National Magazine Awards Special Event: Winners’ Circle

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is proud to present Winners’ Circle, an exclusive event for National Magazine Awards and Digital Publishing Awards winners and nominees to meet, mingle, pitch and learn. This year’s event is in partnership with Twitter Canada.

Wednesday, November 16
5:30-8:30pm
Twitter Headquarters

Part 1 – Learn & Leverage
Learn insider tips on how to grow your Twitter presence with Twitter Canada’s new head of news and government, Jennifer Hollett. Thinking beyond hashtags, attendees will discover how to build community and optimize your tweets with images, videos, live video, moments, and more.

Part 2 – Fast Pitch
After the Twitter Canada presentation, it’s time to mingle and network with your peers. We’ll be facilitating introductions between writers, artists, editors and art directors. If you’re planning to attend and would like to have a chance to sit down with an award-winning writer/artist or an award-winning publication’s editor or art director, let us know: staff@magazine-awards.com.

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In addition to the Twitter presentation and Fast Pitch sessions, there will be ongoing opportunities throughout the night to connect and network with your magazine industry peers. Snacks & drinks are provided.


The event is open to all 2016 National Magazine Award and Digital Publishing Award winners and nominees. There are capacity limits at the event space, so please RSVP as early as possible. Those who are unable to come to Toronto, we may be able to provide teleconference participation.

View the event recap and photo album from last year’s Winners’ Circle event.

Guests are requested to RSVP to staff@magazine-awards.com no later than November 11. We also encourage you to join the Facebook Event Page.

International Judges: 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards

[THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED] 

In a first for any Canadian publishing awards, the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is helping to raise the profile of Canadian creators on the international stage. As outlined in our 2016-17 Strategic Initiatives, the NMAF will be introducing more judges from the international magazine community to help recognize and honour the work of Canadian creators.

Joining us for our 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be a fresh roster of international editors, art directors, writers, publishers and more, with experience at publications such at The New York Times, Monocle, Rolling Stone, Good Housekeeping, Bloomberg Businessweek, National Geographic, Quartz and The New Yorker. This initiative aims to put Canadian-made work directly into the eyes of some of our industry’s top experts, helping to give recognition to Canadian creators that extends beyond our borders.

Read more about How Judging Works.
Click here to see the rest of the 2017 NMA Jury.

The NMAF is thrilled to announce the following international judges for the 40th anniversary year.


robertcappsRobert Capps is head of editorial at WIRED, where he oversees editorial for all platforms, including the magazine, WIRED.com, and live events. In his 11-year career at WIRED he has garnered 12 National Magazine Award nominations, spearheaded the programming for multiple live events, including the WIRED Business Conference, the WIRED Data | Life health conference, and the WIRED x Design creativity retreat.


David Curcurito is founder and partner of Works Well With Others Design Group. Created in 2016 with his wife and fellow creative director Jessica Musumeci, Works Well With Others is a NYC based studio creating strategy and design across all platforms. Creating brand identities, commercials, websites, apps, films, magazines, books or anything else that presents a creative challenge.


kevin-delaneyKevin Delaney is the editor-in-chief of Quartz, a digital business publication of Atlantic Media, and was previously the managing editor of WSJ.com, the Wall Street Journal’s website.


antonio-de-lucaAntonio de Luca is an art director at The New York Times. He is also co-publisher and art director of Self Publish, Be Happy. He was previously the creative director of The Walrus.


gillian-dobiasGillian Dobias launched Monocle Films for Monocle magazine and has directed video and radio productions for CBC’s The Journal, PrimeTime News, On The Arts and Fashion File, as well as for the BBC.


Dawn Emery spent 10 years as editor at HELLO! Online where her roles included Features Director on the launch of HELLO! Fashion Monthly, and commissioning editor on the weekly magazine. Her celebrity interviewees have included Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, P.Diddy, Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Heigl and the Kardashian clan (klan). Prior to HELLO!, she edited two travel-based magazines before working as a freelancer in London and Sydney. She’s written for publications including Marie Claire, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, House & Garden and various newspaper supplements.


todd-falkowskyTodd Falkowsky is the publisher of The Canadian Design Resource, the main connector and exporter of brand Canada, and the founder and creative director of Citizen Brand and Motherbrand. He is also a professor of architecture at the Politecnico in Milan, Italy.


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Jane Francisco is the editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping at Hearst Magazines, and was previously editor-in-chief of Chatelaine, Style and Home, and Glow Magazine.


Dale Hrabi is an author, creative director and currently editor of Off Duty at the Wall Street Journal.


Laurie Jennings is the Deputy Editor of Good Housekeeping in New York and previously Executive Editor and Health Director at Chatelaine. She has also been an editor at House & Home and Wish, and is a former Vice President of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.


Jeremy Keehn is a features editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, and was previously the editor of NewYorker.com, digital director of Harper’s, and senior editor at The Walrus.


laurie-kratochvilLaurie Kratochvil is a photography dealer and appraiser, as well as a consultant on visual projects that include magazines, books, the internet and film. She began her career at the Los Angeles Times as a photography editor, spent 12 years as photo editor at Rolling Stone Magazine, and has also worked with In Style Magazine, Self, O the Oprah Magazine, Bloomberg Personal, Men’s Health and Essence.


david-michonDavid Michon is an editorial and creative consultant and a print and radio journalist based in London, UK. He was previously an editor at Monocle, Winkreative and Icon magazine.


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Emily Nussbaum is the television critic for The New Yorker, and in 2016 won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Previously, she worked at New York for seven years, editing the Culture Pages (and creating the Approval Matrix) and writing both features and criticism.


Molly Roberts is senior photography editor at National Geographic.


Jessica Rose is the art director of Wallpaper at TIME Inc. Previously she was the art director at The Sunday Times Magazine, ELLE Canada and Toronto Life.


Leanne Shapton is an artist, illustrator, author and publisher based in New York City. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. She was previously the art director of The New York Times Op-Ed page, and currently contributes to the New York Times Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and the New Yorker. She is the creator of over ten books, most recently the children’s book Toys Talking; Women In Clothes, with Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits, about how women dress; Sunday Night Movies, a book of paintings made from movie stills; and Swimming Studies, winner of the National Book Critic’s Circle Award for autobiography and long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.


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Adam Sternbergh is a contributing editor at New York magazine and Vulture, and the former culture editor of The New York Times Magazine. His first novel, Shovel Ready, is a future-noir thriller about a garbageman-turned-hitman set in a dystopian New York City.

 


John Swansburg is the Deputy Editor of Slate.com and former editor at The Boston Globe and The New York Times.


Read more about How Judging Works.
Click here to see the rest of the 2017 NMA Jury.

National Magazine Award honourees headline fall book awards season

Here at the National Magazine Awards we’re humbled to see so many familiar names in line for some of Canada’s most notable literary awards.

Earlier this month, the Governor General’s Literary Awards shortlist was announced, with four former National Magazine Award winners and nominees in the running for one of the country’s most prestigious prizes. They join fellow Canadian authors and poets on the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Award shortlists — both of which also boast great work by recent NMA honourees.

Mona Awad has come a long way from her two-week stint on the then-famed Beverly Hills Diet in 1988, at age nine. Her raw depiction of the commonplace pursuit of slenderness, in 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin Canada), was shortlisted for the Giller Prize last month. The compilation of short stories follows the tribulations of a young Mississauga girl, struggling with her appearance and self-worth, into womanhood. Back in 2005, Awad’s Maisonneuve piece, “The Shrinking Woman” — which shared a common theme with 13 Ways — was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. The essay ushered the reader through Awad’s journey of growing up with a mother who, despite loving and supportive, couldn’t shield her daughter from an addiction to dieting and weight loss.

“Later on I’m going to be really…beautiful. I’m going to grow into that nose and develop an eating disorder. I’ll be hungry and angry all my life but I’ll also have a hell of a time.”
Mona Awad, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Awad has written for numerous publications including McSweeney’s, The Walrus, and Joyland, among others.

Gary Barwin is a Canadian poet, composer and professor at York University. In 2015, his poem Winter, published on Hazlitt was a finalist in the poetry category at this year’s NMAs. His most recent novel, Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada), has been shortlisted for both the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. From the point-of-view of a 500-year-old parrot, the story takes a humorous yet philosophical tone in telling the tale of Moishe, a young Jewish vagabond eager to escape to the sea. S. Bear Bergman, in the Globe and Mail’s Book Review, sang its praises, emphasizing Barwin’s unique and often hilarious use of language(s).

A boychik with big ideas, his kop—his head—bigger than his body. He would travel beyond the scrawny map of himself, and beyond the shtetl. He’d travel the ocean.There were Jews—he’d heard stories—that were something. Not rag-and-bones shmatte-men like his father, Chaim, always following the dreck of their nag around the same small world. Doctors. Court astronomers. Spanish lords. Tax farmers. Learned men of the world. The mapmakers of Majorca. They were Jews.”
Gary Barwin, Yiddish for Pirates

Barwin has written over a dozen books, including writing for children and young adults as well as poetry compilations.

Kerry-Lee Powell got nods from the three big literary awards this year for her debut collection of short stories, Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush (Harper Avenue/Harper Collins). The east coast poet was longlisted for the Giller Prize and shortlisted for both the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction and GG’s Fiction awards. Back in 2011, Powell was a finalist at the NMAs for two poems, “The Lifeboat” and “The Emperor.” The poems — scrawled down one night in a harrowing stupor — were in response to her father’s post-WWII PTSD and ultimate suicide, and her own struggles with mental illness.

“One of the after-effects of working in a busy bar is that you never really leave. It could be four o’clock on a Sunday morning. The pigeons are ruffling their oily feathers on the windowsill and the bedroom pales to a washed indigo as you launch into the slow drift towards oblivion. But it’s no use. The insides of your eyelids burn with visions of Saturday night. It’s a scene from the Inferno. Red shapes beckon and bang their glasses on the bar. They reel into shadows and surge forward again, a many-headed monster throwing punches in the air. The only thing is to wait for them to disappear. Except they never do.”
— Kerry Lee Powell, Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush

In addition to her debut collection of shorts, Powell has also written two poetry collections, Inheritance and The Wreckage.

Michael Helm’s apocalyptic fourth book, After James (McClelland & Stewart), is on the shortlist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Award. The collection of novellas, with three intertwining settings, characters and plots, has been called “genre-defying.” Perhaps a not so surprising feat for Helm, who has served as an editor and contributor for Brick, the beloved Toronto-based literary journal, for over a decade. In 2014, Helm earned a NMA honourable mention for his tribute to esteemed Montreal writer Mavis Gallant. Helm’s short feature — published in Brick (93) — was deeply thoughtful. The reader, regardless of affiliation with Gallant, soon becomes mourner, naturally reflecting on lost loves — literary or otherwise.

And then, a last idea, one she couldn’t suppress. It was that she was still inside the cave. She had fallen out of time, even as she descended through the woods as present in the world as she always had been. In thought, memory, body, she was nearly exactly herself. The feeling began to fade, to seem fanciful, at lower altitude, as her blood became better oxygenated, but she understood that it would never entirely leave her. It was somehow familiar, the idea that she was two places at once, or one place in two overlapping times. She must have read it in a junk novel, seen it in movies, things that everyone consumed without really remembering and that she found it harder and harder even to pretend to believe.
— Michael Helm, After James

Helm’s past bibliography includes: Cities of Refuge (2010), In the Place of Last Things (2004) and The Projectionist (1997).

Steven Heighton has been on our radar at the NMA’s since the late ‘80s when he was first nominated for his poem “Approaches to Lhasa” in The New Quarterly. Now a five-time NMA winner, Heighton holds four gold awards and one silver for both his poetry and fiction, published in the likes of Arc Poetry MagazineThe Fiddlehead, Prism International and The Walrus. His newest collection, The Waking Comes Late (House of Anansi Press), has been shortlisted for the GG Poetry Awards. This much anticipated collection, by critics and fans alike, touches on the themes of contemporary life and death, and what a seemingly troublesome future might hold for us all.

Steven Heighton has written numerous short stories, essays, poetry and novels over the course of his career. He has won or been nominated for over a dozen literary awards.

Rachel Rose was nominated for her first NMA in 2015 for “Three Poems,” published in Fiddlehead. Her fourth collection of poetry, Marry & Burn (Harbour), has been shortlisted for the GG Poetry Award. The poems, all revolving around themes of love and loss (of people and dogs), evoke a correspondingly sad and familiar fond feeling in the reader. In Rose’s newest collection, she explores similar themes with new subject matters, including the devastation of losing a beehive in our current climate, to Canadian racism and the mistreatment of our First Nations.

Rose has won awards for her poetry, fiction and nonfiction works. Her chapbook, Thirteen Ways of Looking at CanLit, was published last year by Toronto-based publisher BookThug.


The GG Literary Award presents $25,000 each to both an English and French finalist. Check the GG’s website on October 25 when the winner will be announced.

The Writers’ Trust Awards, comprised of different categories, with awards funded by various sponsors, will be announced at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on November 2.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize winner will be awarded $100,000, while finalists walk away with $10,000. You can watch the live stream of the event at CBC Books on November 7.

Read and download hundreds of great short fiction stories and poetry in the National Magazine Awards archive, at magazine-awards.com/archive.

Special thanks to Krista Robinson for contributing to this article.