New Ryerson Review of Journalism to launch on April 4

Come one, come all to the launch party of the Summer 2013 issue of the award-winning Ryerson Review of Journalism, next Thursday April 4 at The Corner Place (11 Jarvis Street) in Toronto.

The annual publication (as of next year, the RRJ will drop from publishing 2 issues per year to 1) produced by the undergraduate and graduate students of Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, is celebrating its 30th anniversary–be warned (nay, be excited): the event will feature the music of 1983.

Over the past 30 years the RRJ has been nominated for 28 National Magazine Awards, capturing 3 awards for Best New Magazine Writer (formerly Best Student Writer) and also awards for Politics and for Profiles. In 1993 it was named Honourable Mention for Magazine of the Year.

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No Quebec Magazine Awards this year

header7104The Quebec magazine association–l’Association québecoise des éditeurs de magazines (AQEM)–has announced that it will not be hosting the Quebec Magazine Awards (aka Grands Prix du magazine) this year.

An announcement on the association’s website noted that its board of directors is focusing its efforts on urgent advocacy issues. It stated that the awards will return in 2014 and be open to work published either in 2012 or in 2013:

Votre association concentre toutes ses énergies à défendre vos intérêts dans le dossier du recyclage du papier et des tarifs exorbitants auxquels nous faisons face. Le Conseil d’administration a donc décidé que Les Grands Prix du magazine 2013 de l’Association québecoise des éditeurs de magazines (AQEM) ne seront pas décernés cette année mais seulement au printemps 2014. La compétition portera alors sur les éditions de 2012 et 2013.

The annual Grands Prix du magazine have been held each year since 1991. Last year’s winners included Les Débrouillards and L’actualité, which shared the award for Quebec Magazine of the Year. Other winners were JobboomQuébec Science, Protégez-Vous, Châtelaine, Elle Québec, 7 jours and Clin d’œil.

Related post: 2012 Quebec Magazine Award winners announced

Quebec Writing Competition open for entries

Quebec Writing Competition Submission ManagerThe annual Quebec Writing Competition, supported by Maisonneuve and CBC Canada Writes, is accepting submissions for its 2013 awards. Entries may be fiction or non-fiction, previously unpublished, with a maximum of 1200 words. Participation is limited to residents of Quebec. The submission deadline is May 1.

The first-prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1500, have their work published in Maisonneuve and broadcast on CBC Radio’s Cinq à Six; the second-prize winner will receive $1000, have their work published on Maisonneuve‘s website and broadcast on CBC.

There will also be one Readers’s Choice winner who will receive $300 and a broadcast of their work. All three winners will be published in a CBC Canada Writes anthology.

The winners will be announced at the QWF Literary Awards Gala in November, 2013.

Deadline March 28 for Women’s Health Reporting Award

The SOGC/CFWH Journalism Awards for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting recognizes outstanding reporting on women’s health issues appearing Canadian media.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health (CFWH) are the cosponsors of the awards, which are are open to print (including consumer magazines, newspapers and online news sites) and broadcast media published during 2012.

Winners in each media category receive a $1000 cash prize and will be honoured at the annual conference of SOGC in June. There will also be three Honourable Mentions per category.

Submissions are due by March 28, 2013. General criteria and applications forms are available here.

One of last year’s recipients was National Magazine Award winner Alison Motluk.

Nominate an editor for PWAC’s Editor of the Year award

The Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) is searching for nominations for the 2013 Editor of the Year Award. PWAC members can nominate any editor, regardless of membership, for this award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 22, 2013.

The Editor of the Year award brings national recognition and praise to outstanding editorial professionals who respond quickly and positively to our queries, help us shape our ideas and work, improve our writing, and smooth the process of publication, invoicing and payment.

Previous winners include Jennifer Reynolds (Canadian Family), Rebecca Caldwell (Cottage Life), Jennifer Walker (Best Health), Mitchell Brown (Canadian Interiors), and Michael Totzke (Canadian Retailer).

Two other PWAC Awards are accepting submissions until March 22:

Lawrence Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award: PWAC recognizes outstanding contributions and exemplary commitment and service to the association through its Special Achievement Award, named in memory of former PWAC President Lawrence Jackson. This award is only open to PWAC members in good standing.

PWAC Regional Volunteer Awards: Recognize the valuable contributions of members who volunteer for PWAC in their regions. Open to PWAC members in good standing.

More PWAC Awards info here.

MagNet 2013 is online! Canada’s national magazine conference

Registration is open for MagNet 2013. Canada’s national magazine conference will take place June 4-7, 2013, at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown, leading up to the National Magazine Awards gala on Friday night, June 7 (at the nearby Carlu).

More than 50 sessions are on offer this year, in all areas of the industry including Ad Sales, Circulation, Design, Digital, Editorial, Management, Production and Writing.

In one of the many standout sessions, “Going for Gold: How to Create Award-Winning Content,” former NMAF President Patrick Walsh (Outdoor Canada) will join Toronto Life EIC Sarah Fulford, L’actualité EIC Carole Beaulieu, Report on Business creative director Domenic Macri, and NMA-winning writer and NMAF board member David Hayes for a discussion moderated by Deborah Rosser.

A special section of this year’s MagNet, “Meet the Inventive West,” will highlight the success of British Columbia’s magazine industry, with sessions featuring NMA winner David Beers (The Tyee), Tom Gierasimczuk (BC Business), Anicka Quin (Western Living), Gary Davies (Canada Wide Media) and more.

This year’s MagNet keynote speakers include:

  • Rebecca Wesson Darwin, President and CEO of Garden & Gun
  • David Carey, President of Hearst Magazines
  • Bob “Bo” Sacks
  • T.J. Tucker, Creative Director of Texas Monthly

Other featured sessions:

Visit for all the details.

Following the conclusion of MagNet on Friday June 7, the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala will open just a block down the street, at The Carlu. Details and ticket information will be announced by May 1.

Eighteen Bridges, Swerve, Alberta Oil big winners at Alberta Magazine Awards

Eighteen Bridges and Swerve each took home three gold awards at the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards in Calgary last night. Alberta Oil swept the gold awards in Illustration and Photography. Alberta Views, Avenue, Western Living, Uppercase, Galleries West and Profiles West were also Gold-winning magazines.

The award for Best Cover went to Avenue (Calgary) magazine’s annual food issue, “Their Last Supper,” featuring 12 of the city’s top chefs (and one critic) in an apostolic scene:

Alberta Venture editor Mike Ganley was recognized as Editor of the Year, and Elaine Kupser of Impact won the Achievement Award for Publishing.

Melissa Molloy won the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation Award for Emerging Writer, for her work in Profiles West.

Other gold award winners at the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards:

Check out @AlbertaMags on Twitter to recap all the gold and silver winners and news from the awards. Full details coming soon on the Alberta Magazines website.

NMA winners crowd shortlists for BC Book Prizes

The shortlists for the 29th annual BC Book Prizes were announced today, with five finalists in each category for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s book, illustrated children’s book, and best BC book.

Carol Shaben, whose non-fiction book about Canada’s bush pilot industry (Into the Abyss) was partly based on her investigative article published in The Walrus that won two National Magazine Awards, is one of the finalists for non-fiction.

National Magazine Award-winning poets Evelyn Lau (A Grain of Rice) and Patricia Young (Night-Eater) are both nominated in the poetry category.

Anne Fleming (Gay Dwarves of America) and Bill Gaston (The World) are former NMA winners nominated for their works of fiction.

Read the complete shortlists for the BC Book Prizes here. The winners will be announced at the 29th annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Government House in Victoria, BC.

Visit the NMA Archives to read the award-winning stories by these and other great writers.

More book news from the National Magazine Awards.

PWAC Writing Awards submissions due Friday March 15

The annual program of awards hosted by the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) is now accepting submissions, with deadlines approaching this Friday for three of the writing awards:

  • Feature Writing (over 1200 words): Open to PWAC and non-PWAC members; includes a cash prize of $500
  • Short Articles (1200 words or fewer): Open to PWAC and non-PWAC members; includes a cash prize of $500
  • Barbara Novak Award for Humour/Personal Essay Writing: Open exclusively to PWAC members

Previous winners include National Magazine Award laureates Kaitlin Fontana, Jay Somerset, Omar Mouallem, Stephen Kimber, Jeremy Klaszus and more.

Other awards offered by PWAC have deadlines next Friday (March 22):

  • Lawrence Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award: Open exclusively to PWAC members
  • Regional Volunteer Awards: Open exclusively to PWAC members
  • Editor of the Year: PWAC members may nominate any editor regardless of their membership status

The winners will be announced at the annual PWAC conference in Toronto in June. More info at PWAC.

Deadline March 15 for Science Journalism Awards

The Canadian Science Writers Association’s annual awards program are open to journalists in all Canadian media, with a submissions deadline of Friday, March 15, 2013.

One of the most prominent awards is the Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award, open to any student or young journalist who published a major piece of science journalism (print, digital, broadcast) in 2012. [More info.]

The Sanofi Pasteur Medal For Excellence In Health Research Journalism is a national award is intended to highlight the pivotal role that journalists play in raising public awareness of the importance of health research in Canada. [More info.]

The Science in Society awards honour outstanding contributions to journalism in Canadian print and broadcast media. Print entries must have appeared in a Canadian publication aimed at the general public. Electronic entries must have been aired on a cable or broadcast system licensed in Canada.

These awards are presented for original material disseminated – in French or English print or broadcast – during the 2012 calendar year. The awards will be presented at the upcoming CSWA 42nd annual conference, June 6-9 in Montreal.

Best Cover finalists for the Alberta Magazine Awards

With the 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards ceremony coming up on the calendar on March 14 (part of the Alberta Magazines Conference of March 14-15 in Calgary), we’re looking forward to seeing who will take the top honours this year.

Among the 14 Showcase categories to be presented at the gala is the always intriguing competition for Best Magazine Cover. Here’s a look at the 8 finalists this year for the top Alberta magazine cover:

Ryan Girard, art director; Marco Cibola, illustrator
Ryan Girard and Kim Larson, art directors; John Gaucher, photographer
Kim Larson, art director; Gary Stevensen, illustrator
Anders Knudsen and Erin Burns, art directors; Jared Sych, photographer; Alicja Wilkosz, hair and makeup; Julie Van Rosendaal, food stylist
Marcey Andrews, art director; Raymond Biesinger, illustrator
Cathy Ozubko, creative lead; Joel Kadziolka, designer; Deborah Jaremko, editor
Vishu Mahajan, art director; Joey Podlubny, photographer
Danae Thompson, art director; Josh Holinaty, illustrator

Check out all the finalists here. The winner of Best Cover and all the other Alberta Magazine Awards will be announced on March 14.

Vote for your favourite British magazine cover

The United Kingdom’s Professional Publisher’s Association is marking its 100th anniversary with a magazine covers contest open to public vote.

While there are only ten finalists from which to choose (rather disappointing, considering the thousands of titles and hundreds of thousands of magazine issues that have been published since 1913), the small selection is spread across generations and broad topics, from the world wars to technology, from the first issue of Cosmo to the legacies of Churchill, Chernobyl and Darth Vader.

This blogger was drawn to the 1941 Harper’s Bazaar cover featuring plump, almost Atari-like bombs falling around St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, with a brilliant yellow streak of fabric drawing the eye up through a blood-red bow to the helmeted dress form. The absence of cover lines makes a lasting impact, and the inherent nostalgia of the price line (“two shillings and sixpence”) probably swayed me, too. A magazine cover for its time and all time. (Or so says one voice. What do you think?)

Click here to view the finalists and vote. Voting closes on the distant date of September 30, 2013, and the winner will be announced on November 21, the exact one-hundred-year anniversary of PPA’s establishment.

{Tip o’ the hat: Canadian Magazines blog}