Happy Holidays from the NMAF

The offices of the National Magazine Awards Foundation will be closed from December 23 – January 2. The deadline for 2011 National Magazine Awards submissions is January 13. Happy holidays to all, and see you in the new year.

Best Canadian Essays 2011 features NMA winners

[This post has been updated] For the third year running, Tightrope books has published The Best Canadian Essays, an anthology of great Canadian non-fiction from the past year, edited by Christopher Doda and Ibi Kaslik. And like its two predecessors, the 2011 edition of Best Canadian Essays is chock full of National Magazine Award winners.

Among the seventeen works in this year’s Best Canadian Essays collection is “Lucky Strikes,” a droll meditation on cigarette smoking written by Mark Mann in Maisonneuve, which won a 2010 Gold NMA in the Humour category.

The other 2010 National Magazine Award winner in the book is “The Lizard, the Catacombs and the Clock,” an adventurous essay about the (literal) Parisian underworld by Sean Michaels originally published in the literary journal Brick. The piece took the Gold prize in One of a Kind.

Two other articles in the Best Canadian Essays 2011 book — “The Problem with Women” by Kelly Pullen (Toronto Life) and “The Enemy Inside” by Daniel Baird (The Walrus) — won Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards.

National Magazine Award-winning writers Nicholas Hune-Brown (“What the Elephants Know“; Toronto Life) and Mark Kingwell (“Wage Slavery…”) are also featured in the collection.

[Update Dec 23: As brought to our attention by a user comment, Best Canadian Essays 2011 features yet another NMA honouree: Kerry Clare‘s “Love is a Let-Down” originally published in The New Quarterly received Honourable Mention in the Personal Journalism category. Kerry, sorry we missed you in the first posting. Congratulations!]

Why should young writers and artists enter the NMAs?

Liam Casey, winner of the 2011 award for Best New Magazine Writer, accepts his award on stage at the NMA Gala.

[This post has been updated for 2012]

Few moments at the annual National Magazine Awards gala are as satisfying as discovering which talented up-and-comers are named Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer and Best New Visual Creator. Submissions in these categories are open to students as well as young magazine writers, illustrators and photographers whose early work in Canadian magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

The competition is open to work published during 2012 in either print or digital Canadian magazines. Individuals may enter their own work (see the full requirements here), but editors, art directors and teachers are encouraged to nominate the talented young writers and artists they’ve worked with, even discovered.

Here are just a few reasons we think you might want to enter:

1. It’s only $25 (plus HST) to enter these two categories; a hefty discount on the $95 entry fee for most other National Magazine Awards.

2. Students are encouraged to submit, and the awards are open to work published in college and university magazines as well as any other eligible Canadian magazine.

3. Three finalists will be announced for each award on May 1; they and their work will be promoted in NMAF publications and at the NMA gala.

4. While there is only one entry allowed per person, there is no limit to the number of submissions from a single publication.

5. The winner of each category will be announced on stage at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7, in a room full of Canada’s top magazine publishers, editors and art directors.

6. For each winner there is a cash prize — $500 — and the right to call yourself a National Magazine Award winner in every bio for the rest of your life!

7. The winner of each category will be recognized on stage at the gala; they and their work will be promoted in NMAF publications, press releases, promotional campaigns — anything and everything we can do to celebrate emerging creative talent in our industry.

8. The winner of Best New Magazine Writer joins a group of award laureates including Matthieu AikinsPatrick White, Chantal Srivastava, Jeremy Klaszus, Jonathan Trudel, Matthew McKinnon, Danielle GroenJean-François Bégin, Sophie Lees, Kris Demeanor and Larry Frolick.

9. The winner of Best New Visual Creator joins 2011 winner The Coveteur and 2009 winner Byron Eggenschwiler, a multiple NMA winner who also designed the creative for the 33rd National Magazine Awards (left).

10. The greatness of Canadian magazines is sustained by the talented, innovative and dynamic young people who love what they do and work hard to do it. At the National Magazine Awards Foundation we, like the rest of the Canadian magazine industry, want to recognize and celebrate this. We can’t do it without you.

Read more about Best New Magazine Writer and Best New Visual Creator. The submissions deadline is January 16, 2013.

Canadian Periodical Fund is looking for a few good magazines

A note recently came our way courtesy of the Canadian Periodical Fund at the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, and Canadian print and digital magazines should have a look:

The Canada Periodical Fund has just launched its Business Innovation 2012-2013 Applicant’s guide. This component offers project funding to eligible small and mid-sized print magazine and digital periodical publishing firms.

The guide and application forms can be found on the Canadian Heritage website:

All applications must be received prior to the project start date. We encourage you to submit your applications as soon as possible and preferably, four months prior to the beginning of your project.

For the Business Innovation for Print Periodicals sub-component, applications are accepted throughout the year. For the Business Innovation for Digital Periodicals sub-component, applications must be received by January 23, 2012.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the program:
Telephone 1-800-641-9221 (toll free in Canada) or 819-997-5539;
email: fcp-cpf@canadianheritage.gc.ca

NMA winners comprise shortlist for B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

Yesterday the British Columbia Achievement Foundation announced four finalists for the 2011 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that all four have pocketed National Magazine Awards as well.

National Magazine Award-winning writer Andrew Westoll — who took the top prize in the Travel category in 2007 for an article in explore — made the B.C. shortlist with his new book, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary.

Also among the B.C. Award finalists is Montreal writer Joel Yanofsky, who won a 2008 National Magazine Award in the Personal Journalism category for “Bad Day,” published in the Malahat Review. Yanofsky’s new book is Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism.

Charlotte Gill, whose tree-planting memoir Eating Dirt made the B.C. shortlist, won an Honourable Mention at the 2007 National Magazine Awards for her writing in Vancouver Review. Similarly, B.C. finalist Brian Fawcett (new book Human Happiness) holds a National Magazine Award Honourable Mention from 1978 for his poetry in The Capilano Review.

Congrats to all four who made the shortlist. The coveted B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction includes a cash prize of $40,000. The winner will be announced in February, 2012.

NMAF Co-financing deadline is today

The deadline to apply for co-financing — the NMAF partial subsidy for small magazines entering this year’s National Magazine Awards — is today, December 9.

Download the application and return it by email posthaste!

[Related post: All about Co-financing]

Booking up for Winter: Great reads by NMA Winners

We shudder to employ the phrase ‘Winter Reading List,’ but there’s no denying that the curl-up-under-a-sofa-blanket season is fast approaching. Last month we told you how you might get some free NMA-winning magazine subscriptions for the holidays (Buy 2, Get 1 Free, to be precise). Today we happily promote some new and newish books by NMA-winning writers and artists that just might last you till spring.

These are some of our staff picks in no particular order, but by no means an exhaustive list of books out there by National Magazine Award-winning creators. (Indeed, if you know of a recent book by an NMA winner, please deposit it in a comment or email us.)

Writing Gordon Lightfoot, by Dave Bidini (2009 winner for Columns)
The Jonas Variations, by George Jonas (three-time NMA winner)
Hot Art, by Joshua Knelman (2005 winner for Arts & Entertainment)
Better Living Through Plastic Explosives (A Novel), by Zsuzsi Gartner (2005 winner for Fiction)
The Leap, by Chris Turner (2009 winner in Essays and Personal Journalism)
Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People, by Douglas Coupland, illustrated by Graham Roumieu (4-time NMA winner)
The Free World (A Novel), by David Bezmozgis (2003 winner for Fiction)
The Armageddon Factor, by Marci McDonald (9-time NMA winner)
The Riverbones, by Andrew Westoll (2007 winner for Travel)
The Sheikh’s Batmobile, by Richard Poplak (2009 winner for Sports & Recreation)
The Boy in the Moon, by Ian Brown (12-time NMA winner)
Dead Man in Paradise, by J.B. MacKinnon (9-time NMA winner)
Love in the Time of Cholesterol, by Cecily Ross (2007 winner for How-To)
We Cannot Fail, by Geoff Powter (7-time NMA winner)

It’s time to submit for the 2011 National Magazine Awards

Submissions season is open for the 35th annual National Magazine Awards. The deadline for entries is January 13, 2012.

Before you submit, you will certainly want to have a look at the Eligibility & Rules, the list of Categories, our handy Frequently Asked Questions and What’s New This Year. If you are the publisher of a small magazine, you’ll want to check out our Co-Financing.

You may submit entries to the NMAs as a magazine or as an individual. There are four (4) steps in the process.

  1. Log in and list your entries (you must upload a PDF version of each entry)
  2. Select your preferred method of payment (credit card or cheque)
  3. Print your entry forms (automatically emailed to your inbox)
  4. Package your entry forms with your required tear sheets and photocopies and send them to our office.

Most entries cost $85 each +HST. Certain categories — Best Single Issue, Editorial Package, Magazine of the Year — cost $150 each +HST. Gold Award winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $1000; Silver $500.

Submissions for Best New Magazine Writer and Best New Visual Creator are only $25. The winner of each receives a cash prize of $500.

The submission deadline is Friday January 13, 2012 at 5pm Eastern Time and submissions must be RECEIVED IN THEIR ENTIRETY to be eligible. Submissions postmarked by January 13, 2012 but received on Monday, January 16 will be subject to the late fee of $25 per entry. Applications received after 5pm on Monday, January 16 will NOT be accepted.

Finalists will be announced by May 1, 2012. Winners will be revealed at the 35th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7, 2012.

2011 National Magazine Awards: What’s new this year?

Starting today you can begin submitting your entries for the 2011 National Magazine Awards. The board of directors for the NMAF has approved the following changes to the awards program for 2011. The changes reflect the input and guidance from various members of our industry who are dedicated to ensuring the NMAF fulfills its mission to recognize and promote excellence in Canadian magazine publishing.
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1. Expansion of digital magazine participation:
Starting this year, content from digital magazines, companion websites of print magazines and online-only magazines will be eligible in most categories. The NMAF has clarified its guiding principle for what constitutes a digital magazine; please read carefully the Eligibility & Rules page before submitting, as well as the new NMAF Frequently Asked Questions.

Digital magazines (such as tablet editions) are now eligible to enter all categories except Editorial Package and Print Magazine of the Year (they may of course enter the category Digital Magazine of the Year). Eligible magazine websites may enter most written and visual categories. Exclusively digital categories Best Multi-media Feature and Best Digital Design may now be found under integrated and visual categories, respectively. See the full list of categories for details. See our FAQ for more on eligibility of Digital Magazines and Magazine Websites.

2. New visual categories:
The erstwhile Fashion & Beauty category has been divided into two distinct categories. The new category Fashion is open to any fashion layout using photography or illustration. The new category Beauty is open to any beauty layout using photography or illustration.

The former category Conceptual Photography has been renamed Creative Photography with an updated category definition.

The parameters for the categories Illustration and Spot Illustration have changed. All images a half page in size or larger must now be entered in the Illustration category; images smaller than a half page must be entered in Spot Illustration.

The definitions of the categories Homes & Gardens and Photojournalism & Photo Essay have been updated. See the full list of visual categories for complete definitions.

All visual categories other than those for art direction are now open to entries from all eligible digital magazines (such as tablet editions) and magazine websites. Digital magazines may enter their work in the art direction categories. See our FAQ for more on eligibility of Digital Magazines and Magazine Websites.

3. Two categories for emerging magazine talent:
This year there will once again be separate categories for Best New Magazine Writer and Best New Visual Creator. Each is open exclusively to emerging professionals — including students — whose early work in Canadian magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise. The entry fee for these categories is only $25, and the prize money for the winner of each is $500. Read more about these categories.

4. Adjustments to written categories:
The roster of written categories remains the same; however small changes have been made to the definitions of the categories One of a Kind and Politics & Public Interest in the interest of clarity. Please read through all categories carefully before submitting.

The submissions process for the 2011 National Magazine Awards is now open at www.magazine-awards.com. The deadline for submissions is January 13.