2015 National Magazine Awards design wins Communications Arts Award

The NMAF is excited to pass along the news that the creative design from the 2015 National Magazine Awards has won a Communications Arts Award and will be featured in the Comm Arts Typography Annual due out early 2016.

This year’s design was created by the incredible team at Monnet Design, and the NMAF congratulates and offers its sincere and enduring gratitude to Stéphane Monnet, Agnes Wong and the entire team at Monnet for their work.



This year’s National Magazine Awards gala was perhaps the most exciting ever, thanks in large part to the wonderful creative by Monnet Design.

Photos of the NMA gala by KlixPix for the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

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NMAF Vice-President, former Outstanding Achievement Award winner Terry Sellwood to retire from Cottage Life

Few individuals in our industry have done more for the success of the National Magazine Awards Foundation and Canadian magazine publishing in general than Terry Sellwood, whose retirement as president of Cottage Life Media has just been announced by Blue Ant Media, the ownership partner of Cottage Life.

“I am honoured to have spent the last 15 years of my career with this industry-leading media company and its incredibly talented team. As Cottage Life Media continues its evolution in this new era of publishing, I know they will continue to be a trailblazer in this space.”

Terry Sellwood joined the board of directors of the NMAF in 1996 and served for more than a decade, including a term as board president from 2002-2004, overseeing our 25th anniversary celebration. Last summer, Terry accepted an invitation to return to the NMAF as its board vice-president, where he has played a key role in guiding the Foundation toward a stronger future of recognizing and celebrating excellence in Canadian magazines.

In awarding him the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2010, the NMAF recognized Terry’s myriad contributions to the Canadian magazine industry as a publisher, circulator, mentor and volunteer. “No conversation about magazine publishing and its future,” Al Zikovitz remarked at the time, “is complete without Terry’s name arising.”

He has worked with—or for—most of Canada’s major publishing companies and was the Executive Vice-President of the largest Canadian magazine fulfillment company, INDAS (now CDS Global). Terry has held the position of chair for Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC), Magazines Canada and the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Toward the end of his tenure at Cottage Life, the magazine celebrated a memorable 25th anniversary in 2013 and capped a remarkable run of National Magazine Awards excellence–51 National Magazine Awards since its founding in 1988–by winning the award for Magazine of the Year in 2014.

Other Cottage Life Media titles over the years, including Outdoor Canada, explore and Canadian Home Workshop, have also enjoyed incredible success in part due to Terry’s leadership.

In announcing Terry’s retirement, effective August 2015, Blue Ant Media also announced that magazine editor Penny Caldwell has been promoted to the magazine’s publisher, and former executive editor Michelle Kelly will assume the role of editor.

Wishing you the very best, Terry! Thank you, on behalf of the NMAF and the Canadian magazine industry, for your unending support, enthusiasm and indelible cheerfulness. Meanwhile, we look forward to continuing to work with you at the NMAF.

Images via the NMAF and Terry Sellwood.

Michael Fox named the recipient of the 2015 NMAF Outstanding Achievement Award

Michael Fox (photo by Donna Griffith)
Michael Fox (photo by Donna Griffith)

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to announce that publisher, circulator and magazine industry leader Michael Fox has been named the recipient of the 2015 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, sponsored by the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM).

A magazine publisher is many things, perhaps foremost among them a trailblazer. Michael Fox has built a four-decade career as an inspirational leader in the Canadian magazine industry, one which makes the NMAF truly honoured to present him with its Outstanding Achievement Award.

“Michael comes from the behind-the-scenes world of circulation. The Foundation Award is a worthy recognition of this man’s long, unusual, confident contribution to the audience development side of the business. —  D.B. Scott, consultant, editor of Canadian Magazines blog and former recipient of the Foundation Award.

After joining Maclean-Hunter in 1974 as a news editor at the Financial Post, Michael swiftly earned a reputation as an innovator in audience development, one whose remarkably far-sighted vision of the broad, ever-changing landscape of the Canadian consumer market has enabled him to become a recognized leader in circulation. A big-picture thinker, his voice has been one of reason, patience and diplomacy in an era of the magazine industry that demanded nothing less of its champions.

In the early 1980s, he oversaw the computerization of the Maclean-Hunter newsrooms, including Financial Post and Maclean’s, becoming a pioneer in publishing software in the process. Promoted to vice-president of circulation in 1985, he helped take the Financial Post from a weekly to a daily in 1988. After a job move to work on consumer magazines during the growth spurt of Rogers Publishing in the 1990s, Michael established Rogers’ French-language consumer marketing group, and as vice-president of consumer marketing developed valuable partnerships with Airmiles and Aeroplan.

“It is Michael’s commitment to the industry and mentorship which I think is his most outstanding achievement. His commitment to supporting professional development reflects the very best values of the magazine media industry.” — Deborah Morrison, publisher and past chair of Magazines Canada


As the industry found itself on the shifting sands of another digital revolution, one that challenged traditional practices of circulation, Michael became the go-to expert on direct marketing and Canada Post, leading the lobbying and advocacy efforts that have been essential to maintaining a healthy environment for Canada’s magazine publishers.

In 2010, Michael and his wife, Beckie, launched Inspiring Media Inc, and began to publish from their hometown of Niagara-on-the-Lake the magazine Garden Making, which has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards. He retired in 2012 as senior vice-president of Rogers Publishing and has served as chair of Magazines Canada for the 2013-2015 term.

“I can’t think of anyone else who has so seamlessly practiced the art of publishing as vocation, avocation, mentor and volunteer.” — Paul Jones, publisher and former recipient of the Foundation Award.

Michael’s passion for magazines has had a multiplying effect, touching an incalculable number of people who’ve worked alongside him and benefited from his determined pursuit of industry excellence. He has served in mentoring and volunteer leadership roles with Circulation Management Association of Canada, Alliance for Audited Media and the Direct Marketing Association of Canada. As an instructor at Magazines Canada’s School for Circulation and Publishing, Michael has helped nurture the continued professional evolution of publishers across Canada, demonstrating with a rare combination of business acumen and infectious generosity what NMAF president Joyce Byrne called “a passionate dedication to the welfare of the industry and the development of our next generation.”

Recognizing Michael Fox’s inestimable value to the Canadian magazine industry, the NMAF is proud to bestow upon him its highest individual honour, the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

“Michael is a tireless advocate for Canadian magazines, both big and small. He is an honest broker, a trusted friend, a man of his word. He approaches magazine publishing with a quiet, determined, passionate commitment to excellence.” — Scott Bullock, magazine circulator and editor of CoversSell.com.

Michael Fox will receive the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 5, 2015 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Tickets go on sale May 4.

Nominees will be announced on Monday, May 4, for awards in 43 written, visual, integrated and special awards for the 38th annual National Magazine Awards.

Tell us what you admire and respect about Michael Fox. Leave a comment on this blog, Twitter, Facebook or email us at staff@magazine-awards.com.

The NMAF’s most prestigious individual prize since its inception in 1990 is The Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, an award that recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.

The Judging Committee of the National Magazine Awards Foundation considerS the nominations from the Canadian magazine industry. The NMAF Board of Directors selects the winner.

For more information, visit magazine-awards.com/oa.


Happy Holidays from the National Magazine Awards Foundation

From all of us at the National Magazine Awards Foundation, have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. Our office will be closed from 22 December  – 2 January, but during that time you may still submit your entries to the National Magazine Awards via our online submissions portal. The early-bird deadline for entries is January 11.

May your stockings be full of magazines, and may the new year greet you with great stories waiting to be read.

Important dates for the 2014 National Magazine Awards

At the National Magazine Awards Foundation we are getting very excited about the upcoming year, our 38th recognizing and rewarding the very best in Canadian magazines. We’ll be announcing our call for entries on December 1. Here are the important dates for the coming year:

Dec 1: Call for Entries
Jan 5: Small Magazine Rebate Deadline
Jan 11: Early Bird Submissions Deadline
Jan 19: Final Submissions Deadline
May 4: Nominations Announcement
Jun 5: 38th National Magazine Awards Gala
As always, there are many ways to keep current with news and updates from the National Magazine Awards: sign up for our e-newsletter; follow us on Twitter @MagAwards and Facebook; and come back and visit this blog often.
Starting next week, you can submit your entries to the National Magazine Awards at magazine-awards.com.

NMAF elects 3 new members to its Board of Directors

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its board of directors for the 2014-2015 term. [ Français ]

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