Best Canadian Essays 2011 features NMA winners

[This post has been updated] For the third year running, Tightrope books has published The Best Canadian Essays, an anthology of great Canadian non-fiction from the past year, edited by Christopher Doda and Ibi Kaslik. And like its two predecessors, the 2011 edition of Best Canadian Essays is chock full of National Magazine Award winners.

Among the seventeen works in this year’s Best Canadian Essays collection is “Lucky Strikes,” a droll meditation on cigarette smoking written by Mark Mann in Maisonneuve, which won a 2010 Gold NMA in the Humour category.

The other 2010 National Magazine Award winner in the book is “The Lizard, the Catacombs and the Clock,” an adventurous essay about the (literal) Parisian underworld by Sean Michaels originally published in the literary journal Brick. The piece took the Gold prize in One of a Kind.

Two other articles in the Best Canadian Essays 2011 book — “The Problem with Women” by Kelly Pullen (Toronto Life) and “The Enemy Inside” by Daniel Baird (The Walrus) — won Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards.

National Magazine Award-winning writers Nicholas Hune-Brown (“What the Elephants Know“; Toronto Life) and Mark Kingwell (“Wage Slavery…”) are also featured in the collection.

[Update Dec 23: As brought to our attention by a user comment, Best Canadian Essays 2011 features yet another NMA honouree: Kerry Clare‘s “Love is a Let-Down” originally published in The New Quarterly received Honourable Mention in the Personal Journalism category. Kerry, sorry we missed you in the first posting. Congratulations!]

Why should young writers and artists enter the NMAs?

Liam Casey, winner of the 2011 award for Best New Magazine Writer, accepts his award on stage at the NMA Gala.

[This post has been updated for 2012]

Few moments at the annual National Magazine Awards gala are as satisfying as discovering which talented up-and-comers are named Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer and Best New Visual Creator. Submissions in these categories are open to students as well as young magazine writers, illustrators and photographers whose early work in Canadian magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

The competition is open to work published during 2012 in either print or digital Canadian magazines. Individuals may enter their own work (see the full requirements here), but editors, art directors and teachers are encouraged to nominate the talented young writers and artists they’ve worked with, even discovered.

Here are just a few reasons we think you might want to enter:

1. It’s only $25 (plus HST) to enter these two categories; a hefty discount on the $95 entry fee for most other National Magazine Awards.

2. Students are encouraged to submit, and the awards are open to work published in college and university magazines as well as any other eligible Canadian magazine.

3. Three finalists will be announced for each award on May 1; they and their work will be promoted in NMAF publications and at the NMA gala.

4. While there is only one entry allowed per person, there is no limit to the number of submissions from a single publication.

5. The winner of each category will be announced on stage at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7, in a room full of Canada’s top magazine publishers, editors and art directors.

6. For each winner there is a cash prize — $500 — and the right to call yourself a National Magazine Award winner in every bio for the rest of your life!

7. The winner of each category will be recognized on stage at the gala; they and their work will be promoted in NMAF publications, press releases, promotional campaigns — anything and everything we can do to celebrate emerging creative talent in our industry.

8. The winner of Best New Magazine Writer joins a group of award laureates including Matthieu AikinsPatrick White, Chantal Srivastava, Jeremy Klaszus, Jonathan Trudel, Matthew McKinnon, Danielle GroenJean-François Bégin, Sophie Lees, Kris Demeanor and Larry Frolick.

9. The winner of Best New Visual Creator joins 2011 winner The Coveteur and 2009 winner Byron Eggenschwiler, a multiple NMA winner who also designed the creative for the 33rd National Magazine Awards (left).

10. The greatness of Canadian magazines is sustained by the talented, innovative and dynamic young people who love what they do and work hard to do it. At the National Magazine Awards Foundation we, like the rest of the Canadian magazine industry, want to recognize and celebrate this. We can’t do it without you.

Read more about Best New Magazine Writer and Best New Visual Creator. The submissions deadline is January 16, 2013.

Canadian Periodical Fund is looking for a few good magazines

A note recently came our way courtesy of the Canadian Periodical Fund at the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, and Canadian print and digital magazines should have a look:

The Canada Periodical Fund has just launched its Business Innovation 2012-2013 Applicant’s guide. This component offers project funding to eligible small and mid-sized print magazine and digital periodical publishing firms.

The guide and application forms can be found on the Canadian Heritage website:

All applications must be received prior to the project start date. We encourage you to submit your applications as soon as possible and preferably, four months prior to the beginning of your project.

For the Business Innovation for Print Periodicals sub-component, applications are accepted throughout the year. For the Business Innovation for Digital Periodicals sub-component, applications must be received by January 23, 2012.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the program:
Telephone 1-800-641-9221 (toll free in Canada) or 819-997-5539;

NMA winners comprise shortlist for B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

Yesterday the British Columbia Achievement Foundation announced four finalists for the 2011 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that all four have pocketed National Magazine Awards as well.

National Magazine Award-winning writer Andrew Westoll — who took the top prize in the Travel category in 2007 for an article in explore — made the B.C. shortlist with his new book, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary.

Also among the B.C. Award finalists is Montreal writer Joel Yanofsky, who won a 2008 National Magazine Award in the Personal Journalism category for “Bad Day,” published in the Malahat Review. Yanofsky’s new book is Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism.

Charlotte Gill, whose tree-planting memoir Eating Dirt made the B.C. shortlist, won an Honourable Mention at the 2007 National Magazine Awards for her writing in Vancouver Review. Similarly, B.C. finalist Brian Fawcett (new book Human Happiness) holds a National Magazine Award Honourable Mention from 1978 for his poetry in The Capilano Review.

Congrats to all four who made the shortlist. The coveted B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction includes a cash prize of $40,000. The winner will be announced in February, 2012.