Categories Announced for the 41st National Magazine Awards

The NMAF is pleased to unveil the list of categories for the 2018 National Magazine Awards. The program will feature 29 categories crafted to recognize excellence in journalism, writing, visual art, design and publishing, including 10 categories from Magazines Canada’s Magazine Grands Prix program.

Beginning this December, this unified National Magazine Awards program will honour the outstanding achievements of our industry’s best creators and publishers, and reflect the exciting future of Canadian storytelling. To learn more about this collaboration, please read the press release.

CATEGORY LINE-UP FOR THE 41ST NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

Writing & Visual Awards, recognizing excellence by Canadian creators in print or digital magazines, include a cash prize of $1,000 to the Gold Medal winner.

  1. Long-Form Feature Writing
  2. Feature Writing
  3. Short Feature Writing
  4. Columns
  5. Essays
  6. Fiction
  7. Investigative Reporting
  8. Personal Journalism
  9. Poetry
  10. Professional Article
  11. Profiles
  12. Service Journalism
  13. Best New Magazine Writer
  14. Illustration
  15. Portraits Photography
  16. Lifestyle Photography
  17. Photo Essay & Photojournalism
  18. One of a Kind Storytelling

Editorial Awards recognizing excellence by a team of magazine creators, editors and art directors in print or digital magazines.

  1. Best Art Direction of a Single Article
  2. Best Editorial Package
  3. Art Direction Grand Prix
  4. Editor Grand Prix
  5. Cover Grand Prix

The Grands PrixBest Magazine awards recognizing outstanding achievement in magazine publishing.

  1. General Interest
  2. Service
  3. Lifestyle
  4. Fashion & Beauty
  5. Art & Literary
  6. Special Interest

Two special awards will also be presented at the 41st NMA Awards Gala. These awards are the highest honours bestowed to a magazine and an individual. 

The Magazine Grand Prix title (formerly Magazine of the Year) will go to the Best Magazine winner which demonstrates overall excellence in bringing its publishing team together to create an outstanding product; and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, which recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.

The call for entries opens December 4, 2017 and closes January 22, 2018.

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The NMAF is currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the juries for this year’s National Magazine Awards and Digital Publishing Awards. Click here for more information.

 

Call for Judges: 41st National Magazine Awards

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The National Media Awards Foundation is getting ready to honour the best in Canadian magazine and digital journalism at the 2018 National Magazine Awards and 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 mission.
  • 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 photojournalism, service, arts & culture, fiction, poetry, etc);
  • Academic or industry leader with expertise in a particular field;
  • Professionals and leaders from related cultural sectors, including the visual arts (film and television), the literary arts (book writing & publishing) and the performing arts (theatre, music).
  • Bilingual: Not all of our judges need be bilingual, but all awards juries will have at least one bilingual member.

The NMAF welcomes applications from individuals who bring different industry perspectives – from recognized leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We also aim for the judging panels to reflect our country’s diverse Indigenous, cultural and regional communities.

Judging will take place during February and March 2018. 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.

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Judging the NMAs allows you to keep tabs on industry leaders, validate someone’s hard work, and boost a worthy talent’s own career. It’s also an easy way to give back to a community that has given all of us so much.
Arjun Basu, Senior Vice President, Product at Bookmark Content and Communications, Montreal, QC


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


steve_for_linkedinServing as a judge for the National Magazine Awards, which I have done for at least ten years, is always a highlight of my reading year. It’s like receiving an engaging anthology of great writing by exciting emerging writers, masterful old pros, and hidden treasures. And you get the honour of choosing the best of a wonderful bunch! What could possibly be better?
Stephen Trumper, Writer, Editor, Teacher, Volunteer, Toronto, ON


22975ca.jpgI 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


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Judging the National Magazine Awards, in the Poetry category, was a great experience. There is so much excellent writing out there, and it was a glimpse into the great diversity of publication going on across the country.
Wayde Compton, Writer, Vancouver, BC


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 December for awards honouring the best in Canadian magazines in 2017. The 41st National Magazine Awards gala and the 3rd annual Digital Publishing Awards soiree will be held in the spring of 2018.

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

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Get to Know the Canadian Magazine Industry: Intern with the NMAF!

Good news! The application deadline has been extended to September 25, 2017. 

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If you’ve ever wanted a behind the scenes look at the Canadian magazine and digital publishing industry, here’s your chance! The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is looking for an intern in Toronto, beginning in October 2017 (and yes, the internship is paid!).

As the Administrative Assistant Intern, you’ll be an integral part of the team, participating in everything from proofreading press releases to assisting with the awards judging process. You’ll make connections within the industry, meeting and liaising with some of the best magazine writers, editors, and publishers in Canada.

The contract runs from October 1st, 2017—June 30, 2018, and you’ll be working 10-15 hrs/week on average. Note that the NMAF produces two distinct awards programs – the National Media Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards – and that this paid internship opportunity has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Have we caught your interest? Read on for more information about the position!

Position: Administrative Assistant

Contract Duration: October 1st, 2017—June 30, 2018; 10-15 hrs/week on average.

Description: The successful candidate will be reporting to and working in consultation with the NMAF Communications Manager and Special Projects Manager and specifically will:

  • Assist with the day-to-day operations of the NMAF office, including support for the submissions process, judging process, and awards production;
  • Handle some of the office-related communications and outreach with the Canadian media industry in both English and French—including but not limited to initiating and responding to phone calls and general email;
  • Assist with the research and production of content for the NMAF blogs (magazine-awards.com / prixmagazine.com & digitalpublishing.blog) and other social media channels;
  • Proofread communications materials and publications, including newsletters, press releases, website copy, gala programs and related material;
  • Assist with ongoing projects to promote the NMAF and its various initiatives;
  • Attend staff, board and committee meetings.

Requirements:

  • Pursuing or recently completed a degree or diploma in the fields of communications, publishing, administration, public relations, journalism or similar;
  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Solid writing and editing skills;
  • Ability to work independently and on deadline with goal-oriented projects;
  • Career aspirations in the media industry or similar;
  • Strong interest in fulfilling the mandate and vision of the National Media Awards Foundation;
  • Familiarity with the Canadian magazine and/or digital media industry an asset;
  • Bilingualism (French-English) a strong asset.

Opportunities:

  • Gain practical knowledge of the Canadian media industry;
  • Play an important role in the execution of NMAF projects and events;
  • Make a great first impression on writers, editors, publishers and other members of the industry;
  • Enhance your skill set in communications, publicity, administration, event planning, writing, editing, and non-profit organizations;
  • Learn more about Canadian magazine and digital publishers from the NMAF’s wonderful team of staff, board members, and stakeholders;
  • Participate in one of Canada’s most important cultural events, the National Media Awards Gala and the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée.

Terms and Remuneration: The length of the contract will be from October 1st, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The average weekly commitment may range from 10 hours per week (Oct-Dec; Feb-Mar; Jun) to 20 hours per week (Jan; Apr-May). Working hours are flexible except at specific times, and most work may be completed remotely.

This internship is paid minimum wage.

Applications: Candidates should submit

  • A cover letter (written in French or English) demonstrating their specific interest in the internship;
  • A resume;
  • At least one letter of reference from a professor or career mentor.

Please send applications by email to NMAF Communications Manager Émilie Pontbriand at staff@magazine-awards.com.

Application deadline: September 25, 2017.

We’re looking forward to hearing from aspiring writers and media professionals who are up for the challenge of working with us to recognize and promote the best of the best in Canadian print and digital content! 

Writing Mentorship Programs in Canada

From British Columbia to P.E.I., there are opportunities to fine-tune your craft alongside a professional writer. Andrea Bennett, the Editor-in-Chief at Maisonneuve Magazine, has done the work of compiling a round-up of writing mentorship programs across Canada. Such programs offer an alternative to the potentially expensive route of pursuing a BFA or MFA; for instance, The Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Mentorship Program comes at no cost to the apprentices, while local, public libraries often offer free, weekly office hours. So, peruse the program blurbs below and polish those submissions – a few of the deadlines are just around the corner.

Canada-wide

Vivek Shraya is offering a mentorship through her new Arsenal Pulp imprint VS. Books, deadline September 15, 2017; this mentorship is open to unpublished writers who are Indigenous, Black and/or a person of colour, between the ages of 18 to 24, living in Canada, and looking for a home for their completed book manuscript.

The Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) connects beginning children’s authors with established children’s authors through their Blue Pencil Mentorship Program. Mentees must have current CANSCAIP memberships and the mentorship comes with a fee.

Many public libraries across Canada have writers in residence who offer weekly office hours to emerging writers. (It is 4:48pm on a Thursday afternoon as I write this and I am too lazy to Google every writer-in-residence program across the country, but here’s a 2016/2017 example from my hometown, Hamilton.)

Universities often also have writers in residence (e.g, the University of Calgary) who offer office hours and/or manuscript consultations. Rules vary (you may or may not need to be a student), but it’s worth checking to see if the university or college near you supports a writer-in-residence program.

BC

The Surrey Southbank Writer’s Program is a part-time, three-month program is designed for new writers who would like to begin sharing their work with others. The program offers both classes and mentorship opportunities.

The Vancouver Manuscript Intensive pairs emerging writers who are looking for feedback and guidance on their manuscripts with professional, published writers. This one-on-one program is tailored to suit the needs of its mentees.

Alberta

The Writer’s Guild of Canada matches three writers with three mentors for a four-month mentorship.

Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild matches writers one-on-one with mentors for a four-month mentorship.

Manitoba

The Manitoba Writer’s Guild matches writers one-on-one with mentors for a five-month mentorship.

Ontario

Diaspora Dialogues matches Greater Toronto Area writers who have a finished manuscript they’d like feedback about one-on-one with mentors for a six-month mentorship.

Quebec

The Quebec Writer’s Federation pairs emerging writers with mentors for a four-month mentorship.

New Brunswick

The Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick matches writers one-on-one with mentors for a total of fifty hours of mentorship.

Newfoundland and Labrador

The Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador matches writers one-on-one with mentors for a five-month period.

Nova Scotia

The Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia matches writers one-on-one with mentors for a five-month period.

PEI

Every other year, the PEI Writer’s Guild matches writers one-on-one with mentors for a three-month period.

Early Bird Rate for Digital Publishing Awards ends Friday

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The Early Bird deadline for the 2nd Annual Digital Publishing Awards is fast-approaching!

You have until midnight this Friday January 20 to enter your best work online.

After a successful inaugural year, we’ve both expanded the category roster and made improvements to pre-existing awards. You’ll see that we’ve created new divisions, such as the Best Online Video, Best News Coverage and General Excellence in Digital Publishing awards to better reflect the diversity of Canada’s digital publishers. There are also brand new awards, such as Best Social Storytelling, Personal Essays and Best Arts & Culture.

Best Practices: Sharpen Your Twitter Skills

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If used wisely, Twitter is an amazing tool to help National Magazine Award winners and nominees expand their network and help spread the word about their awards and their work in general.  The NMAF is pleased to present the second volume of our Best Practices Guide: Sharpen Your Twitter Skills.

To help NMA winners – publishers, writers, and creators – make the most of Twitter, we’ve created a guide dedicated entirely to this social media tool! From Twitter Moments to hashtags, our experts share their secrets to optimize tweets and build a strong community of followers.

The guide details how journalists can use Twitter to incite conversation, the goldmine of information within Twitter analytics, and an example of a highly successful Twitter campaign. It shares anecdotes on how NMA-winners, such as Desmond Cole, have created space on Twitter for meaningful dialogues, and advice from Chatelaine’s social media senior editor, Haley Overland: “Build your audience… every damn day.” To start building that audience and expand your digital reach, click here to download our 2017 Best Practices Guide.

About Winners’ Circle

In November 2016, the National Magazine Awards Foundation presented the second Winners’ Circle event, an exclusive event for National Magazine Awards winners and nominees to meet, mingle, pitch, and learn. We partnered with Twitter Canada for this event, at which Jennifer Hollett (Twitter Canada’s head of news and government) spoke on growing your Twitter presence.

Please stay tuned for when we announce our next Winners’ Circle event. For updates, you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook. 

Download this year’s National Magazine Awards Winners’ Seals here.

NMAF partners with Indigo Books & Music on Ontario newsstand promotion

For the third year, the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is partnering with Indigo Books & Music Inc. to launch an Ontario-wide newsstand promotion designed to increase awareness about Canada’s best magazines in 2016 published in both official languages.

With this strategic initiative, the NMAF strives to provide award-winning Canadian nma_medalistdisplay_2016_square_v1publishers the opportunity to cost-effectively maintain or improve newsstand sales, subscriptions and magazine visibility within the highly competitive North American market by jointly marketing their nationally recognized award on newsstands.

For eight weeks starting today, this year’s participating award-winning publications will be displayed in a special NMA newsstand frame in all Ontario Indigo superstores. Magazines taking part in this initiative include 2016 Magazine of the Year winner Maisonneuve, as well as award winners Canadian Notes & Queries, Cottage Life, DTK Men, Maclean’s, Ricardo, Sportsnet, The Walrus, THIS Magazine and Toronto Life.

The NMAF, whose mandate is to recognize and promote award-winning Canadian magazines and content, strives to implement initiatives that help publications thrive in the evolving magazine industry. With this newsstand promotional campaign, the Foundation is providing publishers with a distinctive opportunity to leverage their prestigious award in order to maximize their impact on newsstands.

This promotional initiative was launched for the first time in 2014. Last year, a total of 7,852 magazine copies from 18 different publications from were sold during the six week campaign (Oct-Nov) which generated 173% more revenue than the year before.

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) to make this project possible.

Visit any Ontario Indigo Superstore to see the Best Magazines of 2016.