The Writers Guild of Alberta (WGA) has announced the finalists in 9 categories for the 2012 Alberta Literary Awards. The winners will be announced on May 25 at the Alberta Book Awards gala in Edmonton.
In the categories for magazine writing, the finalists are:
James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction
• Marcello di Cintio – “A Hymn in Aramaic,” Alberta Views Magazine
• Shaun Hunter – “Skin Deep,” FreeFall Magazine
• Omar Mouallem – “The Lives of Others,” Alberta Venture
Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story
• Kathleen Brown – “Marhawks in Winter,” Filling Station Magazine
• Lynn Coady – “Dogs in Clothes,” Canadian Notes & Queries
• Lee Kvern – “In Search of Lucinda,” Be a Better Writer
In the categories for book publishing, the nominees include former National Magazine Award winners and nominees Naomi K. Lewis, Will Ferguson, Marcello di Cintio and Andrew Nikiforuk.
In the two categories for unpublished writing, the finalists are:
Amber Bowerman Memorial Travel Writing Award
• Sydney Budgeon – “The Unfinished”
• Selestia Herrera – “Greek Gambles”
• Julia Seymour – “Professions of Love Across the Seine”
Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award
• Nora Abercrombie – “Becoming Canadian”
• Myrl Coulter – “Current Crossings”
• Elizabeth Haynes – “Memoria, Justicia, Sin Olvido”
Check out all the nominees (pdf). Congrats to all the finalists and good luck!
Eighteen Bridges and Swerve each took home three gold awards at the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards in Calgary last night. Alberta Oil swept the gold awards in Illustration and Photography. Alberta Views, Avenue, Western Living, Uppercase, Galleries West and Profiles West were also Gold-winning magazines.
The award for Best Cover went to Avenue (Calgary) magazine’s annual food issue, “Their Last Supper,” featuring 12 of the city’s top chefs (and one critic) in an apostolic scene:
Alberta Venture editor Mike Ganley was recognized as Editor of the Year, and Elaine Kupser of Impact won the Achievement Award for Publishing.
Melissa Molloy won the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation Award for Emerging Writer, for her work in Profiles West.
Other gold award winners at the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards:
- Best Alberta Story: Jeremy Klaszus, “Deerfoot’s Revenge,” Swerve
- Essay: Karen Connelly, “Washing the Body,” Alberta Views
- Profile: Curtis Gillespie, “The Populist,” Eighteen Bridges
- Feature Writing: Stacey McLachlan, “The Bounty Hunter,” Western Living
- Service Article: Kim Gray, “Let it Snow,” Swerve
- Fiction: Caroline Adderson, “I Feel Lousy,” Eighteen Bridges
- Poetry: Karen Solie, “Rothko via Muncie, Indiana,” Eighteen Bridges
- Art Direction: Issue #13, Uppercase
- Illustration: Dushan Milic, “End of Days,” Alberta Oil
- Photograph: Curtis Comeau, “Calling Nisku,” Alberta Oil
- Feature Design: Vishu Mahajan, “Double Take,” Swerve
- Digital Presence: Galleries West
With the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards ceremony coming up on the calendar on March 14 (part of the Alberta Magazines Conference of March 14-15 in Calgary), we’re looking forward to seeing who will take the top honours this year.
Among the 14 Showcase categories to be presented at the gala is the always intriguing competition for Best Magazine Cover. Here’s a look at the 8 finalists this year for the top Alberta magazine cover:
Check out all the finalists here. The winner of Best Cover and all the other Alberta Magazine Awards will be announced on March 14.
The finalists for the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards have been announced by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, with awards to be presented in 14 Showcase categories on March 14.
Swerve–the “Calgary inside & out” magazine–leads all publications with 17 nominations.
Also receiving an impressive haul of nominations are Alberta Venture (11), Alberta Oil (10), Eighteen Bridges (10), Alberta Views (6) and Avenue Calgary (6).
The Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation Award for Emerging Writer has 4 finalists:
- Raquel Fletcher: Ten Tree Sees the Forest and the Trees (Degrees Magazine)
- Jessica Pia: Dinner with Dad (FreeFall)
- Devon Jolie: History Denied (Profiles West)
- Melissa Molloy: The Accuser and Us (Profiles West)
[This post has been updated] The Western Magazine Awards — a program open to Canadian print and online magazines published west of the Ontario-Manitoba border — are now accepting submissions for their 31st annual awards. Deadline for entries is
March 1, 2013 March 15, 2013.
This year there are 12 written categories (including the new Best New Writer Award) and 6 visual categories, which include a cash prize of $750.
Then there are 4 “Gold” categories for best overall article by region, which include a cash prize of $1000. Finally, there are 8 Magazine of the Year categories and 1 Lifetime Achievement Award.
There have been a few changes made to the Rules this year, so be sure to read carefully before submitting.
The winners will be announced at the annual WMA ceremony on June 21, 2013, at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside. More info at westernmagazineawards.ca.
The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association is accepting submissions to the annual Alberta Magazine Awards until noon on Thursday, January 10.
For the “Showcase Awards” there are 8 Written and 4 Visual categories, plus an award for Covers and for Digital Presence. This section includes the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation Award for Emerging Writer.
For the “Achievement Awards” there are individual awards for Achievement in Publishing, Editor of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, plus an award for Best New Magazine.
The 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards will be presented at a gala dinner that kicks off the Alberta Magazines Conference on March 14, 2013 at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary.
For more information, visit the AMPA website.
The deadline for the Alberta Magazine Awards submissions is January 10, and of course the very next day–January 11–is the Early-Bird deadline for National Magazine Awards submissions. Don’t delay!
AlbertaViews–former winner of the National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year–is hosting a great holiday-themed event (if your holiday includes beer) this Thursday evening at Shelf Life Books in Calgary.
Check out AlbertaViews in the NMA Archives.
Opportunities for magazine writers include the James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction and the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story writing, each of which accepts submissions of work published in any print or electronic magazine, anthology or literary journal.
Two other categories accept unpublished manuscripts for judging: the Amber Bowerman Memorial Travel Writing Award; and the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize.
Each of the above 4 awards includes a cash prize of $700.
The Alberta Literary Awards program also includes 5 categories for book publishing, each of which carries a cash prize of $1500:
- R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (picture books)
- Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
- Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction
- Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (plays published or produced)
- Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
The WGA is also administering the following awards for 2013:
- The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize ($5000 prize)
- The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize ($10,000 prize)
Read up on the submissions guidelines. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2012.
(Hat tip: Alberta Magazine Publishers Association)
Starting next Wednesday, the 12-day literary non-fiction extravaganza known as LitFest opens in Edmonton with a host of events including talks and workshops from National Magazine Award winners. Just a sampling:
- Terry Glavin will be joined by fellow NMA winners Janice Williamson, Noah Richler and Paul Wells, speaking about “Shadows of Afghanistan” at the Stanley A. Milner Theatre on Saturday Oct 20.
- Investigative journalist Andrew Nikiforuk talks about Canada’s energy industry at the St. Albert Public Library on Friday, Oct 26.
- Andrew Westoll and Charlotte Gill share the CBC Centre Stage at City Centre Mall at lunchtime on Oct 25 to read from their recent award-winning books.
- Maclean’s political editor Paul Wells has a talk entitled “Days of Whine and Roses” on Oct 20 at the Stanley A. Milner Library.
- JJ Lee will talk about “The Measure of a Man” at the CLC Brown Bag Reading Series on Oct 24.
- Eighteen Bridges editor Curtis Gillespie headlines an event called “Roaring Twenties,” which combines whisky tasting and literary readings in the spirit of the bootlegging era!
Word on the Street is the annual Canadian book and magazine festival, which this year is coming to 6 Canadian cities:
Toronto: Sunday, Sept 23 at Queen’s Park Circle
Halifax: Sunday, Sept 23 by the Maritime Museum
Saskatoon: Sunday, Sept 23 at Civic Square
Lethbridge: Sunday, Sept 23 at Main Library
Kitchener: Sunday, Sept 23 around City Hall
Vancouver: Sept 28-30 (various locations)
If you’ve never been to WOTS before, it’s basically a fun day in the park surrounded by magazines, books, authors and food. It’s often a great opportunity to snag great subscription deals and hard-to-find back issues of your favourite magazines, as well as discounted books.
Plus, readings from wonderful authors and informative, career-building speaker series. Most of all, it’s a great place to discover new reads.