Alberta Magazines Conference open for registration

The 19th Annual Alberta Magazines Conference is coming to Calgary on March 5 and 6, at the Carriage House Inn. The early-bird deadline for registration is February 12 (final deadline Feb 26).

Among the panellists are NMAF President Joyce Byrne, publisher of Avenue magazine in Calgary, and NMAF directors Christopher Frey, former editor-in-chief of Hazlitt, and Lisa Whittington-Hill, publisher of This Magazine.

Other speakers include National Magazine Award winner Paul Roelofs (creative director of Western Living) discussing magazine redesigns and rebranding, and award-winning writer Marcello Di Cintio, who will speak to an audience about the craft of profile writing.

Check out the complete list and event details here.

Plus, Thursday March 5 is the Alberta Magazine Awards gala. The finalists will be announced in early February.

Call for Submissions: Science Journalism Awards

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association has opened a call for submissions for its 2014 science journalism awards. Deadline: February 15, 2015.

The Science Journalism Award goes to an individual who has a science piece published in their name in any media during the calendar year 2014.  Winners receive $1000 and recognition at the Awards Ceremony at the CSWA Conference.

The Herb Lampert Science Emerging Journalist Award goes to a student or newly practising journalist (2 years or less) who has a science piece published in any media during 2014. Winners receive $1000 and recognition at the Awards Ceremony at the CSWA Conference.

The Science Communications Award goes to an individual or small team, museum, university or college, whose work in 2014 explored or explained the topic of science to the public in an informative, accurate and engaging way. The work can be in any medium, and was produced for the purposes of public communications, outreach, advertising, marketing, or any similar venture. Winners receive $1000 and recognition at the Awards Ceremony at the CSWA Conference.

This year’s CSWA Conference is June 18-21 in Saskatoon.

Canadian Cover Awards accepting entries until January 26

The Canadian Cover Awards, produced by CMC and Magazines Canada, are accepting submissions until January 26 for awards in 9 categories including Newsstand Marketer of the Year.

The awards go to titles with “sizzling sell lines, compelling photography, clever illustrations—whatever made the consumer pick up and purchase that magazine. In a retail environment where Canadian magazines have to fight for every inch of shelf space they can get, these awards recognize that it’s not size that matters—it’s covers!”

The awards ceremony will be held on February 24, 2015 at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown (475 Yonge Street). More info at

Here’s a glance back at last year’s awards:

Kenneth R. Wilson Awards announce Call for Entries

The 61st annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for Canadian business-to-business publishing are now open for submissions. The early-bird deadline is February 6; final deadline February 13.

The list of categories includes special awards for:
Magazine of the Year–Professional
Magazine of the Year–Trade
Best Issue
Best Cover
Best New Journalist

There are also 13 awards for writing achievement, 4 awards for visual achievement and 3 awards for digital achievement.

The Harvey Southam Award recognizes career achievement in the Canadian B2B industry.

The KRW Awards are also accepting nominations for judges for this year’s awards. Contact staff[at] for details.

Enter online at

New York, New Yorker lead US Magazine Awards nominees; digital mags surge

New York magazine leads the pack with 10 nominations for the US National Magazine Awards, ahead of rivals like The New Yorker and Bon Appétit, each of which landed 6 nods for the Ellies–so named for the elephant-shaped statuette presented to winners–which will be presented on February 2 in New York City.

But the buzz surrounding the field of nominations announced yesterday by the American Society of Magazine Editors is the surge in nominations garnered by “digital-first publications,” including Grantland (3 nominations), The Atavist (3), Slate (2), Matter (2), Nautilus (2), Politico (2), Kinfolk (1) and Refinery29 (1); all but The Atavist and Slate are first-time nominees.

The 5 finalists for Magazine of the Year are Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, The Hollywood Reporter, New York and Vogue.

Best Tablet Magazine finalists are Bon Appétit, Garden & Gun, National Geographic, New York and Sunset.

For General Excellence in Magazine Design, the 5 finalists are Bon Appétit, The California Sunday Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, New York and Wired.

The 5 Fiction nominees are:

And surely the oldest nominee (now or ever?), The New Yorker‘s indefatigable Roger Angell, age 94, is nominated in the category Essays & Criticism for “This Old Man.” Among his rivals for this prize: Monica Lewinsky.


Photojournalist James Nachtwey of TIME will receive this year’s ASME lifetime achievement award.

For a complete list of finalists, click here.
For the Twitter buzz, voilà.

The US National Magazine Awards consist of 24 categories, with a total of 66 nominees from 263 participating magazines and over 1500 submissions. The awards are sponsored by ASME  in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

The Canadian National Magazine Awards are still open for submissions–until Monday. The deadline approaches; get those submissions entered.

Image via ADWEEK.

Read Governor General’s Literary Award winners in the NMA Archive

The 2014 Governor General’s Literary Awards have been announced, and we are delighted to see several wonderful books by National Magazine Award winners among those chosen as Canada’s best of the year.

In Children’s Literature (Illustration) the winner is Jillian Tamaki for This One Summer (Groundwood Books), with text by her sister Mariko Tamaki. Jillian is a 4-time National Magazine Award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in The Walrus, More and other great Canadian magazines. Read our Off the Page interview with Jillian about her career and illustration work. Check out Jillian’s award-winning illustrations in the NMA archive.

TheEndofAbsence_300In Non-Fiction, the winner is Michael Harris, for The End of Absence (Harper Collins), an exploration of the gains and losses of living in a hyper-connected world. Michael has twice been nominated for a National Magazine Award for his journalism in The Walrus, most recently for his profile of civil rights attorney Joseph Arvay. Read more in the NMA archive.

In Fiction, the winner is Thomas King, for The Back of the Turtle (Harper Collins). Thomas King won a National Magazine Award for Fiction in 1991 for his story “Borders” published in Saturday Night.

The ceremonies to honour this year’s Governor General’s literary award winners will be held on November 26 (English-language winners) and November 27 (French-language winners) in Ottawa. Read up on all the finalists and winners at

See also:
NMA winners headline shortlists for GGs, Writers’ Trust and Giller Prize
Off the Page, with Arno Kopecky
Off the Page, with Jillian Tamaki

Cottage Life, British Columbia Magazine win big at IRMA Awards

This Cottage Life illustration by Byron Eggenschwiler was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and won Silver at the IRMAs
This Cottage Life illustration by Byron Eggenschwiler was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and won Gold at the IRMAs

Cottage Life, crowned Magazine of the Year at the 37th annual National 
Magazine Awards this past June, scooped up 8 awards at the annual International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) awards this past weekend in New Hampshire, many of them for work that was also recognized by the NMAF.

Winning Gold awards for Columns, Illustration, Reader Service, and Department, Silver awards for Covers, Profiles and Nature & Environment, and an Award of Merit for Essays, Cottage Life continued an incredible year of recognition for its outstanding journalism.

1240372_10151647288723391_1225830601_nBritish Columbia Magazine also won 8 awards at IRMA including a Silver award for Best Website, while Yukon: North of Ordinary won a Bronze award in the Covers category (under 35,000 circ.).

The IRMA awards recognize publishing excellence by U.S. and Canadian member magazines devoted to regional interests. Read more about the awards night at the Canadian Magazines blog.