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A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines & Journals

They publish much of Canada’s best poetry and prose. The writers whose creative work appears in their pages range from established icons of Canadian literary arts–such as Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood and 2013 Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady, to name just a few–to new writers published for the first time.

They are Canada’s literary magazines, and they are not only a source of reading pleasure, but also a critical part of our country’s culture and a forum for literary artists across the land.

The following list, an A-to-Z guide to Canadian literary periodicals and their submissions guidelines, compiled by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, focuses on those magazines that currently publish short fiction, poetry and/or creative (aka literary) non-fiction. Many also accept submissions for essays, literary criticism, reviews, interviews, graphic narratives and visual arts. And many have won National Magazine Awards.

Acta Victoriana
Published in: Ontario (Victoria University, Toronto)
Founded: 1878
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Award Nominations: None
Submissions Guidelines

Antigonish Review, The
Published in: Nova Scotia (St. Francis Xavier University)
Founded: 1970
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Articles, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Award Nominations: 1
Submissions Guidelines

Arc Poetry Magazine
Published in: Ontario (Ottawa)
Founded: 1978
Genres: Poetry, Reviews, Essays
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: 4 (most recently: Matthew Holmes, Gold, Poetry, 2011)
NMA Nominations: 18
Submission Guidelines

Brick
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1977
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 4 (most recently: Patrick deWitt, Silver, Fiction, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 10
Submission Guidelines

Canadian Notes & Queries
Published in: Ontario (Windsor)
Founded: 1968
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Essays
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 1 (most recently: Caroline Adderson, Gold, Fiction, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 3
Submission Guidelines

Capilano Review, The
Published in: British Columbia (Capilano University, Vancouver)
Founded: 1972
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Visual Arts, Interviews
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: 4 (most recently: Weyman Chan, Silver, Poetry, 2001)
NMA Nominations: 12
Submission Guidelines

Carousel
Published in: Ontario (University of Guelph)
Founded: 1983
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 1 (Julie Bruck, Gold, Poetry, 1998)
NMA Nominations: 3
Submission Guidelines

Carte Blanche
Published in: Quebec (Quebec Writers’ Federation, Montreal)
Founded: 2004
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Contemporary Verse 2
Published in: Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Founded: 1975
Genres: Poetry, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards Nominations: 2
Submission Guidelines

Dalhousie Review, The
Published in: Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University, Halifax)
Founded: 1921
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Essays
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Descant
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1970
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Esssays, Memoirs, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 6 (most recently: Adam Lindsay Honsinger, Silver, Fiction 2009)
NMA Nominations: 17
Submission Guidelines

Dorchester Review, The
Published in: Ontario (Ottawa)
Founded: 2011
Genres: Reviews, Essays, Translations
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Event
Published in: British Columbia (Douglas College)
Founded: 1971
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: 12 (most recently: Bill Gaston, Gold, Fiction, 2011)
NMA Nominations: 42
Submission Guidelines

Existere
Published in: Toronto (York University)
Founded: 1978
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Exit, revue de poésie
Published in: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 1995
Genres: Poetry, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Feathertale Review, The
Published in: Ontario (Ottawa)
Founded: 2008
Genres: Humour, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Poetry, Cartoons
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 3 (most recently: Cathal Kelly, Silver, Humour, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 4
Submission Guidelines

Fiddlehead, The
Published in: New Brunswick (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton)
Founded: 1945
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 2 (most recently: Shane Neilson, Silver, Poetry, 2011)
NMA Nominations: 12
Submission Guidelines

filling Station
Published in: Alberta (Calgary)
Founded: 1993
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews, Interviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Award Nominations: 1
Submissions Guidelines

Geist
Published in: British Columbia (The Geist Foundation, Vancouver)
Founded: 1990
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 5 (most recently: Karen Connelly, Gold, Poetry, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 12
Submission Guidelines

Grain
Published in: Saskatchewan (Sask. Writers’ Guild, Saskatoon)
Founded: 1973
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 4 (most recently: Ayelet Tsabari, Silver, One of a Kind, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 24
Submission Guidelines

Lettres québécoises
Published in
: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 1976
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Literary Review of Canada, The
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1991
Genres: Poetry, Essays, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 10
National Magazine Awards Nominations: 6
Submission Guidelines

Malahat Review, The
Published in: British Columbia (University of Victoria)
Founded: 1967
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 26 (most recently: Shane Rhodes, Gold, Poetry, 2010)
NMA Nominations: 78
Submission Guidelines

Matrix
Published in: Quebec (Concordia University, Montreal)
Founded: 1975
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Award Nominations: None
Submissions Guidelines

New Quarterly, The
Published in: Ontario (St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo)
Founded: 1981
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 14 (most recently: Sierra Skye Gemma, Gold, Best New Magazine Writer, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 44
Submission Guidelines

Plenitude
Published in: British Columbia (Victoria)
Founded: 2012
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Graphic Narrative
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Award Nominations: None
Submissions Guidelines

Prairie Fire
Published in: Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Founded: 1978
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 13 (most recently: Sue Goyette, Silver, Poetry, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 41
Submission Guidelines

PRISM International
Published in: British Columbia (University of British Columbia)
Founded: 1959
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Drama, Interviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 10 (most recently: Jennica Harper, Silver, Poetry, 2008)
NMA Nominations: 22
Submission Guidelines

Queen’s Quarterly
Published in: Ontario (Queen’s University, Kingston)
Founded: 1893
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Reviews
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards: 11 (most recently: Nick Mount, Silver, Arts & Entertainment, 2008)
NMA Nominations: 44
Submission Guidelines

Ricepaper
Published in: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Founded: 1995
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards Nominations: 5
Submission Guidelines

Riddle Fence
Published in: Newfoundland & Labrador
Founded: 2009
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

Room
Published in: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Founded: 1975
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Interviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 4
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

sub-Terrain
Published in: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Founded: 1992
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Reviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards Nominations: 1
Submission Guidelines

Taddle Creek
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1997
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 1 (Michael Cho, Silver, Words & Pictures, 2007)
NMA Nominations: 12
Submission Guidelines

Vallum
Published in: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 2000
Genres: Poetry, Reviews, Essays, Interviews
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: 5
Submission Guidelines

Windsor Review
Published in: Ontario (University of Windsor)
Founded: 1965
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Interviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

XYZ, La Revue
Published in: Quebec (Ville Saint-Laurent)
Founded: 1985
Genres: Fiction, Reviews, Interviews
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

In addition to the above list, many of Canada’s news, general-interest and arts magazines publish fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, including but not limited to Border Crossings, The Walrus, This Magazine, Maisonneuve, Eighteen Bridges, Toronto LifeBoulderpavement, Worn Fashion Journal, Inroads, Newfoundland Quarterly, Ottawa Magazine, Georgia Strait, Alberta Views, Hazlitt, Nouveau projet, Broken Pencil.

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Alberta Magazine Awards open for submissions

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association is accepting submissions for the 2014 Alberta Magazine Awards, with a deadline of December 16 for all entries (December 2 for the early-bird rate).

They’ve added some new categories this year: The expanded 2014 program includes new awards categories for Photograph (Landscape, Still Life and Architecture), Photograph (People and Portraiture), and Magazine of the Year.

The awards are open to AMPA members only, except for two awards open to the general public: Emerging Writer and Best New Magazine.

Overall there are 16 Showcase Awards (for written, visual, integrated and digital content) and 5 Achievement Awards (Achievement in Publishing, Editor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Best New Magazine, Magazine of the Year).

Check out the full line-up of awards and download the 2014 Alberta Magazine Awards Information document for more info.

The 2014 Alberta Magazine Awards will be presented at a gala dinner that kicks-off the Alberta Magazines Conference on March 20, 2014 at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary.

Word on the Street? Great magazine deals & more

This weekend in 5 cities across Canada, it’s the annual book and magazine festival, Word on the Street, a smorgasbord of workshops, author readings, presentations and a marketplace for great deals on books and magazine subscriptions.

Saturday in Kitchener, and Sunday in Lethbridge, Halifax, Saskatoon and Toronto, all open to the public.

It’s an especially great opportunity to acquaint yourself with many of Canada’s wonderful independent and literary magazines.

In Toronto, for example, you’ll want to check out the booths of great (and National Magazine Award-nominated or -winning) titles such as Canadian Dimension, Canadian Art, The Feathertale Review, Maisonneuve, The New Quarterly, Shameless, Spacing, Taddle Creek, THIS Magazine, Toronto Review of Books, The Walrus, Worn Fashion Journal and more.

And the impressive list of authors on hand includes National Magazine Award-winners Anne Dowsett Johnson, Don Gillmor, David Macfarlane, Shawn Micallef, Katrina Onstad and others.

Come out this weekend and join the fun!

PitchFest Edmonton starts this weekend

For aspiring magazine writers and veterans looking to brush up on their skills, join the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association for a two-part PitchFest in Edmonton at the Public Library, starting on Saturday September 7.

PitchFest features an opening seminar with industry expert (and editor of many National Magazine Award-winning stories) Shelley Youngblut, followed by a panel of accomplished local magazine editors.

The seminar promises “time-tested strategies for developing your idea, polishing your query, making the approach and following up to get results [and] also insider tips for establishing and nuturing the editorial relationships that can make getting future assignments a snap.”

The one-hour moderated panel discussion features Max Fawcett (Managing Editor, Alberta Venture), Tim Querengesser (Senior Editor, Alberta Venture), Steven Sandor (Editor, Avenue Edmonton) and Lindsay Shapka (Editor, Where Edmonton).

In part two of PitchFest (on Saturday Sept 14) “you’ll take everything you’ve learned to refine or write a new pitch and return for one-on-one sessions with the editor of your choosing from the panel. You’ll receive feedback, specific advice and maybe even sell a story.”

Cost and all other details here.

Alberta magazines affected by flooding; helping communities recover

The almost unbelievable scenes of flooding coming from Calgary and elsewhere in Alberta have shocked and saddened many of us, and while many magazines in the area have been affected, it’s encouraging to know that they and their staff are beginning the process of recovery and helping their communities do the same.

A note from Alberta Views magazine posted late yesterday, accompanying this photo of their staff, stated:

If you’ve tried to contact our office this week, please know that our building is still flooded and without power. We’ll be back up and publishing as soon as possible. Compared to many Albertans, we’re extremely lucky. And at least one small positive has come from all of this. The AV staff are diversifying our skills, particularly in the areas of home demolition and cleanup…! (Note the high-water mark near the top of the door.)

Elsewhere Janine Vangool, publisher and editor of UPPERCASE, published this note to her readers:

I am relieved that so much of my business is online and “in the cloud” and that even in challenging times it keeps us going. UPPERCASE supports me, my husband and our 3-year-old son as well as two employees, so it is always my biggest worry to ensure that the business can weather whatever storm.

Routes magazine, based in the town of High River, posted:

So much left to do in town. They are trying to clear roads of all the stray cars, and berm is completed so the water can be drained and then the water treatment can get up and running! Please realize these things must be done for our own safety. There is not yet a re- entry support location to go to, no emergency or health services and no sewer, and limited power.

Magazines such as Avenue, SwerveWestern Horse Review, Highline, Windspeaker, Impact, Alberta Oil, Where Calgary and more are keeping readers informed of what they need to do for their own safety and how their businesses are affected.

And kudos to the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association team for working round the clock the past few days to keep all of us, and especially the Alberta magazine community, informed about the flooding, evacuation, donations and recovery, in spite of all the obstacles:

Turns out AMPA’s website and possibly email aren’t functioning. Meh. Peanuts in the grand scheme of things these days. Reach us on twitter @albertamags, here on Facebook, or we’ll be back in the office (and hopefully up and running) tomorrow: 403 262 0081

Recovery efforts are continuing today and it will likely be quite awhile before businesses and lives are back to normal. Our thoughts are with you, Alberta. The Canadian Red Cross is collecting donations to support the flood relief effort, while Alberta’s business community and government have pledged immense support for the recovery.

Border Crossings, Eighteen Bridges, subTerrain big winners at Western Magazine Awards

[This post has been updated] At last Friday night’s Western Magazine Awards gala in Vancouver, the Winnipeg-based arts and culture magazine Border Crossings was named Western Magazine of the Year, in a ceremony at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, hosted by Jo-Ann Roberts.

Alberta Oil was named Trade Magazine of the Year, while Toque & Canoe won for Best Online Magazine. And Coast Mountain Culture took the prize for Best New Magazine.

Eighteen Bridges won the award for Best Alberta/NWT magazine, as well as two three individual awards, for Best Alberta/NWT Article, for Best Public Issues Article and for Best Culture & Entertainment Article, the latter for “The Populist” by Curtis Gillespie, which won Honourable Mention in Profiles at this year’s National Magazine Awards.

Vancouver indie literary mag subTerrain won the awards for Fiction and for Best Illustration. Up Here also won two awards, for Best Profile and for Best Travel & Leisure Article. Vancouver Magazine won for Best Art Direction of a Single Article and for Best Human Experience Article.

New Trail Winter 2012_Big Melt.pdfIn the Best Photograph category the winner was “The Changing Face of the North” by John Ulan in New Trail, which also won Honourable Mention in Creative Photography at this year’s National Magazine Awards.

[Update] The Gold Award for Best Saskatchewan Article went to Ayelet Tsabari for “Yemeni Soup and Other Recipes” in Grain, which also won a Silver Award in the One-of-a-Kind category at this year’s NMAs.

Best New Writer went to Melissa Molloy for “The Accuser and Us” in Profiles West. Ms. Molloy also won the award for Best New Writer at this year’s Alberta Magazine Awards.

Best Cover went to “Last Supper” from Avenue, art direction by Anders Knudsen, which also won the same award at the Alberta Magazine Awards.

Other winners include Alberta Views, BC Business, Focus, Grain, Impact, Swerve and Western Living. Visit westernmagazineawards.ca for more information, or check out the Canadian Magazines blog for more coverage.

Paul and Audrey Grescoe were recognized as winners of the WMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Western Magazine Awards announce finalists

NMA winners make shortlists for Alberta Literary Awards

wgaThe 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, Swerve, Alberta Oil big winners at Alberta Magazine Awards

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:

Check out @AlbertaMags on Twitter to recap all the gold and silver winners and news from the awards. Full details coming soon on the Alberta Magazines website.

Best Cover finalists for the Alberta Magazine Awards

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:

Ryan Girard, art director; Marco Cibola, illustrator

Ryan Girard and Kim Larson, art directors; John Gaucher, photographer

Kim Larson, art director; Gary Stevensen, illustrator

Anders Knudsen and Erin Burns, art directors; Jared Sych, photographer; Alicja Wilkosz, hair and makeup; Julie Van Rosendaal, food stylist

Marcey Andrews, art director; Raymond Biesinger, illustrator

Cathy Ozubko, creative lead; Joel Kadziolka, designer; Deborah Jaremko, editor

Vishu Mahajan, art director; Joey Podlubny, photographer

Danae Thompson, art director; Josh Holinaty, illustrator

Check out all the finalists here. The winner of Best Cover and all the other Alberta Magazine Awards will be announced on March 14.

Alberta Magazine Awards finalists announced

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).

Alberta Venture editor Mike Ganley has been named the Editor of the Year, while Elaine Kupser of IMPACT Magazine is the recipient of the award for Achievement in Publishing.

The Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation Award for Emerging Writer has 4 finalists:

Check out all the nominees. Tickets for the Alberta Magazine Awards gala are on sale until March 7. More info at albertamagazines.com.

Related post: January 10 deadline approaches for Alberta Magazine Awards

Western Magazine Awards open for submissions till March 15

[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.

January 10 deadline approaches for the Alberta Magazine Awards

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.

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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!

Brews & (Alberta) Views

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.

Brews & Views is open to the public; free to subscribers and $15 (includes a subscription to AlbertaViews) for everyone else. You are requested to RSVP by December 4. More info at AMPA.

Check out AlbertaViews in the NMA Archives.

Alberta Literary Awards accepting submissions

The Writers Guild of Alberta is accepting submissions for 2013 Alberta Literary Awards, which celebrate and promote literary achievements by Alberta writers.

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)

Edmonton LitFest features NMA Winners

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!

Check out all the events and artists.

Edmonton LitFest 2012 runs from October 17-28. Tickets are on sale now, and discounts are available for AMPA members.

‘Word on the Street’ is this weekend in 6 Canadian cities!

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.

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