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Nominees announced for the Western Magazine Awards

The Western Magazine Awards Foundation has announced the finalists for its 2014 awards competition, which features 28 categories for written and visual content and overall excellence. Vancouver Magazine and Western Living led the way with 17 and 15 nominations, respectively. Eighteen Bridges and Up Here landed 8 nods each. Other magazines with significant nominations include Alberta Views, Swerve, Avenue, sub-Terrain, Up Here Business, Prairie Fire and Westworld Saskatchewan.

The winners will be announced and presented at the WMAF Gala on Friday, September 26th, 2014 at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Complete list of nominees.

Major award nominees:

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: ALBERTA + NWT
Alberta Views magazine
Eighteen Bridges
Swerve
Up Here
Up Here Business

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: BRITISH COLUMBIA + YUKON
BC Business Magazine
British Columbia Magazine
MONTECRISTO Magazine
Vancouver Magazine
Western Living

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: MANITOBA
Border Crossings
Canada’s History
Prairie Fire
The Cottager

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: SASKATCHEWAN
Farming For Tomorrow
Saskatoon HOME Magazine
Westworld Saskatchewan

BEST NEW MAGAZINE
Glass Buffalo
Homes & Living Magazine – Calgary
NICHE magazine

BEST ON-LINE MAGAZINE
BCLiving.ca
GalleriesWest.ca
Kerrisdale Playbook
MONTECRISTOmagazine.com
Vitamin Daily

BEST TRADE MAGAZINE
AgAdvance Journal
Border Crossings
Just for Canadian Dentists
Oilsands Review
Oilweek

BEST NEW WRITER         
Women in Charge by Miranda Martini, AlbertaViews
Living the Dream by Sara Samson, Avenue
Smoked by Ariana Kaknevicius, Bacon
The Cost of Caring by Janis Letchumanan, Pacific Rim Magazine
The Useful Citizen by Rosemary Anderson, Trek (UBC Alumni Magazine)

For a complete list of all nominations, including individual writing and visual awards, click here.

Your Guide to Summer 2014 Magazine Writing Contests

If this year’s National Magazine Awards taught us anything, it’s that devoting yourself passionately to literary excellence has its rewards. Kim Jernigan, longtime editor of The New Quarterly, said as much when she accepted her Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. “When it comes to matters literary, it is better to follow your own instincts than to give the reader what you presume she wants… Perseverance counts.”

Also, this nugget of wisdom: “Caring deeply about literature is not at odds with a sense of fun.”

Apropos of which, we present our annual Summer Guide to Canadian magazine writing contests.

As always, the list below may be incomplete. Leave a comment here or pull us aside on Twitter @MagAwards #WritingContest if you know of any we missed.

 

One Throne Joust 24-Hour Writing Contest
Sections: Short (750-word) fiction
Deadline: June 25, 2014 (competition is held on June 28)
Prize: Half the pot to the winner; publication for the top 3
Entry Fee: $20
Detailshttp://www.onethrone.com/#!joust/c19mu

The Walrus Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry, juried prize and people’s choice prize
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Prize: $4000 and publication (juried winner); $1000 and publication (people’s choice winner)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://thewalrus.ca/projects/poetry-prize/

Alberta Views Short Story Contest
Section: Fiction
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Prize: $$1000 + publication (winner)
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Detailshttps://www.albertaviews.ab.ca/contests/

Antigonish Review Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Prize: $600 (1st); $400 (2nd); $200 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.antigonishreview.com/

Matrix Magazine LitPop Awards
Sections: Poetry; Fiction; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 1, 2014
Prize: For winners in each section, round-trip ticket and accommodation to POP Montreal Festival in September; publication in Matrix
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.matrixmagazine.org/litpop/

Vallum Award for Poetry 2014
Section: Poetry
Deadline: July 15, 2014
Prize: $750 (1st); $250 (2nd); publication
Entry Fee: $25; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html

Tethered by Letters Writing Contests
Section
: Poetry; Short Fiction; “Flash Fiction”
Deadline: July 15, 2014
Prize: $250 (Short Fiction winner); $50 (Flash Fiction winner); $100 (Poetry winner); publication
Entry Fee: $4-12, depending on category and entries
Detailshttp://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
Note: Tethered by Letters is a US literary journal but its writing contests are open to Canadian writers; hence we have included it here.

Malahat Review Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize
Sections: Creative nonfiction
Deadline: August 1, 2014
Prize: $1000; publication in Malahat Review; interview with winning author
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription); $15 for additional entries
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

Passion Poetry Contributor’s Contest
Section: Poetry
Deadline: August 1, 2014
Prize: $100 (1st); $50 (2nd); $25 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $5; includes issue of magazine
Detailshttp://www.passionpoetrymag.com/#/contest/4583551123

Northern Public Affairs Emerging Northern Writers Fund
Sections: Essays, Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts
Deadline: August 1, 2014
Prize: 3 awards of up to $200 each
Entry Fee: None
Details: northernpublicaffairs.ca

Up Here Sally Manning Award
Section: Aboriginal Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Prize: $1000 + publication (1st); $500 (2nd); $250 (3rd)
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://uphere.ca/post/88968179608

Did we miss something? Email staff[at]magazine-awards[dot]com or hail us on Twitter @MagAwards.

See also:
Your Guide to Winter/Spring 2014 Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Fall 2013 Magazine Writing Contests
Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines

Check out the Contests section of this blog for frequent updates on opportunities from Canadian magazines.

Photo: Kim Jernigan accepting the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards, June 6, 2014. Photography by KlixPix for the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Tweet your Thank-You Speech for a Chance to Win $500

Can you give a thank-you speech in 140 characters or fewer?

At this year’s National Magazine Awards gala, all nominees and winners are invited to “Tweech” (Tweet their Speech) for a chance to win a cash prize of $500 for Best Tweech.

All Tweeches must include the hashtag #NMA14 to be eligible.

As usual, all Gold winners at the gala will be invited to collect their award on stage and give a brief word of thanks. But the Tweech competition is open to all Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention recipients.

Follow @MagAwards and #NMA14 on Twitter to read this year’s Tweeches and all of the news and fun at Friday’s gala. We’ll be live-tweeting the entire show.

The winner of the best Tweech will be announced on June 7.

Cottage Life, Spacing headline CSME Editors’ Choice Awards

Tonight at the annual awards of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME), hosted by Allan Britnell (who also hosted last night’s Kenneth R. Wilson Awards), the big winners included Spacing, Cottage Life, Today’s Parent and Precedent.

Spacing won for Best Magazine (small circ). Canada’s History was runner-up.

Cottage Life won for Best Magazine (medium circ). Office-mate Outdoor Canada was runner-up.

Today’s Parent won for Best Magazine (large circ). Canadian Living was runner-up.

Precedent won for Best Trade Magazine. Today’s Trucking was runner-up.

Spacing won for Best Website Editorial. Canadian Living was runner-up.

Best Health won for Best Tablet Edition. Reader’s Digest was runner-up.

Cottage Life and Spacing shared the award for Best Front of Book.

The Jim Cormier Award for Best Display Writing: Cottage Life.

Best Art Integration went to Spacing.

And the Editor of the Year: Penny Caldwell of Cottage Life.

Canadian Magazines blogger and former winner of the NMAF’s Outstanding Achievement Award D.B. Scott was the keynote speaker of the event, held as part of MagNet 2014 at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

Check out all the events that are part of this year’s Canadian Magazines Week. The climax: the 37th annual National Magazine Awards on Friday. Tickets.

Winners announced for the 60th anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards

Last night at a gala at Hotel One King West in Toronto Canadian Business Press presented the winners of the 60th anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for excellence in business-to-business magazine publishing.

The winners of Magazine of the Year were BCBusiness (Professional Division) and Retail News (Trade Division).

The Best Cover awards went to Up Here Business (Gold) and Canadian Grocer (Silver).

The Best Issue awards went to CMA Magazine (Gold) and University Affairs (Silver).

The Best Art Direction awards went to Precedent (Gold) and SRI Magazine (Silver).

Construire (acqconstruire.com) won for Website of the Year.

CAmagazine led all publications with 5 awards (3 Gold; 2 Silver) and 14 Honourable Mentions. Awards were presented in a total of 22 categories for written, visual and digital content. Visit krwawards.ca to view all the winners.

Allan Britnell, managing editor of Renovation Contractor and president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, served as the gala’s master of ceremonies.

A Quick Guide to Canadian Magazines Week

It’s Canadian Magazines Week (#CdnMagWeek) in Toronto, where much of Canada’s magazine industry is preparing to gather for a week of conferences, workshops, social events and awards presentations, culminating in Friday night’s 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala.

Here’s a quick look at the main events:

TUESDAY JUNE 3

MagNet Marquee
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 5:30pm
Keynote speaker: M. Scott Havens, The Atlantic

60th Anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards
Grand Banking Hall, Hotel One King West, 6:30pm
Master of ceremonies: Allan Britnell

WEDNESDAY JUNE 4

MagNet Magazines Conference
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, all day

CMC Awards
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 12:00pm

Magazines Canada AGM
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 5:00pm

Editors’ Choice Awards (CSME)
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 5:30pm
Guest speaker: D.B. Scott

THURSDAY JUNE 5

MagNet Magazines Conference
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, all day

Magazines Canada Luncheon
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 12:00pm
Keynote speaker: Fabrizio D’Angelo, Burda International

The Magazine Mixer
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 5:00pm

CDS Global Circulator
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 5:00pm

PWAC Awards Dinner
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 6:00pm
Keynote speaker: Mitch Joel, Twist Image

FRIDAY JUNE 6

MagNet Magazines Conference
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, morning

OMDC Success Stories Luncheon
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 12:00pm

PWAC AGM
Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 2:00pm

37th annual National Magazine Awards
The Carlu, 6:00pm
Master of ceremonies: Scott Feschuk

After a busy week of magazines, we hope to see you at Friday’s National Magazine Awards gala. Tickets are on sale now. Can’t make it? Follow the show on Twitter @MagAwards #NMA14.

Finalists announced for 60th Kenneth R. Wilson Awards

The 60th anniversary edition of the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for B2B magazine publishing will be held on June 3 in Toronto, and today Canadian Business Press announced the finalists [PDF].

CAmagazine leads all publications with 19 nominations, followed by Professionally Speaking (12), University Affairs and CMA Magazine (9 each), Marketing (7) and Up Here Business (6).

Vying for the title of Magazine of the Year are:

Professional Division: BCBusiness, Marketing, Professionally Speaking
Trade Division: Oilsands Review, Renovation Contractor, Retail News

In the category Website of the Year, the finalists are from ACQ Construire, Advisor to Client, Jobpostings Magazine and Salon Magazine.

For Best Cover, the six finalists are Canadian Grocer, Canadian Lawyer, Precedent, Professionally Speaking, Renovation Contractor and Up Here Business.

For Best Issue of 2013 the finalists are BCBusiness, Canadian Interiors, CMA Magazine (2 nominations), Design Edge Canada, Professionally Speaking (2 nominations) and University Affairs.

Awards will be presented in 22 categories. Tickets are on sale for the 60th anniversary KRW gala on Tuesday June 3 in the Grand Banking Hall at Hotel One King West in Toronto. The event will be hosted by Allan Britnell, managing editor of Renovation Contractor, president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, and frequent contributing writer to a diverse range of publications. He has previously been the host of CSME’s annual Editors’ Choice Awards Gala.

More info on finalists and the gala at krwawards.ca.

(Photo of Allan Britnell by Shawn Samson. KRW illustration by Tara Hardy. Art direction by Michael Sinanan, Brainmetal.)

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