a colleague as a candidate to judge, please contact the NMAF at staff [at] Please include your name, contact information and a brief bio or summary of your expertise.

National Magazine Awards Foundation seeking Communications Coordinator

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is seeking qualified applicants to apply for the contract position of part-time Communications Coordinator for the National Magazine Awards (NMAs) and Kenneth R. Wilson Awards (KRWs). The successful applicant would start immediately and the contract runs through June 30, 2014, with the possibility of continued and expanded contract work thereafter. The part-time Communications Coordinator position requires an average of 30 hours per week of work, with a rate of pay at $18 per hour.

Responsibilities of the Communications Coordinator:

  • Respond to general inquiries to the NMAF & KRWs office by phone and email;
  • Assist in the coordination of the submissions, judging and ticket-selling processes;
  • Coordinate the work of interns and volunteers;
  • Write, edit and proofread communications and other documentation, including reports, website, newsletters, publicity materials, press releases, gala program copy, etc.;


  • Capacity to work independently, manage multiple tasks and work on tight deadlines;
  • Fluency or strong conversational/correspondence skills in French;
  • Though most work will be done remotely, must be able to work in office regularly in January, February and March;
  • Computer skills (MS Office, cloud computing, CMS database);
  • Copy-editing and proofreading skills;
  • General administrative and office management skills.


  • Familiarity with the Canadian magazine industry;
  • Familiarity with Content Management System type databases;
  • Communications and/or public relations experience;
  • Leadership / personnel management experience.


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume including references to:
Richard A. Johnson, Special Projects Manager, NMAF
richard.johnson [at]

Deadline for Applications:
November 1, 2013

National Magazine Awards named one of Toronto’s top events

The NMA Gala at The Carlu. (Photo by Dean Bradley)

Bizbash, the monthly magazine and event-industry resource, has named this year’s 36th annual National Magazine Awards one of the top 100 events in Toronto for 2013.

The National Magazine Awards gala, held on June 7 at The Carlu and hosted by Zaib Shaikh, drew more than 500 guests from the Canadian magazine industry for dinner and a presentation of awards in 47 categories.

Bizbash named the NMA gala as the #4 event among media and literary events, and #45 overall for 2013. Read more.

Related posts:
The Winners of the 36th annual National Magazine Awards
Photos from the 36th annual National Magazine Awards
Opening video from the 36th annual National Magazine Awards

We need your feedback: Complete the 2-minute NMA survey

Have you ever attended the National Magazine Awards gala? Do you love it? Do you think it could be even better? What are the most important elements of this once-a-year gathering of the Canadian magazine industry?

Please take two minutes to complete our survey.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation relies on the feedback and support of its stakeholders to fulfill our mandate to promote and support creators in the Canadian magazine industry.

Thank you for your time! Click here to access the survey.

Magazine Awards blog celebrates anniversary #2!

It’s that time of year again to say a huge THANK YOU! to the subscribers, readers and supporters of the Magazine Awards blog. Our mission has always been simple: to recognize and promote National Magazine Award winners, celebrate the magazines who publish them, support the industry that sustains them, and foster a community with the readers who love them.

To mark our second anniversary, here’s a look back at the highlights of the past two years:

Plus our ongoing coverage of hot magazine industry topics like books written by former NMA winners, other awards & opportunities in the magazine industry, cool magazine covers, magazine-related events, and more.

Thanks for your support over these past two years. And now, on with the blogging…

Call for Participants: NMAF Round Table on Eligibility & Judging

[This post has been updated] Each autumn the NMAF convenes one or more Round-Table discussions with members of the industry to help us ensure we are representing the needs of our stakeholders.

On Thursday, September 26 [Update: at 2:30pm] in Toronto the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) will host an industry Round-Table discussion concerning its policies on magazine eligibility and its judging process. All stakeholders and representatives of participating magazines are invited attend, but must RSVP not later than Friday, September 20.

Agenda: The NMAF has proposed two general topics for discussion and feedback; however, we also invite attendees to table other questions, concerns and ideas regarding the policies, procedures and roles of the NMAF in the magazine industry.

  1. Magazine Eligibility: What defines a magazine and who may participate in the National Magazine Awards?
  2. Digital Magazines & Content: Is the NMAF serving the needs of the industry and representing relevant creators?

Participants: Members of the NMAF Board of Directors and Judging Committee will join industry representatives for a 90-minute open discussion. Ideal participants will fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • General familiarity with NMAF’s operations, stakeholders and roles in the Canadian magazine industry;
  • Prior service as an NMA judge, particularly judges who’ve participated in multiple years and/or multiple categories;
  • Interest in / experience with being involved with the broad issues of the NMAF and the Canadian magazine industry at large;
  • Working in / knowledge of digital magazine production or digital aspect of the magazine industry;
  • General seniority or prominence in the industry;
  • Representation from a variety of participating magazines, magazine companies, and geographic regions of Canada.

Participants from outside Toronto may attend via teleconference. Participants in Toronto are encouraged to attend in person.

Those interested to attend should please contact NMAF Special Projects Manager Richard Johnson not later than Friday, September 20.

Email: richard.johnson [at]

Confirmed participants will receive a detailed agenda and other event information by Monday, September 23.

The MagAwards blog is back! Latest news…

The Magazine Awards blog is fueled up and ready to roll again after a summer hiatus. Hope you, too, enjoyed your summer, perhaps part of which was spent curled up with the 36th National Magazine Awards Gold Book, a digital collection of this past year’s NMA Gold Winners.

And now for a little Magazine Awards news to get us back in the swing…

Belated congrats to two-time NMA winner Carol Shaben, whose 2012 book Into the Abyss was named the winner of this year’s prestigious Edna Staebler Prize for Creative Non-fiction, an award bestowed by Wilfred Laurier University that includes a cash prize of $10,000. Read our profile of the book Into the Abyss as well as our interview with Carol Shaben about her incredible story and her path to becoming a writer. Ms. Shaben will receive her award in a ceremony on November 13.

Former National Magazine Award winner David Baines has been named this year’s winner of the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Jack Webster Foundation honoring career excellence in British Columbia journalism. The award will be presented at a ceremony in Vancouver on October 30. Mr. Baines has been a reporter at the Vancouver Sun for more than 25 years. He won a Gold National Magazine Award in 1994 for his work in Vancouver Magazine.

This year’s winner of the first National Magazine Award for tablet publishing - Canadian House & Home - caught the attention of the high-profile blog of the software giant Adobe, which featured House & Home‘s tablet edition in a post in August. They noted, “every issue of this magazine is interesting, inventive and takes full advantage of the DPS features that enable an immersive, interactive experience.”

Legion, a periodical of Canadian military history, has been named one of three finalists for this year’s Pierre Berton Award, known more formally as the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Popular Media. Legion won an honourable mention at the 2010 National Magazine Awards for its special issue “World War I: The War that Shaped a Nation.” The other two finalists for this year’s Pierre Berton Award are military historians Tim Cook and Mark Zuehlke. The winner will be announced at the Governor General’s Awards ceremony in Ottawa on November 19.

The award-winning fashion title Flare has unveiled a redesign as of this month’s issue, the product of the magazine’s new creative director Michèle Champagne, and featuring custom calligraphy with a retro feel by Olivia Grandperrin. Editor Amanda Purves explains in her latest note to Flare‘s readers: “When I first met Michèle, she was sustaining herself, after spending several years in Amsterdam, with interesting contract gigs and making her own magazine about graphic design. I instantly knew she had the true vision of an artist. A fashion magazine needs that—the Alexander Libermans, the Fabien Barons—or it’s not special.”

And, Up Here magazine just announced the winners of its Robert Service Poetry Contest, with Gus Barrett of Qualicum Beach, B.C., winning the top prize for “Willy the musher.”

Good to be back on the blog. Stay with us for regular updates this year on National Magazine Award winners, events, news and more, including, of course, updates on this coming year’s National Magazine Awards submissions, slated to open on December 1.

And follow us on Twitter @MagAwards.

Summer hiatus for the Magazine Awards blog

Another great year in the books, celebrating and promoting Canadian magazines and magazine creators. Thank you, dear readers of the MagAwards blog, for your support and enthusiasm.

Friendly reminder: Your summer reading starts with the 36th National Magazine Awards digital gold book, free and full of award-winning magazine stories.

There are a number of great Summer Magazine Writing Contests on the horizon, so set aside a little time for creative writing while you’re enjoying the great outdoors.

Read more magazines: Get up to 50% off subscriptions to many of this year’s National Magazine Award-winning magazines, including… Click here for this exclusive subscription offer.

Our popular interview series Off the Page will return in the fall, but check out the talented magazine creators who’ve spoken with us about their work and their awards.

Relive this year’s National Magazine Awards with the full gala recap, the awesome smash reel video, the complete list of winners, and more.

Happy summer, and we’ll be back in September. Submissions for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards will open on December 1.

Get up to 50% off subscriptions to National Magazine Award-winning magazines

Did you get excited about this year’s National Magazine Award winners? Discover any new magazines that surprised and engaged you? Rekindle a love affair with a particular title?

Keep that fire for award-winning content burning with an exclusive subscription offer from the National Magazine Awards Foundation and Magazines Canada’s Digital Newsstand:

Up to 50% off select award-winning titles, including Avenue, Azure, Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic, Canadian House & Home, Cottage Life, Eighteen Bridges, Explore, Outdoor Canada, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Up Here, Vancouver Magazine and more.

Click here to select your subscriptions.

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!

36th National Magazine Awards Seals

Magazine publishers – promote your National Magazine Awards with our official 36th NMA Finalists’ and Winners’ seals. Celebrate your award-winning magazines by putting these seals on your covers, promotional material, and website.

Like the National Magazine Awards Foundation, Canadian readers look for great Canadian content. That’s why we are offering the National Magazine Awards FoundationWinner/Finalist Seals for Gold and Silver award winners, Finalists, Magazine Cover of the Year and Magazine of the Year.  We encourage award-winning magazines to help create greater reader awareness of the prestige and honour that comes with winning a National Magazine Award.

Download National Magazine Awards seals (pdf).

Best in Canadian Magazines: At the 36th NMA Gala

Talking about the National Magazine Awards and Canadian Magazines. Video produced by Unbound Media. See more from the Magazine Awards YouTube Channel, including this year’s Opening Module.

Thank You! From the 36th National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation wishes to thank Claire Dawson and Fidel Pena, their team at Underline Studio, and photographer Colin Faulkner for creating and executing the look and feel of this year’s National Magazine Awards.

Thanks also to Levi Nicholson of Biohazard Design for his creative direction of the gala program.

And thanks to the team at Relay Experience for their production of the gala including the multimedia show.

If you would like to order a copy of the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala program please get in touch with us at staff[at]magazine-awards[dot]com.

The NMAF is also grateful to its suppliers and partners who helped make this year’s National Magazine Awards a success, including:

PrintingThe Lowe-Martin Group

Translation: Rédaction Charles Girard, Inc

Publicity: Smitten Creative

Event PhotographyDean Bradley

Outstanding Achievement Portraiture: Nigel Dickson

Event Exhibit: National Sign, Inc.

Volunteer Coordination: Erin Klassen

News Release Distribution: CNW Group

Chartered Accountants: Beckett Lowden Read

CateringDaniel et Daniel

Flowers: San Remo Florists

VenueThe Carlu

Master of Ceremonies: Zaib Shaikh

Additional thanks to Gary Campbell, Nicolas Dagenais, Paul Dallas, Avary Lovell, Noémi Mercier, Jordanna Tennebaum and our event volunteers. And of course to all of our sponsors and partners, our judges, our staff and board of directors… thank you for your support of the National Magazine Awards and the Canadian magazine industry.

And to all who support Canadian magazines and their creators: Thank you from the NMAF.

The 36th National Magazine Awards Opening Video

Opening Module of the 36th National Magazine Awards, June 7, 2013. Sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

Creative Direction – Xavier Massé; Animation – Matthew Hemming; Artwork Preparation – Joana Ferret; Music – Bustafunk; Remix & Foley – Joshua Hemming.

Check out all of this year’s National Magazine Award gold winners in the 36th NMA Gold Book. Visit for more info.

Full coverage of the 36th National Magazine Award Winners
Complete list of nominees and winners [pdf]

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:









The Grid




The Walrus








Report on Business
















Toronto Life








Eighteen Bridges




Canadian House & Home








Reader’s Digest




The Feathertale Review




Québec Science




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 for the complete list of winners and to download the commemorative 36th National Magazine Awards Gold Book.

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.

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.

A Message from Douglas Thomson, President of the NMAF

Tomorrow we gather to celebrate excellence in Canadian magazine publishing at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards. [Version française ci-dessous]

“Content is King.” It’s a phrase we’ve heard time and again over the past few years. And while talking about it is one thing, investing in it is quite another.

What does Content is King actually mean in practice? To my eye, it means all of a magazine’s resources are dedicated to its highest priority: producing the best content possible. It also suggests that without this quality control, your chances of survival as a business are severely limited.

It doesn’t matter if your readership is 5,000 or 500,000. To believe Content is King is to commit fully to the work of the writers, editors, designers, photographers and illustrators—your most important assets—regardless of the scope of the budget.

The good news is that consumers will always be drawn to quality content. That may not be news in itself, but it is a sign that we are beginning to see the true result of that investment, be it monetary or intellectual. Ideally both.

It is that success that we’re here to celebrate. Take a look around you at tomorrow night’s gala. The people here care about content. They believe content is what really matters. Congratulate them. These are the people in whom we’ve put our collective faith, these talented creators who strive for excellence. Some of the nominees you’ve no doubt heard of before, and some are nominated for the first time, including Chez Soi, Globe Style Advisor, Hazlitt, Infopresse, Le Must, New Trail, Nouveau Project, Ottawa Citizen Style and Write Magazine.

I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to the hard-working folks who helped get us here, including of course the staff at the NMAF: Managing Director Barbara Gould, Media Liaison and Special Projects Manager Richard Johnson, and Josh Penslar our Production Manager. I also want to thank the NMAF board of directors and the 251 volunteer judges who have chosen the very best of the 186 magazines who submitted the work of their editors, writers, designers, photographers and illustrators.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the NMAF Digital Roundtable last fall and shared their industry knowledge. They helped us launch additional awards this year, including awards for Tablet Magazine of the Year, Blogs and Online Video, which honour excellence in digital magazine publishing.

So, welcome to—as one editor recently proclaimed in her Twitter feed—“the most magical night of the year.” I couldn’t agree more.

Mot du président: Douglas Thomson

« Le contenu est souverain. » Voilà une phrase que nous aurons maintes fois entendue au cours des dernières années. Le dire est une chose, mais investir dans cette démarche en est une autre.

Comment se traduit dans la pratique le principe du « Contenu souverain »? À mes yeux, cela signifie que toutes les ressources d’un magazine doivent converger vers la priorité la plus importante : produire le meilleur contenu possible. Cela signifie également que sans ce contrôle de la qualité, vos chances de survie, comme entreprise, sont gravement menacées.

Cela vaut, que vous ayez un bassin de 5 000 ou de 500 000 lecteurs. Préconiser que « Le contenu est souverain », c’est prendre l’engagement d’appuyer sans réserve le travail des rédacteurs, rédacteurs en chef, photographes et illustrateurs, vos meilleurs atouts, quelle que soit l’importance de votre budget.

Les consommateurs sont toujours plus avides d’un contenu de qualité, et c’est heureux. Il n’y a peut-être rien de nouveau à cela, mais on peut y voir le signe du véritable résultat de notre investissement, monétaire ou intellectuel. Idéalement, les deux à la fois.

C’est ce succès que nous célébrons cette année. Regardez autour de vous. Pour ceux et celles qui sont ici ce soir, le contenu est une préoccupation constante. Ils estiment que c’est d’abord et avant tout le contenu qui compte. Félicitez-les. C’est sur eux, des créateurs de talent qui visent l’excellence, que nous plaçons toute notre confiance. Vous reconnaîtrez sans doute certains des finalistes, mais d’autres sont en nomination pour la première fois cette année, dont Chez Soi, Globe Style Advisor, Hazlitt, Infopresse, Le Must, New Trail, Nouveau Project, Ottawa Citizen Style et Write Magazine.

J’aimerais remercier du fond du coeur ceux et celles qui, par leur travail infatigable, ont contribué à la tenue de cet événement, y compris, bien sûr, le personnel de la FNPMC : la directrice générale, Barbara Gould, l’agent de liaison et directeur des projets spéciaux, Richard Johnson, ainsi que Josh Penslar, notre directeur de la production. Je souhaite également remercier le conseil d’administration de la FNPMC et les 251 juges bénévoles, qui ont choisi, parmi les 186 magazines qui ont soumis les candidatures de leurs rédacteurs en chef, rédacteurs, concepteurs visuels, photographes et illustrateurs, ceux qui se sont démarqués par l’excellence de leur travail.

Enfin, j’aimerais remercier tous ceux et celles qui ont participé à la Table ronde de la FPMC sur l’édition numérique, tenue l’automne dernier, et qui ont partagé leur savoir-faire sectoriel. Ils nous ont aidés à inaugurer de nouveaux prix cette année, y compris les prix Meilleur magazine de l’année – numérique, Blogues et Vidéo en ligne, qui célèbrent l’excellence dans le domaine de la publication de magazines numériques.

Je vous souhaite donc la bienvenue à, pour reprendre les mots qu’utilisait récemment une rédactrice en chef sur son fil Twitter, « la soirée la plus magique de l’année. » Je ne saurais mieux dire.

See the National Magazine Awards Finalists
Show info & tickets

Your Guide to 2013 Canadian Magazines Week

Mag-stackThe biggest week in Canadian magazines is finally here. Conferences, receptions, events and awards, all culminating in the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on Friday night, June 7. Hope to see you there. [INFO & TICKETS]

5:30pm – MagNet Marquee: The opening event of MagNet 2013, Canada’s Magazines Conference, Courtyard Toronto Downtown by Marriott.

6:30pm – 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, recognizing excellence in Canadian business-to-business publishing, Grand Banking Hall, Hotel One King West, Toronto.

All day - MagNet 2013, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

12:00pm – CMC Excellence Awards Luncheon, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

5:00pm – CDS Global Circulator reception, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

5:30pm – CSME Editors’ Gala, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

6:00pm – PWAC Awards Dinner Banquet, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

All day - MagNet 2013, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

5:00pm – Magazines Canada Connecting Canada reception, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

All day - MagNet 2013, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

12:00pm – PWAC Awards Luncheon, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

6:00pm – 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala, The Carlu, Toronto.

Early-Bird Deadline for National Magazine Awards Gala Tickets: Friday May 17

Don’t delay, the early-bird deadline for tickets to this year’s National Magazine Awards gala is tomorrow, Friday May 17. Table seats (including the reception, hors d’oeuvre, dinner, dessert and the awards show) are $140. (After May 17: $160)

Get your tickets here.

Don’t miss the event of the year when the magazine industry gathers at the Carlu in Toronto on FridayJune 7, 2013 to celebrate the very best in Canadian magazines. Join your colleagues and our Master of Ceremonies Zaib Shaikh for a night to remember! The 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala is presented by CDS Global.

Zaib Shaikh to host this year’s National Magazine Awards gala

Zaib Shaikh (Photo Tom Sandler)

Zaib Shaikh (Photo Tom Sandler)

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is excited to announce that this year’s Master of Ceremonies, presented by OMDC, for the NMA Gala will be renowned Canadian actor and writer Zaib Shaikh.
[Version française]

Known best as the star of the international hit comedy series, Little Mosque on The Prairie, Zaib Shaikh has worked across Canada as an actor, director and producer. He starred in Deepa Mehta’s latest film, Midnight’s Children, adapted from the novel by Salman Rushdie. He co-produced Long Story Short: CBC Turns 75, hosted by Martin Short. He co-wrote, directed and co-produced the Gemini Award winning television film, Othello, the Tragedy of the Moor.  His other television work includes lead or guest starring roles in MetropiaDa Vinci’s City Hall, Book-a-boo, Murdoch Mysteries and The Dead Zone.

Currently, Zaib is in development with a variety of television and film projects under the banner of his production company, Governor Films. Recently he delivered a keynote at Harvard University’s 375th Anniversary, and he travels across Canada and the world speaking on the power of Arts and The Media as a platform to greater understanding between Eastern and Western cultures.

This year’s National Magazine Awards gala is Friday, June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now at; the early-bird deadline for discounted tickets is Friday May 17, so don’t delay.

See also:
Announcing the 36th National Magazine Awards Nominees!
36th NMA Nominees List [PDF]
Stephen Trumper wins Outstanding Achievement Award


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