Last Call for Entries: Kenneth R. Wilson Awards

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.

At last year's KRW Awards, the winners of Magazine of the Year were BCBusiness (Professional Division) and Retail News (Trade Division).
At last year’s KRW Awards, the winners of Magazine of the Year were BCBusiness (Professional Division) and Retail News (Trade Division).
Winner of Best Cover at the 60th anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards in 2014.
Winner of Best Cover at the 60th anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards in 2014.

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.

Find out more and enter online at krwawards.ca.

 

Winners announced for Alberta Magazine Achievement Awards

Steven Sandor, editor of Avenue Edmonton magazine, was named Alberta Magazine Editor of the Year yesterday in an announcement from the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.

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 BirdKootenay Business Magazine and Fly Fusion Magazine.
  • Best New Magazine: Grains West

Read more about the finalists and winners at http://albertamagazines.com/awards

Related post:
Swerve, Alberta Venture, New Trail lead nominees for 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards

The Walrus travels to London & Winnipeg for public events

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 David Usher,  and Joel 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 RaffanLola 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.

Call for Nominations: National Magazine Award for Outstanding Achievement

 

The Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is the highest individual honour bestowed by the National Magazine Awards. [français]

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.

Previous winners include Kim Jernigan, Stephen Trumper, Heather Robertson, D.B. Scott, Terry Sellwood, John Macfarlane and more.

For more information visit magazine-awards.com/oa

The deadline for nominations is March 1.

Swerve, Alberta Venture, New Trail lead nominees for Alberta Magazine Awards

 

It looks (and certainly reads) like 2014 was a wonderful year for Alberta magazines, with nearly two dozen titles garnering nominations for the Showcase Awards and Swerve leading the way with 11.

Alberta Venture (10), New Trail (10), Avenue Calgary (8) and Glass Buffalo (7) follow next; the latter is a literary magazine that won Best New Magazine at last year’s awards, which are presented by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.

National Magazine Award-winning writers and artists are prominent among the Alberta nominees this year:

  • Omar Mouallem: Essay (Avenue Edmonton); Essay (Swerve); Feature Writing (Swerve); Profile (Avenue Edmonton)
  • Jeremy Klaszus: Alberta Story (Swerve)
  • Paul Roelofs: Covers (Western Living)
  • Martin Tessler: Photograph (Western Living)
  • Curtis Gillespie: Profile (New Trail)

Other finalists include former NMA nominees like Naomi K. Lewis, Marcello Di Cintio, Arno Kopecky and Max Fawcett.

There are 15 Showcase Awards for creators (writers, illustrators, photographers, art directors and digital designers). Among them…

Cover

  • Avenue Edmonton Stephen Mandel – Curtis Trent, photographer; Pete Nguyen, art director
  • Georgie Issue No 2 F14 – Nathan Marshall, art director, Aaron Pedersen, photographer
  • New Trail Autumn – Marcey Andrews, art director
  • Up!Magazine The Food Guide -Jill Foran, editor
  • Western Living September – Paul Roelofs, art director; Evaan Kheraj portrait photographer

Fiction

  • Freefall The Bull of Heaven – Paddy Scott
  • Glass Buffalo Pearl – Bruce Cinnamon
  • Marker Utility – Caleb Caswell
  • On Spec Handcrafting – Anita Dolman
  • Prairie Journal The Royal Visit – Vivian Zenari

Poetry

  • Freefall A Kindness of Bees – Cassy Welburn
  • Freefall But I’m No One – Weyman Chan
  • Glass Buffalo Frog Lake – Erika Luckert
  • Glass Buffalo Mink – Fatima Fayad
  • Glass Buffalo What Do I know? – Liam Kay

Emerging Writer

  • Avenue Calgary From Calgary to Calcutta Without a Calendar – Andrew Guilbert
  • Avenue Calgary Volunteer Year – Madeline Smith
  • Glass Buffalo A Paragraph – Josh Greschner
  • Glass Buffalo  A Tale of Two Forms – Peter Takach
  • Glass Buffalo On Living: A second draft – Andrew Moore

Check out all the finalists here.

The 2015 Alberta Magazine Award winners (for the Showcase Awards) will be announced on March 5 at a gala during the annual Alberta Magazines Conference in Calgary.

The winners of the Achievement Awards–Achievement in Publishing, Best New Magazine, Editor of the Year, Magazine of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year–will be announced next Wednesday, February 11.

Vogue, New York, New Yorker big winners at US National Magazine Awards

Photo Credit: Albert Chau/ASME

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.

Complete list of winners at the 2015 US National Magazine Awards.

General Excellence

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

Other Categories

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

Magazine of the Year: Vogue

More coverage at AdAge.

Photos via ASME Flickr.

Consider the Birds: Canadian Geographic asks readers to pick Canada’s National Bird

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.

While Richler roots for the Raven, fellow NMA honouree Charlotte Gray stumps for the osprey, and Giller Prize winner Will Ferguson wants you to tempt you with the Canada Goose.

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.

Make your vote.