Today is the final deadline for submissions to the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian business-to-business magazines.
One of the Canadian media industry’s most cherished institutions since its founding in 1954, the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards each year celebrate and promote the work of hundreds of publications, writers, editors, and artists dedicated to supporting Canada’s vibrant professional and trade industries.
The most prestigious prize, Magazine of the Year, is offered in 2 divisions: Professional Magazines and Trade Magazines.
Other special awards at this year’s KRWs include Best Issue, Best Cover and Best New Journalist.
Gold and Silver awards will be presented in additional categories for B2B magazine excellence, including 13 categories for magazine writing, 4 categories for design and visual creation, 3 categories for digital content and design.
Steven cares about his community and is dedicated to creating stories, in print and online, that will engage and challenge readers to have a greater stake in their city. Steven is known for his leadership, his innovation, his thoughtful and challenging mentorship of writers and his dedication to maintaining their unique voice as he provides editorial guidance. In addition to his editorial leadership, Steven is a strong advocate for the larger publishing industry. He serves as an AMPA board member, and represents the periodical industry to Access Copyright, talks about industry opportunities to students from junior high to post-secondary, and is called upon regularly for his commentary in the broadcast media.
Steven Sandor has also served as a juror for the National Magazine Awards.
Avenue Edmonton was also named as one of three finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year, joining Avenue Calgary and Glass Buffalo on the shortlist for the award, the winner of which will be announced at the Alberta Magazine Awards on March 5.
Other Alberta Magazine Achievement Awards announced yesterday include:
Volunteer of the Year: Jennifer Schmidt-Rempel, Lethbridge Living Magazine
Achievement in Publishing: Chris Bird, Kootenay Business Magazine and Fly Fusion Magazine.
Having won more National Magazine Awards than any other publication since 2003, The Walrus knows a thing or two about successful audience engagement.
Next month the magazine is hosting two compelling events: “The Walrus Talks Creativity,” on Thursday March 12 at Western University in London, Ontario; and, perhaps dearer to its namesake’s ecosystem, “The Walrus Talks Arctic” at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on March 26.
The London event will feature poet Mustafa Ahmed, authors Emma Donoghue and Elaine Lui, actor Juggun Kazim, Blackberry’s lead designer Brian Paschke, the Toronto International Film Festival’s Cameron Bailey, musicians Saukrates and DavidUsher, andJoel Faflak, director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Western University.
Tickets to the event are $20 for general; $15 for students.
Two weeks later in Winnipeg, The Walrus will welcome Erin Freeland Ballantyne of Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, artist and sculptor Ruben Komangapik,historian Whitney Lackenbauer, Michael Maltzan, architect of the WAG’s new Inuit Art Centre, explorer and author James Raffan, Lola Sheppard, Arctic Adaptations project lead, Tanya Tagaq, performer and Polaris Prize winner, and Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental and human rights advocate.
Tickets to the event are $20 for general; $15 for students.
The NMAF is currently accepting nominations from the Canadian magazine industry for this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award. The deadline is March 1, 2015.
The Foundation Award recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.
The award is open to circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, writers, illustrators, photographers, designers, production managers–in short, to everyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously.
Nominations for this award are welcome from everyone in the industry. The nomination consists of a letter from the nominator indicating the candidate’s name, title and career achievements, with supporting letters from at least two (2) other individuals.
The Judging Committee of the National Magazine Awards Foundation will consider the nominations, along with nominations from members of the Committee itself. The Board of Directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation will select the winner. No entry fee is required. Applicants not selected will be kept under consideration for two (2) additional years.
Nominations may be submitted via email to staff[at]magazine-awards.com.
Vogue magazine took home the grand prize, while perennial favourites and rivals New York and the New Yorker won the most honours in a night of surprises at the US National Magazine Awards, aka the Ellies, in–where else?–New York City.
Vogue was named Magazine of the Year by the jury, topping fellow finalists New York, The Hollywood Reporter, Better Homes & Gardens and Cosmopolitan. The award for Magazine of the Year recognizes general excellence in print and digital media as well as other facets including branded content and events.
New York, which has the most nominations with 10, and The New Yorker each took home 3 awards. New York took the top honours for design, for columns and commentary, and for magazine section.
The New Yorker won for essays and criticism, for fiction, and for general excellence as a general interest magazine.
Despite nominating a record number of digital-only publications this year, the Ellies only recognized one–The Atavist–with an award, for feature writing.
First-time nominee Nautilus, a science magazine launched in 2013, surprised many by grabbing 2 Ellies, for best website and for general excellence in literature, science and politics magazines.
The fine folks at Longreads have created a Reading List of Ellie-winning stories from this year’s competition.
Also honoured was TIME photojournalist James Nachtwey, who received the Creative Excellence Award for his career-long contributions to magazine media. The awards dinner was hosted by David Muir, anchor and managing editor of ABC News’ “World News Tonight.”
Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each winner, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia Journalism School.
General Interest Magazines: New Yorker Service and Lifestyle Magazines: Glamour Style and Design Magazines: Garden & Gun Active Interest Magazines: Men’s Health Special Interest Magazines: The Hollywood Reporter Literature, Science and Politics Magazines: Nautilus
Design: New York Photography: National Geographic Single-Topic Issue: San Francisco for “The Oakland Issue,” June Magazine Section: New York for “Strategist” Website: Nautilus Tablet Magazine: National Geographic Multimedia: The Texas Observer in Partnership With Guardian US for “Beyond the Border,” by Melissa del Bosque, Aug. 6 Video: Vice News for “The Islamic State,” by Medyan Dairieh, Aug. 15 Public Interest: Pacific Standard for “Women Aren’t Welcome Here,” by Amanda Hess, January/February Personal Service: O, The Oprah Magazine, for “Ready or Not: The Caregiver’s Guide,” November Leisure Interests: Backpacker for “The Complete Guide to Fire,” edited by Casey Lyons, October Reporting: GQ for “Inside the Iron Closet,” by Jeff Sharlet, February Feature Writing: The Atavist for “Love and Ruin,” by James Verini, February Feature Photography: Time for “Crime Without Punishment,” photographs by Jerome Sessini, July 24 Essays and Criticism: The New Yorker for “This Old Man,” by Roger Angell, Feb. 17 and 24 Columns and Commentary: New York for “Zombies on the Walls: Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same?,” June 16-29; “Taking in Jeff Koons, Creator and Destroyer of Worlds,” June 30-July 13; and “Post-Macho God: Matisse’s Cut-Outs Are World-Historically Gorgeous” Oct. 8, by Jerry Saltz Fiction: The New Yorker for “The Emerald Light in the Air,” by Donald Antrim, Feb. 3
The raven, argues National Magazine Award-winning writer Noah Richler, is an immigrant as we all are, having crossed the Bering Strait like many of Canada’s aboriginal ancestors.
And if that pedigree, one that precedes this country’s mere statehood, is not enough, consider too the importance this corvid has had in native stories ever since. Raven is Trickster. Raven is family… Above all, Raven is resourceful, a survivor, as the territory compels most Canadians to be.
But currently outdoing them all: the Common Loon, the pride of our golden coin.
Canadian Geographic magazine is asking all Canadians to vote on a national bird. We have a national tree, a national animal, a national sport… but not an official national bird.
The goal of [the National Bird Project] is to help designate an official bird for Canada by 2017, the country’s sesquicentennial. And we want your help finding a species that can represent this nation of forest, prairie grassland, Arctic and sub-Arctic, maritime and wetland, agricultural and urban and many other habitats, so vote for your favourite species or contribute your own short essay today!
At the time of this post, the Loon has a remarkable but not insurmountable lead over the Snowy Owl and the Grey Jay / Whisky Jack.