Last night in Halifax the Atlantic Journalism Awards were announced. In the categories exclusive to magazines, Saltscapes took the prize for Best Cover for “Million Dollar Legs” (Jan/Feb 2012).
The award for Best Profile Article went to Herald Magazine (“Graham Day,” by John DeMont).
And the award for Best Atlantic Magazine Article went to Progress Magazine (“To the Manor Born,” by Marjorie Simmins).
In the general print categories, Atlantic Business Magazine won for Arts & Entertainment (“Six Men, Two Dories and the North Atlantic,” by Stephen Kimber).
In addition to the awards open to all print, broadcast and online media in Atlantic Canada, the AJAs also bestowed a number of student awards:
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA SCHOLARSHIP
Georgena Holley, Nova Scotia Community College, Dartmouth
BELLALIANT PRIX D’EXCELLENCE EN JOURNALISME
Danielle Bilodeau, Université de Moncton
ATLANTIC LOTTERY CORPORATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Khairunnisa Intiar, St. Thomas University
EMERA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Natascia Lypny, University of King’s College
NALCOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Flavio Nienow, College of the North Atlantic
AJAs STUDENT PRIZE OF EXCELLENCE
Geordie Carragher, Holland College
CNW GROUP PRIZE OF EXCELLENCE
Blair Barrington, Nova Scotia Community College
AJAs STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Brad Perry, New Brunswick Community College
Today Canadian Business Press announced the finalists for the 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards in 24 written, visual, digital and special categories for Canadian business-to-business magazine publishing.
The KRW Awards have 2 divisions for Magazine of the Year this year. The 3 finalists for Magazine of the Year – Professional are CAmagazine, Marketing and Up Here Business. The finalists for Magazine of the Year – Trade are Oilweek, Renovation Contractor and Salon Magazine.
Also this year the KRW Awards added a category for Best New Journalist, and those finalists are:
- Katie Keir, “When Good Partners go Bad,” Advisor’s Edge
- Regan Reid, “Gold Rush,” Canadian Insurance Top Broker
- Stephanie Brooks,” The Great Divide,” Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters 20/20
Check out the complete list of KRW nominees.
Earlier this week the Western Magazine Awards announced the nominees for its 31st year honouring excellence in Canadian magazines from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
The leading nominated magazines include Vancouver Magazine, Eighteen Bridges, BC Business, Alberta Views, Up Here, Western Living and Prairie Fire.
The 3 finalists for Best New Magazine are Coast Mountain Culture Magazine, Homes & Living Magazine Vancouver and Interlake Arts, Life & Leisure Magazine.
The 5 finalists for Best New Writer are:
- Sherry Wong, “Dandelion,” Prism International
- Melissa Molloy, “The Accuser and Us,” Profiles West
- Carly Wignes, “Treaty Troubles,” The Tyee
- Rosemary Anderson, “A Running Start,” Trek
- Stacey McLachlan, “The Bounty Hunter,” Western Living
Check out all the WMA finalists.
The WMA Lifetime Achievement Award this year will go to Paul and Audrey Grescoe.
This year’s WMA Gala is Friday June 21 at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, hosted by Jo-Ann Roberts, the CBC radio host and currently the Harvey Southam Guest Lecturer at University of Victoria. Tickets go on sale on May 6 at WesternMagazineAwards.ca.
Twice a National Magazine Award winner as a writer for Atlantic Insight magazine (of which he was the founding editor, and which won 7 NMAs during its heyday in the 1980s before closing in 1989), Harry Bruce began his career with the Ottawa Journal in 1955, before moving on to stints with Maclean’s, The Canadian and Saturday Night (the latter as managing editor) before returning to his maritime roots to launch Atlantic Insight.
He’s also the author of twenty books of non-fiction, twice winning the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Award for best non-fiction book by a Nova Scotian. Read more about Harry at the AJA website, including testimonials from Robert Fulford, Dawn Chafe, Stephen Kimber and others.
Harry will be recognized at the annual Atlantic Journalism Awards gala on May 11 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.
Related post: Atlantic Journalism Awards finalists announced
Canadian Business Press announced today that the 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards gala will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the elegant Grand Banking Hall at One King West, Toronto. Doors will open at 6:30 for a wine reception presented by Canada Post Corporation and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner and the awards presentation will follow at 7:30pm. The presenting sponsor is CDS Global.
Tickets for the gala will go on sale at krwawards.ca on Friday, May 3, the date on which the nominations will be announced in 24 categories, honouring the best in written, visual and digital content creation, publishing and design from Canada’s best business-to-business magazines, including awards for Magazine of the Year—Professional and Magazine of the Year—Trade.
As this year’s Master of Ceremonies, the KRW Awards will welcome back Tom Gierasimczuk, vice-president, editorial (trade and consumer) at Canada Wide Media, and editor-in-chief of BCBusiness magazine.
“It’s so good to be back at the KRWs for another year, especially since they’re happening after sunset this year,” says Gierasimczuk. “It’ll be a night of celebration, revelry and layouts of old dudes in suits to remember!”
More at KRWawards.ca.
The Writers Guild of Alberta (WGA) has announced the finalists in 9 categories for the 2012 Alberta Literary Awards. The winners will be announced on May 25 at the Alberta Book Awards gala in Edmonton.
In the categories for magazine writing, the finalists are:
James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction
• Marcello di Cintio – “A Hymn in Aramaic,” Alberta Views Magazine
• Shaun Hunter – “Skin Deep,” FreeFall Magazine
• Omar Mouallem – “The Lives of Others,” Alberta Venture
Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story
• Kathleen Brown – “Marhawks in Winter,” Filling Station Magazine
• Lynn Coady – “Dogs in Clothes,” Canadian Notes & Queries
• Lee Kvern – “In Search of Lucinda,” Be a Better Writer
In the categories for book publishing, the nominees include former National Magazine Award winners and nominees Naomi K. Lewis, Will Ferguson, Marcello di Cintio and Andrew Nikiforuk.
In the two categories for unpublished writing, the finalists are:
Amber Bowerman Memorial Travel Writing Award
• Sydney Budgeon – “The Unfinished”
• Selestia Herrera – “Greek Gambles”
• Julia Seymour – “Professions of Love Across the Seine”
Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award
• Nora Abercrombie – “Becoming Canadian”
• Myrl Coulter – “Current Crossings”
• Elizabeth Haynes – “Memoria, Justicia, Sin Olvido”
Check out all the nominees (pdf). Congrats to all the finalists and good luck!
In the Magazine category, the finalists include:
- Two-time National Magazine Award winner Alison Motluk (for “Is Egg Donation Dangerous?” in Maisonneuve);
- Former NMA winner Frances Bula (for “The Tipping Point” in Vancouver Magazine);
- Five-time NMA finalist Alex Roslin (for “Japan’s irradiated fish worry B.C. experts” in Georgia Straight);
- Corinne Cécilia (for “Une âme universelle” in Maison et Demeure)
See the complete list of finalists in all categories for this year’s CAJ Awards. The winners will be announced at the CAJ Awards banquet in Ottawa on May 4.
The annual Atlantic Journalism Awards gala will be held on Saturday, May 11 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. The finalists were announced last week, and the magazine nominees include Herald Magazine, Saltscapes, Progress, East Coast Living, Atlantic Salmon Journal, CBC Maritime Magazine, and Atlantic Business Magazine.
The 3 finalists for the coveted award of Best Magazine Cover are:
In the category for best Atlantic Magazine Article, the three finalists are:
- John DeMont, Herald Magazine, ”Does Nova Scotia Get the Government it Deserves?”
- Marjorie Simmins, Progress Magazine, “To the Manor Born”
- Martin Silverstone, Atlantic Salmon Journal, ”Atlantic Salmon to the End”
And for best Magazine Profile Article, the nominees are:
- John DeMont, Herald Magazine, “Graham Day”
- Martin Silverstone, Atlantic Salmon Journal, “River Princess”
- Paul McLeod, Herald Magazine, “Kathy Dunderdale’s Revolution”
Check out all the finalists here. Winners will be announced on May 11.
The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has released the shortlists of finalists for this year’s National Magazine Awards–the Ellies. The winners will be announced at their annual gala on May 2 in New York.
Last year’s announcement of the finalists was accompanied by a vocal brouhaha in US magazine circles, concerning the absence of female nominees in 5 key categories. This year industry watchers are already making note of the presence of women, who comprise half (17 of 34) of the nominees in the writing categories, including 3 of 5 in Fiction and in Commentary, and all 5 in the category Public Interest.
This year, 62 publications were nominated in 23 categories. National Geographic received the most with seven, followed by Bon Appétit and New York, both with six. GQ and The New Yorker both received five nominations; Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones and Texas Monthly all received four. [See all nominees]
Finalists in the ASME Magazine of the Year category, honoring excellence both in print and on digital platforms, will be announced on Monday, April 8.
Canadian writer Alice Munro is among the nominees in Fiction, for her story “Train,” which appeared in the April 2012 issue of Harper’s.
The finalists for the Canadian National Magazine Awards will be announced on May 1. This year’s awards gala is June 7 in Toronto.
The Quebec magazine association–l’Association québecoise des éditeurs de magazines (AQEM)–has announced that it will not be hosting the Quebec Magazine Awards (aka Grands Prix du magazine) this year.
An announcement on the association’s website noted that its board of directors is focusing its efforts on urgent advocacy issues. It stated that the awards will return in 2014 and be open to work published either in 2012 or in 2013:
Votre association concentre toutes ses énergies à défendre vos intérêts dans le dossier du recyclage du papier et des tarifs exorbitants auxquels nous faisons face. Le Conseil d’administration a donc décidé que Les Grands Prix du magazine 2013 de l’Association québecoise des éditeurs de magazines (AQEM) ne seront pas décernés cette année mais seulement au printemps 2014. La compétition portera alors sur les éditions de 2012 et 2013.
The annual Grands Prix du magazine have been held each year since 1991. Last year’s winners included Les Débrouillards and L’actualité, which shared the award for Quebec Magazine of the Year. Other winners were Jobboom, Québec Science, Protégez-Vous, Châtelaine, Elle Québec, 7 jours and Clin d’œil.
Related post: 2012 Quebec Magazine Award winners announced
The annual Quebec Writing Competition, supported by Maisonneuve and CBC Canada Writes, is accepting submissions for its 2013 awards. Entries may be fiction or non-fiction, previously unpublished, with a maximum of 1200 words. Participation is limited to residents of Quebec. The submission deadline is May 1.
The first-prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1500, have their work published in Maisonneuve and broadcast on CBC Radio’s Cinq à Six; the second-prize winner will receive $1000, have their work published on Maisonneuve‘s website and broadcast on CBC.
There will also be one Readers’s Choice winner who will receive $300 and a broadcast of their work. All three winners will be published in a CBC Canada Writes anthology.
The winners will be announced at the QWF Literary Awards Gala in November, 2013.
The SOGC/CFWH Journalism Awards for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting recognizes outstanding reporting on women’s health issues appearing Canadian media.
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health (CFWH) are the cosponsors of the awards, which are are open to print (including consumer magazines, newspapers and online news sites) and broadcast media published during 2012.
Winners in each media category receive a $1000 cash prize and will be honoured at the annual conference of SOGC in June. There will also be three Honourable Mentions per category.
Submissions are due by March 28, 2013. General criteria and applications forms are available here.
One of last year’s recipients was National Magazine Award winner Alison Motluk.
The Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) is searching for nominations for the 2013 Editor of the Year Award. PWAC members can nominate any editor, regardless of membership, for this award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 22, 2013.
The Editor of the Year award brings national recognition and praise to outstanding editorial professionals who respond quickly and positively to our queries, help us shape our ideas and work, improve our writing, and smooth the process of publication, invoicing and payment.
Previous winners include Jennifer Reynolds (Canadian Family), Rebecca Caldwell (Cottage Life), Jennifer Walker (Best Health), Mitchell Brown (Canadian Interiors), and Michael Totzke (Canadian Retailer).
Two other PWAC Awards are accepting submissions until March 22:
Lawrence Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award: PWAC recognizes outstanding contributions and exemplary commitment and service to the association through its Special Achievement Award, named in memory of former PWAC President Lawrence Jackson. This award is only open to PWAC members in good standing.
PWAC Regional Volunteer Awards: Recognize the valuable contributions of members who volunteer for PWAC in their regions. Open to PWAC members in good standing.
More PWAC Awards info here.
Eighteen Bridges and Swerve each took home three gold awards at the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards in Calgary last night. Alberta Oil swept the gold awards in Illustration and Photography. Alberta Views, Avenue, Western Living, Uppercase, Galleries West and Profiles West were also Gold-winning magazines.
The award for Best Cover went to Avenue (Calgary) magazine’s annual food issue, “Their Last Supper,” featuring 12 of the city’s top chefs (and one critic) in an apostolic scene:
Alberta Venture editor Mike Ganley was recognized as Editor of the Year, and Elaine Kupser of Impact won the Achievement Award for Publishing.
Melissa Molloy won the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation Award for Emerging Writer, for her work in Profiles West.
Other gold award winners at the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards:
- Best Alberta Story: Jeremy Klaszus, “Deerfoot’s Revenge,” Swerve
- Essay: Karen Connelly, “Washing the Body,” Alberta Views
- Profile: Curtis Gillespie, “The Populist,” Eighteen Bridges
- Feature Writing: Stacey McLachlan, “The Bounty Hunter,” Western Living
- Service Article: Kim Gray, “Let it Snow,” Swerve
- Fiction: Caroline Adderson, “I Feel Lousy,” Eighteen Bridges
- Poetry: Karen Solie, “Rothko via Muncie, Indiana,” Eighteen Bridges
- Art Direction: Issue #13, Uppercase
- Illustration: Dushan Milic, “End of Days,” Alberta Oil
- Photograph: Curtis Comeau, “Calling Nisku,” Alberta Oil
- Feature Design: Vishu Mahajan, “Double Take,” Swerve
- Digital Presence: Galleries West
The annual program of awards hosted by the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) is now accepting submissions, with deadlines approaching this Friday for three of the writing awards:
- Feature Writing (over 1200 words): Open to PWAC and non-PWAC members; includes a cash prize of $500
- Short Articles (1200 words or fewer): Open to PWAC and non-PWAC members; includes a cash prize of $500
- Barbara Novak Award for Humour/Personal Essay Writing: Open exclusively to PWAC members
Previous winners include National Magazine Award laureates Kaitlin Fontana, Jay Somerset, Omar Mouallem, Stephen Kimber, Jeremy Klaszus and more.
Other awards offered by PWAC have deadlines next Friday (March 22):
- Lawrence Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award: Open exclusively to PWAC members
- Regional Volunteer Awards: Open exclusively to PWAC members
- Editor of the Year: PWAC members may nominate any editor regardless of their membership status
The winners will be announced at the annual PWAC conference in Toronto in June. More info at PWAC.
One of the most prominent awards is the Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award, open to any student or young journalist who published a major piece of science journalism (print, digital, broadcast) in 2012. [More info.]
The Sanofi Pasteur Medal For Excellence In Health Research Journalism is a national award is intended to highlight the pivotal role that journalists play in raising public awareness of the importance of health research in Canada. [More info.]
The Science in Society awards honour outstanding contributions to journalism in Canadian print and broadcast media. Print entries must have appeared in a Canadian publication aimed at the general public. Electronic entries must have been aired on a cable or broadcast system licensed in Canada.
These awards are presented for original material disseminated – in French or English print or broadcast – during the 2012 calendar year. The awards will be presented at the upcoming CSWA 42nd annual conference, June 6-9 in Montreal.
With the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards ceremony coming up on the calendar on March 14 (part of the Alberta Magazines Conference of March 14-15 in Calgary), we’re looking forward to seeing who will take the top honours this year.
Among the 14 Showcase categories to be presented at the gala is the always intriguing competition for Best Magazine Cover. Here’s a look at the 8 finalists this year for the top Alberta magazine cover:
Check out all the finalists here. The winner of Best Cover and all the other Alberta Magazine Awards will be announced on March 14.
[This post has been updated] Last night at the Courtyard Hotel in downtown Toronto the redesigned Canadian Cover Awards were presented to an audience of Canadian magazine industry professionals. Produced by CMC and Magazines Canada, and sponsored by the Alliance for Audited Media, the reception showcased awards for the most successful Canadian magazine cover in 7 categories:
- Fashion, Shopping & Bridal: ELLE Québec, August 2012 (“Véronique Cloutier“)
- General Interest, Arts, Lifestyle & Regional: Legion Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012 (“The War of 1812“)
- Home & Decor: Style at Home, September 2011 (“Bathroom Style“)
- News, Business & Celebrity: Canadian Business, February 20, 2012 (“Crash: Why House Prices are about to Fall“)
- SIPs and New Magazines: Maclean’s Royal Wedding Special
- Sports & Leisure: SkyNews, May/June 2012 (“Transit of Venus“)
- Women’s Service: Chatelaine, February 2012 (“Comfort Food Makeovers“)
Cottage Life magazine’s circulation coordinator Amanda Beattie hosted the event. The awards competition was open to all Canadian magazine issues distributed on Canadian newsstands in 2011 and 2012 that are now sales final.
Related post: New Canadian Cover Awards now accepting submissions
The finalists for the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards have been announced by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, with awards to be presented in 14 Showcase categories on March 14.
Swerve–the “Calgary inside & out” magazine–leads all publications with 17 nominations.
Also receiving an impressive haul of nominations are Alberta Venture (11), Alberta Oil (10), Eighteen Bridges (10), Alberta Views (6) and Avenue Calgary (6).
The Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation Award for Emerging Writer has 4 finalists:
- Raquel Fletcher: Ten Tree Sees the Forest and the Trees (Degrees Magazine)
- Jessica Pia: Dinner with Dad (FreeFall)
- Devon Jolie: History Denied (Profiles West)
- Melissa Molloy: The Accuser and Us (Profiles West)
[This post has been updated] The Western Magazine Awards — a program open to Canadian print and online magazines published west of the Ontario-Manitoba border — are now accepting submissions for their 31st annual awards. Deadline for entries is
March 1, 2013 March 15, 2013.
This year there are 12 written categories (including the new Best New Writer Award) and 6 visual categories, which include a cash prize of $750.
Then there are 4 “Gold” categories for best overall article by region, which include a cash prize of $1000. Finally, there are 8 Magazine of the Year categories and 1 Lifetime Achievement Award.
There have been a few changes made to the Rules this year, so be sure to read carefully before submitting.
The winners will be announced at the annual WMA ceremony on June 21, 2013, at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside. More info at westernmagazineawards.ca.
The 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for Canadian B2B magazine publishing are accepting submissions until Friday, February 15.
Submitters may enter online at krwawards.ca and all required hard copies are due by 5pm on Friday.
There are 25 categories (13 written, 4 visual, 3 digital and 5 special).
Among the new categories this year is the inaugural Kenneth R. Wilson Award for Best New Journalist, which celebrates the achievements of a writer whose early work in B2B magazine journalism shows the highest degree of craft and promise.
Submissions must consist of a feature-length, non-fiction article (1000 words or greater) published in a Canadian business-to-business publication in 2012, along with a letter of reference from an editor, teacher, mentor or colleague.
Editors are encouraged to submit on behalf of their writers.
For more information, visit krwawards.ca.
The annual Editors’ Choice Awards presented by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) are now open for submissions.
The award for CSME Magazine of the Year is divided by circulation and type:
- Small magazines (under 50,000)
- Medium magazines (50,000 to 149,999)
- Large magazines (150,000+)
- Trade magazines
- Custom publications
There are also awards for:
- Best Front of Book
- Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing
- Best Website
- Best Editorial Blog
- Editor of the Year
The deadline for submission is March 8, 2013. Submissions are free for CSME members. Winners will be announced at the Editors’ Gala during MagNet–Canada’s Magazine Conference–on June 5, 2013. More info at the CSME website.
The annual Atlantic Journalism Awards are open for submissions, with a deadline of Monday February 4. The AJAs honour excellence in print, online and broadcast journalism by media outlets in Atlantic Canada.
There are 3 categories specifically for magazines:
- Atlantic Magazine Article
- Atlantic Magazine – Best Cover
- Atlantic Magazine – Best Profile Article
Content from magazines may also enter the general “Print” categories and the “Reporting” categories. View the full list of categories.
The winners will be announced at the annual Atlantic Journalism Awards dinner, Saturday May 11, 2013, at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Last year’s winner for Best Cover went to Atlantic Business (left).
For more information visit ajasonline.org.
Related post: 2012 Atlantic Journalism Award winners announced
January 31 is the deadline for the Yves O. Fortier Earth Science Journalism, which is presented by the Canadian Science Writers Association and the Geological Association of Canada.
The award recognizes excellence in print journalism endeavors to promote understanding of scientific achievement to the Canadian public.
Deadline for Entries: January 31
Prize: Certificate and $1000
Description: Entries for the Yves Fortier Award may deal with a broad spectrum of earth science topics, ranging from earth to ocean and atmosphere. They are judged generally on the basis of originality , clarity of interpretation, scientific accuracy and value in promoting a broader understanding of earth sciences by the public. The award is presented by the Canadian Science Writers Association.
Previous recipients of the Yves O. Fortier Award include National Magazine Award winners Dominique Forget and Ed Struzik.
The Kenneth R. Wilson Awards are now accepting submissions for their 59th annual awards for Canadian business-to-business publishing, presented by Canadian Business Press and Magazines Canada. Visit krwawards.ca for details.
The early-bird deadline for entries is February 8; final deadline February 15.
There are several changes this year, as the KRWs struck a new Judging Committee to review categories and judging policy. Responding to feedback from industry stakeholders, the KRWs will distinguish certain categories along “Trade” and “Professional” lines. As such, there will now be twin awards for Magazine of the Year:
- Magazine of the Year–Trade
- Magazine of the Year–Professional
The written category Best Feature Article is also divided into
- Best Feature Article–Professional
- Best Feature Article–Trade
Other new categories include
- Best New Journalist
- Best Online-Only Article
- Best Website Editorial Package
In a statement about the changes this year, KRW Awards Chair John Kerr noted:
We are excited by the upcoming KRW awards. The industry involvement in judging and the overall passion for this premier Business to Business media recognition program continues to be strong. The changes and improvements to this year’s program have been a result of some passionate debates and solid input from across the entire trade press in Canada. Often forgotten as a member of the publishing scene in Canada, the trade press offers its editors and publishers alike a solid career path and the KRW awards are a great way not only to remind ourselves as trade publishers but also the publishing fraternity as a whole about the vibrancy and importance of our media solutions in Canada.
Read more about what’s new at this year’s KRW Awards. The finalists in each of the 25 categories will be announced in May. Information about the annual awards gala will be announced later this spring.
The redeveloped Canadian Cover Awards / Grands prix canadiens-Meilleures couvertures are accepting submissions for their eight categories until January 25, 2013.
The awards recognize and celebrate the success of the Canadian magazine industry’s top selling magazine covers. Honours go to titles with sizzling sell lines, compelling photography, clever illustrations—whatever made the consumer pick up and purchase that magazine.
The entry fee is $90 for the first entry, $75 for the second, and $55 each for the 3rd entry and beyond.
Visit coverawards.ca for details.