CBCNews.ca, Maclean’s, Globe and Mail among big winners at 2016 Digital Publishing Awards

Tonight in a room full of Canada’s best digital publishers and creators at the Spoke Club in Toronto’s fashionable King West district, the NMAF presented the winners of the 2016 Digital Publishing Awards–recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications.

The NMAF presented Gold and Silver awards in 14 categories at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée at the Spoke Club in Toronto’s chic King West district, hosted by journalist Christopher Frey.

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The winner of the prestigious award for Digital Publication of the Year is CBCNews.ca.

CBCNews.ca also won 3 other Gold Medals:

The Digital Publishing Awards jury remarked that

“CBCNews.ca makes the most of their tremendous resources to deliver high-quality multimedia digital content, while adapting quickly to new trends and technologies in digital publishing to ensure an efficient, relevant and satisfying user experience. It’s a truly excellent digital publication that serves all Canadians and flexes some serious digital skills in the process.”

Honourable Mention for Digital Publication of the Year was awarded to: Canadian Business, L’actualité, Maclean’s, and Toronto Life.

Also receiving Honourable Mention: Canadaland, Canadian Art, Canadian Business, Chatelaine, L’actualité, Planète F Magazine, Torontoist and TVO.org.

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 Gold Medal
I Love Potatoes
National Film Board of Canada

Silver Medal
Star Touch Slice
Toronto Star


Gold Medal

Silver Medal
Today’s Parent


Gold Medal
Toronto Life

Silver Medal
Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2015
Air Canada enRoute


Gold Medal
Missing & Murdered: Unsolved cases of indigenous women and girls

Silver Medal
Out of the Shadows
UBC International Reporting Program

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Gold Medal
Thirty Hours of Terror
The Globe and Mail

Silver Medal
Elton McDonald: The tunnel digger


Gold Medal
Omar Khadr in his own words
The Toronto Star

Silver Medal
The Wreck Of HMS Erebus
BuzzFeed Canada

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Gold Medal
Refugee crisis makes for strange sights on Lesbos

Silver Medal
Beating Back the Crazy Ants
Hakai Magazine

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Gold Medal
The Thrill

Silver Medal
At the Letters


Gold Medal
Life at CFS Alert
The Globe and Mail

Silver Medal
The Science of Sport
Toronto Star


Gold Medal
Election Forecast
The Globe and Mail

Silver Medal
Rental Calculator
The Globe and Mail


Gold Medal
The Taken
The Globe and Mail

Silver Medal
Bad Dream
The Globe and Mail 


Gold Medal
Canada Votes

Silver Medal
Federal Election 2015


Gold Medal
QP Live

Silver Medal
Stacey May Fowles column (web exclusive)
The Walrus

Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca to view the winners in all 14 categories.

Follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter @DPAwards and #DPA16.


The Digital Publishing Awards promote and reward the achievements of those who create digital publishing content in Canada—the writers and editors, designers and developers, video and podcast producers, photographers and illustrators, and many others. The DPA program recognizes, celebrates and promotes to a national audience the innovative publishing teams that produce digital content in Canadian media.

This year, 63 Canadian digital publications participated in the DPAs, submitting the best of their digital content, design and innovation from the past year for consideration in 14 awards categories. 42 individuals volunteered their time, their expertise, and their passion for digital publishing in serving as judges for this year’s awards. They nominated 66 entries from 21 different digital publications for this year’s awards, including 5 finalists for the coveted award of Digital Publication of the Year.

The Digital Publishing Awards are produced by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, a not-for-profit, registered charity that has administered Canada’s annual National Magazine Awards since 1977. With a reputation for facilitating a rigorous, fair and transparent awards program in which content creators are recognized and rewarded for outstanding achievement in magazine journalism, the NMAF is proud to present the Digital Publishing Awards in consultation with Canada’s leading producers and creators of digital publishing.

Submissions open for the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards in January. Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca for more information.

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.

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:
Best Magazine Brand
Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Magazine Photographer
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Single Service Article Package

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures
Best Single Issue

Complete nominations coverage

NMA 2016 Nominees: Single Service Article Package

For this year’s National Magazine Awards the jury has selected 6 finalists for the category Single Service Article Package.  

This award goes to the best service-driven article that displays superior packaging of visual and written components and that reflects collaboration by the editorial team. Packaging elements could include annotations, illustrations, photography, sidebars and captions. 

Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 39th National Magazine Awards gala on June 10. Tickets are on sale now.

Here are the nominees for Single Service Article Package:

10 Ways To Ace Your Career   

Danielle Groen, Editor
Nicola Hamilton, Art Director
Erik Putz, Photographer
Sarah Boesveld, Lora Grady, Dominique Lamberton, Katie Underwood, Authors

18842_26The Eternal Quest For Sleep

Sydney Loney, Editor
Nicola Hamilton, Art Director
Erik Putz, Photographer
Christopher Philpot, Illustrator
Dominique Lamberton, Katie Underwood, Kate Rae, Alexandra Kimball, Diana Duong, Danielle Groen, Sydney Loney, Authors


For Rent
Ottawa Magazine

Dayanti Karunaratne, Editor
Jane Corbett, Art Director
Sarah Brown, Jane Corbett, Simon Gardner, Matt Harrison, Hattie Klotz,
Patrick Langston, Laura Byrne Paquet, Michael Prentice, Dan Rubinstein,
Fateema Sayani,
Marc Fowler, Christian Lalonde, Jessica Deeks, Gordon King, Urszula
Muntean, Doublespace Photography, Luther Caverly, Justin VanLeeuwen,
Kyle Brownrigg,

18623_26Holidays On A Half Shelf

Brigitte Coutu, Editor
Caroline Blanchette, Art Director
Laura Osborne, Author
David de Stefano, Photographer
Caroline Nault, Nataly Simard, Contributors

VÉGÉ Inspiré

Brigitte Coutu, Editor
Caroline Blanchette, Art Director
Mélanie Roy, Émilie Folie-Boivin, Sarah Lalanne, Authors
David de Stefano, Photographer
Caroline Nault, Heidi Bronstein, Contributors

How to Do Disney (Without Losing Your Mind!)
Today’s Parent

Leah Rumack, Editor
Jamie Piper, Art Director
Jamie Piper, Photographer
Tracy Chappell, Leah Rumack, Authors

Which do you think is most deserving of the award for Single Service Article Package? Tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA16

Congratulations to all the nominees for the National Magazine Awards. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 39th annual NMA Gala on June 10 at The Arcadian Court in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the National Magazine Awards nominees for:
Best New Magazine Photographer

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures

Kim Pittaway to receive 2016 NMAF Outstanding Achievement Award

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is pleased to announce that renowned journalist, editor, teacher and mentor Kim Pittaway will be the recipient of the 2016 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, recognizing career excellence and service to the Canadian magazine industry. The NMAF will present Kim with this prestigious honour at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 10. The nominees in all other categories will be announced on May 2.

As a mentor, Kim has inspired my own path in magazine publishing with simple advice: Get involved, volunteer, mentor a young person, have an opinion, lead an organization.
Joyce Byrne, president of the NMAF and publisher, Avenue Calgary

Kim Pittaway began her magazine career as a writer and columnist of exceptional insight for Chatelaine in the early 1990s, and soon earned herself a staff position as managing editor, where she oversaw the development of the magazine’s early digital platforms in an era when few saw the true publishing potential of the web. “Kim quickly earned a reputation for leadership on many fronts,” said Chatelaine’s former editor-in-chief Rona Maynard. “Among her readers for her forthright column; among her peers for generous mentoring; and among corporate decision-makers for her strategic sense.”

When Kim succeeded her mentor as editor-in-chief of Chatelaine, she continued to nurture emerging writers. “With her guidance,” said Beth Hitchcock, who wrote her first magazine story for Kim, “I learned the art of structure, the importance of word choice, and most importantly for the editing process, the language of collaboration and respect.” Writers who’ve worked with Kim frequently praise her commitment to building a strong relationship that can lead to the kind of challenging questions that bring out the best in a writer and a story.

Over the years, I’ve read Kim’s many powerful stories in Canadian magazines, and often used them in my advanced feature-writing course at Ryerson. And I know her as a tireless promoter of the best in magazine journalism. I have witnessed her inspired approach to teaching, and students laud her for her generosity and dedication when working with writers.
David Hayes, National Magazine Award-winning magazine writer, teacher and director of the NMAF

After moving on from Chatelaine in 2005, Kim returned to freelance journalism—she’s been published in Today’s Parent, More, Homemakers,Cottage Life, Best Health, Reader’s Digest and others, earning 8 National Magazine Awards nominations—and teaching. She taught journalism at Ryerson University, went on to earn her MFA in creative non-fiction from Goucher College, and joined the faculty at the University of King’s College, mentoring students in its journalism and MFA programs. As a teacher, said 2014 King’s graduate Nicole Halloran, “Kim taught us that a magazine is like a puzzle; it’s a matter of playing with the pieces until you get it right. She emphasized the value of teamwork and how to make stories come alive.”

“Kim Pittaway is not only a gifted writer and editor,” added Stephen Kimber, professor of journalism at King’s. “She is also an exceptionally generous and thoughtful mentor and teacher. We are honoured to have her at King’s, especially as part of our new MFA in Creative Nonfiction program.”

As a respected leader in the Canadian magazine industry, Kim has long been an advocate for inclusivity, volunteerism, brand building and knowledge sharing. She served on the editorial board of THIS Magazine, demonstrating a commitment to small, independent magazines where many young writers and editors get their start. For many years she has served as a consultant for Magazines Canada and the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, travelling the country to engage in dialogue with her peers about how to improve our craft and work collaboratively. “As a magazine and digital consultant,” said Lisa Murphy, creative services director of House & Home Media, “Kim has been an invaluable help to countless publishers and brands—always offering innovative, creative, honest and challenging advice delivered with warmth and humour.”

As a consultant, Kim brings not only a wealth of magazine knowledge, but also an understanding of small magazines and the challenges they face. Always patient and inspiring, she ensures that professional development activities represent the needs and interests of the entire Canadian magazine community.
Lisa Whittington-Hill, publisher, THIS Magazine

Long a champion of the rights and recognition of magazine creators, Kim assumed the presidency of the National Magazine Awards Foundation in 2006 and helped guide the organization—and the industry—to strengthen its mandate to support and promote the work of the teams and individuals who create the award-worthy content that magazine readers across Canada love.

For her enduring dedication to the Canadian magazine industry, for the principled leadership and mentorship that has impacted the careers of many, and for her unfailing support of magazine creators, the NMAF is proud to recognize Kim Pittaway with its highest individual honour, the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

I am so proud to share a last name with my sister Kim. She is foremost a gifted writer and editor. She has been endlessly generous in sharing her gifts of finding the heart of a story, and plotting a path towards telling it, with countless writers whom she has worked with and mentored. Her understanding of the business side of publishing and how to best serve readers and the bottom line is something I, as a freelancer, have sought advice on frequently as well. I am completely thrilled for her, and join all of you in celebrating her incredible contributions to journalism and Canadian publishing.
Tina Pittaway, freelance journalist

Kim Pittaway in the National Magazine Awards archive:

  • 5-Star Tribute” (More, 2012, Honourable Mention, Words & Pictures)
  • For Goodness’ Sake” (More, 2009, Honourable Mention, Single Service Article Package)
  • The Game of Risk” (More, 2008, Honourable Mention, Service: Health & Family)
  • Sudden Impact” (Today’s Parent, 2008, Honourable Mention, Health & Medicine)
  • Too Young for Breast Cancer” (Homemakers, 2008, Honourable Mention, Best Short Feature)
  • The Last Time” (More, 2007, Honourable Mention, Words & Pictures)
  • “A Call to Arms” (Chatelaine, 2003, Honourable Mention, Columns)
  • “Sex Offenders: What You Need to Know” (Chatelaine, 1995, Honourable Mention, Service Journalism)

The NMAF’s most prestigious individual prize is the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, an award that recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.

The award is open to circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, creators, designers, production managers–in short, to anyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously. Nominations are welcome from everyone in the industry and are due each year by March 1. The recipient is selected by the Board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. No entry fee is required. Applicants not selected will be kept under consideration for two (2) additional years.

For more information visit magazine-awards.com/oa

The nominees for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards will be announced on Monday, May 2. Follow us on this blog or on Twitter @MagAwards for all the nominees.

The winners will be announced at the 2016 National Magazine Awards gala on June 10 in Toronto. Tickets go on sale May 2 at magazine-awards.com.

Photo of Kim Pittaway by Aaron McKenzie Fraser

Off the Page, with Today’s Parent editor Sasha Emmons

Sasha Emmons (photo by Roberto Caruso)
Sasha Emmons (photo by Roberto Caruso)

This week on Off the Page–our interview series with National Magazine Award winners–we’re chatting with Sasha Emmons, Editor-in-Chief of Today’s Parent magazine. 

NMAF: Today’s Parent had a banner year at the 2015 National Magazine Awards—8 nominations and 4 Gold Medals including Best Single Issue, Best Web Editorial Package, Single Service Article Package, and Tablet Magazine of the Year. Can you describe the feeling that you and your team experienced that night of the awards gala?

Sasha Emmons: It’s such a cliché but we were just so giddy to be nominated. I’m new to the Canadian publishing scene but I understood that parenting publications rarely get nominated, much less win. So it was pretty surreal to hear our name not just once but four times, especially considering the quality of work from all the nominees. I wish I’d spent more time working on speeches — I really thought there was no way I’d be up there.

Sasha Emmons of Today's Parent accepts the award for Best Single Issue at the 2015 National Magazine Awards gala.
Sasha Emmons of Today’s Parent accepts the award for Best Single Issue at the 2015 National Magazine Awards gala.

NMAF: What has been the significance to you, your team and your readers from winning the National Magazine Awards? 

Sasha Emmons: I think for us it was incredible validation that our digital-driven but platform-agnostic approach to creating content was working. We regularly get caught up in excitement for our projects, and sometimes we lose objectivity and wonder if what we’re working on is as cool as we think it is. Seeing our risks pay off, both with awards but also with audience engagement and amazing feedback, has also given us motivation to keep pushing ourselves to try new, bold things.

The awards have certainly made the industry take notice of us, and that’s led to really talented editors, designers and new partners knocking on our door, wanting to work with or be part of our incredible team.

NMAF: Winning the award for Tablet Magazine of the Year must have been particularly special. How has Today’s Parent developed its presence on the tablet magazine platform, what challenges have you faced in delivering digital content, and how has it been successful?

Sasha Emmons: I really wanted to win for tablet. After we close our print issue, the editors get a bit of reprieve but not our art team, who work long hours on a platform where we have fewer readers than print.

For our busy parents, there’s not a lot of Sunday morning long-reads lounging, and many can’t take out the iPad without their kids clamouring for it. The phone is more our device, and we actually create an iPhone edition each month as well. But despite a huge digital audience that’s largely mobile, the idea of consuming an issue on a phone or tablet hasn’t quite caught on in a big way yet. But it’s growing, and we’re hopeful it will continue to grow.

Our art director Sun Ngo has incredibly high standards but she also promotes a culture of playful experimentation. Her leadership and her team’s hard work are the reason our tablet edition is so great, and I was beyond thrilled to see her be acknowledged for that.

Her philosophy is both simple and complex. She’s laser-focused on making the content readable, with clear text and directional icons. We never want to get so enamoured of bells and whistles that we forget about usability. But then she and her designers go the extra mile, creating gorgeous animated covers, making food and crafts pinnable, integrating video and playing with stop animation.

I really believe our tablet edition is the best, richest way to read Today’s Parent.

NMAF: The package called “30 Awesome Cupcakes” (Gold Medal winner in Single Service Article Package) has been the most tweeted, most viewed article in our awards archive since June, doubtless because it’s just about the most attractive cover line imaginable, and also because the layout is so eye-catching, so much fun. How is that piece exemplary of the editorial mission of Today’s Parent? (And did you get to try all the cupcakes?)

Sasha Emmons: I didn’t know that, and it’s so great to hear. It is one of the great professional regrets of my life I was not on set that day. However, I have to give credit where it’s due and say that this story was already in the works when I started at Today’s Parent, so really Karine Ewart and Alicia Kowalewski, the editor-in-chief and art director at the time, deserve the credit. I did write the line though!

Overall, we aim for a mix of daring, zeitgeisty content, and smart, creative bread-and-butter service. This piece falls into the latter — after all, every parent has to figure out how to pull off their kid’s birthday.


NMAF: You’ve called raising two kids “the most humbling thing” you’ve ever done. (“There are moments where I feel like I’ve nailed it, but there are still so many moments where I have no idea what I’m doing.”) How does your daily experience as a parent help guide your leadership of the magazine, and your understanding of what your readers want you to deliver?

Sasha Emmons: I feel like the parents on staff have the best scam going. One of us has an issue with our kid, and we get to talk to leading experts on exactly how to handle it! Seriously, it’s such a privilege that my professional life is centred around what interests me most personally as well.

It’s hugely useful to be a parent and have many moms and dads on staff to gut-check everything we write. Believe me, I’m struggling with everything our readers are struggling with. Overall, I think there are a lot of ways to get parenting right, and only a few ways to get it wrong, and that laughing about its challenges makes the whole thing easier.

I hope that comes through in our content.

Discover more about Today’s Parent at todaysparent.com and on Twitter @TodaysParent, and follow Sasha Emmons @semmons. The mobile edition of the magazine can be found here

The 2016 National Magazine Awards are now open for submissions.

Check out more of our Off the Page interviews with NMA winners, including editors like:
Patrick Walsh of Outdoor Canada
Judith Pereira of Report on Business
Mark Reid of Canada’s History
Curtis Gillespie of Eighteen Bridges

The Call for Entries for the 2016 National Magazine Awards will be announced on December 8. 

NMA 2015 Nominees: Best Words & Pictures in Canadian Magazines

It’s Magazine Week in Toronto, and this Friday, concluding the week of events, is the 38th annual 38th annual National Magazine Awards. The nominees have been announced, and among the awards to be presented is Words & Pictures, sponsored by CDS Global, the presenting sponsor of the National Magazine Awards gala.

Gold and silver winners will be revealed at the National Magazine Awards gala on June 5 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. [Tickets & Gala Info].

Here are the 7 nominees this year for Words & Pictures.


Laura deCarufel, Editor
Elena Viltovskaia, Art Director
Geoffrey Ross, Photographer
Contributors: Brittany Eccles, Noreen Flanagan, Charlotte Herrold
Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Trend Report
ELLE Canada

Simple text and a white background allow runway photos to command the reader’s attention while leading the narrative of Fall/Winter trends. Fun cultural visual cues help set the mood for the styles presented in the piece.


Lisa Cook, Editor
Marcey Andrews, Art Director
John Ulan, Photographer
Rick Pilger, Bridget Sterling, Writers
Contributors: Curtis Gillespie, Christie Hutchison, Sarah Pratt, Scott Rollans, Tobie Smith, Joyce Yu
The Face of a Century
New Trail

This project craftily provides insight into the lives of 100 graduates by using telling life snippets. As addictive as Twitter or Reddit, the combination of words and picture carry the reader through the piece, while using longer bios to set an engaging pace.

Nicolas Langelier, Rédacteur
Pierre-Yves Cezard, Photographe
Rémy Bordillon, Auteur
La pointe des utopies
Nouveau Projet

The hand-drawn, graphic-novel style speaks to the intimacy of this organic storyline of a community coming together to protect artist space within their neighbourhood during a time of gentrification. The use of colour enhances the narrative tone along with that of the image.

Leah Rumack, Katie Dupuis, Writers, Editors
Alicia Kowalewski, Art Director
John Cullen, Photographer
Contributors: Jessica Albano, Virginie Martocq, Eshun Mott
A Mad Hatter Easter Picnic
Today’s Parent

In this party-planning guide, playful photographs bring recipes to life by creating scenes in which the food can live. Tablet extras and template links create a third layer of content that elevates the piece beyond the page.

Sarah Fulford, Angie Gardos, Mark Pupo, Editors
Christine Dewairy, Art Director
Photographers: Peter Andrew, Daniel Ehrenworth, Dave Gillespie, Kagan McLeod, Luis Meca, Daniel Neuhaus, Vicky Lam, Markian Lozowchuk, Joanne Ratajczak
Contributors: Matthew Hague, Rachel Heinrichs, Bronwen Jervis, Malcolm Johnston, Simon Lewsen, Emily Landau, Frances McInnes, Rebecca Philps, Philip Preville, Kelly Pullen, Alec Scott, Nathan Whitlock
Reasons to Love Toronto
Toronto Life

This collage of images indulges the reader in a listicle that reminds readers how cool living in Toronto can be. The piece allows for the dominance of image and word with proportional importance while examining how the food, business, leisure and sports industries have evolved to make the city better. The collaboration of contributors put together a list that praises how the residents and developments in certain neighbourhoods are changing both the physical and cultural landscape.

Kyle Carsten Wyatt, Editor
Brian Morgan, Art Director
Larry Towell, Photographer
Louise Bernice Halfe, Writer
In Attawapiskat
The Walrus

A raw look at the reality of a reserve in Northern Canada, “In Attawapiskat” is a story told with a literary stillness and patience that also resonates through the stark realness of the accompanying photo essay. A link to further, online content allows the reader to get deeper into issue.

Matthew Mallon, Editor
John Pekelsky, Art Director
Angela Gzowski, Photographer
Ashleigh Gaul, Writer
Between the Lines
Up Here

Stunning portraits and archival stills of women proudly bearing Inuit face tattoos accompanies a well-researched history of the tradition in this story about the experiences of the modern Inuit population practicing this ritual today.

Which do you think is most deserving of the award for Words & Pictures? Tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA15.

You can view the complete articles of all National Magazine Awards nominees at magazine-awards.com.

Tickets are on sale for the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala, Friday June 5 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.

Special thanks to Melissa Myers for her research.

NMA 2015 Nominees: Best Single Issue of a Canadian Magazine

The judging is complete and the nominees for the 38th annual National Magazine Awards have been announced. This year the judges have selected 6 finalists for the award for Best Single Issue, an award sponsored by Rolland Enterprises, Inc.

The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the National Magazine Awards gala on June 5 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. [Tickets & Gala Info].

And the nominees in Best Single Issue are…


Which is your favourite? Leave us a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA15.

You can view the complete articles of all National Magazine Awards nominees at magazine-awards.com.

Tickets are on sale for the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala, Friday June 5 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.