Summer Magazine Reading Series, No. 2: Alberta Bound, Alberta Bound

It’s good to be / Alberta Bound. Our summer reading series continues this week with a special focus on the Province of Alberta, land of “the strong and the free”; of turquoise mountain lakes, vast fertile prairies, and some of Canada’s finest magazines.

This past spring our friends at the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) presented the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, recognizing excellence in the content and design of publications based in the province. Among the winners were Alberta Views, Avenue, Glass Buffalo, New Trail, Swerve, Up! Magazine, and more.

You can read the complete articles of all finalists and winners on the AMPA site. A few suggestions:

Game Changer” by Arno Kopecky (Alberta Views)
Winner of the award for Best Alberta Story, this piece by former National Magazine Award finalist Arno Kopecky examines a legal action by the Beaver Lake Cree Nation against the Province of Alberta and the oil industry, exploring the potential of the lawsuit to challenge existing land-rights issues between First Nations and the energy industry.

Arno Kopecky is an environmental journalist and author based in Vancouver. His first book, The Devil’s Curve, a literary travelogue based on his year-long journey through Peru and Colombia, made Amazon’s top-100 list for 2012. His second book, The Oil Man And The Sea, chronicles Kopecky’s sailing expedition into British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, a legendary wilderness with the knife of Big Oil at its throat.

Bonus read: The silver award in Best Alberta Story went to “The Future and the Hipster” (Swerve) by Jeremy Klaszus, former winner of the National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer (2006).

Children of a Lesser Santa” by Omar Mouallem (Swerve)
Winner of the award for Best Essay, this piece by former NMA winner Omar Mouallem is a witty and endearing chronicle of the first Christmas “celebrated” by a Muslim-Canadian family in northern Alberta.

“While most Canadian children probably encounter Santa Claus within the first year of their lives— at a parade, in a mall or in their living room—I was four. My mom, perhaps noticing my sense of exclusion, or to better integrate into her adopted country, took me to the town library where families lined up to snap a photo of their children in the jolly man’s lap. What could go wrong?”

Bonus read: In the AMA Profiles category, the gold award went Marcello di Cintio for “The Long Journey of Nathan Phelps” (Swerve), which later won the silver National Magazine Award in the same category.

A Tale of Two Forms” by Peter Takach (Glass Buffalo)
Winner of the  award for Emerging Writer, this creative and poignant homage to the Dickensian epic reflects on the transitional and perhaps ephemeral nature of the novel in the digital age. The award jury noted: “As though trapped in a wacky pinball machine, A Tale of Two Forms kept punting and zapping me back and forth with its fresh ideas, literary references, form and imagery. Peter Takach’s work underlines how important it is to sometimes suspend reason and just let the words wash over you.”

Bonus read: In the AMA Poetry category, the silver award went to Erika Luckert for her work “Frog Lake” in Glass Buffalo, which was also nominated for a National Magazine Award.

To read these and all of the finalists and winners from the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, visit albertamagazines.com/awards and click on the section for “2015 Showcase Awards Finalists.”

Related posts:
Avenue Edmonton, Swerve, Omar Mouallem among big winners at Alberta Magazine Awards
Off the Page: An interview with Arno Kopecky
Off the Page: An interview with Jeremy Klaszus


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Your Guide to Summer 2015 Magazine Writing Contests

Reading National Magazine Award-winning literary magazines in the garden; an annual summer pastime.
Reading National Magazine Award-winning literary magazines in the garden; an annual summer pastime.

In his National Magazine Award-winning poem “You Must Remember This” (Hazlitt) Richard Greene composes an elegy to the late Canadian writer Kildare Dobbs that emerges from among the fruit stalls in Toronto’s Chinatown.

I took your word for the durians: so sweet
inside though they stank. I will never eat
one now, I suppose, without you to prod me.

In “Krasnagorsk-2” by Tamas Dobozy, this year’s National Magazine Award winner in fiction (The New Quarterly), three brothers make a startling discovery of the artistic inclinations of their late sibling, unexpectedly opening up their family history to new and disquieting interpretation.

Andrea Bennett, in “Water Upon the Earth” (Maisonneuve), travels to the Big Valley Creation Science Museum, reflecting on the complex dichotomy of reason and faith as revived by the experience of the 2013 Alberta floods; the story won this year’s National Magazine Award for essays.

Perhaps these stories and others from among this year’s National Magazine Award winners will inspire you to create your next work of poetry, fiction or personal essay. As summer ascends to your favourite writing place, take the opportunity to finish your latest literary creation and consider submitting it to a Canadian magazine writing contest.

Our annual Summer Contest Guide provides a list of contests via Canadian magazines (or magazine-related organizations) open to unpublished works of Fiction, Poetry, Creative non-fiction and Photography. And check out our Canadian Literary Magazine Guide for other ideas for where to submit your work.

Please note: This list is organized chronologically by deadline dates from June 15 to September 22. If you know of a contest we missed, please email us or grab us on Twitter @MagAwards and we’ll update our guide.

One Throne Joust 24-Hour Writing Contest
Genre: Short (1000-word) fiction
Deadline: June 26, 2015 (competition is held on June 27)
Prize: $400 + publication
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://www.onethrone.com/#!joust/c19mu

The Walrus Poetry Prize
Genre: Poetry, juried prize and people’s choice prize
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Prize: $4000 and publication (juried winner); $1000 and publication (people’s choice winner)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://thewalrus.ca/projects/poetry-prize/

Musicworks Sonic Geography Writing Contest
Genre: Creative non-fiction (500 words) about how sound shapes experience
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Prize: $500 + print publication (1st); $200 (2nd); $100 (3rd); web publication
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Detailshttps://www.musicworks.ca/contest

Alberta Views Short Story Contest
Genre: Fiction (max 3000 words)
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Prize: $$1000 + publication (winner)
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Detailshttps://albertaviews.ab.ca/contests/
Note: Open to current or former residents of Alberta

Antigonish Review Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest
Genre: Poetry
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Prize: $600 (1st); $400 (2nd); $200 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.antigonishreview.com/

Matrix Lit Pop Writing Contest
Genres: Fiction; Poetry
Deadline: July 1, 2015
Prize: Publication + tickets and passes to POP Montreal
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.matrixmagazine.org/#!litpopawards/c1yuk

Ricepaper Secret Ingredient Fiction Contest
Genre: Short Fiction (500 words)
Deadline: July 1, 2015
Prize: $250 + publication (1st); prize packs + publication (2nd & 3rd)
Entry Fee: $25; includes subscription
Detailshttp://ricepapermagazine.ca/contests/

Vallum Award for Poetry 2015
Genre: Poetry
Deadline: July 15, 2015
Prize: $750 (1st); $250 (2nd); publication
Entry Fee: $25; includes subscription
Detailshttp://www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html

Glass Buffalo Poetry Contest
Genre: Poetry
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Prize: $500 + publication (winner)
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Details: http://www.glassbuffalo.com/contest/
Note: Open to current residents of Alberta under 30 years old

Malahat Review Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize
Genre: Creative non-fiction (max 3000 words)
Deadline: August 1, 2015 August 4, 2015
Prize: $1000; publication in Malahat Review; interview with winning author
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription); $15 for additional entries
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

Geist Short-Long Distance Story Contest
Genre: Short fiction or non-fiction (500 words) that unfolds in two or more time zones
Deadline: August 1, 2015 September 1, 2015
Prize: $500 (1st); $250 (2nd); $150 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $20 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.geist.com/contests/short-long-distance-writing-contest/short-long-distance/

The Impressment Gang Flash Fiction Contest
Genre: Short fiction (1000 words)
Deadline: August 1, 2015
Prize: $100 + publication
Entry Fee: $7.50; other options for subscribers
Detailshttp://www.theimpressmentgang.com/contest/

Shameless Talking Back Youth Writing Contest
Genres
: Poetry, Short Fiction, Creative Non-fiction (max 2000 words)
Deadline: September 7, 2015
Prize: $200 (1st); $100 (2nd); publication
Entry Fee: $15 (includes publication)
Detailshttp://shamelessmag.com/blog/entry/announcing-the-first-annual-talking-back-awards
Note: Open to youth aged 13-19 who identify as girls or trans.

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

See also:
Your Guide to Winter/Spring 2015 Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Fall 2014 Magazine Writing Contests
A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines

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

Today’s Parent magazine big winner at CSME Editors’ Choice Awards

Tonight at the Pilot in Toronto’s Yorkville district the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors presented its annual Editors’ Choice Awards, another event in Canadian Magazine Week which culminates Friday with the National Magazine Awards gala. Author Russell Smith hosted.

The winners of the Magazine of the Year awards were:

  • Today’s Parent (large circulation)
  • Cottage Life (medium circ.)
  • Spacing (small circ.)

The award for Editor of the Year went to Sasha Emmons of Today’s Parent, which also won the awards for Best Art Integration, Best Web Editorial and Magazine of the Year.

Precedent was named Best Trade Magazine, and Fairmont was named Best Custom Publication. Canadian Living won Best Tablet Edition. Outdoor Canada won the Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing. enRoute won for Best Front of Book.

Canada’s 38th annual National Magazine Awards will be held on Friday, June 5 at the Arcadian Court in downtown Toronto. Tickets are available at magazine-awards.com/tickets. This year’s Masters of Ceremonies are Lainey Lui and Jessica Allen of CTV’s the Social.

Advertising & Design Club of Canada offering awards discount to NMA Nominees

statuesThe Advertising & Design Club of Canada (ADCC) is offering a discount on the cost of entering the 2015 ADCC Directions Awards to any nominee of this year’s National Magazine Awards.

The ADCC awards show, known as Directions, is acknowledged as the premiere creative awards show in Canada. The accompanying printed annual stands as the document of record of the best work each year. Entrants from across Canada in Advertising Broadcast & Print, Graphic Design, Editorial Design and Interactive Media will compete in this year’s show.

The ADCC will present awards for Agency of the Year, Design Studio of the Year, Interactive Agency of the Year and Production Company of the Year. Also the Michael O’Reilly Award for copywriting and the Les Usherwood Award for lifetime achievement. And student awards.

Email awards@theadcc.ca by May 21 for details.

More information about the Directions awards at theadcc.ca/awards.

Nominees announced for the 61st annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards

Canadian Business Media announced today the nominations for the 61st annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, honouring excellence in Canadian business-to-business magazine publishing.

CPA Magazine led all magazines with 20 nominations, followed by Professionally Speaking and University Affairs with 10 each.

The finalists for the 2 divisions of Magazine of the Year are:

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR–PROFESSIONAL
CPA Magazine
Marketing
University Affairs

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR–TRADE
Canadian Grocer
Oilsands Review
Renovation Contractor

Top Nominated Magazines for the 61st Kenneth R. Wilson Awards:

Written

Visual

Special & Integrated

Total

CPA Magazine

14

4

2

20

University Affairs

5

3

2

10

Professionally Speaking

5

3

2

10

Les Affaires

6

2

0

8

Foodservice and Hospitality

1

3

2

6

Canadian Lawyer

4

1

1

6

D&A Magazine

4

1

0

5

Marketing

3

1

1

5

Oilweek

2

2

0

4

Precedent

1

2

1

4

Registered Nurse Journal

4

0

0

4

Today’s Trucking

4

0

0

4

More than 100 magazines entered the competition which was adjudicated by 77 volunteer judges. A total of 154 submissions from 57 Canadian B2B publications are nominated for awards in 21 written, visual and special categories. The Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto, on Tuesday June 2, during the KRW Awards gala.

John Milne, president of Breakwell & Company and VP of Media Services at Equisoft, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the 61st annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards gala. John has won a number of KRW Awards and is a respected B2B professional with over 35 years of experience in business publishing.

For tickets and information, as well as to view the complete list and full text of nominees, please visit krwawards.ca.

Vote for the Manitoba Magazine of the Year

The annual Maggie Awards, which are presented by the Manitoba Magazine Publishers’ Association, are coming up on May 28, and magazine lovers are invited to help select the Manitoba Magazine of the Year with a People’s Choice Award.

The finalists include:

Vote here for the Manitoba Magazines People’s Choice Award.

The winners will be announced at the Maggie Awards gala on May 28 at the Viscount Gort Hotel in Winnipeg. The nominees and information about the Manitoba Magazines Conference will be announced soon.

KRW Awards seeking nominations for Harvey Southam Award for Career Achievement in B2B publishing

The Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious publishing awards programs, recognizing excellence in Canadian business-to-business (B2B) publishing for over 60 years, is seeking nominations from the industry for the Harvey Southam Award for Career Achievement.

Deadline for 2015 nominations: April 15.

Named in honour of journalist Harvey Southam, founding editor of Equity magazine and longtime journalist at the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province and Winnipeg Tribune, winners of this award represent the highest standards of B2B publishing and are recognized for their contributions to the Canadian Business Media tradition of distinguished initiative, leadership and integrity.

The award is open to publishers, editors, designers, creators, circulation experts, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, production managers – in short, to everyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously.

Nominations are welcome from the entire Canadian B2B publishing industry, and must consist of a completed entry form and at least two letters of support from fellow industry members, attesting to the achievements and qualifications of the nominee.

The board of the Canadian Business Media Association determines the winner, and the award will be presented at the 61st annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards gala, on June 2 at One King West Hotel in Toronto.

Previous winners of the Harvey Southam Award include Harvey Botting, Doug Bennet, Rolf Lockwood, Tom Davey and Jim Winsor.

More information and application at KRWawards.ca.