New Trail, Eighteen Bridges, Omar Mouallem enjoy big night at 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards

Last night in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the Alberta Magazine Awards to a boisterous audience of writers, editors, art directors, publishers and other magazine lovers, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who punctuated his keynote address by thanking all for “telling our stories.”

New Trail, the alumni magazine of the University of Alberta, took home a whopping 6 gold awards including the biggest prize, Magazine of the Year. New Trail has been nominated for 7 National Magazine Awards since 2012 and won Best Art Direction of a Single Article at last year’s NMAs.

 

New Trail also won 2016 AMPA gold awards for Illustration, Art Direction of a Single Issue, Editorial Package, Feature Design, and Best Cover–all for their “Future of Everything” issue which clearly blew away the Alberta mag awards judges. The art direction is by Marcey Andrews, also a National Magazine Award winner, and the illustrations are by NMA winner Raymond Biesinger and Gwen Keraval.

 

Other winning magazines at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards:

  • Avenue Edmonton 6 (2 gold, 4 silver)
  • Eighteen Bridges 5 (4 gold, 1 silver)
  • Avenue Calgary 5 (5 silver)
  • Swerve 4 (3 gold, 1 silver)
  • Western Living 4 (1 gold, 3 silver)
  • Alberta Oil 3 (2 gold, 1 silver)
  • Alberta Venture 3 (1 gold, 2 silver)

Among individual winners, writer Omar Mouallem won 3 awards from 6 nominations, including gold for Profiles and Service: Lifestyle, and a silver for Feature Writing.

Omar Mouallem is also the editor of The Yards magazine, which swept gold and silver in the category Emerging Writer.

 

Eighteen Bridges editor Curtis Gillespie, also a director of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, accepted the award for Editor of the Year.

 

Check out all the nominees and winners at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards or on Twitter @AMPA.

Western Living, Avenue Calgary, Alberta Venture lead nominees for Alberta Magazine Awards

Named a record-breaking year, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) announced the Showcase finalists for the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards. 27 Alberta magazines hold nominations (a significant increase from last year); Western Living and Avenue Calgary are tied at an impressive 17 nominations, Alberta Venture follows closely with 16, and Avenue Edmonton and Swerve close in third with 15 nominations.

Alberta Views, Avenue Edmonton, and New Trail are the three Magazine of the Year contenders.

Alberta Views, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year
Alberta Views, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year

Among the individual nominees, many of these talented AMPA Showcase finalists are also National Magazine Award winners.

NMA winner Omar Mouallem leads all writers with 6 nominations: He’s nominated twice in Profiles for his work in Alberta Venture, once in Service: Lifestyle, once in Feature Writing: Short and twice in Feature Writing: Long.

Tadzio Richards (a finalist in the Alberta Story category, for his piece “End of the Line” published in Alberta Views) was successful at the 2007 NMAs, winning Gold in the category of Investigative Reporting and Silver for Science, Technology, and the Environment.

Two-time NMA winner Jeremy Klaszus, also a former winner of Best New Magazine Writer, is nominated in the Profile category for his work in Swerve.

John Ulan, NMA winner a year ago in Portrait Photography, was nominated for Photography: People and Portraiture.

Avenue Edmonton, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year
Avenue Edmonton, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year

Daniel Wood has a long track record of winning NMAs, starting in 1987 with an Honourable Mention and Silver wins in 1995, 1996, 2002, and 2003. At this year’s Alberta Magazine Awards, Daniel is a finalist in the category of Photograph: People and Portraiture.

Marcey Andrews, art director of New Trail—a Gold NMA winner in 2014—is nominated in a impressive slew AMPA categories this year, including: Art Direction for a Single Issue, Cover, Feature, Design, and Editorial Package.

Congratulations also goes out to to Hudson Christie, winner of the 2015 NMA award for Best New Magazine Illustrator and 2016 finalist in the Best Cover category at the AMPA Awards.

New Trail, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year
New Trail, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year

Previous NMA award-winning creators and current AMPA finalists also include Lisa Gregoire (Essay), Tyee Bridge (Feature Writing: Long and Service: Lifestyle), Marcello Di Cintio (Feature Writing: Long and Profile), Martin Tessler, Clinton Hussey and Evaan Kheraj (Photography: Essay or Series) and Graham Roumieu (Illustration).

The complete list of finalists can be found here.

Aside from the 21 Showcase Awards—rewarding creators of everything from infographics to fiction to digital presence—there are three achievement awards: Anders Knudsen won the Achievement in Publishing Award, Brnesh Berhe is Volunteer of the Year, and Editor of the Year went to Curtis Gillespie, a director of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

The AMPA Achievement Judges had this to say of Curtis’ editing work:

“His love of great writing and storytelling inspired him to provide both emerging and established writers the space to tell compelling and thought-provoking stories at a time when the arena for such content was dwindling.”

(The full blurb can be found here.) Curtis’ editing aptitude is also highlighted by his many NMA wins: he snagged 14 Honourable Mentions between 2000 and 2014, Silver awards in 1999, 2000, and 2013; and Gold awards in 1999 and 2013 for his work in Eighteen Bridges, Western Living, Toronto Life, Saturday Night, New Trail and more.

The NMAF wishes all finalists good luck. Award winners are announced March 3, at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards Gala in Calgary. The gala takes place on the first day of the Alberta Magazines Conference.

Special thanks to Leah Edwards for her reporting on this story.

February Events & Awards Deadlines in Canadian Magazines

Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawny Phil did not see his shadow down in Pennsylvania this morning, but good luck convincing the residents of Iqaluit that spring is on its way.

Here’s what’s going on in February (and early March) in Canadian magazines:

AWARDS

Digital Publishing Awards
February 8: Early-bird deadline (& Small Publishers Rebate)
February 16: Final deadline

Canadian Business Media Awards
(formerly the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards)
February 8: Early-bird deadline
February 16: Final deadline

CSME Editors Choice Awards
February 2: Call for Entries

Arc Poem of the Year Award
February 14: Final deadline

Canadian Cover Awards
February 23: Final deadline

Alberta Magazine Awards
February (TBA): Finalists announced

Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
March 1: Deadline for nominations

EVENTS & CONTESTS

Canadian Society of Magazine Editors
February 3: The Best Free Online Tools For Editors, Toronto

Freedom to Read Week
February 21-27

AlbertaViews Photography Contest
February 28: Final deadline

TNQ Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest
February 28: Final deadline

Alberta Magazines Conference
March 3-4, Calgary

More awards and events info will be added. Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for updates and to share your news with us.

National Magazine Awards Guide to Word on the Street

Canada’s largest magazine & book festival–Word on the Street–is coming to five Canadian cities this month, with opportunities for readers to browse great deals on magazine subscriptions, hear inspiring stories from their favourite writers, and go home with a scintillating stack of new reads.

  • Halifax–Saturday, September 19, Halifax Central Library
  • Saskatoon–Sunday, September 20, Exhibitor Marketplace
  • Lethbridge–Sunday, September 20, Main Library
  • Kitchener–Saturday, September 26, Downtown
  • Toronto–Sunday, September 27, Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO

Here are some of the events and speakers we’re looking forward to, featuring NMA winners:

National Magazine Award winning fiction writer Lynn Crosbie will read from the works of fellow NMA winner Margaret Atwood. 12pm at the Toronto Book Awards tent.

11-time National Magazine Award winner Don Gillmor (The Walrus, Toronto Life, Eighteen Bridges) will talk about writing for magazines at the Wordshop Marquee at 12pm, and at the Great Books Marquee at 4pm, along with Evan Rosser, senior editor at Sportsnet magazine.

Novelist Patrick deWitt, winner of the National Magazine Award for fiction (Brick) as well as the Governor General’s Award and the Writers’ Trust Award, will speak at Sculpting New Reads at 1pm and at the Amazon Best-Seller Stage at 3pm.

John Lorinc, 7-time NMA winner for Spacing, Toronto Life, Report on Business and others, will speak about writing on urban affairs at the Nothing But the Truth tent at 5:15pm.

National Magazine Award-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell (United Church Observer) will speak about her new book, Malignant Metaphor, at the Nothing But the Truth tent at 12:30pm.

Hal Niedzvieki, founder of Broken Pencil magazine, will talk about “Trees on Mars” at the Nothing But the Truth tent, 2:15pm.

Check out these National Magazine Award-winning titles at the Exhibitor Marketplace and the Magazine Mews (MM). Word on the Street always brings out great deals on magazine subscriptions, often with gifts and back issues on sale, too. [Map of WOTS Toronto]

  • Alternatives Journal, Booth #206
  • Brick: A Literary Journal, Booth #133
  • Broken Pencil, Booth #MM6
  • Canada’s History, Booth #113
  • Carousel, Booth #MM1
  • ELQ: Exile Literary Quarterly, Booth 185
  • Feathertale Review, Booth #MM2
  • Legion Magazine, Booth #221
  • Little Brother Magazine, Booth #MM19
  • NOW Magazine, Booth #150
  • Ontario Nature, Booth #MM10
  • Owl Kids, Booth #KS23
  • Quill & Quire
  • Shameless, Booth #MM8
  • SkyNews, Booth #184
  • Visitors usually find all kinds of Toronto swag at the Spacing magazine booth at WOTS.
    Visitors usually find all kinds of Toronto swag at the Spacing magazine booth at WOTS.

    Spacing, Booth #157

  • Taddle Creek, Booth #MM5
  • The New Quarterly, Booth #MM4
  • The Walrus, Booth #218
  • THIS Magazine,  Booth #220
  • Toronto Life, Booth #161
  • Vallum Poetry, Booth #LL12
  • Zoomer, Booth #145

 

Word on the Street, Toronto, is Sunday, September 27 from 11am-6pm at Harbourfront Centre, free and fun for all!

LETHBRIDGE

Check out Alberta Views magazine, winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year, at their display booth at WOTS Lethbridge.

SASKATOON

Hear National Magazine Award finalist Guy Vanderhaeghe–novelist and short story writer, winner of two Governor General’s Awards–at the Who Has Seen the Wind Tent at 3:45pm.

Check out all the events and speakers at the WOTS near you.

Summer Magazine Reading Series, No. 2: Alberta Bound, Alberta Bound

It’s good to be / Alberta Bound. Our summer reading series continues this week with a special focus on the Province of Alberta, land of “the strong and the free”; of turquoise mountain lakes, vast fertile prairies, and some of Canada’s finest magazines.

This past spring our friends at the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) presented the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, recognizing excellence in the content and design of publications based in the province. Among the winners were Alberta Views, Avenue, Glass Buffalo, New Trail, Swerve, Up! Magazine, and more.

You can read the complete articles of all finalists and winners on the AMPA site. A few suggestions:

Game Changer” by Arno Kopecky (Alberta Views)
Winner of the award for Best Alberta Story, this piece by former National Magazine Award finalist Arno Kopecky examines a legal action by the Beaver Lake Cree Nation against the Province of Alberta and the oil industry, exploring the potential of the lawsuit to challenge existing land-rights issues between First Nations and the energy industry.

Arno Kopecky is an environmental journalist and author based in Vancouver. His first book, The Devil’s Curve, a literary travelogue based on his year-long journey through Peru and Colombia, made Amazon’s top-100 list for 2012. His second book, The Oil Man And The Sea, chronicles Kopecky’s sailing expedition into British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, a legendary wilderness with the knife of Big Oil at its throat.

Bonus read: The silver award in Best Alberta Story went to “The Future and the Hipster” (Swerve) by Jeremy Klaszus, former winner of the National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer (2006).

Children of a Lesser Santa” by Omar Mouallem (Swerve)
Winner of the award for Best Essay, this piece by former NMA winner Omar Mouallem is a witty and endearing chronicle of the first Christmas “celebrated” by a Muslim-Canadian family in northern Alberta.

“While most Canadian children probably encounter Santa Claus within the first year of their lives— at a parade, in a mall or in their living room—I was four. My mom, perhaps noticing my sense of exclusion, or to better integrate into her adopted country, took me to the town library where families lined up to snap a photo of their children in the jolly man’s lap. What could go wrong?”

Bonus read: In the AMA Profiles category, the gold award went Marcello di Cintio for “The Long Journey of Nathan Phelps” (Swerve), which later won the silver National Magazine Award in the same category.

A Tale of Two Forms” by Peter Takach (Glass Buffalo)
Winner of the  award for Emerging Writer, this creative and poignant homage to the Dickensian epic reflects on the transitional and perhaps ephemeral nature of the novel in the digital age. The award jury noted: “As though trapped in a wacky pinball machine, A Tale of Two Forms kept punting and zapping me back and forth with its fresh ideas, literary references, form and imagery. Peter Takach’s work underlines how important it is to sometimes suspend reason and just let the words wash over you.”

Bonus read: In the AMA Poetry category, the silver award went to Erika Luckert for her work “Frog Lake” in Glass Buffalo, which was also nominated for a National Magazine Award.

To read these and all of the finalists and winners from the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, visit albertamagazines.com/awards and click on the section for “2015 Showcase Awards Finalists.”

Related posts:
Avenue Edmonton, Swerve, Omar Mouallem among big winners at Alberta Magazine Awards
Off the Page: An interview with Arno Kopecky
Off the Page: An interview with Jeremy Klaszus


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Stay tuned for another Summer Magazine Reading Series edition next Thursday.

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Avenue Edmonton, Swerve, Omar Mouallem among big winners at the Alberta Magazine Awards

Thursday night in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the winners of the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, and Avenue magazine of Edmonton took home the biggest prize, Magazine of the Year.

Swerve led all magazines with 6 awards (2 Gold, 4 Silver). Magazine of the year co-finalists Avenue Calgary and Glass Buffalo were next with 2 Gold and 2 Silver each.

National Magazine Award-winning writer Omar Mouallem was the most decorated individual winner with 3 awards: Gold for Profiles and for Essays, and Silver for Feature Writing. NMA finalist Arno Kopecky also won a Gold award for Best Alberta Story.

Here are the Gold winners from the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards:

Magazine of the Year: Avenue Edmonton

Alberta StoryAlberta Views Game Changer  – Arno Kopecky

Art Direction: Georgie No. 3 W14 – Nathan Marshall, art director; Neil Mota and Aaron Pedersen photographers

CoverWestern Living September 2014 “Designers of the Year – Paul Roelofs, art director; Evaan Kheraj portrait photographer

Digital PresenceAlberta Oil 10th Anniversary Tablet Edition – Ryan Girard, Kim Larson, Colton Ponto, Ben Rude, Jennifer Madole and Brent Felzien

Emerging Writer: Glass Buffalo  A Tale of Two Forms – Peter Takach

EssaySwerve Children of a Lessser Santa – Omar Mouallem

Feature DesignAvenue Edmonton Back in the Game – Pete Nguyen, art director

Feature WritingAlberta Venture Dot -111 – Anthony Davis

FictionGlass Buffalo Pearl – Bruce Cinnamon

IllustrationAvenue Calgary What’s Lost – Jon Krause

Photograph (Still-Life, Landscape, Architecture)Westworld Phantoms on Ice – Kurtis Kristianson, Spindrift Photography

Photograph (People and Portrait): Avenue Calgary Cultural Movement – Jared Sych

PoetryFreeFall But I’m no one – Weyman Chan

ProfileNew Trail Ray Muzyka’s Next Chapter  – Omar Mouallem

ServiceSwerve It’s Your Funeral  – Rita Sirignano

Editor of the Year: Steve Sandor, Avenue Edmonton

Volunteer of the YearJennifer Schmidt-Rempel, Lethbridge Living Magazine

Achievement in Publishing: Chris BirdKootenay Business Magazine andFly Fusion Magazine

Best New Magazine: Grains West

Check out all the highlights at albertamagazines.com/awards.

Vote: Alberta’s Best Magazine Cover

The Alberta Magazine Awards are coming up on March 5 and the finalists have been announced. Here’s a look at the five nominees for the award for Best Magazine Cover. They’re all spectacular and one will be the winner announced next Thursday in Calgary. Vote for your favourite below.

Avenue Edmonton, Stephen Mandel, April 2014. Curtis Trent, photographer; Pete Nguyen, art director.

 

Georgie, issue No. 2 F14. Nathan Marshall, art director; Aaron Pedersen, photographer.

 

New Trail, Who Will Lead Us Next? Autumn 2014. Marcey Andrews, art director.

 

Up! MagazineThe Food Guide, October 2014. Jill Foran, editor.

 

Western Living, Designers of the Year, September 2014. Paul Roelofs, art director; Evaan Kheraj portrait photographer.

Which is your favourite?

The Alberta Magazine Award winners will be announced on March 5, 2015 at the Alberta Magazines Conference in Calgary.