Holiday Magazine Subscription Guide

The deadline is approaching fast — for holiday gift shopping. (Also for the National Magazine Awards, but that deadline is January 19.) Looking for pleasurable, readable, can’t-put-down-able gift ideas. Here’s a list of gold-winning magazines from this past year’s National Magazine Awards and their subscription deals.

Cottage Life: Canada’s reigning Magazine of the Year has a fantastic online store with gift ideas for every Canadian. Plus, subscribe to Cottage Life print and digital editions for just $29.75 for a year.

The Walrus: Want some of this country’s best magazine writing and art in one compelling package? Get two years of Canada’s most award-winning magazine (Gold medals in Society, Politics & Public Interest, Travel, Best Single Issue, Magazine Website Design, Words & Pictures and One of a Kind) for under $50. Plus, the Walrus store – awesome gift ideas.

Maclean’s: Awarded Canada’s Magazine Website of the Year as well as Best Online Video and Best Short Feature; get a one-month free trial of the digital edition via Next Issue, plus access to back issues and over one hundred magazines in one app.

Maisonneuve: A one-year subscription to one of Canada’s best and most beautiful literary and arts magazines (4 Gold National Magazine Awards last year for Illustration, Spot Illustration, Photojournalism and Health & Medicine) is only $20!

Report on Business: Get Canada’s leading business magazine, winner of National Magazine Awards for Business reporting, Portrait Photography and Magazine Covers, among others, with your Globe and Mail subscription.

Legion Magazine: A double National Magazine Award winner this past year in Service: Health & Family and Investigative Reporting, Legion pursues top-notch journalism dedicated to Canadian veterans and their families and anyone with an interest in Canadian history. Five-year subscription for under $50. Read our interview with Legion general manager Jennifer Morse for more info about this great mag.

THIS Magazine: Almost 50 years old and still one of Canada’s top independent magazines where many emerging writers and investigative journalists are published, including Catherine McIntyre, winner of last year’s award for Best New Magazine Writer. Gift subscriptions for as low as $15 per year.

Western Living: Winner of 4 National Magazine Awards this year, Western Living is all about how to live well, healthy and in style in Western Canada. Get a one-year digital subscription for just $17.99.

Little Brother: One of Canada’s newest literary magazines, Little Brother won the NMA for Fiction this past year. Get 4 issues of the magazine for $50 and enjoy some of Canada’s best literary arts. Read our interview with publisher Charles Yao.

Azure: Canada’s premier architecture and design magazine, winner of the NMA for Creative Photography, get one year (8 big, bold issues) for less than $40.

Eighteen Bridges: Winner of the National Magazine Awards for Essays, Profiles and Arts & Entertainment, this Alberta magazine is always a great read. Get a year for $25.95. Read our interview with editor Curtis Gillespie to find out more about Eighteen Bridges.

Sportsnet: Canada’s ultimate sports magazine, winner of the NMA for best tablet edition. Get 26 issues for less than $30.

United Church Observer: Winner of the National Magazine Award for Science, Technology & the Environment, this veteran Canadian magazine will surprise you. Get a year’s subscription for $25.

Malahat Review: The winningest literary magazine of all time and winner of this year’s award for Personal Journalism, give a gift subscription for $35 for a year for some of Canada’s best poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.

Prefix Photo: Get one year of Canada’s most alluring contemporary photography magazine, and NMA winner for Art Direction, for less than $30. That special photographer friend will be thrilled.

Hazlitt: The online magazine from Penguin Random House will help you discover great writing again. Browse the bookshop for Hazlitt’s anthologies and eBooks featuring National Magazine Award-winning writers.

Flare: Consistently one of Canada’s most award-winning fashion magazines, get one year of all-access print and digital editions for $14.95.

ELLE Canada: Winner of the National Magazine Award for Beauty, ELLE is one of Canada’s most popular magazines for good reason – incredible fashion, beauty and lifestyle content. Print and digital subscriptions available.

Other great fashion magazine ideas: Sharp | fshnunlimited

Check out the National Magazine Awards archive for more great magazine discoveries, plus all the winners from this past year’s National Magazine Awards.

Submissions are now open for the 2014 NMAs.

Get up to 50% off subscriptions to National Magazine Award-winning magazines

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Buy 2, Get 1 Free is Back! Discount Magazine Subscriptions

The good folks at Magazines Canada are once again offering their Buy 2, Get 1 Free subscription deal, featuring nearly 200 Canadian consumer magazine titles, in both print and digital format.

The deal includes National Magazine Award-winning magazines such as:

  • Alberta Views
  • Avenue
  • Azure
  • Best Health
  • Canadian Art
  • Canadian Business
  • Canadian Gardening
  • Canadian Geographic
  • Canadian Living
  • Chatelaine
  • Cottage Life
  • Elle Canada
  • Explore
  • Fashion
  • Flare
  • Garden Making
  • Literary Review of Canada
  • Maclean’s
  • MoneySense
  • More
  • Ottawa Magazine
  • Outdoor Canada
  • Prefix Photo
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Style at Home
  • Today’s Parent
  • Toronto Life
  • Up Here
  • This Magazine
  • The Walrus
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Check out all the titles on offer. Buy 2, Get 1 Free.

Your Guide to Summer Magazine Writing Contests

Summer is here and so are the writing contests. Quite a number of great magazines are hosting contests, awards and other opportunities for writers new and seasoned. Naturally, the chance of winning should not be your sole motivation; just by entering you’ll acquaint yourself with (and probably get a subscription to) a great magazine, plus you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of having put your hard work, creativity and talent out into the world.

Matrix Magazine: LitPop Awards
Sections: Poetry; Fiction; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 1, 2012
Prize: Round-trip ticket and accommodation to POP Montreal Festival in September; publication in Matrix
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.matrixmagazine.org/litpop/

This Magazine: Great Canadian Literary Hunt
Sections: Fiction; Poetry; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 31, 2012
Prize: $750 plus publication for winners; prize packs for second and third place
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://this.org/contribute/great-canadian-literary-hunt/
AlsoThis Mag editor talks about Creative Nonfiction and the workshops included with this year’s GCLH.

The Walrus: Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry, juried prize and people’s choice prize
Deadline: July 31, 2012
Prize: $5000 and publication (juried winner); $1000 (people’s choice winner)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://walrusmagazine.com/poetryprize/

Antigonish Review: Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize & Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest
Sections: Poetry; Fiction
Deadline: July 31, 2012 (Fiction); August 31, 2012 (Poetry)
Prize: $600 (first); $400 (second); $200 (third); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.antigonishreview.com/

Malahat Review: Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize
Sections: Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Prize: Publication in Malahat Review; interview with winning author
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html
AlsoMalahat Review has a number of writing contests throughout the year

Geist: Erasure Poetry Contest
Sections: Poetry (in an unusual way)
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Prize: $600 (first); $250 (second); $150 (third); publication in Geist; prize packs for HM
Entry Fee: $20 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.geist.com/articles/erasure

Other contests, further on the horizon for 2012 and 2013: 
PRISM International: Writing contests
Prairie Fire: Writing contests
Fiddlehead: Literary contests
WCDR Amprosia prose competition
CBC Literary Prizes
The New Quarterly: Writing contests
Grain: Writing contests
Event Magazine: Writing contests
Writers Union of Canada Awards

30% off Digital Subscriptions to National Magazine Award-winning Magazines

Magazines Canada’s digital newsstand, in partnership with Zinio, is offering 30% discounts on subscriptions to the digital editions of a host of magazines that took home awards at this year’s 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards.

Straight to your tablet, enjoy some great Canadian magazines such as Canadian Art, Cottage Life, Elle Canada, explore, Malahat Review, More, Outdoor Canada, The Walrus, This Magazine and Vancouver Magazine. Subscribe today!

Free National Magazine Award-winning magazines?!

Just in time for (any and all) holidays, Magazines Canada is offering its Buy 2, Get 1 Free subscription offer.

Among the 100+ titles on offer in this fantastic deal are 27 magazines that won awards at this year’s NMAs.

Twenty-seven award-winning magazines! That’s almost too many to mention. Almost…

Alberta Views, Arc, Brick, Canadian Geographic, Châtelaine, Ciel Variable, Elle Canada, explore, Event, Fashion Magazine, Flare, L’actualité, Maclean’s*, Maisonneuve, Malahat Review, MoneySense*, More, Ottawa Magazine, Outdoor Canada, Prefix Photo, Queen’s Quarterly, Québec science, The Feathertale Review, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Vancouver Magazine and Western Living.

Yes, you could even get all 27 for the price of 18!

(In addition to the subscription deal, the site has randomly generated magazine trivia questions on each page; a wonderful afternoon diversion!)

Holiday shopping made easy! Get your magazines today.

* MoneySense won Magazine of the Year (Print) while Macleans.ca won Magazine of the Year (Digital).