The NMAF is excited to announce the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards, including five finalists for the prestigious Magazine of the Year Award.
This year, 197 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—entered the best of their editorial and design work to the National Magazine Awards, submitting the work of more than 2000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators.
Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on May 26, at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala. Gold Awards in most categories include a cash prize of $1000.
Top Nominated Creators
- Edmonton freelance writer Omar Mouallem leads all creators with 4 nominations for 4 different stories published in 4 magazines (Avenue, Hazlitt, Sharp, University Affairs).
- Writer Richard Kelly Kemick is nominated 3 times—twice in Fiction and once in One of Kind, which he won last year—for stories in 3 magazines (Geist, Maisonneuve, The New Quarterly).
- Quebec writer Catherine Perreault-Lessard is also nominated 3 times for 3 stories published in Châtelaine, L’actualité and Ricardo.
- Maclean’s writer Nancy McDonald is also nominated 3 times for 2 different stories.
- The Walrus writer/editor Katherine Laidlaw is nominated twice as a writer, and she is also the handling editor on 6 other Walrus stories nominated for National Magazine Awards.
- Other writers nominated twice include Bruce Livesey (Report on Business), Jason McBride (Canadian Art, Toronto Life), Mark Pupo (Toronto Life), and Nael Shiab (L’actualité).
- Illustrators Byron Eggenschwiler (Vancouver Magazine) and Gérard DuBois (L’actualité) are each nominated twice.
- Photographers Peter Ash Lee (Corduroy), Chris Nicholls (FASHION Magazine) and Virginia McDonald (Air Canada enRoute) are each nominated twice.
Magazine of the Year
The five finalists for Magazine of the Year—given to the magazine that most consistently engages, surprises, and serves the needs of its readers—are:
- Cottage Life, published by Blue Ant Media
- Explore, published by My Passion Media
- Nouveau Projet, published by Atelier 10
- Ricardo, published by Ricardo Media
- The Kit Compact, published by Star Media Group
Best New Magazine Writer
The five finalists for Best New Magazine Writer—given to the individual whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise—are:
- Kyle Edwards, “Yearning to Learn Ojibway” (Maclean’s)
- Viviane Fairbank, “Hot Mess” (Ryerson Review of Journalism)
- Amorina Kingdon “The Questionable Science of Vancouver’s Port Expansion” (Hakai Magazine)
- Eternity Martis, “Know Your History, Know Your Greatness” (Hazlitt)
- Sharon J. Riley, “Burning Bush” (Maisonneuve)
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
The NMAF is pleased to announce that Penny Caldwell, editor of the magazine Cottage Life is the recipient of the 2017 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Mentor, teacher, volunteer in several associations and juries, and fervent partisan of strengthening our community, Penny Caldwell marked the Canadian magazine industry indelibly. For her excellent sense of initiative in all the roles she has exercised, the Foundation is proud to give her the 40th anniversary Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Top Stories of 2016
The 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards honour the best in Canadian magazine journalism from 2016. Some of the most frequent topics that our judges saw among this year’s entries include:
Among this year’s nominees, some of the top stories include:
- “Justice Is Not Blind” (Maclean’s)—a nine-month investigation by Nancy McDonald and the Maclean’s team looking at the ways in which Canada’s justice system is biased against Indigenous people. Nominated in Longform Feature Writing and Investigative Reporting.
- “Company Province, Provincial Company” (Report on Business)—journalist Bruce Livesey’s investigative profile of the Irving family and the politics of New Brunswick’s energy sector. Nominated in Longform Feature Writing and Investigative Reporting.
- “The Fighter” (United Church Observer)—a stirring portrait of Willie Blackwater, a B.C. Indigenous man who survived a residential school and then led the fight for justice, written by journalist Richard Wright. Nominated in Longform Feature Writing and Profiles.
- “Love Your Body” (NOW Magazine)—a series of bold photographs by Tanja-Tiziana accompanying a set of profiles on the issue of body shaming. Nominated in Portrait Photography and Best Words & Pictures.
- “Whatever Happened to Michael Bryant?” (Precedent)—writer Daniel Fish investigates the life and times of the former Ontario Attorney General, whose involvement in the killing of a cyclist led to PTSD, years out of the spotlight, and finally a path to redemption. Nominated in Professional Article and Profiles.
- “Canada’s Best New Restaurants” (Air Canada enRoute)—the annual guide to Canadian culinary innovation by Andrew Braithwaite and the enRoute team is nominated in Service Journalism and Best Editorial Package.
- “Shocking Tax Tips You’re Missing Out On!” (MoneySense)—the annual tax guide by Bryan Borzykowski and the MoneySense team is nominated in Service Journalism and Best Service Editorial Package.
Top Nominated Magazines
Magazines nominated for their first National Magazine Award include:
- Atlantic Business Magazine
- Dînette Magazine
- East Coast Living
- esse Arts + Opinions
- Jeu, Revue de théâtre
- Pour parler profession
- The Kit Compact
- The Puritan
The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. We are also thankful for the support of Access Copyright, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, Bookmark, Canadian Media Guild, Canadian Writers Group, CNW, ExpertWomen.ca, Goetz Storytelling, Impresa Communications, Rolland Enterprises, Studio Wyse, TC Transcontinental Printing, and Very Good Studios.
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The NMAF will welcome Canada’s top writers, artists, editors, art directors, publishers and other creators to the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on May 26. Tickets are on sale here.
A limited number of tickets for nominated freelancers will be available at the discount rate of $35, thanks to the support of our Table Hosts, including Access Copyright, Bookmark, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, Canadian Media Guild, Canadian Writers Group, CDS Global, and ExpertWomen.ca. Learn more.
Gold winners in Writing and Visual Awards categories receive a cash prize of $1000. Silver winners receive an awards certificate. All other finalists receive Honourable Mention.
The deadline to make any changes to nominations credit is Friday April 28. Email to make any credit changes to your nomination.
Download the complete list of nominations (PDF) to check your nominations credit.
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