Each year the National Magazine Awards Foundation relies on over two hundred volunteer judges to evaluate the collection of nearly 2000 wonderful submissions we receive from magazines and individuals across the country. [Version française ici]
These judges are not only leaders and experts in their field but also committed to ensuring a strong and vibrant Canadian magazine industry where excellence today serves as the standard for tomorrow’s creators.
This year we are looking for new judges to serve on English, French and bilingual juries for written categories, as well as juries for visual, integrated and special categories, including digital-publishing experts.
Judges ideally should be veterans of the magazine industry in editing, publishing, writing, art direction, illustration, photography, digital production or circulation, or offer expertise in a particular field pertinent to the National Magazine Awards.
Whether you have judged in the past or are new to the National Magazine Awards, we welcome and will consider all candidates.
Attention all journalism school students, creative writers, young artists and magazine professionals: The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has a number of initiatives and opportunities for you.
Awards: Best New Magazine Writer & Best New Visual Creator
While all NMA categories are open to work published by students and young professionals, we have two categories open exclusively to your talent, with cash prizes and recognition at the annual NMA Gala. Submissions for work published in 2012 will be accepted starting on December 1 with a deadline of January 16.
[Read more about these awards]
[Check out last year's winners]
E-Book: Best in Magazines 2007-2012
A collection of over 30 National Magazine Award-winning stories, photo essays, illustrations and covers from the past 5 years, our new eBook is available absolutely FREE for your iPad and features the best in magazine journalism from The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Explore, Eighteen Bridges, AlbertaViews, Swerve, Report on Business, The New Quarterly, Toronto Life, Ryerson Review of Journalism & many others.
[Download the Free App]
Internships at the NMAF
We are offering 2 paid Administrative Internship positions for students interested in pursuing a career in the Canadian magazine industry. Internships are part-time and run from December through June. The deadline for applications to this year’s internship program is November 7. [Read more]
NMA Online Archives
This summer we hosted a Reading Series featuring award-winning articles from our online archive of previous National Magazine Award winners. The reading series & archive are great opportunities to catch up on the best of the best in Canadian magazine journalism–we have full-text PDF versions of all finalists and winners from recent years–and find inspiration for your future work.
[Dive into the NMA Archive]
[Cozy up with our Summer Reading Series]
Resources & Other Awards
On our website we maintain an exhaustive list of magazine and journalism awards across Canada, and periodically on our blog we feature in depth information about these awards and contests.
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[See which Magazine Writing Contests are going on now]
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Best regards for a successful year!
One year ago we launched a blog whose founding objectives were to recognize and promote National Magazine Award winners, celebrate the magazines who publish them, and foster a community with the readers who love them.
We think it’s been a successful endeavor:
- 163 blog posts;
- 20,000 unique visitors;
- 250+ former NMA winners highlighted;
- 7 NMA winners profiled in our Off the Page interview series (which returns later this month!);
- Countless downloads of National Magazine Award-winning stories from our archive;
- A popular Magazine Contests series informing young writers and artists about exciting opportunities;
- A super successful Summer Reading Series;
- A great 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards;
- An eBook–still completely free!
- Resources and other awards and opportunities for Canadian magazine writers and artists.
So we’re going to stick around for awhile and keep this going. Thank you so much to our readers, interviewees and staff (self pat on the back!). If you have any news for us, email to staff [at] magazine-awards.com or grab us on Twitter or Facebook.
And keep reading Canadian magazines. They make a difference in your lives!
The Board of Directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation has formally approved its board executive and new directors for 2012-2013, as well as the date and venue for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala.
Douglas Thomson, editor of Canadian Home Workshop, has been elected the new President of the NMAF Board of Directors for a two-year term. Douglas replaces Arjun Basu, editorial director of Spafax, who served as president from 2010-2012 and will remain on the board.
To his fellow directors, Douglas Thomson noted:
“Like the Canadian magazine industry itself, the NMAF has responded to the changing media landscape with an extra push of creativity, energy and innovation. And as evidenced by the nearly 2000 entries and 200 participating magazines in the awards last year, it’s an exciting time for magazines and its an exciting time for the NMAF. I’m eager to be a part of that continued spirited evolution.”
Joyce Byrne, associate publisher of Venture Publishing, has been elected the new Vice-President of the NMAF Board of Directors.
Brian Morgan, art director of The Walrus, has been elected the new Secretary of the Board of Directors.
Also newly elected to serve on the NMAF Board of Directors is Matthew Fox, executive editor & digital media strategist at St. Joseph Media.
The NMAF would also like to honour its outgoing board members and thank them for their service to the Canadian magazine industry:
Patrick Walsh, editor of Outdoor Canada and Past President of the NMAF, who served 11 years on the Board of Directors.
Susan Zuzinjak, president of Smitten Creative Boutique and former Secretary of the NMAF, who served 9 years on the Board of Directors.
Carolyn Warren, regional manager of cultural programming and new integrated content at CBC Montreal, who served 2 years on the Board of Directors.
For a complete list of the NMAF Board of Directors please visit magazine-awards.com.
The 36th annual National Magazine Awards
The NMAF Board of Directors has also approved the event date and venue for the 2013 National Magazine Awards gala. Next year’s event will be Friday, June 7, 2013 at The Carlu in Toronto. Further details and ticket information will be posted in the spring.
Submissions for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards will be accepted starting December 1. Updated submissions information (categories, guidelines, etc) will be posted to the NMAF website in mid-November. Sign up for our bilingual newsletter or follow the Magazine Awards blog to stay up to date on announcements.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is excited to announce the publication of our 35th anniversary eBook—Best in Magazines 2007-2012—now available for free download at the Apple iTunes store.
[Press release] [En français]
To celebrate thirty-five years of honouring excellence in the content and creation of Canadian magazines, the NMAF has put together this special collection of more than 30 award-winning stories, photography layouts and illustrations, featuring some of the top winners from this year’s National Magazine Awards as well as the best of the best from the past five years.
The new NMA eBook is filled with great stories from many of Canada’s most popular magazines, including The Walrus, Explore, Report on Business, Toronto Life, Maisonneuve, Chatelaine, Swerve, Cottage Life, Outdoor Canada, Alberta Views, Maclean’s, The Grid, Eighteen Bridges, Sportsnet and more.
HOW TO GET Best in Magazines 2007-2012
Best in Magazines is available exclusively for your iPad from the Apple iTunes store—FREE! Visit the below link to access the app Best in Magazines 2007-2012 from iTunes:
Or search “Best in Magazines 2007-2012” from your iPad App Store.
Visit www.magazine-awards.com/eBook for more information.
Best in Magazines 2007-2012 features some of the best work honoured at this year’s National Magazine Awards, including:
“All In” by Don Gillmor, from Eighteen Bridges:
Ten-time National Magazine Award-winning writer Don Gillmor penned a moving personal essay about the late Canadian literary icon, filmmaker and musician Paul Quarrington, which appeared in the inaugural issue of Eighteen Bridges, a new magazine of creative journalism launched last year. An absolute must-read!
“Where Asbestos is Just a Fact of Life” by John Gray and Stephanie Nolen, from Report on Business:
Perhaps the most decorated individual article in the Awards’ history, with a Gold, a Silver and 3 Honourable Mention awards at this year’s NMAs, this unparalleled investigative story follows the trail of Canada’s asbestos industry from Quebec to India. Definitely one of the most enlightening Canadian media stories of the year.
“A Reading from the Book of Tebow” by Scott Feschuk, in Sportsnet:
The Gold winner in Humour at this year’s NMAs, from the pages of one of Canada’s newest magazines, is a satirical send-up of the biggest sports story of 2011, authored by renowned Canadian humourist Scott Feschuk. Don’t bother trying to stifle your laughter!
“Got Spunk?” from The Grid, Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse:
A triple Gold winner at this year’s gala for Magazine Covers, Art Direction for a Single Article and Art Direction for an Entire Issue, the design of this issue from The Grid impressed NMA judges like few others in the Awards’ history. Vanessa Wyse’s spectacular conceptualization frames a wonderful investigative story on Canadian sperm banks by Danielle Groen, with photographs by Matthew Barnes.
Best in Magazines also features award-winning Canadian magazine stories and images from the past 5 years, including:
“Best of the Best” – stories that won multiple awards, featuring work from Swerve, The Walrus, Toronto Life and Ryerson Review of Journalism;
“Page One” – Gold-winning magazine covers from Feathertale Review, Report on Business, Toronto Life and Maisonneuve;
“Memorable Stories” – Unforgettable stories that captivate and inspire, featuring work from Outdoor Canada, The New Quarterly, Chatelaine and AlbertaViews;
“Beyond the Lens” – Stunning award-winning photography from Flare, Maisonneuve, Canadian Home & Country and Report on Business;
“Great Service” – Celebrated service journalism from Swerve, Cottage Life and L’actualité;
“Illustrious Design” – The best in magazine illustration from enRoute, Vancouver Review, This Magazine and The Walrus
“Punchy Lines” – Gold-winning Humour articles from Maisonnueve, The Walrus and Maclean’s;
“Hot New Talent” – Winners of the award for Best New Magazine Writer, featuring work from The Walrus, Chatelaine and Unlimited.
Plus, original interviews with National Magazine Award-winning writers and artists from the NMAF’s exclusive “Off the Page” interview series. And, the spectacular Smash Reel video from this year’s NMA Gala.
Visit www.magazine-awards.com/eBook for more information, including a list of all NMA-winning writers and artists featured in Best in Magazines 2007-2012.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Tomorrow we gather to celebrate excellence in Canadian magazine publishing at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. [Version française ci-dessous]
There are more magazines being published today than there were a year ago. More print. More digital. More everything. Every stat out there tells us that people are reading more. And that includes magazines.
The industry has been running from something, change perhaps, for the last few years, all the while running toward something as well, you could call it the future, and we’ve been doing it without thinking. There has been fear. Surely. And the flip side of fear is opportunity.
We’ve played with the shiny new toys and tried to figure out what they do. And how they change us. The scramble has been something to behold. Maybe, in a decade or so, we can all sit back and laugh.
But you know what? The delivery system doesn’t matter. Because everyone soon gets bored of that shiny new thing and then returns to demanding things that are pretty old-fashioned: Quality. Relevance. Our readers want the same thing they’ve always wanted. They might want it presented differently, but they want something that speaks to them. That entertains them. That tells them something they didn’t know. Magazines have always been about discovery. And that is truer now than ever before.
We are in an age of quality. I really believe that. We have the toys and now instead of just getting our product on the toys “just because,” we’re putting it there because that’s where it belongs. Because it makes sense. Because it’s the best way to reach our readers. Not because we “have to” be there. I believe those days are over. Thankfully.
This year’s nominations come from across the country and from across platforms. We see blogs competing against print publications. A digital slideshow competing against a more traditional photo essay. How we consume our media isn’t really important anymore. That we consume it—that’s the important thing. And we’re consuming media—Canadian media—more than ever before.
The National Magazine Awards are for you. For us. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating a job well done. I hope you enjoy the show.
President, National Magazine Awards Foundation
Mot du président
On compte aujourd’hui davantage de magazines publiés que ce n’était le cas il y a un an. Davantage de magazines imprimés. Davantage de magazines numériques. Davantage de tout. Toutes les statistiques confirment que la lecture est de plus en plus populaire. Et les magazines n’échappent pas à la tendance.
Depuis quelques années, l’industrie a agi à la fois en résistance à quelque chose, le changement peut-être, et a foncé dans quelque chose d’autre, qu’on pourrait appeler l’avenir, et nous l’avons fait sans trop y réfléchir. Il y a eu de l’appréhension. Sûrement.
Mais derrière l’appréhension se profilait une occasion. Nous avons étrenné de tout nouveaux jouets et tenté d’en mesurer le potentiel. Nous avons aussi tenté de discerner de quelle façon ces jouets nous changent. Il faut reconnaître que nous nous sommes sentis bousculés. Dans une dizaine d’années, avec le recul, peut-être nous remémorerons-nous cette période d’incertitudes le sourire aux lèvres.
Mais vous savez quoi? Le système de diffusion n’a pas de véritable importance. Parce qu’un jour ou l’autre, nous nous lasserons tous de ces nouveaux jouets et retournerons à des valeurs anciennes : la qualité; la pertinence.
Nos lecteurs continuent de rechercher ce qu’ils ont toujours recherché. Peut-être souhaitent-ils que cela leur soit présenté différemment, mais ils recherchent un contenu qui leur parle. Qui les divertit. Qui leur révèle quelque chose qu’ils ne savaient pas. La découverte a toujours été la raison d’être des magazines. Et cela vaut aujourd’hui plus que jamais.
Nous vivons une époque marquée au sceau de la qualité. Je le crois sincèrement. Nous avons nos jouets et, aujourd’hui, plutôt que de simplement diffuser nos productions sur ces jouets, «parce qu’il le faut bien», nous le faisons parce que c’est là qu’ils doivent aller. Parce que cela va de soi. Parce que c’est la meilleure façon de rejoindre nos lecteurs. Non pas parce que nous « devons » être là. Ces jours sont, selon moi, derrière nous. Et c’est bien ainsi.
Les nominations de cette année viennent de partout au pays et de diverses plates-formes. Nous voyons des blogues en compétition avec des publications imprimées. Un diaporama numérique concurrencer un reportage photo plus traditionnel. Notre mode de consommation des médias n’a plus l’importance qu’il avait. L’important, c’est que nous les consommions. Et la consommation des médias, des médias canadiens, est plus importante que jamais.
Cet événement vous est dédié. Nous est dédié. Il n’y a rien de mal à célébrer le travail bien fait. Bon spectacle !
Président, Fondation nationale des prix du magazine canadien
Today the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has issued a Press Release detailing the schedule of the gala event on June 7. There are two main highlights:
1) The National Magazine Awards gala is being held on the same date, at the same venue, as the 58th annual Kenneth R. Wilson (KRW) Awards. The KRW awards presentation will take place from 4:30pm-6pm in the Round Room of The Carlu. A joint industry reception, for ticket holders of both galas, will take place from 6pm-7:30pm in the Grand Foyer. At 7:30pm the NMA presentation and dinner service will commence in the Concert Hall, with the Round Room also open to all guests throughout. Dessert, bar service and revelry will continue afterwards till late.
2) The National Magazine Awards gala is being held on a Thursday evening this year, a change from the recent tradition of hosting the event on a Friday evening.
“It’s an important milestone in Canadian publishing to bring together the National Magazine Awards and the KRWs to celebrate outstanding achievement,” said Barbara Gould, Managing Director of both the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the KRW Awards. “The awards on June 7 will honour those who have had a profound impact on the quality of magazine publishing in Canada, and a rare opportunity to have this collective talent together for one evening.”
Read the full release for details. Tickets for the National Magazine Awards go on sale on May 1 at www.magazine-awards.com. Tickets for the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards will be on sale May 3 at www.krwawards.ca. Nominations for both awards will be announced on the same dates, respectively.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation is seeking qualified applicants to apply for the contract position of part-time Administrative Coordinator for the National Magazine Awards and Kenneth R. Wilson Awards. The successful applicant would start immediately and the contract runs through June 30, 2012, with the possibility of continued and expanded contract work thereafter. The part-time Administrative Coordinator position requires an average of 30 hours per week of work, with a rate of pay at $18 per hour. Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2012
Responsibilities of the Administrative Coordinator:
- Answer and respond to general inquiries to the NMAF office by phone and email;
- Assist in the coordination of the submissions, judging and ticket-selling processes;
- Assist other staff in coordinating the work of interns and volunteers;
- Write, edit and proofread communications and other documentation, including reports, website, newsletters, publicity materials, press releases, gala program copy, etc.;
- Participate and take notes/minutes in meetings;
- Help coordinate the activities for NMA and KRW events.
- Capacity to work independently, manage multiple tasks and work on tight deadlines;
- Fluency or strong conversational/correspondence skills in French;
- Though some work may be done remotely, must be able to work in office regularly;
- Computer skills (MS Office, cloud computing, database);
- Copy-editing and proofreading skills;
- General administrative and office management skills.
- Familiarity with the Canadian magazine industry;
- Familiarity with Content Management System type databases;
- Event planning and management experience;
- Communications and/or public relations experience;
- Leadership / personnel management experience.
To apply, please send a Cover Letter and Resume including references to:
Richard A. Johnson, Special Projects Manager, NMAF
Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2012
Liana replaces Margaret Albanese, corporate comptroller at St. Joseph Communications, who is retiring this year after serving eight years on the board of directors. The NMAF board, committees and staff are grateful to Margaret for her years of service to the foundation and the Canadian magazine industry.
Meanwhile, Susan Zuzinjak, founder and president of smitten creative boutique, who has served on the board of directors since 2003, has been named secretary of the NMAF board for 2011-2012.
[This post has been updated] The NMAF is announcing a call for applications for two (2) paid internship positions, from December 2011 – June 2012. Remuneration includes a stipend of $1250 and two tickets to the National Magazine Awards gala next year.
The pair of interns will join us in our Toronto office for an average of 6-10 hours per week (not to exceed 15), though during off-peak times some duties may be accomplished remotely. Duties include verifying and sorting submissions, liaising with magazines and individual applicants to the NMAs, fact checking and copy editing NMAF promotional material, research, assisting with the development of creative ideas for the NMA gala, and assisting with media outreach and promotion.
Candidate requirements include career aspirations in the Canadian magazine industry (including but not limited to journalism students), ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines, French-language aptitude, and a general passion for magazines.
Read more about the internship here and send your application (cover letter, resume, at least one letter of reference) to staff [at] magazine-awards.com, or by post to:
National Magazine Awards Foundation
425 Adelaide St West, Suite 700
Toronto, ON, M5V 3C1
The deadline is
November 11 November 18, 2011, so don’t hesitate! Come join our team at the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to welcome four new members of its Board of Directors for 2011-2012:
Gary Campbell is the Executive Producer of TorontoLife.com, the digital portal of the award-winning Toronto Life magazine. In 2010 he was nominated for two National Magazine Awards for Digital Design and Digital Magazine of the Year.
David Hayes is a National Magazine Award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in Report on Business, Toronto Life, The Walrus, Chatelaine, Saturday Night and other publications, and he also teaches advanced magazine writing at Ryerson University’s Continuing Education program.
Sarah Moore is Managing Editor at More magazine, where she was nominated for a National Magazine award in 2009, and was formerly Senior Editor and Managing Editor at Today’s Parent.
Brian Morgan is Creative Director of The Walrus and formerly worked as Editorial Designer at Saturday Night and Deputy Art Director at Maclean’s. A three-time National Magazine Awards nominee, he won Gold in 2009 in the Best Single Issue category.
New members are nominated and approved by the NMAF Board of Directors for two-year, renewable terms.
Friends, supporters and admirers of Canadian magazines, welcome to the new National Magazine Awards blog. We’ve tumbled into this particular nook of social media in order to better serve and promote the achievements of NMA-winning writers, photographers, illustrators, editors, publishers and other content creators, both past and future.
Stay connected with us for news and updates on the National Magazine Awards program, from submissions and categories to event tickets and gala buzz. Read about the achievements of NMA winners. Find out how to get involved with the National Magazine Awards Foundation. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. And send us your comments and feedback.
We hope you’ll stay with us and continue to support the wonderful people who create Canadian magazines.