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Canadian Cover Awards open for submissions until Jan 31

The annual Canadian Cover Awards, produced by CMC and Magazines Canada, is accepting submissions until January 31 for its 2013 awards.

There are eight categories this year, including Newsstand Marketer of the Year. Last year’s winner of that award, Greg Kielty, highlighted a successful 2012 awards for SkyNews magazine.

Submissions are open to Canadian magazines that were distributed on newsstands between September 2012 and September 2013, and are sales-final. Submissions must be accompanied by distribution verification.

This year’s awards ceremony will once again be held at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown at 6 pm on February 25, 2014.

60th anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards open for submissions

The 2013 KRW Awards, at One King West (Photo: Dean Bradley)

Marking 60 years of recognizing excellence in b2b publishing in Canada, the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards is seeking submissions for awards in 25 written, visual, digital and special categories.

The early-bird deadline (save on entry fees) is February 7. Final deadline (including all required hard copies) is February 14.

Submitters are requested to review the categoriesguidelines and helpful tips before submitting.

This year’s 60th anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards gala will be held on June 3 in Toronto, at One King West. More at krwawards.ca.

Each year the competition includes participation from more than one hundred Canadian business-to-business publications. Last year’s major KRW Award winners included OilweekUp Here Business and Marketing.

The 2013 KRW Awards, at One King West (Photo: Dean Bradley)

Azure magazine looking for submissions for AZ Awards 2014

The National Magazine Award-winning design magazine Azure has announced a call for submissions for the AZ Awards, recognizing excellence in design for 2013.

Azure Magazine’s international awards program is open for submissions. Now in its fourth year, the AZ Awards is already regarded as an important distinction for emerging and established firms. Like the magazine itself, the awards are multi-disciplinary, recognizing the interconnectedness of architecture, landscape, interiors and product design. Assisted by the editors of AZURE, a panel of international experts drawn from each of the disciplines meets together to review the submissions and choose the winners. The 2014 AZ Awards program is open to work completed before December 31, 2013.

The deadline for entries is February 21, 2014. More info at azawards.adbeast.com.

Azure magazine in the National Magazine Awards archive

Several NMA laureates among Writers’ Trust Prize finalists

Invite-HeaderTomorrow the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto. The five shortlisted novelists and short-story writers are among Canada’s most celebrated authors, and four of them are previously National Magazine Award honorees:

  • Lynn Coady, a Writers’ Trust finalist (and winner of the Giller Prize) for Hellgoing, is a five-time National Magazine Award finalist, most recently in 2012 for two stories, “Publish then Perish” (Eighteen Bridges) and “Dogs in Clothes” (Canadian Notes & Queries); the latter is one of the stories included in Hellgoing.
  • Lisa Moore, shortlisted for Caught, is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist, most recently for “Notes from Newfoundland” (2011, The Walrus).
  • Cary Fagan, shortlisted for A Bird’s Eye, was nominated for a National Magazine Award for fiction in 2007, for his story “Shit Box” (Taddle Creek).
  • Krista Bridge, shortlisted for The Eliot Girls, was nominated for a National Magazine Award for fiction in 2002, for “Crusade” (Toronto Life).

The fifth Writers’ Trust finalist is Colin McAdam, for A Beautiful Truth, which was also shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award earlier this year.

The winner will be revealed on Wednesday, November 20 at the annual Writers’ Trust Awards at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, which also includes the Journey Prize for Short Fiction.

The 3 finalists for this year’s Journey Prize include Eliza Robertson, whose entry “My Sister Sang” (Grain magazine) was a finalist for this past year’s National Magazine Award for fiction.

The other two finalists are Doretta Lau (“How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?”; Event magazine) and Naben Ruthnam (“Cinema Rex”; The Malahat Review).

More information about the Writers’ Trust Awards.

NMA laureates vie for Governor General’s Awards

Canadian book award season continues today with the presentation of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, better known as the GGs, in Ottawa, and several former National Magazine Award winners are among the finalists.

This most comprehensive of literary awards programs honours excellence in book-length fiction, poetry, non-fiction, drama, children’s text, children’s illustration and translation, with awards for both English- and French-language entries.

In the Fiction (English) category, the finalists include former National Magazine Award winner Shyam Selvadurai, for his novel The Hungry Ghosts. Mr. Selvadurai won NMA gold for fiction in 2006, for “The Demonness Kali” published in Toronto Life.

Former NMA finalist Kenneth Bonnert is also up for a GG in fiction, for The Lion Seeker. The rest of the GG shortlist includes Eleanor Catton, Joseph Boyden and Colin McAdam.

In the Children’s Illustration (French) category, two-time National Magazine Award winner Isabelle Arsenault is among the finalists, for Jane, le Renard et moi. Ms. Arsenault won a National Magazine Award earlier this year for her work in Quebec Science magazine.

In the Poetry (English) category, the shortlist includes two-time National Magazine Award finalist Don Domanski, for his collection Bite Down Little Whisper. Mr. Domanski’s most recent National Magazine Award nomination came in 2009, for the poem “Radiance and Counterpoint” published in Grain.

Read up on all the GG finalists here. For each category, a jury, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000 and a specially-bound copy of their winning book. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book. The total annual value of the GGs is close to $450,000.

NMA winner Richard Wagamese wins First Nations book award

National Magazine Award-winning writer Richard Wagamese, a member of the Ojibway Wabasseemoong First Nation of northern Ontario and author of 13 books, has won the inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, presented by the non-profit CODE and the Canada Council for the Arts.

He won for his latest novel, Indian Horse (Douglas & McIntyre), a story about the journey Saul Indian Horse, a northern Ontario Ojibway man, takes back through his life, as he is dying. The runners up were novels by Tara Lee Morin and James Bartleman.

Richard Wagamese was a National Magazine Award winner in 2010 for his story “Walking by the Crooked Water,” part of an Editorial Package called “Border Lines” published by Canadian Geographic magazine.

The Burt Award’s book purchase and distribution program will ensure that a minimum of 2,500 copies of each of the three winning titles will be delivered to First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth across Canada through community libraries, schools, Friendship Centres and summer literacy camps.

The Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature was established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been advancing literacy and learning in Canada and around the world for over 50 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation. The Award is the result of a close collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Association of Friendship Centres, Frontier College, GoodMinds, the Association of Canadian Publishers and the Canada Council for the Arts. Read more.

More: Richard Wagamese in the National Magazine Awards archive.

NMA winner Carol Shaben to accept prize at Laurier University

National Magazine Award winner Carol Shaben, whose recent book Into the Abyss began as an award-winning story in The Walrus, will speak at two public events this Wednesday, November 13, at Wilfrid Laurier University, and will receive the 2013 Edna Staebler Prize which was announced earlier this year.

First, an interview with Ms. Shaben, conducted by Bruce Gillespie, assistant professor of Journalism, will take place on Laurier’s Brantford campus from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in RCW203. Then, the presentation of the Edna Staebler award will take place on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Senate and Board Chamber.

Carol Shaben is a freelance writer who lives in Vancouver with her husband and son. In 2005 she left a business career to focus on her long-time passion for writing, and in 2009 she was nominated for three National Magazine Awards, winning two: a Gold Medal for Investigative Reporting and a Silver Medal for Politics and Public Interest. Into the Abyss is her first book. She was also a finalist for Best New Magazine Writer of 2009.

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More: Carol Shaben in the National Magazine Awards archive

Alberta Magazine Awards open for submissions

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association is accepting submissions for the 2014 Alberta Magazine Awards, with a deadline of December 16 for all entries (December 2 for the early-bird rate).

They’ve added some new categories this year: The expanded 2014 program includes new awards categories for Photograph (Landscape, Still Life and Architecture), Photograph (People and Portraiture), and Magazine of the Year.

The awards are open to AMPA members only, except for two awards open to the general public: Emerging Writer and Best New Magazine.

Overall there are 16 Showcase Awards (for written, visual, integrated and digital content) and 5 Achievement Awards (Achievement in Publishing, Editor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Best New Magazine, Magazine of the Year).

Check out the full line-up of awards and download the 2014 Alberta Magazine Awards Information document for more info.

The 2014 Alberta Magazine Awards will be presented at a gala dinner that kicks-off the Alberta Magazines Conference on March 20, 2014 at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary.

ScotiaBank Giller Prize features former NMA winners

Tomorrow night’s presentation of the 2013 ScotiaBank Giller Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in Canadian fiction, will feature the work of five celebrated Canadian authors, three of whom have previously been nominated for National Magazine Awards.

Five-time NMA finalist Lynn Coady made the Giller shortlist for her short-story collection Hellgoing. The native of Cape Breton is also the founding editor of the magazine Eighteen Bridges, launched in 2011 and already the recipient of 20 National Magazine Award nominations and 4 medals. She was a double nominee at this year’s National Magazine Awards for her fiction (“Dogs in Clothes“) in Canadian Notes & Queries and her Arts & Entertainment essay “Publish then Perish” (Eighteen Bridges).

A National Magazine Award winner earlier this year for his essay “Precious Cargo” (Avenue magazine), Craig Davidson is shortlisted for the Giller prize this year for his novel Cataract City. The Ontario native has been nominated for 5 NMAs during his career.

Newfoundland’s Lisa Moore, twice an NMA finalist for her journalism and fiction, made the Giller shortlist for her novel Caught. Her most recent NMA nomination was for her story “Notes from Newfoundland” (The Walrus, 2011), and she was nominated in 2001 for her fiction in The Malahat Review.

Rounding out the Giller shortlist are Dan Vyleta (The Crooked Maid) and Dennis Bock (Going Home Again).

The 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner will be announced at a gala ceremony on Tuesday, November 5, during a live broadcast on CBC Television at 9:00 p.m. EST. The announcement will be available simultaneously via email press release, newswire, Scotiabank Giller Prize web site and related social media channels. The winner recieves a $70,000 $50,000 cash prize.

Paul Webster wins Dave Greber Freelance Award

This past weekend at Edmonton’s LitFest, the winners of the 2013 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards were announced.

In the magazine category, the prize went to four-time National Magazine Award winner Paul Webster, for his article “Adverse Reactions,” about the controversial dismissal by the government of British Columbia of several scientists studying the province’s prescription-drug policies, published in the April 2013 issue of Vancouver Magazine.

Mr. Webster has won National Magazine Awards writing for Report on Business, Canadian Geographic and The Walrus. Earlier this year he won the Canadian Bar Association award for excellence in journalism, and has been a freelance writer and filmmaker for more than twenty years.

In the book category, the award went to freelancer Chris Benjamin of Halifax for his forthcoming book The Shubenacadie Indian Residential School, an investigative history of Atlantic Canada’s only residential school for First Nations children.

The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards were established to honour Dave Greber of Calgary, a long-time freelance writer, and they are unique in two ways: they provide support to working Canadian freelance writers
when they most need it in their work cycle; and they give special regard to those working in the area of social justice. Excellence of writing, research and storytelling are a benchmark of the awards.

Charles Oberdorf Memorial Award winner announced

[This post has been updated] Congratulations to Ryerson University student Angie Mattison, winner of the second annual Charles Oberdorf Memorial Award for excellence in magazine and web publishing. The $1000 prize was created in 2011 by the friends and family of Charles Oberdorf, for eighteen years a teacher at Ryerson and the coordinator of the magazine and web publishing program at the Chang School for Continuing Education.

Mr. Oberdorf was the recipient of the 2010 2007 National Magazine Awards Foundation’s Outstanding Achievement award, for his career of service to the Canadian magazine industry.

Hat tip: Canadian Magazines blog.

National Magazine Award winner Alice Munro finally a Nobel laureate

She is a three-time National Magazine Award winner for fiction, including the first-ever such prize awarded back in 1977. She has won three Governor General’s Literary Awards, two Giller Prizes, and the Man Booker International Prize. Widely regarded as one of the greatest short-story writers the English language has ever known, at last Alice Munro has been named the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The native of Wingham, Ontario, published her first collection of short stories, Dance of the Happy Shades, in 1968, and promptly won the Governor General’s Literary Award. In 1977, she won her first of three National Magazine Awards, for her story “Accident” originally published in Toronto Life and later with her fifth collection, The Moons of Jupiter (1982).

Mrs. Cross and Mrs. Kidd,” published in the Tamarack Review, won her a second National Magazine Award for fiction in 1982.

And her story “Jakarta,” published in Saturday Night in 1998, won Ms. Munro a third National Magazine Award. Jakarta later appeared in the collection The Love of a Good Woman, which won the Giller Prize that year.

Now 82 and officially retired, Ms. Munro had been considered one of the favourites for the prestigious award, though only twelve women before her, in the Nobel Prize’s 113-year history, had won.

Using an epithet often ascribed to her, the Swedish Academy in announcing its decision referred to Ms. Munro as the “master of the contemporary short story.”

Upon learning of her win, she told the CBC, “I would really hope this would make people see the short story as an important art, not just something you played around with until you got a novel.”

Alice Munro in the National Magazine Awards archive
Margaret Atwood on the life and works of Alice Munro (The Guardian)

Covet, Prairie Fire, Canada’s History top winners at Manitoba Magazine Awards

Covet, the new lifestyle magazine tagged as “modern living with a Prairie twist,” won the award for Magazine of the Year at last week’s Manitoba Magazine Awards, a.k.a. the Maggies. Covet, which launched in 2012, also won the People’s Choice Award.

The literary periodical Prairie Fire, winner of 13 National Magazine Awards since 1995, took home the most Maggies with four, including Best Poem, Best Short Fiction, Best Editorial Feature or Creative Non-Fiction, and Best Single Issue.

Canada’s History magazine won for Best Column or Department and Best Digital Initiative, the latter for its Young Students program which encourages students to make short documentary films for online publication.

Also winning Maggies were The Huddle, Interlake Arts, Manitoba Home & Gardener Living, Rhubarb, Outwords Inc, and the Canadian Journal of Green Building & Design.

The the Maggies were introduced in 2009 by the Manitoba Magazine Publishers Association to recognize achievement in all areas of the magazine publishing business: editorial excellence, design, marketing, online development and public events and programming. The Awards also provide an opportunity to celebrate the exceptional range and diversity of magazine titles produced in the province.

Maclean’s, Toronto Life, Hazlitt headline COPA finalists

The companion sites of Maclean’s and Toronto Life magazines will vie with those of Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and Spacing for the title of Best Overall Companion Website at this year’s Canadian Online Publishing Awards, the finalists for which were announced earlier today.

Maclean’s was tabbed for 8 nominations in 15 categories in the COPAs’ Red Division, which consists of consumer magazines (print and online). Toronto Life garnered 4 nominations, including Best Website Design, Best Smartphone App and Best Mobile-Optimized Site.

Hazlitt, the online-only literary publication which earlier this year won the National Magazine Awards for Magazine Website of the Year, Magazine Website Design and Best Online Video, is nominated for 4 COPAs, including Best Overall Online-Only Publication Website, where it will compete against RedNation Online, Torontoist, Tuja Wellness, and What’s Really Good Magazine.

Hazlitt is also nominated for a COPA in Best Website Design, Best Blog and Best Online-Only Article. The online-only city mag Torontoist also nabbed 4 nominations in total.

In the category for Best Tablet Edition, the nominees are Maclean’s, Best Health, Clin d’oeil, Canadian Living and Travel + Escape. And for Best Smartphone App, Maclean’s and Toronto Life will compete against Cool! and YoyoMama.

Check out all of this year’s nominees, including those in the Blue (trade publications) and Green (newspaper & broadcast media) divisions.

This year’s COPA winners will be announced on November 13 at a soiree at The Hoxton in Toronto. Ticket and event info here.

Your Guide to Summer 2013 Magazine Writing Contests

It’s summer at last — time to get outdoors and write! Check out some of these great writing contests on offer from many of Canada’s award-winning magazines.

The Walrus: Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry, juried prize and people’s choice prize
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $2500 and publication (juried winner); $2500 (people’s choice winner)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)

Alberta Views Perspectives on a Province
Section: Fiction
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $1000 (1st), $250 (2nd); publication
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)

Antigonish Review: Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $600 (first); $400 (second); $200 (third); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)

Up Here Robert Service Poetry Contest
Section: Poetry (in the style of Robert Service)
Deadline: July 1, 2013
Prize: $750 (1st), $250 (2nd); publication in Up Here
Entry Fee: None

Matrix Magazine: LitPop Awards
Sections: Poetry; Fiction; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 1, 2013
Prize: For winners in each section, round-trip ticket and accommodation to POP Montreal Festival in September; publication in Matrix
Entry Fee: $25

Malahat Review: Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize
Sections: Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: August 1, 2013
Prize: $1000; publication in Malahat Review; interview with winning author
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)

Geist: Erasure Poetry Contest
Sections: Poetry
Deadline: August 31, 2013
Prize: $600 (first); $250 (second); $150 (third); publication in Geist; prize packs for HM
Entry Fee: $20 (includes subscription)

Did we miss something? Email staff[at]magazine-awards[dot]com or hail us on Twitter @MagAwards.

More Magazine Contests:
Your Guide to Fall 2012 Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Winter/Spring 2013 Magazine Writing Contests

Check out the Contests section of this blog for frequent updates on opportunities from Canadian magazines.

Cottage Life, Up Here, Canadian Living big winners at Editors’ Choice Awards

Editor of the Year Penny Caldwell

Last night after a busy day of MagNet 2013 in Toronto, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors held its annual gala and editors’ choice awards ceremony.

The winners of Magazine of the Year:

  • Small circ: Up Here
  • Medium circ: Cottage Life
  • Large circ: Canadian Living

Other winners:

  • Best Trade Magazine: Precedent
  • Best Custom Publication: enRoute
  • Best Blog: Reader’s Digest Open Kitchen
  • Best Front of Book: Up Here
  • Jim Cormier Award for Best Display Writing: Cottage Life
  • Best Web Editorial (under 150k): Fresh Juice
  • Best Web Editorial (over 150k): Canadian Living
  • Editor of the Year: Penny Caldwell, Cottage Life

Check out @CanadianEditors on Twitter for all the buzz from last night. More at canadianeditors.com.

Oilweek, Up Here Business, Marketing big winners at 59th Kenneth R. Wilson Awards

Last night inside the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto, Canadian Business Press announced the winners of the 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for Canadian B2B publishing, presented by CDS Global.

Complete list of winners. KRW digital Gold Book.

K_MoYt-oilweekWith two divisions for Magazine of the Year, Up Here Business was named Magazine of the Year–Professional, while Oilweek won Magazine of the Year–Trade. Read what the KRW judges said about these winning magazines.

Best Issue of the year went to Les Affaires for their May 2012 issue “Le pouvoir créatif.”

Best Cover went to Oilsands Review for their September 2012 cover:

Precedent won the award for Website of the Year.

The inaugural Kenneth R. Wilson Award for Best New Journalist went to Katie Keir for her article “When Good Partners go Bad” in Advisor’s Edge.

Marketing magazine led all publications with 3 Gold and 2 Silver awards, followed by CAmagazine, Up Here Business, OHS Canada and Conseiller.

Top Winning Magazines at the 59th Kenneth R. Wilson Awards:













Up Here Business




OHS Canada








Les Affaires








Le Coopérateur agricole




University Affairs




Alberta Oil




Notable winners include writer Jason Contant, who won two Gold awards for OHS Canada. And Nicolas Mesly won a Gold and two Silver awards for his work in Le Coopérateur agricole.

Tom Gierasimczuk, former editor of Marketing and now vice-president of editorial at Canada Wide Media, emcee’d the gala for the second year in a row. Tom was also a Gold winner himself, in the category Best Profile of a Company (“Vice Age” in Marketing).

For all the winners and coverage, visit krwawards.ca or on twitter @KRWawards and #KRW13.

Update: List of all 59th KRW nominees and winners (pdf)

Deadline approaches for Peter Gzowski Life Literacy Fellowship

May 31 is the deadline for applications to the Peter Gzowski Life Literacy Fellowship, presented by ABC Life Literacy Canada.

The Peter Gzowski Life Literacy Fellowship was developed to generate public awareness of adult literacy in Canada by providing one journalist with a financial contribution of $3,000 to research and develop a story on adult literacy in Canada. The fellowship follows in the tradition of The Peter Gzowski Literacy Award of Merit (PGLAM) which was founded by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1993 in honour of the late veteran broadcaster and literacy advocate Peter Gzowski.

Peter Gzowski was a 3-time National Magazine Award-winning writer for his work in Saturday Night and Toronto Life in the early 1980s. He was perhaps best known as the host of CBC Radio’s This Country in the Morning and Morningside, and author of many books of non-fiction. He was a tireless advocate and fundraiser for adult literacy in Canada, and also a friend and supporter of the Canadian magazine industry.

Read more about ABC and the Peter Gzowski fellowship.

Progress, Saltscapes & Herald magazines among winners at Atlantic Journalism Awards

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:

Georgena Holley, Nova Scotia Community College, Dartmouth

Danielle Bilodeau, Université de Moncton

Khairunnisa Intiar, St. Thomas University

Natascia Lypny, University of King’s College

Flavio Nienow, College of the North Atlantic

Geordie Carragher, Holland College

Blair Barrington, Nova Scotia Community College

Brad Perry, New Brunswick Community College

More news coverage of AJAs and all the winners.

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Harry Bruce wins Lifetime Achievement Award from AJAs
Atlantic Journalism Awards finalists announced

Kenneth R. Wilson Awards & Western Magazine Awards announce finalists

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.

CAmagazine leads all magazines with 17 nominations, followed by Marketing (14), Les Affaires (9), Precedent and University Affairs (8 each).

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:

Check out the complete list of KRW nominees.

This year’s KRW Awards gala is June 4 at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto. Tickets are on sale at KRWawards.ca.

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 MagazineHomes & 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.

Harry Bruce wins Lifetime Achievement Award from AJAs

The Atlantic Journalism Awards have named Harry Bruce as the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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

Kenneth R. Wilson Awards set for June 4; Tom Gierasimczuk to host

KRW-logoCanadian 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.

Photo by Ben Oliver

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.

NMA winners make shortlists for Alberta Literary Awards

wgaThe 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!

NMA Winners among finalists for CAJ Awards

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) announced the nominees for its annual awards earlier this week.

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.

Atlantic Journalism Awards finalists announced

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:

East Coast Living, Summer 2012

East Coast Living, Summer 2012

Saltscapes, January/Feburary 2012

Saltscapes, January/Feburary 2012

Atlantic Salmon Journal, December 2012

Atlantic Salmon Journal, December 2012

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.


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