Our thanks to all NMA40 Submitters! Let the Judging Commence

The submissions to the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards are in, and we are excited to have over 1000 submissions and 197 Canadian magazines represented in this year’s program, competing for awards in 25 categories.

Our thanks to all of the publishers, editors, art directors and creators who submitted their work this year, especially to the more than 200 freelancers who participated.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation strives above all to represent and support the work of Canada’s creators. It’s why, for forty years now, we have facilitated an awards program that celebrates the excellence, determination and innovation that characterize the best of our country’s journalism.

Now we turn to our judges—120 of the leading experts in magazine publishing, design and creation from across Canada and the world—to lend their expertise in service to their peers.

The role of the judges is central to the NMAs. Their judgment, perspectives and integrity represent the very best of journalism, too. Their appraisal of these submissions will not only reward the individuals and teams who’ve achieved success, but it will also become the measure by which our future work is appreciated by readers and audiences across the country. The NMAF offers its sincerest thanks to all of our judges for taking on this important role.

How does judging work? Great question. We believe all awards programs should be clear and transparent about their judging procedures, and our goal has always been the same. That’s why we publish our Judging Process–so you know exactly what the judges are looking for when they review your entry to the National Magazine Awards.

The nominations for the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards will be announced on April 20.

Subscribe to our MagAwards Blog or Newsletter to receive the nominations to your inbox, and follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for updates throughout the spring, including the announcement of the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards Gala. Awards in Writing and Visual categories include a cash prize of $1000.

The NMAF is also accepting nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Award and the new International Impact Award. Deadline March 1.

Thank you for participating in the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards. We look forward to a great year ahead, Celebrating Canadian Creators.

The 2017 National Magazine Awards Jury

[This post has been updated] The NMAF is pleased to announce the roster of judges for the 2017 awards program, following the announcement last fall of the International Judges.

Each year the NMAF relies on the expertise of over 120 volunteer judges–editors, publishers, art directors, professors, writers, artists and other renowned journalists–to review the entries to the National Magazine Awards, deliberate and ultimately decide on the nominees and winners. The final list of this year’s NMA judges will be announced next month.

Read more about How Judging Works.

Click here to see the members of the Francophone Jury.
Click here to see the members of the International Jury


David Balzer is a writer, editor and teacher. He is the author of Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else, winner of ICA London’s 2015 Book of the Year, and the short-fiction collection Contrivances. He has written about art and culture for The GuardianModern PaintersArtforumThe Globe and Mail and others, and was the recipient of the 2015 International Award for Art Criticism. He is currently Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher at Canadian Art magazine, and lives in Toronto.


Arjun Basu is senior vice-president, content strategy, at Bookmark Content & Communications, and author of the novel Waiting for the Man.


Jared Bland is the publisher of McClelland & Stewart and vice-president of Penguin Random House Canada, and was formerly managing editor of The Walrus.


Penny Caldwell is the publisher and former editor-in-chief of Cottage Life magazine.


Dawn Chafe is an award-winning writer, accomplished interviewer, sharp editor and dedicated researcher. For the past 18 years, Dawn has been Executive Editor of Atlantic Canada’s most award-winning and largest circulation business magazine: Atlantic Business Magazine. Her tenure has been dedicated to the continuous improvement of the publication and the publishing industry, particularly with regards to an uncompromising editorial standard.


Ava Chisling is a media lawyer who counsels creative-types, from Oscar winners and publishers to graphic designers and bloggers. She is also an award-winning editor who writes mostly about pop culture/technology and the law — and sometimes creates ad campaigns and social media copy for a number of well-known brands.


Wayde Compton is the author of books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and the editor of two anthologies. Three of his books ¾ The Outer Harbour (Arsenal Pulp, 2014), After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region (Arsenal Pulp, 2010), and The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil-SFU Public Square, 2015) ¾ were finalists for the City of Vancouver Book Award, and the former won in 2015. His book 49th Parallel Psalm (Arsenal Pulp, 1999) was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Compton is the associate director of Creative Writing in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University, where he administrates the Writer’s Studio.


Cherie Dimaline is the author of the novels Red Rooms, The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy, and, most recently the collection of short stories titled A Gentle Habit. In addition to writing, Cherie has edited numerous publications including Spirit, FNH and Muskrat magazines. Cherie was named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year – Ontario Premier’s Award, and was named the first Writer in Residence of Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library.


Tim Edwards is Senior Editor of Up Here magazine in Yellowknife.


Reanna Evoy is the brand creative director at Kit and Ace and was previously the art director of enRoute magazine.


Colin Faulkner is an award-winning studio photographer whose work has been published in Chatelaine, Toronto Life, Azure and other publications and clients.


Max Fawcett is a freelance journalist and has been the editor-in-chief at Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver Magazine.


Zsuzsi Gartner is the author of the acclaimed story collection All the Anxious Girls on Earth, and editor of Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. Her second book, Better Living through Plastic Explosives, was a Giller Prize finalist. She won her most recent National Magazine Award for Fiction in 2016.


Jim Gifford is Editorial Director, Non-Fiction, at HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (Canada). Over his twenty years as a non-fiction editor, he has published a number of bestselling and award-winning titles by Canadian and international authors, including Linden MacIntyre, Peter C. Newman, Jacquie McNish, Tim Flannery, and Lloyd Robertson, among many others. He lives and works in Toronto.


Curtis Gillespie is a 7-time National Magazine Award winner and the Editor-in-Chief of Eighteen Bridges magazine. He is the author of four books, including the memoir Playing Through: A Year of Life and Links Along the Scottish Coast, and the novel Crown Shyness.


Alex Gillis is a veteran author and journalist and teaches at the Ryerson University School of Journalism.


Lisa Gregoire is a National Magazine award-winning journalist, the managing editor of Nunatsiaq News and a contributing editor at Eighteen Bridges. She lives in Ottawa with her husband and their twin daughters.


Danielle Groen is a National Magazine Award-winning writer whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Grid, The Walrus, Flare, and Report on Business. She was formerly the Features Editor at Chatelaine.


Marni Jackson is the former Rogers Chair of the Literary Journalism program at the Banff Centre, where she is on the faculty of the Mountain and Wilderness Writing program. She has won numerous National Magazine Awards, and her debut novel, Don’t I Know You? (Flatiron Books), made both Globe and CBC Best Books of 2016 lists.


Jacqueline Kovacs is editor-in-chief of Metroland Media’s lifestyle magazines for York Region and Simcoe County, and previously was editor-in-chief of Professionally Speaking and deputy editor of Today’s Parent.


Anita Kunz is a National Magazine Award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, TIME, The Walrus, Saturday Night, Toronto Life and other magazines.


Sonja Larsen is the author of Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary, which was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.


Käthe Lemon is the editor of Avenue, Calgary’s city lifestyle magazine, and the editorial director for RedPoint Media. She taught communications history at Athabasca University for five years and is also the president of the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation, which provides scholarships and awards to young writers and journalism students.


Roger LeMoyne is a National Magazine Award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared in The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Canadian Business, Canadian Geographic and other magazines.


Jean-François Légaré is the editor-in-chief of Air Canada enRoute magazine.


Gilbert Li is Principal of the creative studio The Office of Gilbert Li, a graphic design studio who works with discerning cultural organizations, publishers, educational institutions, non-profits and creative entrepreneurs. His work has won top North American design awards and has been featured in leading industry publications. He is a professional member of RGD Ontario and on The Advertising and Design Club of Canada’s Board of Directors.


Jeromy Lloyd has been a trade journalist for more than 10 years, primarily covering Canada’s media and marketing industries. As Marketing Magazine‘s managing editor, he helped lead the editorial team honoured by the Kenneth R Wilson Awards as the 2016 Magazine of the Year. His current role is Digital Editor at Brunico Communications, overseeing daily news operations for Strategy Online, Media In Canada and their affiliated brands.


Gil Martinez is a graphic designer and creative director at TC Media.


David McGimpsey was the winner of the 2016 National Magazine Award for Poetry and is the author of four books of short fiction and poetry, including L’il Bastard, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award.


Marci McDonald is a 9-time National Magazine Award winner whose work has appeared in Toronto Life, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic and other publications, and was formerly the Washington Bureau Chief for Maclean’s. She is the author of The Armageddon Factor: the Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada, and Yankee Doodle Dandy: Brian Mulroney and the American Agenda.


Stacey McLachlan is Executive Editor of Western Living and Vancouver magazines, and an award-winning feature writer.


Peter McNeill is the national director of KPMG Enterprise and a marketing executive with over twenty years of experience providing leadership and strategy to both start-ups and major Fortune 500 brands.


Anna Minzhulina is a National Magazine Award winner who was Creative Director of Maisonneuve for 10 years.


Stéphane Monnet is creative director and principal of the award-winning design firm Monnet Design.


John Montgomery is a freelance art director and graphic designer whose work has graced Taddle Creek, Canadian Business, MoneySense and other publications.


Alison Motluk is a Toronto-based freelance journalist who works in print and radio. She has won 4 National Magazine Awards for her work in Maisonneuve and The Walrus.


Chris Nicholls has won a record 20 National Magazine Awards for his photography in Toronto Life, Flare, Fashion, WeddingBells and other magazines.


Katrina Onstad’s best-selling second novel, Everybody Has Everything, has been published in several countries and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Toronto Book Award. Her non-fiction writing on culture high and low has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Toronto Life and Elle. Katrina is a multiple National Magazine Award winner and received a Best Columnist nomination for her work in Chatelaine.


Evan Osenton is the editor of Alberta Views. Founded in 1997, Alberta Views provides information and fresh perspectives on the politics, social issues and culture of Alberta, and was Canada’s Magazine of the Year at the 2009 NMAs.


Janice Paskey is a professor of journalism at Mt. Royal University in Calgary, and past editor of Avenue magazine and the McGill University alumni magazine in Montreal. Over the course of her career, she has served as Canadian Correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education, web producer for CTV Calgary, Executive Director of Communications for the University of Calgary Development Office, and Manager of Communications for Development and Alumni at McGill.


Fidel Peña is a graphic designer, creative director and the co-founder of Underline Studio. His work has received numerous accolades from across Canada, the US and Europe, including from D&AD (UK), the ADCC and the Type Directors Club (NY). He has taught editorial design at OCAD University and lectured on design topics in Europe, North America and Latin America.


Philip Preville is a National Magazine Award-winning writer whose work as appeared in Cottage Life, Toronto Life, Canadian Business and many other publications.


Jean-Francois Proulx is the creative director of Nouveau Projet and of the design studio Balistique. He has won 3 National Magazine Awards.


Mark Pupo is the VP of content marketing for the software company Top Hat and the restaurant critic for Toronto Life. He’s served as features editor at Toronto Life and Saturday Night.


Sina Queyras is the author most recently of the poetry collection MxT (Coach House 2014) which received the QWF Award for poetry, the Pat Lowther Award, and the ReLit award for poetry. Expressway (Coach House 2009) was nominated for a Governor General’s Award and a selection from that book won Gold in the National Magazine Awards. Lemon Hound (Coach House 2006) won a Lambda Award and the Pat Lowther Award. She is also the author of the novel Autobiography of Childhood (2011) a finalist for the Amazon First Novel award. Her latest collection of poetry, My Ariel, is forthcoming. She lives in Montreal.


Christina Reynolds is an award-winning writer and editor. She was formerly the executive editor of ELLE Canada and the editor-in-chief of city magazine CalgaryInc. She’s also worked as a news/current events producer for CTV, an associate producer at the Business News Network, the editor-in-chief of city business magazine CalgaryInc and as a business writer and copy editor at The Calgary Herald.


D.B. Scott is the President of Impresa Communications Limited, publisher of Canadian Magazines blog, and a magazine and media consultant, writer, teacher, market researcher, publisher and editor.


Susan Scott is the nonfiction editor at The New Quarterly (TNQ) and associate creative director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. She has taught at Wilfrid Laurier University and St Jerome’s University, and continues annually at Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat.


Barbara Solowan is an instructor at the Ontario College of Art & Design, the owner Berlin Studio, and the creative director of Canadian Art. She has won 6 National Magazine Awards for art direction.


Kelly Toughill is associate professor and director of the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College. Prior to climbing the ivory tower, she toiled at The Toronto Star and other North American newspapers as a writer and editor. She is a recipient of a National Newspaper Award and a Canadian Association of Journalists Award.


Stephen Trumper is an instructor at Ryerson’s School of Journalism and serves on the board of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, publisher of Abilities Magazine, for which he writes the back-page column. He is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Achievement award from the NMAF.


Emily Urquhart is a folklorist and National Magazine Award-winning writer, and is the author of Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of our Hidden Genes.


Jennifer Varkonyi is the publisher of Maisonneuve, Canada’s reigning Magazine of the Year.


Derek Webster is a freelance writer and editor, and founding publisher and editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve.


Bruce Weir is the editor-in-chief of Swerve magazine.


Shelley Youngblut is the General Director of Wordfest, Calgary’s festival of readers, writers and artists. Previously she was the Western Editor of the Globe and Mail, features editor at ESPN the Magazine, and founding editor of Swerve, the Calgary Herald’s award-winning weekly magazine.


The nominations for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be announced on April 20.

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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.


emily-nussbaum

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.

Call for Judges: 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is getting ready to honour the best in Canadian magazine and digital journalism at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards and 2nd annual Digital Publishing Awards. The NMAF is currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the juries for this year’s awards programs, and join the great tradition of recognizing achievement by the creators of Canadian magazines and digital publications.

One of the reasons I volunteer as a judge for the NMAs is that the process is very well organized, completely transparent and fair. I really enjoy the discussion with my fellow judges. It’s collegial, and I almost always learn something. And every year I discover a few outstanding new writers who have produced great work. That’s a gift.
Kelly Toughill, Director, School of Journalism, University of King’s College, Halifax, NS

Ideal candidates should fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • Internationally renowned journalist, editor, designer or other expert with an interest in supporting the NMAF fulfill its new strategic mission to Celebrate Canadian Creators wherever they publish.
  • Editor, art director, publisher, web editor or other staff member (past or present) of a Canadian magazine, whether or not your publication participates in the National Magazine Awards or Digital Publishing Awards;
  • Freelance or staff writer, illustrator, photographer or digital creator, where a significant portion of your work is in Canadian publications (especially if you have been nominated for or won a National Magazine Award or Digital Publishing Award yourself);
  • Journalist (print, broadcast, digital) with expertise in a particular field represented by one or more NMA or DPA categories (such as health, business, photojournalism, science, service, politics, fiction, poetry, etc);
  • Academic or industry leader with expertise in a particular field;
  • BilingualNot all of our judges need be bilingual, but all awards juries will have at least one bilingual member.

Judging will take place during February and March 2017, and the NMAF is currently hard at work revising our judging procedures and awards criteria thanks to your feedback and participation in our surveys and working groups. We’ll be announcing our new Judging Procedure soon.

Contact us at staff@magazine-awards.com for more information and to nominate someone to the jury.

The NMAF is proud to have some of Canada’s most respected journalists and experts serve on its past juries.

stevesI judge for the NMAs because I want to give back to the magazine industry and contribute its health. It also gives me the chance to see where other magazines in the country are having their successes.
Steven Sandor, Editor, Avenue Edmonton, AB


The NMAs focus on creators, the people who are create the work that makes everything else possible. Given all of the challenges that creators face in earning a living, participating in a process that recognizes and rewards their efforts is, I think, important and valuable work.
Kim Pittaway, former editor, Chatelaine, and journalism teacher, Dartmouth, NS


I think the NMAs themselves are a valuable measure of the accomplishments of Canadian magazine writers and editors. As to the process, we were given sufficient time and a workable structure both leading up to and in the conversation itself. My fellow judges offered interesting insights into the work considered and the process was both engaged and congenial.
Kim Jernigan, former editor, The New Quarterly, Waterloo, ON



I enjoy being part of any process that involves visual communication. It helps me to learn more about my work as well as connect with others in the industry.
Brent Morrison, Art Director, Swerve magazine, Calgary, AB


I enjoy the process because it gives me the opportunity to contribute both individually and collectively. Entering my own scores for each entry validates the time I spend reviewing and assessing each submission; discussing my assessments with the other judges during our conference call provides the opportunity to weigh the value of those assessments against the opinions of other industry experts and (on occasion) to argue in favour of work which I feel may have been undervalued.
Dawn Chafe, Executive Editor, Atlantic Business Magazine, St. John’s, NL



Having been involved since the 1980s, as a board member, president (1991) a member of a special review committee (Strategic Speculation) and a frequent judge, I have a real investment in the event. What I like most of all is the emphasis the awards have nurtured of rewarding the effort of individual creators (rather than the publications, which get to bask in the reflected glory anyway.) Some no longer seem to value, or understand, this. But it is one of the things which makes the MagAwards special.
D.B. Scott, publisher, Canadian Magazines blog, Cambridge, ON


I enjoy the chance to dive deep into excellent work that I might have missed the first time around. It’s also a chance to (literally) cast my vote for storytelling that serves the reader and the material, not just the reputation of the writer or magazine.
Susan Catto, editor, Hello! Canada, Toronto, ON


The NMAF is a bilingual, not-for-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to foster, recognize and promote editorial excellence in Canadian publications. Submissions will open in November for awards honouring the best in Canadian magazines and digital publications in 2016. The 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala and the 2nd annual Digital Publishing Awards soiree will be held in the spring of 2017.

For more information, please contact staff@magazine-awards.com.

Portrait Series: National Magazine Awards Storytellers – Behind the Scenes Edition

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is all about celebrating Canadian creators and storytellers. Our mission is to recognize excellence in magazine writing and art production.

At the NMAF we tip our hats to the storytellers who skilfully fill the pages of Canadian magazines and to do this there’s a lot of hard work that happens behind the scenes. This year 232 judges volunteered their time and expertise in evaluating submissions from across the country for our 39th annual National Magazine Awards program.

In addition, our Board of Directors and staff members dedicate themselves year-round to the recognition of Canadian magazine creators. In this second instalment of our Portrait Series: National Magazine Awards Storytellers – Behind the Scenes Edition, we’re featuring the people who make the NMAs possible. They’ve also told us why they’re proud to be a part of our awards program and what our judges are looking for in an NMA-award-winning piece.

 

To learn more about the award winners and nominees from the 2016 awards program, please visit magazine-awards.com. You can read the biographies of this year’s awards program judges here and can view a list of our Board of Directors and Staff here.  To follow this photo series on social media, you can find the NMAF on Instagram (nationalmagazineawards) or on Twitter@MagAwards.

Credit: photos taken by Steve Goetz; interviews conducted by Melissa Myers.

Full Coverage of the 39th National Magazine Awards
Complete articles of all nominees and winners
Complete list [pdf] of all nominees and winners
Full text of Kim Pittaway’s speech
Smash Reel
Thank You to our Sponsors & Partners
The Judges
Award Seals

Call for Judges: National Magazine Awards

This year the Canadian magazine industry will celebrate the 39th annual National Magazine Awards. Submissions open on December 1 for awards in 39 categories, and we are looking for volunteer judges to serve on our juries.

Each year the National Magazine Awards Foundation relies on the generously donated time and expertise of over 200 volunteer judges, who sit on three-member peer juries for our written, visual, integrated and special awards. Judging takes place between late January and late March, depending on the category.

Ideal candidates should fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • Editor, art director, publisher, web editor or other staff member (past or present) of a Canadian magazine, whether or not your publication participates in the National Magazine Awards (naturally you cannot serve as a judge in a category where your magazine is entered, but potentially in other categories);
  • Freelance or staff writer, illustrator, photographer or digital creator, where a significant portion of your work is in Canadian magazines (especially if you have been nominated for or won a National Magazine Award yourself);
  • Journalist (print, broadcast, digital) with expertise in a particular field represented by one or more NMA categories (such as health, business, photojournalism, science, sports, travel, lifestyle, food, finance, politics, poetry, etc);
  • Academic or industry leader with expertise in a particular field;
  • Bilingual: Not all of our judges need be bilingual, but all written categories are judged by both unilingual and bilingual juries, and most other categories include one or more bilingual members on their juries.

For more information, review the NMAF’s Judging Process on our website, as well as the Eligibility & Rules.

To nominate yourself or a colleague as a candidate to judge, please contact the NMAF at
Email: staff@magazine-awards.com
Twitter DM
@MagAwards

Please include your name, contact information and a brief bio or summary of your expertise.

Announcing the Nominees for the 38th annual National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is honoured to announce the finalists for 38th annual National Magazine Awards, recognizing excellence in Canadian magazines for 2014.

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Gala info & tickets

This year more than 200 Canadian magazines submitted their work to the National Magazine Awards. Magazines from all three coasts—in both official languages, print and digital—participated this year, entering work created by more than 3000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators. This year saw growth in participation from Quebec and Alberta magazines, as well as remarkable participation from Canada’s literary and arts magazines through the help of the NMAF’s Small Magazine Rebate program.

The NMAF’s 241 volunteer judges have nominated a total of 326 submissions from 80 different Canadian magazines for awards in 43 written, visual, integrated and special categories. The Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on June 5, at the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala presented by CDS Global. More than $53,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to Canadian creators.

Tickets are on sale at magazine-awards.com.

And the nominees are…

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

 

TABLET MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

 

MAGAZINE WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

 

BEST MAGAZINE BRAND
A new award for 2014-2015, the award for Best Magazine Brand will go to the publisher whose brand best delivers on their editorial mandate through at least three platforms, which may include a print or digital magazine, a website, SIP(s), mobile app(s), tablet, social media, television shows, radio broadcasts, live events, innovations in print or digital media and other forms of audience engagement. This year’s nominees are:

 

BEST NEW MAGAZINE WRITER
Sponsored by Reader’s Digest Foundation

 

BEST NEW ILLUSTRATOR OR PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 

FOUNDATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Announced on April 30, this year’s recipient of the NMAF Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, sponsored by Alliance for Audited Media, is publisher, circulator and industry leader Michael Fox.

Read more about Michael Fox and send us your comments about Michael to be included during the celebration of his remarkable 40-year career in Canadian  magazines at the NMA Gala on June 5.

 

TOP NOMINATED MAGAZINES

MAGAZINES NOMINATED FOR THE FIRST TIME
Magazines nominated for their first National Magazine Award in 2015 include Avenue Edmonton, Cornerstone, CPA Magazine, ETC MEDIA, Fairmont, Glass Buffalo, Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Naître et grandir, Nature sauvage, Room Magazine, and S/Style & Fashion.

INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS
Writers nominated for 3 or more National Magazine Awards include:
4 – Stephanie Nolen (Report on Business )
4 – Jake McDonald (Report on Business )
3 – Andrew Braithwaite (enRoute)
3 – Alec Castonguay (L’actualité)
3 – Nicholas Hune-Brown (Hazlitt, Toronto Life)
3 – Noémi Mercier (L’actualité)
3 – Brett Popplewell (Sportsnet)
3 – Dan Robson (Sportsnet)
3 – Marc-André Sabourin (L’actualité)
3 – Charles Wilkins (Cottage Life, Report on Business)

Photographer Chris Nicholls leads all visual nominees with 5 nominations for his work in Fashion Magazine and WeddingBells.

More nominations…

BEST MAGAZINE COVER

 

BEST SINGLE ISSUE
Sponsored by Rolland Enterprises

 

ART DIRECTION OF AN ENTIRE ISSUE
Sponsored by The Lowe-Martin Group

 

COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES
View and download the complete list of nominees [pdf] in all 43 written, visual, integrated and special categories.

CREDIT CHANGES
Email staff@magazine-awards.com to make any credit changes to your nomination. The deadline for credit changes is May 8, 2015.

TWITTER
Follow the buzz on our Twitter feed (@MagAwards) and use the hashtag #NMA15 to keep up with the conversation about this year’s National Magazine Awards.

GALA TICKETS
The Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on June 5, at the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala presented by CDS Global. More than $53,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to Canadian creators. Tickets are on sale now.

This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be announced next week.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The NMAF would like to thank its sponsors including Alliance for Audited Media, CDS Global, CNW Group, Cottage Life Media, Impresa Communications Ltd, the Lowe-Martin Group, Masthead Online, Monnet Design, Reader’s Digest Foundation, Rogers Publishing, Rolland Enterprises, and Transcontinental Print. The NMAF gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise.

For sponsorship enquiries please contact NMAF Managing Director Barbara Gould at staff@magazine-awards.com.