Vote for Canada’s Best Magazine Cover | NMA 2016 Nominees

[This post has been updated] No single element of magazine publishing encapsulates the relationship between editorial, design, circulation and audience quite like the Magazine Cover. A great cover sells the stories within the magazine. And it also tells a story of its own, through eye-catching visual art, arresting cover lines, and perhaps a bit of that ephemeral je ne sais quoi.

The nominations for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards have been announced, and our judges have selected 10 finalists for this year’s award for best Magazine Cover. The Gold and Silver winners will be announced at the National Magazine Awards gala on June 10 in Toronto. [Tickets & Gala info]

Here they are, the Top 10 Magazine Covers of the Year.



VOTE RESULTS
Between May 31 and June 6, 410 people voted, and the winner of the People’s Choice for Best Magazine Cover is…

 

The juried winners for the Gold and Silver medals in Best Magazine Cover will be presented on Friday June 10 at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards. Tickets

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See the National Magazine Awards nominees for:
Fashion
Best Magazine Brand
Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Magazine Photographer
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Fiction
Single Service Article Package
Illustration

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures
Best Single Issue

Complete nominations coverage

Top 3 Magazine Brands in Canada | NMA 2016 Nominees

Two weeks from tonight Canada’s magazine publishers and creators from across the land will come together to acknowledge creative excellence at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards. One of the awards to be presented on June 10th in Toronto is the award for Best Magazine Brand.

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The award for Best Magazine Brand goes to the publisher whose brand best delivers on their editorial mandate through at least three platforms, which may include a print or digital magazine, website, SIP(s), mobile app(s), tablet, social media, television shows or video, radio broadcasts or podcasts, live events, innovations in print or digital media, and other forms of audience engagement.

This year’s National Magazine Awards jury selected three finalists from across Canada based on four criteria:

  • Quality: How successfully does the magazine brand deliver quality content and design in its brand’s platforms, and what is the overall quality of its presentation of material to the jury?
  • Innovation: How successfully is the magazine brand creating opportunities to reach and grow its audience?
  • Impact: How successfully does the magazine brand engage with its intended audience, satisfy their needs, and provide a rewarding experience?
  • Brand Awareness: To what extent has the magazine brand built an engaging, reliable and trustworthy identity?

The winner will be presented at the National Magazine Awards gala on June 10th. And the nominees are…


Cottage Life
Published by Cottage Life Media, a division of Blue Ant Media Partnership
Penny Caldwell, Publisher

From a magazine founded in 1988 to answer all the confounding questions about owning a cottage, Cottage Life has evolved into a multidimensional media brand reaching a monthly audience of 3 million with radio and TV programs, consumer events, books, branded merchandise, interactive media and more. In 2015 the brand expanded to augmented reality through the Blippar platform, enhanced its e-commerce site, partnered with Moose FM on the “dock-to-dock” program, and created a special Cottage Life-themed menu for the Carbon Bar in Toronto.


Ricardo
Published by Ricardo Média Inc.
Brigitte Coutu, Publisher

A truly national food magazine—with an English edition recently joining the French-language title that reaches over 1 million Quebec readers—Ricardo is famous for its test kitchen which has created over 5000 original recipes. In 2015 its website reached over 2 million monthly visitors, while the brand launched an English-language YouTube channel and several interactive digital editions, published a children’s cookbook, and partnered with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation on Cook for the Cure. Its renovated headquarters now includes a boutique, event space and a rooftop garden and apiary with over 20,000 bees for a branded line of honey.


Spacing
Published by Spacing Media
Matthew Blackett, Publisher

Spacing continues to raise the bar for small magazine brand innovation through events, retail and audience engagement. Its four 2015 issues focused on contemporary themes of city life and reached a 80% or more sell-through rate on newsstands. The Spacing Store has opened up new avenues for partnerships and revenue through branded and city-themed merchandise, resulting in a 100% increase in revenue for the magazine during 2015. Last year Spacing teamed up with Metrolinx to put on two events on wayfinding in Toronto, and also hosted popular launch parties, book readings and contests including the Jane Jacobs Prize and a photographers’ tour of Lower Bay Station.


Which is your favourite? Leave us a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA16.

Tickets are on sale for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala, Friday June 10 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.

Meet the National Magazine Awards nominees for:
Fashion
Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Magazine Photographer
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Fiction
Single Service Article Package
Illustration

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures
Best Single Issue

Complete nominations coverage

Top 10 Fashion Spreads in Canadian Magazines | NMA 2016 Nominees

Canada’s most fashionable magazine event of the year is coming up on June 10th as journalists and publishers from coast to coast gather to recognize excellence in their field at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala, where among the subtle grandeur of the Arcadian Court and the bold sartorial statements of the guests we will learn who will be named Canada’s best fashion photographers, art directors and stylists.

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There are 10 finalists for this year’s award for Fashion. Try them all on:


ME
1968 Magazine
Genevieve Charbonneau,
Photographer & Art Director
Olivia Leblanc, Stylist
Cynthia-Christian Cadieux, Makeup & Hair


Sisters Sisters
CHLOE Magazine
Genevieve Charbonneau
, Photographer
Olivia Leblanc, Art Director & Fashion Stylist
Sophie Parrot, Makeup
Rafael Estrella, Hair Stylist


Wild and Free: A Strong Armand Vaillancourt
DTK Men
Shayne Laverdiere
, Photographer
Sylvain Blais, Art Director
Jay Forest, Stylist
Liliane, Contributor


Friday Night Lights
ELLE Canada
Max Abadian
, Photographer
Brittany Eccles, Art Director
Juliana Schiavinatto, Stylist
Contributors: Jenna Earle, Sabrina Rinaldi


For my 10th birthday…
ELLE Canada
Owen Bruce
, Photographer
Brittany Eccles, Art Director
Juliana Schiavinatto, Stylist
Contributors: Denis Desro, Liisa Winkler, Stella Winkler, Juliann H, Hannah D, Sam F, Judith Maria Bradley, Susana Hong, Simone Otis, Suzanne Campos


 Modern Family
FASHION Magazine
Gabor Jurina
, Photographer
Eng Lau, Art Director
Susie Sheffman, Stylist


Hue New
FASHION Magazine
Chris Nicholls
, Photographer
Eng Lau, Art Director
Zeina Esmail, Stylist
Caitlin Doherty, Contributor


Lost Love
FASHION Magazine
Chris Nicholls
, Photographer
Eng Lau, Art Director
Zeina Esmail, Stylist
Caitlin Doherty, Contributor


Team Spirit
FASHION Magazine
Peter Tamlin
, Photographer
Eng Lau, Art Director
George Antonopoulos, Stylist
Susana Hong, Hair & Makeup
Models: Alice (NEXT Models) & David (Ciotti Models)


How Bizarre
Globe Style Advisor
Ted Belton
, Photographer
Benjamin MacDonald, Art Director
Odessa Paloma Parker, Stylist
Andrew Sardone, Editor
Caitlin Doherty, Set design
Robert Weir, Makeup
Anna Barseghian, Hair
Rita Remark, Manicure


Which is your favourite? Leave us a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA16.

Tickets are on sale for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala, Friday June 10 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.

Meet the National Magazine Awards nominees for:
Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Magazine Photographer
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Fiction
Single Service Article Package
Illustration

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures
Best Single Issue

Complete nominations coverage

Top 10 Best Issues of Canadian Magazines | NMA 2016 Nominees

The judging is complete and the nominees for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards have been announced. This year the judges have selected 10 finalists for the award for Best Single Issue, an award sponsored by Rolland Enterprises, Inc.

The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the National Magazine Awards gala on June 10 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. [Tickets & Gala Info].

And now, we invite you to learn more about the magazines that made top 10:


Air Canada enRouteThe Food Issue

EnROute

The entire November 2015 issue actively delivers on supporting the development of a national food identity, promoting the contributions of new and established Canadian chefs, sommeliers and industry players and fostering a sense of community from farm to kitchen to table. This issue is shaped around culinary themes, from front of book personality profiles to culinary-minded hotels.

This issue includes features on the new concept restaurant/performance space from the Adrià brothers and Cirque du Soleil, how one sustainable Caribbean destination is taking resort food out of the international buffet trough and into local hands, and also a look into the happy hour scene in Austin. The goal of this issue was to dish up tasty and thoughtful stories and to whet the appetite for great food as well as knowledge.


AzureToronto, A City on the Rise

Azure

This issue celebrates three decades of Azure by highlighting some of the most exciting architecture and design underway in Toronto. With stories looking into how Union Station’s expansion is addressing the city’s need for citizenry, how architects, city planners and developers worked together to host PanAm athletes in the pre-sold but not-yet-occupied waterfront condominiums and also how the city has attracted top-calibre architecture, through an in-depth look at the Aga Khan Museum and Ismali Centre in Don Mills.

This issue represents what Azure is all about: presenting the future of design in a format that encourages readers to get excited about the great changes to come – and those that are underway.


Cottage LifeThe Hot Issue

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The centrepiece of this issue is the Canoe Love package, which consists of two parts: an essay about the canoe and its special place in our national consciousness and also a collection of anecdotes from readers about “courting” with their own canoes, complete with original photography and quirky illustrations. Together these pieces hit the right balance of entertainment and information, in true Cottage Life-style.

Readers will also come across a profile of entertainment expert Trish Magwood, a story about the latest dockside accessory, the portable fire pit, an in depth look at the dragonfly and also a look at the hottest trends in décor from international design superstars Colin & Justin.


explore – Winter 2015

explore

For their Winter 2015 edition, explore delivered on their mandate and epitomized the “live the adventure” ideal with great vigour. Working with writers, illustrators and photographers – both seasoned and new contributors – these diverse voices helped to deliver an exhaustive anthology of content that both accurately reflects their reader demographics and offers story angles that are fresh and unique.

Articles take readers through a one-of-a-kind backcountry skiing trip into Banff National Park, a floe-edge exploration in Nunavut, a youth-at-risk outdoor education program in British Columbia and an extreme race in Yukon. In addition, there is a dynamic service article, profiles, a how-to guide and product reviews.


FlareICYMI Issue

Flare

This is a clever, cohesive and incredibly vocal issue that exemplifies FLARE’s new millennial positioning – and non-conformist spirit. The issue dismantles the magazine’s existing architecture and rebuilt it as a year-in-review issue, exploring a wide array of topics such as what it’s really like to be young and trans in Canada, a look at why otherwise genius designers can’t distinguish between cultural appreciation and appropriation, and also recapped the year in feminist outrage.

Visually, the entire issue was treated as an editorial package, playing up graphic shapes, designing new typographic look-ups specific to the issue and colour coding each department in lieu of section openers.


Legion Magazine – The Fight for Italy

Legion

The goal for this issue was to produce a bold, definitive words-and-pictures publication that would convey the significance of the bravery and sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers more than 70 years ago to Canadians of all generations today.

Bursting with dramatic historical photography and artwork, colourful and detailed maps and infographics and original spot illustrations, the story of the fight for Italy comes to life in this issue’s pages.


Nouveau ProjetSpring/Summer 2015

NP

This issue is dedicated to the new boundaries – both tangible and and less tangible – of modern Québec. The territorial limits are sometimes contested by cultural barriers and linguistic persistence (or not). Through the eyes of foreign migrants and symbolic borders, Nouveau Projet unfolds the concept of borders and the various incarnations currently in Québec. This issue includes stories on the Anticosti Island, architecture in the North, the border between Newfoundland and Labrador, the story of three refugees and also the unusual path of writer Guillaume Morissette, who left the Saguenay to seek literary fame in the English-speaking sphere.

Stories about solar power in Québec, innovative uses for urban underpasses and the state of the “sharing economy” are also included in this issue, as well as essays, critical commentary, poetry, etc.


Sportsnet What it’s Like to be Connor McDavid Right Now

Sportsnet

The cover story of this issue tells the story of Connor McDavid; a young man who is on the cusp of superstardom, but all the while remains a teenager at heart. The story was a huge exclusive on a huge name. Another uniquely Canadian story is that of “Gulu Rises” which follows a Canadian man’s journey of starting a soccer club in the tiny Ugandan town of Gulu, hoping to give its children – and by extension community – a chance at a better life.

Aside from these two gripping features, you’ll find a quirky story about an athletes love of meteorology which exposes the real-life passion of a superstar, a story about pro football’s first openly gay player, as well as CFL previews, interviews and columns from Canada’s best sports writers.


Up Here The Fish Issue

uphere

This issue hopes to leave readers with a hearty appreciation for all the fish that contribute to the diet, the art, the history and the economy of Northerners, while remaining interesting to non-fish-nerds. Stories about the lakes in the Northwest Territories – on an ecological level – becoming the new Galapagos, how a family built a fishing lodge empire that built up a loyal, affluent clientele and also a look at why the North’s fishing industry isn’t booming. This issue also contains a look at career opportunities for young graduates, the party-spot Legion in Iqaluit and a pickers guide for the summer morel mushroom boom.

In addition to these stories, readers will also find beautifully photographed fish recipes, as well as other photography showing fish like you’ve never seen them before, in their pristine underwater habitat. The Up Here team jokingly refers to this edition as their “fissue.” Ha!


Western Living Magazine – Designers of the Year, September 2015

WL

The September issue is always Western Living’s biggest and most exciting issue of the year, as it features their Designer of the Year awards; a celebration of the best designers in Western Canada, from architecture to interiors to fashion. Over 800 designers and architects attend both events, resulting in a space for the local design community to connect and celebrate their work together.

In addition to extensive coverage of the awards, this issue explored the inner workings of Canada’s most iconic hotel, the Fairmont Banff Springs and also shared insider tips for exploring New York’s best neighbourhoods. The remaining pages of their newly over-sized issue includes interviews, photography, designer tips and must-try recipes.


Which is your favourite? Leave us a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA16.

Tickets are on sale for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala, Friday June 10 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.

Meet the National Magazine Awards nominees for:
Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Magazine Photographer
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Fiction
Single Service Article Package
Illustration

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures

Complete nominations coverage

Special thanks to Leah Jensen for her reporting.

Best Short Fiction in Canadian Magazines | NMA 2016 Nominees

On June 10th hundreds of Canada’s top writers, artists, editors, designers and other creators will come together to acknowledge creative excellence at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards. One of the awards to be presented that evening in Toronto is the award for Fiction, presented by the Ontario Arts Council.

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This year’s ten nominated writers and magazines represent the diversity of literary magazine publishing in Canada. Take the time to read them all–they are the best of the best in Canadian short fiction writing published in 2015. Gold and Silver medals will be presented at the ceremony on June 10th.


Geneviève Pettersen
La reine de rien
Châtelaine


Russell Smith
Raccoons
CNQ: Canadian Notes & Queries


Trevor Corkum
Dar a Luz
Event


Cary Fagan
My Father’s Picasso
Geist


Jess Taylor
Breakfast Curry
Little Brother


Monica Pacheco
The River Phoenix Social Club
Room


Zsuzsi Gartner
The Beguiling
Sub-Terrain


Andrew MacDonald
Progress on a Genetic Level
Taddle Creek


Elisabeth Harvor
Ice Woman
The New Quarterly


Alex Pugsley
Changeling Girl
The Walrus


Congratulations to our finalists in Fiction. Tweet us your comments @MagAwards | #NMA16

The Gold and Silver medal winners will be revealed at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 10. Tickets

Meet the National Magazine Awards nominees for:
Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Magazine Photographer
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Single Service Article Package
Illustration

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures

Complete nominations coverage

Best Canadian Magazine Photojournalists | NMA 2016 Nominees

On June 10th journalists from around the country will gather at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala, where one of the awards presented will recognize excellence in Photojournalism & Photo Essay, an award sponsored by the CNW Group.

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Here are the nominees. Tweet us your comments @MagAwards | #NMA16


Paul Colangelo
World Beater
Canadian Geographic


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Kamil Bialous
A Whale of A Story
Cottage Life


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Peter Mather
Running with the Herd
Maclean’s


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Peter Mather
Shingle Point and Shoot
Maclean’s


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Angela Gzowski
Foraging for Fortunes
Maisonneuve


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Marta Iwanek
The Maidan
Maisonneuve


Lana Šlezić
If These Walls Could Talk
The Walrus


Congratulations to our finalists for Photojournalism & Photo Essay. Tweet us your comments @MagAwards | #NMA16

The Gold and Silver medal winners will be revealed at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 10. Tickets

Meet the National Magazine Awards nominees for:
Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Magazine Photographer
Single Service Article Package
Illustration

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures

Complete nominations coverage

Meet the Finalists for Best New Magazine Writer | NMA 2016 Nominees

We’re just three weeks away from the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala, where among other surprises and delights we will find out who is named Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer, an award sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation.

[Tickets & Gala Info]

Earlier this week we introduced you to the nominees for Best New Magazine Photographer. From pictures to words, let us now acquaint you with the four individuals whom the National Magazine Awards jury has declared to be the best emerging writers in Canada.

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Richard Kelly Kemick
Playing God
The Walrus

He has sold his wife, Litia’s, clothing and has snuck dried rice into his dog, Maisy’s, kibble to save money, to spend that saved money on his miniature, Victorian Christmas village. His mother thinks it is a fascination with scale, his cousin a ritual of collection. Richard, he doesn’t even really like Christmas.

An account of Kemick’s continuing obsession with creating a Victorian Christmas tableau, “Playing God” turns over any assumptions you might have had going in, and convincingly wrests the sublime from the trivial. He manages, astonishingly, a tone both earnest and ironic, with details and insights that are lively, unexpected, funny, and poignant.
– National Magazine Awards jury

Richard Kelly Kemick completed his MA at the University of New Brunswick. His debut collection of poetry, Caribou Run (2016), was included on the CBC’s list of 15 must-read poetry collections, while his poetry, prose, and criticism have appeared in The WalrusMaisonneuve, The Fiddlehead, and Tin House. He lives in Calgary with his dog, Maisy.

It’s hard to think of a more unpromising premise than model Christmas villages. But Kemick managed to turn that material into a compelling portrait of creative obsession. Marked by astonishing hallucinatory flights and moments of unsparing and hilarious self-reckoning, the writing feels fresh and unique.
– Carmine Starnino, senior editor, The Walrus

Read the full article.


Desmond Cole
The Skin I’m In
Toronto Life

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Desmond Cole has been stopped, and often carded, at least 50 times by the police in Toronto, Kingston, and across Southern Ontario. An exhaustive set of narratives — interrogations have occurred, for instance, while walking his bike along Bathurst St.’s sidewalk and while smoking a cigarette outside of a local community centre — highlights the exhausting task of having to justify one’s freedom.

In an intimate portrait of systemic discrimination and how it erodes one’s sense of self, Cole has written in “The Skin I’m In” a powerful exposé of Canada’s justice system with clarity and integrity, holding up a mirror to readers of any ethnicity and making them rue what they see.
– National Magazine Awards jury

Desmond Cole is an activist and freelance journalist in Toronto. He began his journalism career writing about housing, public transit, policing and Toronto City Hall for the news website Torontoist. His work also appears in the Toronto Star, The Walrus, Toronto Life, VICE, NOW Magazine, and Ethnic Aisle.

In crisp, evocative prose, Cole discussed his long and thorny history with police, the psychological effects of constant surveillance, and how his racialized identity causes him to him question every decision he makes.
– Emily Landau, senior editor, Toronto Life

Read the full article.


Kat Shermack
The Tenant from Hell
Toronto Life

When Wilf Dinnick and Sonia Verma moved from Toronto, Canada to Doha, Qatar, they rented out their west-end house to Jesse Gubb, who turned the residence into an illegal rooming house. The 20-25 young females living in the rooming house were bound by strange rules (storing shoes only at the back of the house and a floor mopping schedule, for instance), while Gubb’s fraudulently secured leases allowed him to rake in roughly $200,000 a year.

A gutsy and thorough exercise in investigative journalism, Shermack’s demonstration of how unscrupulous landlords bilk both property owners and tenants is as fascinating as it is utilitarian. “The Tenant from Hell” is a many-faceted exploration, educating its readers about the flaws in the system and the often life and death dangers of illegal rentals.
–  National Magazine Awards jury

Kat Shermak, a native of Thunder Bay, completed a degree in social sciences and political science at the University of Ottawa and a post-graduate diploma in print journalism at Humber College. She is a freelance journalist based in Toronto, with work appearing in Toronto Life and Investment Executive.

Shermack elegantly connected Jesse Gubb’s story (a landlord with an ethically dubious rental scheme, sub-subletting rental houses) to the larger issue at play: the fact that Toronto faces an affordable housing crisis, and landlords hold immense power over their tenants.
– Malcolm Johnston, senior editor, Toronto Life

Read the full article.


Karen Ho
A Daughter’s Revenge
Toronto Life

Jennifer Pan never graduated high school, doctored her report cards, lied about attending Ryerson and U of T’s pharmacology program, and concocted a harrowing plot to have her parents —Bich Ha and Huei Hann Pan — killed. Karen Ho’s telling of the story is complicated by the fact that she was once friends with the people involved, and by her own experience of growing up with strict, disciplinary parents.

Using interviews, court documents, and other research, Karen Ho masterfully reconstructs Jennifer Pan’s journey from precocious elementary school student to a chronic liar who, eventually, hired hit men to kill her parents. “A Daughter’s Revenge” is inherently gripping, with a deliberately neutral tone, strong storytelling throughout, and a timely look at a cultural obsession with achievement.
– National Magazine Awards jury

Karen Ho is a University of Toronto graduate, and earned a journalism diploma from Centennial College. Currently, she is a Toronto-based independent writer and editor specializing in business journalism, with work published in (among others) Toronto Life, The Billfold, Canadaland, Torontoist, Masthead Magazine, the Ethnic Aisle and Longshot Magazine.

The piece required a staggering amount of research: thousands of pages of court transcripts, countless days in court, and a long list of interview subjects. Ho shows an impressive ability to objectively assess events and personalities.
– Malcolm Johnston, senior editor, Toronto Life

Read the full article.


Congratulations to our 4 finalists for Best New Magazine Writer. Tweet us your comments @MagAwards | #NMA16

The winner will be revealed at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 10. Tickets

About the Award for Best New Magazine Writer:
The award for Best New Magazine Writer is open to students and writers with a maximum of two years’ experience in professional journalism. The intent is to restrict this award to emerging writing talent in Canada. Eligible work must be non-fiction and a minimum of 1000 words in length, and must have been published between January 1 and December 31 of the awards year in a Canadian print or online magazine. Articles published in university/college magazines are eligible. Submissions are due each year by January 15.

Meet the National Magazine Awards nominees for:
Best New Magazine Photographer
Single Service Article Package
Illustration

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures

Complete nominations coverage

Special thanks to Leah Edwards for her reporting.