In 1977 the very first National Magazine Award for Poetry was presented to a young poet named Marilyn Bowering, for a poem called “Rose Harbour Whaling, 1910.” The poem was published in a magazine called Branching Out, which was a feminist literary magazine founded in 1973 in Edmonton. Marilyn Bowering has gone on to become one of Canada’s most beloved poets and playwrights, and while Branching Out lasted only 7 years in publication, it remains part of a great tradition of Canadian literary magazines.
This year the National Magazine Awards jury has selected 10 finalists for the Poetry Award, from among entries in dozens of literary magazines from across the country. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the National Magazine Awards gala on June 10 in Toronto. [Tickets & Gala Info].
Here are the nominated writers and magazines for this year’s National Magazine Award for Poetry…
Corona for Charlotte; Good Measure; Sunflowers
A Loving Follow-Through
Why Don’t I
Shazia Hafiz Ramji
The Second Person
Murmuration; Fathom; Hibernal Country
The New Quarterly
Supreme Leader; Flipped; Let Evening Come
The Rusty Toque
The High Road
Who do you think is most worthy of this award? 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.
See the National Magazine Awards nominees for:
Best Magazine Brand
Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Magazine Photographer
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Single Service Article Package
Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Art Direction of a Single Article
Words & Pictures
Best Single Issue