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Alberta magazines affected by flooding; helping communities recover

The almost unbelievable scenes of flooding coming from Calgary and elsewhere in Alberta have shocked and saddened many of us, and while many magazines in the area have been affected, it’s encouraging to know that they and their staff are beginning the process of recovery and helping their communities do the same.

A note from Alberta Views magazine posted late yesterday, accompanying this photo of their staff, stated:

If you’ve tried to contact our office this week, please know that our building is still flooded and without power. We’ll be back up and publishing as soon as possible. Compared to many Albertans, we’re extremely lucky. And at least one small positive has come from all of this. The AV staff are diversifying our skills, particularly in the areas of home demolition and cleanup…! (Note the high-water mark near the top of the door.)

Elsewhere Janine Vangool, publisher and editor of UPPERCASE, published this note to her readers:

I am relieved that so much of my business is online and “in the cloud” and that even in challenging times it keeps us going. UPPERCASE supports me, my husband and our 3-year-old son as well as two employees, so it is always my biggest worry to ensure that the business can weather whatever storm.

Routes magazine, based in the town of High River, posted:

So much left to do in town. They are trying to clear roads of all the stray cars, and berm is completed so the water can be drained and then the water treatment can get up and running! Please realize these things must be done for our own safety. There is not yet a re- entry support location to go to, no emergency or health services and no sewer, and limited power.

Magazines such as Avenue, SwerveWestern Horse Review, Highline, Windspeaker, Impact, Alberta Oil, Where Calgary and more are keeping readers informed of what they need to do for their own safety and how their businesses are affected.

And kudos to the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association team for working round the clock the past few days to keep all of us, and especially the Alberta magazine community, informed about the flooding, evacuation, donations and recovery, in spite of all the obstacles:

Turns out AMPA’s website and possibly email aren’t functioning. Meh. Peanuts in the grand scheme of things these days. Reach us on twitter @albertamags, here on Facebook, or we’ll be back in the office (and hopefully up and running) tomorrow: 403 262 0081

Recovery efforts are continuing today and it will likely be quite awhile before businesses and lives are back to normal. Our thoughts are with you, Alberta. The Canadian Red Cross is collecting donations to support the flood relief effort, while Alberta’s business community and government have pledged immense support for the recovery.

NMA Winners headline Saskatchewan Festival of Words

SFWThe 17th annual Saskatchewan Festival of Words is coming your way July 18-21 in Moose Jaw, with workshops, readings, concerts, film screenings and more.

Featuring Dave Bidini, two-time National Magazine Award winner for his work in Saturday Night and Maisonneuve, and author of ten books, most recently Writing Gordon Lightfoot; Annabel Lyon, twice a National Magazine Award finalist for her fiction in Toronto Life and The New Quarterly and author of the novel The Golden Mean; Ken Babstock, 1997 NMA gold winner in Poetry for his work in Prism International, and recipient of the Griffin Poetry Prize for his collection Methodist Hatchet;  Ross King, 2010 NMA nominee and 2012 Governor General Literary Award winner for The Last Supper; Candace Savage, six-time NMA finalist and winner of the Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for A Geography of Blood; and lots more.

Check out the full line-up and ticket info and the schedule (pdf).

Border Crossings, Eighteen Bridges, subTerrain big winners at Western Magazine Awards

[This post has been updated] At last Friday night’s Western Magazine Awards gala in Vancouver, the Winnipeg-based arts and culture magazine Border Crossings was named Western Magazine of the Year, in a ceremony at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, hosted by Jo-Ann Roberts.

Alberta Oil was named Trade Magazine of the Year, while Toque & Canoe won for Best Online Magazine. And Coast Mountain Culture took the prize for Best New Magazine.

Eighteen Bridges won the award for Best Alberta/NWT magazine, as well as two three individual awards, for Best Alberta/NWT Article, for Best Public Issues Article and for Best Culture & Entertainment Article, the latter for “The Populist” by Curtis Gillespie, which won Honourable Mention in Profiles at this year’s National Magazine Awards.

Vancouver indie literary mag subTerrain won the awards for Fiction and for Best Illustration. Up Here also won two awards, for Best Profile and for Best Travel & Leisure Article. Vancouver Magazine won for Best Art Direction of a Single Article and for Best Human Experience Article.

New Trail Winter 2012_Big Melt.pdfIn the Best Photograph category the winner was “The Changing Face of the North” by John Ulan in New Trail, which also won Honourable Mention in Creative Photography at this year’s National Magazine Awards.

[Update] The Gold Award for Best Saskatchewan Article went to Ayelet Tsabari for “Yemeni Soup and Other Recipes” in Grain, which also won a Silver Award in the One-of-a-Kind category at this year’s NMAs.

Best New Writer went to Melissa Molloy for “The Accuser and Us” in Profiles West. Ms. Molloy also won the award for Best New Writer at this year’s Alberta Magazine Awards.

Best Cover went to “Last Supper” from Avenue, art direction by Anders Knudsen, which also won the same award at the Alberta Magazine Awards.

Other winners include Alberta Views, BC Business, Focus, Grain, Impact, Swerve and Western Living. Visit westernmagazineawards.ca for more information, or check out the Canadian Magazines blog for more coverage.

Paul and Audrey Grescoe were recognized as winners of the WMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Related Post:
Western Magazine Awards announce finalists

Your Guide to Summer 2013 Magazine Writing Contests

It’s summer at last — time to get outdoors and write! Check out some of these great writing contests on offer from many of Canada’s award-winning magazines.

The Walrus: Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry, juried prize and people’s choice prize
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $2500 and publication (juried winner); $2500 (people’s choice winner)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://thewalrus.ca/projects/poetry-prize/

Alberta Views Perspectives on a Province
Section: Fiction
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $1000 (1st), $250 (2nd); publication
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Detailshttps://www.albertaviews.ab.ca/contests/

Antigonish Review: Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $600 (first); $400 (second); $200 (third); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.antigonishreview.com/

Up Here Robert Service Poetry Contest
Section: Poetry (in the style of Robert Service)
Deadline: July 1, 2013
Prize: $750 (1st), $250 (2nd); publication in Up Here
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://www.uphere.ca/node/866

Matrix Magazine: LitPop Awards
Sections: Poetry; Fiction; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 1, 2013
Prize: For winners in each section, round-trip ticket and accommodation to POP Montreal Festival in September; publication in Matrix
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.matrixmagazine.org/litpop/

Malahat Review: Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize
Sections: Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: August 1, 2013
Prize: $1000; 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

Geist: Erasure Poetry Contest
Sections: Poetry
Deadline: August 31, 2013
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

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

More Magazine Contests:
Your Guide to Fall 2012 Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Winter/Spring 2013 Magazine Writing Contests

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

The 36th National Magazine Awards Gold Book

Make your summer reading the National Magazine Awards digital Gold Book. More than forty magazine stories and visual spreads representing the Gold winners from the 36th annual National Magazine Awards, available FREE for your computer or mobile device.

Including National Magazine Award-winning work by these Canadian literary and visual artists:

Caroline Adderson, Dave Cameron, Karen Connelly, Craig Davidson, Sierra Skye Gemma, Jessica Johnson, Tom Jokinen, Peter Ash Lee, Angus Rowe MacPherson, Greg McArthur, Leah McLaren, Conor Mihell, Jonathan Montpetit, Alison Motluk, Mark Peckmezian, Graeme Smith, Emma Teitel, Chris Turner, Jeff Warren, Sam Weber and more!

With stories from Canada’s best magazines, including Adbusters, Avenue, Azure, Canada’s History, Canadian Notes & Queries, Eighteen Bridges, Explore, Geist, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Reader’s Digest, Report on Business, Sportsnet, The Feathertale Review, The Grid, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Toronto Life and more!

Congratulations to all of this year’s National Magazine Award winners, and happy summer reading to all!

Canada’s Best Magazine Covers of 2012

At the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala last week, the Gold Award for Best Magazine Cover went to Adbusters, for the cover of their 100th issue, entitled “Are We Happy Yet?”

"Are We Happy Yet?" - Adbusters, Art Direction by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue
“Are We Happy Yet?” – Adbusters, Art Direction by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue

Why the judges picked this cover: “It resonated loudly and immediately on all counts, with its tight connection between the striking cover image and the solitary cover line. An instant classic… [it] challenges one of the primary goals of advertising–to stimulate desires–and implicitly answers its own question. At once strong, direct, incisive, compelling and complete: a brilliant magazine cover.”

The Silver award for Magazine Covers went to Maisonneuve.

"Issue 45" - Maisonneuve, Art Direction by Anna Minzhulina
“Issue 45” – Maisonneuve, Art Direction by Anna Minzhulina

Congratulations to all the winners of the 36th National Magazine Awards.

Related post:
Meet the NMA Finalists for Magazine Covers