New Edmonton city mag The Yards launches in December

A brand-new “hyperlocal” city magazine is coming to Edmonton readers next week. The Yards, edited by National Magazine Award-winning writer Omar Mouallem, promises to be a “quarterly glossy/newsprint publication [that] focuses on cultural, planning and social issues in central Edmonton, particularly in Downtown and Oliver, two neighbourhoods experiencing enormous growth over the decade.” The magazine’s name is a tribute to the rail yards which pass through those two dynamic neighbourhoods.

Said Mouallem via press release:

“Newspapers and newsrooms are shrinking, but there’s still hunger for local news—especially in a city growing as steadily as Edmonton. Nowhere is this excitement and uncertainty more visible than in the city’s core. So as a hyperlocal magazine we can home in on that growth, in on our backyards, and we can understand it and access it better than anyone else.”

The first issue will launch next week in a partnership between the Central Edmonton News Society and the Oliver and Downtown Edmonton Community Leagues. In addition to Mouallem as editor, the staff includes Vikki Wiercinski as designer and the first issue will include contributions from Jennifer Cockrall-King, Tim Querengesser, Tyler Biard, Studio Tipi and Scott McKeen.

Find out more at theyardsyeg.ca.

The call for entries for the 2014 National Magazine Awards is coming on December 1.

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.

Canadian Magazine Awards Roundup

[This post has been updated to note that the Western Magazine Awards have extended their submissions deadline until May 29.]

This Thursday, May 1, the National Magazine Awards Foundation will announce the nominees for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards, to be held in Toronto on June 6. The list of nominees along with gala and ticket information will be posted right here on this blog, as well as on the NMAF website.

Rounding up the awards season in Canadian magazines:

The Atlantic Journalism Awards have announced the finalists for awards to be presented on May 10 at the Halifax Harbourfront Marriott. There are three categories for magazines (Best Cover, Best Atlantic Magazine Article, Best Magazine Profile). Herald Magazine, Atlantic Salmon Journal, Progress and East Coast Living are among the leading nominees.

The Western Magazine Awards are accepting submissions until April 30 May 29 for their awards program to be held September 26 at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside. The early-bird rate applies to all submissions entered by April 30 May 29.

The Association québecoise des éditeurs de magazine (AQEM) has not yet made an announcement about this year’s Quebec Magazine Awards (Grand Prix de Magazines du Québec). Last year’s were cancelled due to an urgent need to focus on the recycling issue.

The Manitoba Magazine Awards (the “Maggies”) will be held on October 2. Details about submissions will be posted soon on the website of the Manitoba Magazine Publishers’ Association.

The Alberta Magazine Awards were held on March 20 at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary. UPPERCASE won Alberta Magazine of the Year. Glass Buffalo won Best New Magazine. Janine Vangool (UPPERCASE) won for best achievement in editing. Tom Tait (Galleries West) won for best achievement in publishing. Eighteen Bridges, Swerve, Alberta Venture, Freefall and AlbertaViews were among the winners in individual categories.

The 60th anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for B2B magazine publishing will announce the finalists for this year’s awards on May 5. The KRW gala will be held in Toronto on Tuesday, June 3, at Hotel One King West. Nominees, ticket information and other details will be posted on the KRW website next week. The KRWs are also currently accepting submissions for the Harvey Southam Award for Career Achievement - deadline May 2.

Keep it here for more info about magazine awards, especially the National Magazine Awards nominees, to be announced on Thursday May 1.

A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines & Journals

THIS POST WAS LAST UPDATED ON DEC 1, 2014

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.

[Submit now for the 2014 National Magazine Awards. Deadline Jan 19]

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. If we missed any, tell us via Twitter @MagAwards or contact us by email.

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: 5 (most recently: Linda Spalding, Silver, One of a Kind, 2013)
NMA Nominations: 12
Submission Guidelines

cover220-1Canadian Literature
Published in: British Columbia (Univ. of British Columbia)
Founded: 1959
Genres: Poetry, Reviews
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: None
Submissions 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

vol1Canadian Poetry
Published in: Ontario (Univ. of Western Ontario)
Founded: 1977
Genres: Poetry
Issues per Year: 1
National Magazine Awards: None
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

Cede Poetry
Published in: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Founded: 2015
Genre: Poetry
Issues per Year: 1
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

Danforth Review, The
Published in: Ontario (Toronto)
Founded: 1999
Genres: Fiction
Issues per Year: 8 (online)
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

Echolocation
Published in: Ontario (Univ. of Toronto)
Founded: 2003
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Drama, Reviews, Visual Arts
Issues per year: 1-2
National Magazine Awards: 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: 43
Submission Guidelines

Existere
Published in: Ontario (York University, Toronto)
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

332ELQ: Exile, the Literary Quarterly
Published in: Ontario
Founded: 1972
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Drama
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: 6
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

Freefall
Published in: Alberta (Lit. Society of Calgary)
Founded: 1990
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Award Nominations: None
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: 6 (most recently: Karen Connelly, Gold, Poetry, 2012)
NMA Nominations: 14
Submission Guidelines

Glass Buffalo
Published in: Alberta (Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton)
Founded: 2012
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Issues per Year: 3
National Magazine Awards: None
Submissions 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: 27
Submission Guidelines

urlHazlitt
Published in: Ontario
Founded: 2012
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: Online (1 print edition per year)
National Magazine Awards: 5 (most recently: Karen Solie, Gold, Poetry, 2013)
NMA Nominations: 14
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

Little Brother
Published in: Ontario
Founded: 2012
Genres: Fiction, Essays, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 1 (most recently: Jess Taylor, Gold, Fiction, 2013)
NMA Nominations: 1
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: 28 (most recently: Liz Windhorst Harmer, Gold, Personal Journalism, 2013)
NMA Nominations: 81
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

coverMaynard, The
Published in: British Columbia
Founded: 2008
Genres: Poetry
Issues per Year: Online
National Magazine Award Nominations: None
Submissions Guidelines

coverNashwaak Review, The
Published in: New Brunswick (St. Thomas Univ.)
Founded: 1994
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Reviews
Issues per Year: 1
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

One Throne
Published in: Yukon (Dawson City)
Founded: 2014
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-fiction
Issues per Year: 4 (online)
National Magazine Awards: None
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: 42
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: 11 (most recently: Pasha Malla, Silver, Fiction, 2013)
NMA Nominations: 25
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

QWERTY
Published in: New Brunswick (UNB)
Founded: 1996
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction; Reviews, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
Submission Guidelines

0Rampike
Published in: Ontario (Univ. of Windsor)
Founded: 1979
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards Nominations: None
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

Rusty Toque, The
Published in: Ontario
Founded: 2011
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Graphic Narratives
Issues per Year: 1
National Magazine Awards: 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: 2
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: 13
Submission Guidelines

Vallum
Published in: Quebec (Montreal)
Founded: 2000
Genres: Poetry, Reviews, Essays, Interviews
Issues per Year: 2
National Magazine Awards: 1 (Patrick Lane, Silver, Poetry, 2013)
NMA Nominations
: 6
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 ViewsNouveau projet, Broken Pencil.

See also these great guides to entering Canadian magazine writing contests:
Your Guide to Fall Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Summer Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Winter/Spring Magazine Writing Contests

[Submit now for the 2014 National Magazine Awards. Deadline Jan 19]

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.