Your Guide to Summer Magazine Writing Contests

Summer is here and so are the writing contests. Quite a number of great magazines are hosting contests, awards and other opportunities for writers new and seasoned. Naturally, the chance of winning should not be your sole motivation; just by entering you’ll acquaint yourself with (and probably get a subscription to) a great magazine, plus you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of having put your hard work, creativity and talent out into the world.

Matrix Magazine: LitPop Awards
Sections: Poetry; Fiction; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 1, 2012
Prize: Round-trip ticket and accommodation to POP Montreal Festival in September; publication in Matrix
Entry Fee: $25

This Magazine: Great Canadian Literary Hunt
Sections: Fiction; Poetry; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 31, 2012
Prize: $750 plus publication for winners; prize packs for second and third place
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
AlsoThis Mag editor talks about Creative Nonfiction and the workshops included with this year’s GCLH.

The Walrus: Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry, juried prize and people’s choice prize
Deadline: July 31, 2012
Prize: $5000 and publication (juried winner); $1000 (people’s choice winner)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)

Antigonish Review: Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize & Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest
Sections: Poetry; Fiction
Deadline: July 31, 2012 (Fiction); August 31, 2012 (Poetry)
Prize: $600 (first); $400 (second); $200 (third); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)

Malahat Review: Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize
Sections: Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Prize: Publication in Malahat Review; interview with winning author
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)
AlsoMalahat Review has a number of writing contests throughout the year

Geist: Erasure Poetry Contest
Sections: Poetry (in an unusual way)
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Prize: $600 (first); $250 (second); $150 (third); publication in Geist; prize packs for HM
Entry Fee: $20 (includes subscription)

Other contests, further on the horizon for 2012 and 2013: 
PRISM International: Writing contests
Prairie Fire: Writing contests
Fiddlehead: Literary contests
WCDR Amprosia prose competition
CBC Literary Prizes
The New Quarterly: Writing contests
Grain: Writing contests
Event Magazine: Writing contests
Writers Union of Canada Awards

Ken Rodmell to be featured at upcoming Regional Design Awards

Designers and enthusiasts are getting ready to celebrate the best in design publishing at the 3rd annual Regional Design Awards Party–the Reggies–put on by Design Edge Canada, which takes place on Tuesday, June 26 at The Hoxton in Toronto.

Renowned art director Ken Rodmell, who received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards in 2000, will be honoured at the Reggies for his career achievements in design.

This event honours the winners and finalists of the Regional Design Awards, and includes special presentations to the “Best of Region” winners. Guests will also receive an advance copy of the Design Edge Canada Awards annual. Tickets are $20 at the door.

30% off Digital Subscriptions to National Magazine Award-winning Magazines

Magazines Canada’s digital newsstand, in partnership with Zinio, is offering 30% discounts on subscriptions to the digital editions of a host of magazines that took home awards at this year’s 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards.

Straight to your tablet, enjoy some great Canadian magazines such as Canadian Art, Cottage Life, Elle Canada, explore, Malahat Review, More, Outdoor Canada, The Walrus, This Magazine and Vancouver Magazine. Subscribe today!

Congratulations to the Winners of the Western Magazine Awards

In addition to winning Magazine of the Year, Vancouver Magazine also won for Best Cover for June 2011; Art Direction by Randall Watson.

The winners of the 30th anniversary Western Magazine Awards were announced Friday night at a ceremony in Vancouver. Vancouver Magazine was named the Western Canada Magazine of the Year, while the new publication Eighteen Bridges won four awards, including Best New Magazine, Magazine of the Year for Alberta/NWT, Best Article for Alberta/NWT (Chris Turner, “Bearing Witness”) and Best Article in Arts, Culture and Entertainment (Don Gillmor, “All In“).

Vancouver Magazine led all publications with 7 awards, followed by Eighteen Bridges with 4 and Swerve with 3.

Five-time National Magazine Award winner Byron Eggenschwiler won for Best Illustration.

Alberta Oil won Gold for Best Trade Magazine.

Alberta Oil, which won the Kenneth R. Wilson Award for Magazine of the Year earlier this month, won that honour once again in the trade magazine category at the WMAs. The Tyee won the new award for Best Online Magazine.

The award for Student Writing, sponsored by the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation, went to Stacey Hopper for writing in Pacific Rim Magazine.

See the complete list of winners at

Promote your National Magazine Award with Cover Seals

Attention National Magazine Award-nominated and -winning magazine publishers, editors and art directors: Promote your success at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards with our official winners’ and finalists’ seals.

Adorn your covers, acknowledgement pages, promotional materials and websites with these creative designs to promote to your readers the excellence of your magazine and the writers and artists who contribute to that success.

Contact the NMAF office to request the seals in .pdf or .eps format.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is honoured to congratulate you on your success this year.