Announcing the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards

The NMAF is excited to announce the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards, including five finalists for the prestigious Magazine of the Year Award.

Nominations Website
Nominations List (PDF)
Gala Info & Tickets
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This year, 197 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—entered the best of their editorial and design work to the National Magazine Awards, submitting the work of more than 2000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators.

The NMAF’s 112 volunteer judges have nominated a total of 202 submissions from 75 different Canadian magazines for awards in 25 written, visual, integrated and special categories.

“We’re thrilled to announce the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards. More than 200 Canadian creators—writers, photographers, illustrators, designers, poets, and more—are up for awards in 25 categories. My thanks to our judges who have done a rigorous job over the past few months evaluating the best work in the country. It’s been a significant year for Canadian storytelling, as the impressive caliber of the nominees attests. We’re looking forward to celebrating the best of Canada’s creative talent together at the Gala on May 26.”
Nino Di Cara, President, NMAF

Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on May 26, at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala. Gold Awards in Writing and Visual categories include a cash prize of $1000.

Tickets are on sale now. A limited number of tickets for nominated freelancers will be available at the discount rate of $35, thanks to the support of our Table Patrons.

TOP NOMINATED CREATORS

  • Edmonton freelance writer Omar Mouallem leads all creators with 4 nominations for 4 different stories published in 4 magazines (Avenue, Hazlitt, Sharp, University Affairs).
  • Writer Richard Kelly Kemick is nominated 3 times—twice in Fiction and once in One of Kind, which he won last year—for stories in 3 magazines (Geist, Maisonneuve, The New Quarterly).
  • Quebec writer Catherine Perreault-Lessard is also nominated 3 times for 3 stories published in Châtelaine, L’actualité and Ricardo.
  • Maclean’s writer Nancy McDonald is also nominated 3 times for 2 different stories.
  • The Walrus writer/editor Katherine Laidlaw is nominated twice as a writer, and she is also the handling editor on 6 other Walrus stories nominated for National Magazine Awards.
  • Other writers nominated twice include Bruce Livesey (Report on Business), Jason McBride (Canadian Art, Toronto Life), Mark Pupo (Toronto Life), and Nael Shiab (L’actualité).
  • Illustrators Byron Eggenschwiler (Vancouver Magazine) and Gérard DuBois (L’actualité) are each nominated twice.
  • Photographers Peter Ash Lee (Corduroy), Chris Nicholls (FASHION Magazine) and Virginia Macdonald (Air Canada enRoute) are each nominated twice.

Check out all the nominees on our special anniversary website or download the PDF.

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

The five finalists for Magazine of the Year—given to the magazine that most consistently engages, surprises, and serves the needs of its readers—are:

  • Cottage Life, published by Blue Ant Media
  • Explore, published by My Passion Media
  • Nouveau Projet, published by Atelier 10
  • Ricardo, published by Ricardo Media
  • The Kit Compact, published by Star Media Group

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BEST NEW MAGAZINE WRITER

The five finalists for Best New Magazine Writer—given to the individual whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise—are:

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TOP STORIES OF 2016

The 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards honour the best in Canadian magazine journalism from 2016. Some of the most frequent topics that our judges saw among this year’s entries include:

Among this year’s nominees, some of the top stories include:

  • Justice Is Not Blind” (Maclean’s)—a nine-month investigation by Nancy McDonald and the Maclean’s team looking at the ways in which Canada’s justice system is biased against Indigenous people. Nominated in Longform Feature Writing and Investigative Reporting.
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  • Company Province, Provincial Company” (Report on Business)—journalist Bruce Livesey’s investigative profile of the Irving family and the politics of New Brunswick’s energy sector. Nominated in Longform Feature Writing and Investigative Reporting.
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  • The Fighter” (United Church Observer)—a stirring portrait of Willie Blackwater, a B.C. Indigenous man who survived a residential school and then led the fight for justice, written by journalist Richard Wright. Nominated in Longform Feature Writing and Profiles.
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  • Love Your Body” (NOW Magazine)—a series of bold photographs by Tanja-Tiziana accompanying a set of profiles on the issue of body shaming. Nominated in Portrait Photography and Best Words & Pictures.
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  • Whatever Happened to Michael Bryant?” (Precedent)—writer Daniel Fish investigates the life and times of the former Ontario Attorney General, whose involvement in the killing of a cyclist led to PTSD, years out of the spotlight, and finally a path to redemption. Nominated in Professional Article and Profiles.
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  • Canada’s Best New Restaurants” (Air Canada enRoute)—the annual guide to Canadian culinary innovation by Andrew Braithwaite and the enRoute team is nominated in Service Journalism and Best Editorial Package.
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  • Shocking Tax Tips You’re Missing Out On!” (MoneySense)—the annual tax guide by Bryan Borzykowski and the MoneySense team is nominated in Service Journalism and Best Service Editorial Package.

TOP NOMINATED MAGAZINES

FIRST-TIME NOMINEES

Magazines nominated for their first National Magazine Award include:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. We are also thankful for the support of Access Copyright, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, Bookmark, Canadian Media Guild, Canadian Writers Group, CNW, ExpertWomen.ca, Goetz Storytelling, Impresa Communications, Rolland Enterprises, Studio Wyse, TC Transcontinental Printing, and Very Good Studios.

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

GALA TICKETS

The NMAF will welcome Canada’s top writers, artists, editors, art directors, publishers and other creators to the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on May 26. Tickets are on sale at magazine-awards.com.

A limited number of tickets for nominated freelancers will be available at the discount rate of $35, thanks to the support of our Table Patrons, including Access Copyright, Bookmark, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, Canadian Media Guild, Canadian Writers Group, CDS Global, and ExploreWomen.ca.

Gold winners in Writing and Visual Awards categories receive a cash prize of $1000. Silver winners receive an awards certificate. All other finalists receive Honourable Mention.

CREDIT CHANGES

The deadline to make any changes to nominations credit is Friday April 28. Email staff@magazine-awards.com to make any credit changes to your nomination.

Download the complete list of nominations (PDF) to check your nominations credit.

ABOUT THE NMAF

A charitable foundation, the NMAF’s mandate is to recognize and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.

The Foundation produces two distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards. Throughout the year, the Foundation undertakes various group marketing initiatives and professional development events.

Nominations Website
Nominations List (PDF)
Gala Info & Tickets
Version française

Who will be Canada’s Magazine of the Year? | NMA 2016 Nominees

One week from tonight–June 10–Canada’s top magazine writers, editors, artists and other creators will gather for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards. [Tickets & Gala Info].

This year the jury has selected four finalists for the most coveted award, Magazine of the Year, from among hundreds of great Canadian magazines. The award for Magazine of the Year goes to the publication that most consistency engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers.

One of these incredible magazines will be named the 2016 Magazine of the Year. Here are this year’s nominees…


Canadian Geographic

Gilles Gagnier, Publisher
Aaron Kylie, Editor
Javier Frutos, Art Director
Published by Royal Canadian Geographic Society

With a steadfast mission to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world, Canadian Geographic reports on all aspects—physical, biological, historical, cultural and economic—of Canada’s geography with in-depth reporting and brilliant photography and maps. In 2015 the magazine soared especially high with initiatives including the popular National Bird Project, a stunning feature on Canada’s one hundred greatest living explorers, a comprehensive editorial package of Wood Buffalo National Park, an innovative urban mapping project, and an exclusive feature on Canada’s vanishing insect species.

Canadian Geographic has mastered the art of building commitment to its readers. The range of topics in each issue is always delightfully surprising, the layouts are varied and inviting, and the overall quality is constant from cover to cover. Canadian Geographic is a magazine for all Canadians.
–National Magazine Awards jury

Canadian Geographic is nominated for 3 National Magazine Awards, including Photojournalism & Photo Essay, Spot Illustration, and Magazine of the Year.


Caribou

Geneviève Vézina-Montplaisir, Publisher
Geneviève Vézina-Montplaisir, Véronique Leduc, Editors-in-Chief
Tania Jiménez, Art Director
Published by Cervidés Média, inc.

Launched in 2014, Caribou is a reflection of culinary culture in Quebec. Mixing stories and visual art that aim to inform and entertain, Caribou is not your typical culinary magazine: you will find no recipes, but rather expansive and surprising reports on Québecois food and agriculture. In 2015 many of the magazine’s stories gained coverage in the mass media, while art director Tania Jiménez won a Grafika Award for magazine design and cofounder Vincent Fortier won the Grand honneurs at the FPJQ awards for his reportage Road trip boréal.

With its unexpected editorial content and impeccable presentation, Caribou is the good news of the year. The art direction is a perfect reflection of the text, which has a unique point of view but is never pretentious. This is a magazine that shows us that reality and un-retouched beauty can go hand in hand to make an elegant package.
–National Magazine Awards jury

Caribou is nominated for 2 National Magazine Awards, including Best Art Direction of an Entire Issue, and Magazine of the Year.


Maisonneuve

Jennifer Varkonyi, Publisher
Haley Cullingham, Daniel Viola, Editors
Anna Minzhulina, Art Director
Published by Maisonneuve Magazine Association

Embracing serious and thoughtful storytelling enlivened by sumptuous design and packaging, Maisonneuve is an ambitious arts and cultural quarterly that lives by a simple rule: Don’t be boring. In 2015 its journalists—from Canadian literary legends to emerging young writers and photographers—boldly reported on the struggles of the spouses of Canadian soldiers with PTSD, the Ukrainian revolution, sexism at the Calgary Stampede, anti-Semitism in Quebec, Vancouver’s non-binary drag performers, Yukoners with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and the contentious debate over female ejaculation.

Maisonneuve fulfills its bold mandate of “banishing boring,” clearly striving to engage, inform and inspire. From its refreshing and imaginative art direction to its passionate editorial voice, the magazine feels like its constantly evolving, yet at the same time seems to connect with a sense of familiarity with its readers.
–National Magazine Awards jury

Maisonneuve is nominated for 18 National Magazine Awards, including Essays, Politics & Public Interest, Magazine Covers, Illustration, and Magazine of the Year.


Nouveau Projet

Nicolas Langelier, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
Jean-François Proulx, Art Director
Published by Atelier 10

A cultural and societal magazine that aspires to foster public discourse and encourage readers to live more satisfying, informed and meaningful lives, Nouveau Projet publishes comprehensive essays, reportage and graphic narratives enveloped in award-winning design. In 2015 the magazine published an expansive 50-page package on the new frontiers of Quebec, and opened the doors on a new storefront in Montreal, where the curious can purchase publications by Atelier 10 and discover beautiful Québec creations.

Dynamic, profound and prevailing, Nouveau Projet speaks to our intelligence without ever being intimidating. The layout design is sober and elegant, varied but cohesive, and the photography is not only efficient but distinguished. The production quality makes it somewhat of a gift that we want to cherish and share.
–National Magazine Awards jury

Nouveau Projet is nominated for 5 National Magazine Awards, including Essays, One of a Kind, Words & Pictures, Best Single Issue, and Magazine of the Year.


Who do you think is most worthy of the award for Magazine of the Year? 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.

Vote for Canada’s Best Magazine Cover

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

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Art Direction of a Single Article
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures
Best Single Issue
Magazine Covers
Columns
Fashion

Complete nominations coverage

Top 10 Canadian Poets | NMA 2016 Nominees in Poetry

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].

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Here are the nominated writers and magazines for this year’s National Magazine Award for Poetry…


Leanne Simpson
Caribou Ghosts & Untold Stories; This Accident of Being Lost; To Be a Witness
Arc


Roxanna Bennett
Ghost Dog
Arc


Rachel Rose
Corona for Charlotte; Good Measure; Sunflowers
The Fiddlehead


Gary Barwin
Winter
Hazlitt


Harold Hoefle
A Loving Follow-Through
Prairie Fire


Vincent Pagé
Why Don’t I
PRISM International


Shazia Hafiz Ramji
The Second Person
Sub-Terrain


Michael Prior
Murmuration; Fathom; Hibernal Country
The New Quarterly


Julie Bruck
Supreme Leader; Flipped; Let Evening Come
The Rusty Toque


David McGimpsey
The High Road
Vallum


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.

Vote for Canada’s Best Magazine Cover

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
Art Direction of a Single Article
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures
Best Single Issue
Magazine Covers
Columns

Complete nominations coverage

See also:
A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines

Best Canadian Magazine Columnists | NMA 2016 Nominees

On June 10th 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 Column, sponsored by Impresa Communications.

[Tickets & Gala Info]

This year’s National Magazine Awards jury selected ten finalists for Best Column, and the nominees are…


Rachel Giese
My son is getting the HPV vaccine—and so should yours
Chatelaine

 

Louise Gendron
Lâchée lousse
Châtelaine

Nicholas Hune-Brown
Studies Show
Hazlitt

Pierre Fortin
Économie
L’actualité

Anne Kingston
Thank you, Margaret Wente, for exposing rape culture
Maclean’s

Emma Teitel
Passive, aggressive and pissed off: Our culture of perpetual outrage
Maclean’s

Paul Wells
How Stephen Harper forgot his own lesson
Maclean’s

Eric Reguly
Mind the Gap
Report on Business

Nicholas Hune-Brown
The Reluctant Fanatic
Sharp

Mark Pupo
Food & Drink
Toronto Life


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.

Vote for Canada’s Best Magazine Cover

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
Art Direction of a Single Article
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures
Best Single Issue
Magazine Covers

Complete nominations coverage

Best Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article | NMA 2016 Nominees

Canada’s National Magazine Awards will be presented on June 10 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, and among the prizes to be won is the award for best Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article, sponsored by The Office of Gilbert Li, which created the design for this year’s National Magazine Awards.

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 the 6 nominees for Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article are…


John Montgomery
We’re Calling BS
Canadian Business


Bryan Gee
Stiff Drinks
Globe Style Advisor


Marcey Andrews
The Future of Everything
New Trail


Louise Rouleau
Sociétés de services aux collectivités :  Comment y investir
Les Affaires


Pamela Rounis
Name Redacted
SAD Mag


Drew Lesiuczok
Gulu Rises
Sportsnet


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.

Vote for Canada’s Best Magazine Cover

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

Special thanks to Leah Jensen for her reporting.

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

Follow the action on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA16.

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.

[Tickets & Gala Info]

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