Digital Publishing Awards accepting Freelancer Submissions


The NMAF is very pleased to share that the Freelancer Support Fund is also available for the Digital Publishing Awards, whose deadline to enter is Tuesday January 31.

The discounted entry fees allow freelance creators to submit their first two (2) entries at the discounted rate of $50 per submission.

With the 2nd Annual DPAs officially underway, we are very happy to offer this special discount to the freelance creators – the writers, videographers, editors, designers, developers, video and podcast producers, photographers and illustrators, and others – who are establishing excellence in Canadian digital publishing. There is a $500 cash prize for individual winners.

An eligible “freelancer” is someone:

  • who is not a staff member of a publication whose work they are submitting, and
  • whose byline appears on the work they are submitting.

If your magazine work also appeared in an online platform, it may be eligible to enter. Check out the full list of Rules & Eligibility.

The Freelancer Support Fund applies to your first two (2) entries only. The regular rate of $110 will apply to any submission entered in addition to the first two. Fees paid for submissions to the Digital Publishing Awards may be tax-deductible for freelancers. The DPAs are operated by the non-profit registered charity NMAF.

There is exactly one week left to enter, as the final deadline to submit is Tuesday January 31.

To submit your best, visit If you have any questions about entering the Digital Publishing Awards, please get in touch:

Digital Publishing Awards announce categories for 2017

The NMAF is pleased to announce that the 2nd annual Digital Publishing Awards has expanded their program and have officially revealed a new category lineup.

This year, the Digital Publishing Awards will present awards in 22 categories focusing on the work of Canadian digital creators, while reflecting new trends and attitudes toward digital publishing and content.

[Read the full press release here – PDF]

These changes come as part of the NMAF 2016-17 Strategic Initiatives to expand the DPA program, while continuing it’s efforts to foster, recognize and promote excellent editorial content by Canadian digital creators.

After a successful inaugural year, the industry feedback clearly indicated there was a need to broaden the Digital Publishing Awards to be more inclusive of areas of excellence in the digital landscape. We surveyed our judges, sought feedback from our participants, and convened an Advisory Committee of industry experts to help shape the program for the future. Based on these learnings, the program has substantively evolved to recognize excellence in digital content and journalism, and in particular to call attention to the best practices and innovations in the craft. We believe the program this year reflects that enthusiasm.
–Nino Di Cara, NMAF President

In addition to the these changes in the category lineup, individual Gold winners will now receive a $500 prize.

Changes to the Digital Publishing Awards categories:

  • The top overall prize—General Excellence in Digital Publishing—will be presented in two divisions, for large and small publications.
  • Other new categories include:
    • Best Social Storytelling
    • Best Online Video in 3 divisions:
      • Short (under 2 minutes)
      • Feature (2-5 minutes)
      • Mini-Doc (more than 5 minutes
    • Best News Coverage in 2 divisions:
      • Provincial & Local
      • National & International
    • Best Personal Essay
    • Best Arts & Entertainment Story
    • Best Service Feature: Lifestyle
    • Best Service Feature: Family, Health & Careers
    • Best Fashion & Beauty
    • Emerging Excellence Award
    • Digital Publishing Leadership Award


This year, the Digital Publishing Awards worked with an Advisory Committee, who provided invaluable guidance to crafting the 2017 program:

  • Craig Silverman, Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed Canada
  • Kenny Yum, Managing Editor, Huffington Post Canada
  • Kathy Vey, Executive Producer, Digital,
  • Haley Cullingham, Senior Editor, Digital, Hazlitt and Penguin Random House Canada
  • Laura de Carufel, Editor-in-Chief, The Kit

The NMAF is grateful to the members of the Advisory Committee, as well as to all those who participated in our survey and submitted their feedback.


We look forward to another great year of rewarding excellence in Canadian digital content creation.

Chris Frey to host 2016 Digital Publishing Awards soiree

The NMAF is pleased to announce that writer and digital editor Chris Frey will serve as the host of the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards soiree, Thursday June 9 at the Spoke Club in Toronto. Tickets & Event Info.

Chris Frey is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and radio producer. Currently the Toronto correspondent for Monocle, he’s a six-time National Magazine Award winner and has contributed to The Guardian, The Walrus, Globe and Mail, Icon, Maisonneuve, Azure, and CBC Radio. In a past life Chris was the founding editor of Hazlitt, the Toronto Standard and Outpost magazine. In a future life (and any day now) he will finally complete his book Broken Atlas, a collection of international reportage.

The nominees have been announced for awards in 14 categories for the 2016 Digital Publishing Awards. View all nominated work here.

Don’t miss the event of the year when the online publishing community gathers at the Spoke Club in Toronto on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to celebrate the very best in Canadian digital publishing. Tickets & Event Info.

Call for Volunteers: National Magazine Awards

A new festival season is upon us and the Canadian Business Media Awards, the first annual Digital Publishing Awards and the National Magazine Awards are currently recruiting volunteers!

This is your opportunity to be a part of the most important events in Canadian culture.

This year’s Canadian Business Media Awards gala will be held at One King West on Tuesday, June 7 and the shift for volunteers at this event will run from approx. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This year’s Digital Publishing Awards soiree will be held at The Spoke Club, 600 King Street West on Thursday, June 9 and the shift for volunteers at this event will run from approx. 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This year’s National Magazine Awards gala will be held at the Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street at Bay and Queen, on Friday, June 10 and the shift for volunteers at this event will run from approx. 4:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dinner will be provided to all volunteers.

To get involved, please contact Leah, no later than Friday, May 20, 2016. Please include the following information in your email:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Brief note about your experience and why you would like to volunteer

Come be a part of the biggest week in Canadian magazines! 

Digital Publishing Awards: Last Call for Early-Bird Entries

The Digital Publishing Awards program is looking for Canada’s best digital content creators, designers, innovators and publishers, with awards in 14 categories for feature writing, news coverage, blogging, visual storytelling, video, podcast, multiplatform publishing, design and more.

The early-bird deadline is Monday, February 8: Enter online by that date to save 20% on entries. The final deadline is February 16.

We look forward to presenting the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards on June 9, recognizing excellence by Canada’s best digital publishers and content creators, and we hope you’ll be a part of the experience.

To enter, visit

With questions, email us at

Rebate for Small Publishers at Digital Publishing Awards

The new Digital Publishing Awards program is offering a free entry to small digital publishers whose budgets could use a break. Publishers with annual revenue under $50,000 are eligible to participate.

To apply for the Small Publishers Rebate, complete the online application form and submit by February 8 (also the DPA’s Early-Bird deadline for discounted entry fees).

The 2016 Digital Publishing Awards are open to Canadian digital publishers, designers, innovators and content creators. Awards will be presented in 14 categories:

  1. Best Digital Editorial Package
  2. Best Blog or Online-Only Column
  3. Best News Coverage of a Single Topic or Event
  4. Best Online-Only Short Feature
  5. Best Online-Only Long Feature
  6. Best Online Video
  7. Best Multimedia Storytelling in a Single Feature
  8. Best Use of Data
  9. Best Podcast Series
  10. Best Visual Storytelling
  11. Best Digital Design
  12. Best Use of Multiple Platforms
  13. Best Digital Initiative
  14. Digital Publication of the Year.

The final deadline for entries is February 16. Nominees will be announced on May 4, 2016 and winners unveiled at the inaugural awards soirée, which will take place on June 9, 2016 in Toronto. Enter today at:

Early-Bird Deadline: National Magazine Awards

Today, January 11, is the “Early-Bird” deadline for National Magazine Awards submissions. Save 20% on entry fees if you complete your online submissions application (including payment) by midnight (ET) tonight.

“The early bird catcheth the worm.”
A collection of English proverbs, by John Ray, 1670

To be eligible for the early-bird discount, submitters should:

  • Complete application Step 1, indicating all of the details about each submission (name, email, date, title, magazine, etc) and upload a PDF version of each entry;
  • Complete application Step 2, confirming payment (by credit card or cheque).

Hard copies (for these 6 categories that require them) and cheques do NOT need to be received by today to be eligible for the discount. Courier your cheques and hard copies to the NMAF office by the final deadline of Friday, Jan 15.

National Magazine Awards Foundation
2300 Yonge St, Suite 1600
Toronto, ON
M4P 1E4

For assistance, please email us at

Digital Publishing Awards
Submissions to the 14 categories of the Digital Publishing Awards are due by February 16.

Good luck to all submitters!

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