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 Edmonton6 (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 Oil3 (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.
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.
Among the individual nominees, many of these talented AMPA Showcase finalists are also National Magazine Award winners.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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]
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.
“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.
“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.”
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:
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.