Who Will Be Canada’s Magazine of the Year?

On Friday night distinguished members of the Canadian magazine industry will gather to recognize excellence in magazine publishing and content creation at 37th annual National Magazine Awards. [TICKETS]

The gala will conclude with the presentation of the most prestigious award: Magazine of the Year, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.

This year the jury has selected from magazines across Canada 3 finalists.

Which is your favourite? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #MagazineOfTheYear

And the nominees are…

Azure

What the jury said:

With outstanding design and art direction, Azure offers us a new way of looking at the world around us. Through a masterful integration of images and words, and guided by an intelligent and playful editorial curation, Azure showcases design solutions in a way that’s accessible and inspiring. Lively and surprising, the magazine understands what it’s readers crave, and covers the international design scene with a Canadian perspective.

L’avis du jury :

Se distinguant grâce à son design et sa direction artistique remarquables, Azure nous offre une nouvelle façon de voir le monde qui nous entoure. Grâce à l’intégration magistrale des images et des mots et à un contenu éditorial à la fois réfléchi et ludique, Azure présente des solutions de designs de manière accessible et inspirante. Animé et étonnant, le magazine comprend ce que les lecteurs recherchent et couvre la scène internationale du design d’une perspective canadienne.   

http://www.azuremagazine.com/

Cottage Life

What the jury said:

Smart, engaging and instructive; a magazine that manages to be both realistic and aspirational, and really knows its audience. With its versatile range of long-form features, profiles and service pieces, sophisticated mix of editorial illustration, photography and information graphics, and a cohesive typographical approach, Cottage Life delivers with confidence on its mandate to enhance and preserve the quality of cottage living.

L’avis du jury :

Un magazine intelligent, captivant, une source de renseignements pour ses lecteurs; Cottage Life connaît très bien son lectorat et approche son sujet d’une manière à la fois attrayante et concrète. Par la diversité de ses articles de fond, portraits et articles de service, l’amalgame sophistiqué d’illustrations, de photographies et d’infographie, ainsi que l’uniformité de son approche typographique, Cottage Life remplit avec assurance son mandat qui est de rehausser et préserver la qualité de ce mode de vie.    

http://cottagelife.com/

Nouveau Projet

L’avis du jury :

Publication au design magnifique, Nouveau Projet est un magazine d’idées innovant et original. Lancé il y a trois ans, il s’est imposé sur la scène du magazine canadien grâce à son look audacieux et contemporain et la diversité surprenante de ces articles, essais, critiques culturelles et son journalisme narratif captivant. Chaque numéro de Nouveau Projet est une aventure vers l’inattendu qui informe et ravit le lecteur en bout de parcours. La direction artistique, le design et la production sont exceptionnellement soignés.

What the jury said:

A beautifully designed magazine of ideas that feels fresh, this three-year-old publication has burst on the scene with a bold, contemporary look and an astonishing range of compelling stories, essays, narrative reporting and cultural critique. Each issue of Nouveau Projet is a journey of the unexpected that ultimately informs and delights. The art direction, design and production are of the highest order.

http://nouveauprojet.com/

 

See all of the nominees at magazine-awards.com.

On Friday one of these 3 magazines will be named Canada’s 2013 Magazine of the Year. Which is your favourite? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #MagazineOfTheYear 

Top 3 Tablet Magazines in Canada

It’s Magazines Week in Canada, and following the conferences, seminars, workshops and presentations is Friday night’s 37th annual National Magazine Awards. [TICKETS]

One of the most special awards at this year’s gala is Tablet Magazine of the Year, awarded to the magazine that most effectively serves its audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of tablet publishing. 

This year the jury has selected from magazines across Canada 3 finalists for Tablet Magazine of the Year. The Gold medal will be announced on Friday.

Which do you think is best? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #TabletMagazine

And the nominees are…

Canadian Business

Duncan Hood, Editor
John Montgomery, Art Director
Contributors: Marc Tavas, Christopher White, Conan Tobias

 

Sportsnet

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John Intini, Editor
Jamie Hodgson, Art Director
Contributors: John Grigg, Brett Popplewell, Ryan Dixon, Daniel Robson, Kristina Rutherford, Dave Zarum, Arden Zwelling, Evan Rosser, Naoko Asano, Craig Battle, James Doyle, Jordan Heath-Rawlings, Gare Joyce, Dafna Izenberg, Shannon Proudfoot, Brianne Collins, Myles McCutcheon, Setareh Sarmadi, Graham Bakelaar, Drew Lesiuczok, Dave Chau, Kevin MacLennan

 

The Hockey News

Jason Kay, Editor
Erika Vanderveer, Art Director
Edward Fraser, Contributor

Check out all the National Magazine Awards finalists on our Facebook page. Which do you think is best? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #TabletMagazine

See also:
Meet the Nominees for Best New Magazine Writer
How Did They Create That Cover?
All the Nominees

Best Words & Pictures in Canadian Magazines

It’s almost time! The 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala is this Friday June 6. [TICKETS]

This year in the category Words & Pictures there are 8 finalists vying for the Gold and Silver awards. This category is sponsored by CDS Global, the presenting sponsor of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.

Which do you think is best? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 

 

Jim Moodie, Daniel Ehrenworth, Kim Zagar, Martin Zibauer
The Seven Year Pitch
Cottage Life

 

Barbara Amiel, Natalie Castellino, Erika Oliveira, Andrew Tolson, Stephen Gregory, Kim Honey
Barbara Amiel, 1979: Maclean’s Portrait SIP
Maclean’s

 

Kim Honey, Colin Campbell, Andrew Tolson, Natalie Castellino, Stephen Gregory
Cool Jobs feature in Maclean’s 2014 Guide to Jobs in Canada
Maclean’s

 

Rashi Khilnani, Sami Siva, Nayan Sthankiya, Domenic Macri, Dawn Calleja
The 18,700-kilometre journey ends here
Report on Business

 

Dan Robson, Roger LeMoyne, Myles McCutcheon, Jamie Hodgson, Dave Chau, Dafna Izenberg
This is Our House
Sportsnet

 

Edward Burtynsky, Brian Morgan, John Macfarlane, Kyle Carsten Wyatt, Sasha Chapman, Paul Kim, David Macfarlane
Water
The Walrus

 

Sadiya Dendar, Tony Lanz, Alicia Kowalewski, Erin Finlayson, Alex Mathers, Steph Hung
25 Easy Costumes Under $25
Today’s Parent

Congrats to all the nominees.

Check out all the National Magazine Awards finalists on our Facebook page. Which do you think is best? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14

See also:
Top 10 Canadian Magazine Editorial Packages
Top 10 Business Articles in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Personal Finance Articles in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Columnists in Canadian Magazines
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Top 7 Photojournalists in Canadian Magazines
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Top 9 Infographics in Canadian Magazines
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Meet the Winner of Best New Magazine Writer: Catherine McIntyre

This post has been updated. 

At the 37th annual National Magazine Awards on June 6, 2014, the special award for Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer, sponsored by the Readers’s Digest Foundation, was presented to Catherine McIntyre, author of “Clusterf*ck” (THIS Magazine). We chatted with Catherine about her story and her perspective on writing for Canadian magazines.

NMAF: What is something about yourself that others would be surprised to know?

Catherine: Most of my jobs in the past have been physically labour intensive. I was essentially reared in a vineyard where I built up a tolerance for hard physical work (and a palate for wine). During my months off in university, I planted trees in BC and Alberta and I spent another summer farming in France. Working those jobs meant I spent a lot of time alone. Farm work and especially tree planting can be very solitary; they offer copious time and space, which for me is important for nurturing story ideas.

NMAF: When it came to writing your piece, did you have any sources of inspiration?

Catherine: Curiosity and a bit of fear originally drove me to this story. Growing up around farm country in Nova Scotia, I was exposed to lots of chemicals. I had no idea what kind of harm this exposure was causing long-term, so I started digging for disease rates in Nova Scotian farming communities. I came across Inka Milewski’s study on disease patterns throughout New Brunswick. She found that rates of certain cancers were high depending on the community in question, and she had evidence linking specific types of cancer to specific industries.

This sounded like a huge breakthrough to me: if we know what’s causing cancer, we can change our behaviours and prevent the disease. But no one was talking about this—not the local media, not community mayors—and I quickly realized why that was: drawing attention to Milewski’s findings would worry the public and may even encourage people to petition for change. But the kind of changes necessary to deal with the high rates of cancer would require a total overhaul of New Brunswick’s industries and economy. That’s why the province was ignoring Milewkski and that’s why I had to tell this story. Muzzling scientists like this really irks me. I don’t think people should be kept in the dark, especially when it comes to their health.

NMAF: What are your career goals?

Catherine: At this stage in my career I feel like I have to be flexible, which is the self-assuring way of saying “I’ll take what I can get.” Ultimately, I just want to tell good stories. I want to write feature articles and when the right idea comes around, I’d love to write a book. This is a tough industry, though, and I realize you have to pay your dues before landing a full-time feature writing gig that sustains your lifestyle. For that reason I often flit back and forth between pursuing writing and becoming a farmer and wine-maker. But for now, my sights are set on writing and getting published as much as possible. The business side of magazines has always appealed to me as well, and in the fall, I plan on going back to school to dabble in magazine and web publishing.

NMAF: How did you feel about being an NMA nominee?

Catherine: I was not expecting an NMA nomination. I was obviously thrilled to be nominated, but part of me felt like an imposter. I was fresh out of university when I wrote the article and it was the first feature story I’d ever published. An NMA had not crossed my mind—not for this one. Am I even qualified? The nomination was certainly encouraging though. I’m new to this magazine thing and it’s sometimes difficult to imagine how I’ll ever make a living at it. Being recognized for my work was a reminder that maybe I shouldn’t abandon writing just yet.  

NMAF: What advice do you have for up-and-coming magazine writers?

Catherine: Write all the time. Even if you don’t have an idea worth publishing, write for yourself every day. Take any event with some sort of conflict and give it a beginning, middle, and end. Develop a character, sketch some scenes, and there—you’ve got a story. It’s good practice and you’ll start seeing there are stories everywhere. When you get an idea you think is interesting or important, dive into it. Research, make calls, and then pitch your story to a magazine, because if you don’t someone else will.    

This interview was edited for content. Special thanks to Nadya Domingo for conducting the interview.

You can read the full text of Catherine McIntyre’s winning story along with all of the National Magazine Awards nominees at magazine-award.com. Follow her on Twitter @CappyMc.

Here’s what this year’s NMA jury said about “Clusterf*ck”:

In Clusterf*ck, Catherine McIntyre dares to tackle a complex and underreported issue, digging into New Brunswick’s data on cancer clusters and correlating illness with areas of heavy industry. In every way a powerful feature—great sources, revealing scenes, vivid details—the work displays a principled grasp of the fundamentals of investigative reporting. Her piece, like the best journalism, has the potential to effect change.

See also:
Meet the other finalists for Best New Magazine Writer: Suzannah Showler | Liz Windhorst Harmer
More info on the award for Best New Magazine Writer

Meet the Nominees for Best New Magazine Writer: Liz Windhorst Harmer

The 37th annual National Magazine Awards are coming up on Friday June 6. One of the most special awards to be presented at the gala will be the honour of Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer, an award sponsored by the Readers’s Digest Foundation. This year there are 3 finalists, and recently we chatted with each of them to get to know the person behind the pen.

Our second nominee is Liz Windhorst Harmer, author of “Pain: A Brief History of My Intensity” (The New Quarterly).

NMAF: What is something about yourself that others would be surprised to know?

Liz: I’m always surprised by what surprises people about me. Sometimes people are surprised when they find out that I’ve been married for more than ten years. Another thing that seems to surprise people is that I like the pain of giving birth, which is something I explored in my nominated piece. I can also be very credulous—I believed in mermaids for too long, for example.

NMAF: When it came to writing your piece, did you have any sources of inspiration?

Liz: My piece explores different kinds of pain I have found myself seeking or choosing: CrossFit, childbirth, and fasting. I am inspired by the possibility for the transcendent in the everyday. The phrase “pain is weakness leaving the body” was the explicit catalyst for my essay.

NMAF: What are your career goals?

Liz: I’d like to write as much as possible, in as many ways as possible, as well as I can. I hope to be a published novelist and to continue to publish nonfiction.

NMAF: How did you feel about being an NMA nominee?

Liz: Overwhelmed with excitement. Also proud.

NMAF: What advice do you have to up-and-coming magazine writers?

Liz: Grace Paley’s advice to write what you don’t know about what you know is a good rule for writing nonfiction. Also: no idea is too small. Work hard on your craft—be greedy for good advice and good editing.

This interview was edited for content. Special thanks to Nadya Domingo for conducting the interview.

You can read the full text of Liz Windhorst Harmer’s nominated story along with all of the National Magazine Awards nominees at magazine-award.com. Follow her on Twitter @LizHarmer.

Here’s what this year’s NMA jury said about “Pain”:

In Pain, Liz Windhorst Harmer explores pushing her body to extremes of suffering—from intense exercise and natural childbirth to the passion of religious belief. In a starkly original voice, and with uncommon ferocity and grace, she opens herself up completely and compels the readers to return the favour. Covering a difficult and serious subject, she has crafted an essay unique in conception, construction and articulation.

We’ll find out who wins the award for Best New Magazine Writer at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards, Friday June 6. Tickets.

See also: 
Q&A with the creators of the finalists for best Magazine Cover
More info on the award for Best New Magazine Writer

Meet the Nominees for Best New Magazine Writer: Suzannah Showler

The 37th annual National Magazine Awards are coming up on Friday June 6. One of the most special awards to be presented at the gala will be the honour of Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer, an award sponsored by the Readers’s Digest Foundation. This year there are 3 finalists, and recently we chatted with each of them to get to know the person behind the pen.

Our first nominee is Suzannah Showler, author of “On the Trail of Ignored Beasts” (Maisonneuve).

NMAF: What is something about yourself that others would be surprised to know?

Suzannah: My brain can’t distinguish between the number 5 and a capital letter B. 5ut I’m working on it.

NMAF: When it came to writing your piece, did you have any sources of inspiration? 

Suzannah: I was mostly inspired by the topic itself. I find cryptozoology endlessly fascinating. While I was preparing to write the piece, I became increasingly inspired, too, by the particular cryptozoologists I met. These are people doing their best to apply scientific skepticism to an activity that’s fundamentally motivated by what could be called faith. There’s a fine line between intellectual flexibility and out-and-out madness, of course, and there were times writing this piece when I wasn’t sure which side of that line I was reporting from. But on the whole, I found it genuinely inspiring to meet people living their lives with such imagination, and perseverance, and hope.

NMAF: What are your career goals? 

Suzannah: I’ll probably never shake my poetry-writing habit, but I’d love to try my hand at writing something longer in prose. Whether I can actually make that happen and whether that prose would detail true or untrue things remain to be seen.

NMAF: How did you feel about being an NMA nominee?

Suzannah: Very thrilled, obviously!

NMAF: What advice do you have to up-and-coming magazine writers?

Suzannah: I’m more or less a crossover from the literary side, which is one way people land in long-form magazine writing, but it’s maybe not the most efficient route. I would never tell someone: go and write poetry, mostly, and kind of dabble in short nonfiction until someone lets you try something longer. My personal experience doesn’t lend itself to amazing advice.

This interview was edited for content. Special thanks to Nadya Domingo for conducting the interview.

You can read the full text of Suzannah Showler’s nominated story along with all of the National Magazine Awards nominees at magazine-award.com. Follow her on Twitter @ZanShow.

Here’s what this year’s NMA jury said about “On the Trail of Ignored Beasts”:

In On the Trail of Ignored Beasts, Suzannah Showler hunts creatures stranger than sasquatches: the cryptozoologists who love them. Her reporting is strong, empathetic and insightful; urging readers past the wacky subject matter to consider the deeper reasons some of us just need to believe. She presents her subjects respectfully and thoughtfully, and the result is a poetic work of narrative non-fiction.

We’ll find out who wins the award for Best New Magazine Writer at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards, Friday June 6. Tickets.

See also:
Q&A with the creators of the finalists for best Magazine Cover
More info on the award for Best New Magazine Writer

Top 10 Canadian Magazine Editorial Packages

Next Friday June 6 we’ll find out who will be the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards. [TICKETS]

The award for Editorial Package (Print) goes to the most successful packaging of related editorial content, and is sponsored by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. The jury has selected a shortlist of ten finalists for the Gold and Silver awards.

ELLE Canada

Ottawa Magazine

Québec Science

 

Report on Business

Ricardo

Spacing

Sportsnet

Toronto Life

United Church Observer

Vancouver Magazine

Which do you think is best? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14

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