Alberta Views Magazine presents Photography Contest

Alberta Views, the political and social affairs monthly which was named Canada’s Magazine of the Year for 2008, is looking for a new view of the province, and thus presenting a Photography Contest in which the winner will receive $1000 and publication in the magazine.

The deadline for entries is February 28, 2013.

One entry costs $30 and includes a one-year subscription to the magazine (subsequent entries cost $15, and include subscriptions you can offer your friends and family).

Check out Alberta Views for all the details.

UPPERCASE Magazine raising donations for typewriter book

If you haven’t ever picked up a copy of UPPERCASE magazine, there’s never been a better time. The Calgary-based quarterly periodical of creative arts won the National Magazine Award for Art Direction for its inaugural issue in 2009, and has been a finalist in that category three years running.

Billed as a magazine “for the creative and curious” in the spirit of DIY, UPPERCASE has devoted issues and articles to the creative and innovative side of such crafts as graphic design, letterpress printing, home decor, culinary arts, miniature dollhouses, set decoration, book binding, wardrobe accessories and more.

Under the direction of publisher/editor/designer Janine Vangool, UPPERCASE has also published a collection of books, and its newest project, for which it is raising funds through reader donations, is The Typewriter: A Graphic History of the Beloved Machine.

What will become a richly illustrated book of typewriter memorabilia is being produced with the financial support of readers. The magazine hopes to raise $25,000 to cover the printing costs of 3000 copies of the book, which will launch on June 23 — International Typewriter Day.

Donations of $45 and higher secure a copy of the book when it is published. Larger amounts yield other rewards, including prints of typewriter art and memorabilia, vintage typewriter artifacts, lifetime subscriptions and (for $5000) your own personal design consultation. More info here.

{ Tip o’ the hat: Canadian Magazines blog }

Your Guide to Winter/Spring 2013 Magazine Writing Contests

[This post has been updated] Do these long, dark, cold Canadian winters leave you shivering with creative unrest?

If winter teases out your inner Mowat, Mordechai or Munro, you’re probably searching for a creative outlet in the form of a Canadian magazine writing contest, such as these great offerings from some of Canada’s best literary periodicals and competitions.

CBC Canada Writes Creative Non-Fiction Prize
Section: Non-fiction (1200-1500 words)
Deadline: February 1, 2013
Prize: $6000 + publication in enRoute + Banff Centre residency (1st); $1000 each to 4 runners up
Entry Fee: $25

Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest
Section: Very short fiction or non-fiction (500 words)
Deadline: February 1, 2013
Prize: $500 (1st); $250 (2nd); $150 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $20; includes subscription

Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Contest
Section: Poetry
Deadline: February 1, 2013
Prize: $5000
Entry Fee: $32; includes subscription

The New Quarterly Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest
Section: Poetry
Deadline: February 28, 2013
Prize: $1000 + publication (1st); other prizes for runners up
Entry Fee: $40 (for first 2 poems; $5 each for additional); includes subscription

Writers Union of Canada Short Prose Competition
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: March 1, 2013
Prize: $2500 + assistance with publication
Entry Fee: $29

The New Quarterly Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: March 28, 2013
Prize: $1000 + publication
Entry Fee: $40; includes subscription

Narrative Magazine Winter 2013 Short Story Contest
Sections: Non-fiction and Fiction
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Prize: $2,500 (1st); $1000 (2nd); $500 (3rd); $100 (finalist)
Entry Fee: $22; includes 3 months access to Narrative Backstage
Notes: Entries may be short fiction or literary nonfiction, including essays, memoirs, or any other form of unpublished manuscript, with a word limit of 15,000. All are judged in the same pool.

Maisonneuve Genre Fiction Contest: Fables & Parables
Sections: Short fiction (1200 words)
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Prize: $300 + publication (1st prize); $100 + publication (each of 2 runners up)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)

Grain magazine Short Grain Writing Contest
Sections: Fiction; Poetry
Deadline: April 1, 2013 April 8, 2013
Prize: $1000 (1st); $750 (2nd); $500 (3rd)
Entry Fee: $35; includes subscription

Event magazine Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Section: Non-fiction
Deadline: April 15, 2013
Prize: $1500 in total cash prizes
Entry Fee: $34.95; includes subscription

Quebec Writing Competition
Section: Fiction or Non-fiction
Deadline: May 1, 2013
Prize: $1500, publication in Maisonneuve magazine, broadcast on CBC (1st); $1000 (2nd); $300 reader’s choice award
Entry Fee: $15

The New Quarterly Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award
Section: Fiction
Deadline: May 28, 2013
Prize: $1000 + publication
Entry Fee: $40; includes subscription

Did we miss one? Send us a note or grab us on Twitter @MagAwards.

Find more awards, prizes and contests for magazine journalism on the Industry Resources page of the National Magazine Awards Foundation website, or check out the Awards and Contests pages of this blog, including:

Your Guide to Summer Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Fall Magazine Writing Contests

Keep writing. Keep reading. Love magazines!

Atlantic Journalism Awards accepting submissions until Feb 4

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

Related post: 2012 Atlantic Journalism Award winners announced

Deadline approaches for the Writers’ Trust Emerging Poet Award

January 30 is the deadline for submissions to the 2013 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

The Poetry Prize is awarded to a young (under 35) Canadian poet, previously published in a magazine or anthology, but unpublished in book form.

The grand prize includes $5000, while two honourable mentions will receive $1000.

Submissions must consist of a manuscript of unpublished poetry, 5-10 pages in length.

Full details at the Writers’ Trust of Canada website. Deadline January 30, 2013.

Deadline upcoming for the Yves O. Fortier Award for Earth Science Journalism

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.
More information:

Previous recipients of the Yves O. Fortier Award include National Magazine Award winners Dominique Forget and Ed Struzik.

Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for B2B magazines now accepting submissions

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 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.

New Canadian Cover Awards now accepting submissions

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 for details.

Writers’ Trust Political Writing Prize Shortlist includes NMA Winners

The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced the shortlist of finalists for the 2012 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

The shortlist includes work by these former National Magazine Award winners and finalists:

  • Marcello Di Cintio for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades
  • Taras Grescoe for Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
  • Noah Richler for What We Talk About When We Talk About War
  • Jeffrey Simpson for Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century

Peter F. Trent is also nominated for The Merger Delusion: How Swallowing Its Suburbs Made an Even Bigger Mess of Montreal.

Read more about all the finalists and the Writers’ Trust prizes.

The winner of the $25,000 prize will be announced on March 6.

Final National Magazine Awards deadline is January 16

Wednesday January 16 is the final deadline for entries to the 36th annual National Magazine Awards. Register online and complete the application process, then get all your required tear sheets, copies and forms to our office no later than Wednesday at 5pm.

Check out the categoriesrules and frequently asked questions before you submit. 

Go to for more information and to login and submit your entries.

Finalists will be announced on May 1, and the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala is June 7.

Tips for getting your National Magazine Award submissions in on time

ck[This post has been updated] The Early-Bird submissions deadline for the 2012 National Magazine Awards is Friday, January 11, 2013 at 5pm MIDNIGHT Eastern Time — in other words, very soon.

If you’re just getting started or worried that you won’t get everything in on time, here are a couple of quick tips:

1. Submit low- or medium-resolution PDFs. All entries require PDFs, but if you’re submitting a host of entries and trying to upload hi-res PDFs for each, it will take longer for you to complete steps 1 and 2 of the 4-step submissions process. Save valuable time by preparing PDFs with a smaller file size.  Don’t worry about what to name your PDF file, as our system will automatically rename your file to match your Entry Form number.

2. Verify your Paypal account. If you choose to pay by credit card in Step 2, you will be forwarded to the Paypal site to enter your credit card information. Occasionally for payments larger than $1000 Paypal will hold the payment for verification if you don’t already have a pre-verified Paypal account associated with your credit card. If Paypal won’t process your payment due to an unverified account, you may return to Step 2 and select the option to pay by cheque.

3. Estimate the transit time. Your hard copies do not have to reach us by Friday to be eligible for the Early-Bird rate, but don’t delay. All required hard copies must reach our office by the final deadline of Wednesday, January 16 or your entries will not be accepted.

4. Don’t forget our new address. We’ve moved since last year. All hard-copy material should be couriered to our new address at:

National Magazine Awards Foundation
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 3500
Toronto, ON, M4W 1A8

5. Send your cheque next week. If you’ve elected to pay by cheque but your company can’t issue it in time, you should still submit all your hard-copy material by the deadline, with a note on your Master Form stating that the cheque will follow. When you send your cheque next week please staple it to an extra copy of your Master Form. Payment must be received by January 25 or your entries may be disqualified.

6. Relax. If you’ve done everything right, completed the online forms and sent your hard-copy material in, don’t worry about a thing. We cannot verify that we’ve received your submission until after the deadline. Rest assured, if you don’t hear from us by the week following the deadline then you did a perfect job and your submission was received in good order.

Click here to log in and submit.

Shortlist for the Charles Taylor Prize includes former NMA finalist

The shortlist for the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction was announced this morning at a ceremony at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto.

This year’s shortlist includes a book by former NMA finalist Ross KingLeonardo and The Last Supper. The shortlist also includes books by Carol Bishop-Gwyn, Tim Cook, Sandra Djwa and Andrew Preston.

Click here for the complete announcement and shortlist. The winner will be announced on March 4, and receives a prize of $25,000. The runners up each receive $2000.

Past winners of the Charles Taylor Prize include National Magazine Award winners Andrew Westoll, Charles Foran, Ian Brown, J.B. MacKinnon and Richard Gywn.

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Deadline Week at the National Magazine Awards

The Early-Bird submissions deadline for the 2012 National Magazine Awards is this Friday, January 11 at 5pm Eastern Time. If you plan to submit this year, you must complete the online application form for each of your entries (you must upload a PDF version of your entry), and pay the required fees.

Your hard copies, where required, do NOT have to arrive by Friday to be eligible for the Early-Bird rate, but they must arrive no later than the final deadline of Wednesday, January 16.

Submissions received after Wednesday, January 16 will not be accepted.

Check out the categoriesrules and frequently asked questions before you submit.

Go to for more information and to login and submit your entries.

January 10 deadline approaches for the Alberta Magazine Awards

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association is accepting submissions to the annual Alberta Magazine Awards until noon on Thursday, January 10.

For the “Showcase Awards” there are 8 Written and 4 Visual categories, plus an award for Covers and for Digital Presence. This section includes the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation Award for Emerging Writer.

For the “Achievement Awards” there are individual awards for Achievement in Publishing, Editor of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, plus an award for Best New Magazine.

The 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards will be presented at a gala dinner that kicks off the Alberta Magazines Conference on March 14, 2013 at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary.

For more information, visit the AMPA website.

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The deadline for the Alberta Magazine Awards submissions is January 10, and of course the very next day–January 11–is the Early-Bird deadline for National Magazine Awards submissions. Don’t delay!

Deadline looms for Canadian Hillman Prize in Journalism

Next Wednesday January 9 (postmark date) is the deadline for applications to the third annual Hillman Foundation Prize for Canadian Journalism, which honours excellence in journalism in the service of the common good.

The Hillman Prize is awarded to:

A reported piece or series produced, published, broadcast or exhibited in 2012. Eligible entries include reporting in newspapers, magazines, and online, as well as film and broadcast journalism (television and radio), photojournalism, and multi‐media. The contest is open to journalists and subjects globally, although the content must have been published in Canada.

The winner is announced in early March and receives a cash prize of $5000, and is recognized at a reception in Toronto on March 19 and at the Hillman Foundation ceremony in New York on May 7.

Entries require a cover letter and four sets of original tear sheets. There is no fee to enter.

Read more at the Hillman Foundation website.

Magazine of the Year Maisonneuve redesigns cover for Winter 2012

The Winter 2012 issue of Maisonneuve, featuring the National Magazine Award seal for Magazine of the Year, and with a cover story by NMA winner Alison Motluk on the risks of human egg donation.

Notice, too, the new design of the cover by award-winning Art Director Anna Minzhulina, with the title and logo much bigger, and the absence of cover lines for a cleaner, bolder cover. (The cover lines appear on a half-cover for newsstand and subscription copies.)

By comparison, at right is the recent Fall 2012 cover.

Read more about the issue and the redesign here.