New Trail, Eighteen Bridges, Omar Mouallem enjoy big night at 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards

Last night in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the Alberta Magazine Awards to a boisterous audience of writers, editors, art directors, publishers and other magazine lovers, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who punctuated his keynote address by thanking all for “telling our stories.”

New Trail, the alumni magazine of the University of Alberta, took home a whopping 6 gold awards including the biggest prize, Magazine of the Year. New Trail has been nominated for 7 National Magazine Awards since 2012 and won Best Art Direction of a Single Article at last year’s NMAs.


New Trail also won 2016 AMPA gold awards for Illustration, Art Direction of a Single Issue, Editorial Package, Feature Design, and Best Cover–all for their “Future of Everything” issue which clearly blew away the Alberta mag awards judges. The art direction is by Marcey Andrews, also a National Magazine Award winner, and the illustrations are by NMA winner Raymond Biesinger and Gwen Keraval.


Other winning magazines at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards:

  • Avenue Edmonton 6 (2 gold, 4 silver)
  • Eighteen Bridges 5 (4 gold, 1 silver)
  • Avenue Calgary 5 (5 silver)
  • Swerve 4 (3 gold, 1 silver)
  • Western Living 4 (1 gold, 3 silver)
  • Alberta Oil 3 (2 gold, 1 silver)
  • Alberta Venture 3 (1 gold, 2 silver)

Among individual winners, writer Omar Mouallem won 3 awards from 6 nominations, including gold for Profiles and Service: Lifestyle, and a silver for Feature Writing.

Omar Mouallem is also the editor of The Yards magazine, which swept gold and silver in the category Emerging Writer.


Eighteen Bridges editor Curtis Gillespie, also a director of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, accepted the award for Editor of the Year.


Check out all the nominees and winners at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards or on Twitter @AMPA.