The National Magazine Awards eBook: A Great Holiday Gift

The best gifts in life are free! The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards ebook is now available gratis for your iPad — or the iPad of your magazine-loving friend.

This unique collection of Canada’s finest magazine journalism includes more than 30 award-winning stories, covers and photography/ illustration collections, including the top winners from this year’s National Magazine Awards and the best of the best from the past 5 years.

Each individual piece maintains the look and feel of its original publication (The Walrus, Explore, Cottage Life, Toronto Life, Maisonneuve, Eighteen Bridges, Swerve, and many more), while the digital platform offers a dynamic interface with the award-winning content.

The perfect gift for the magazine fanatic. It’s portable. It’s educational. It’s fun. And it’s free.

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Great Books for the Holidays, all by NMA Winners

“Monkey Ranch” by Julie Bruck won the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry

While stuffing stockings and gift baskets with magazine subscriptions (Buy 2, Get 1 Free!; don’t forget Maisonneuve, Canada’s magazine of the year) may be your first priority this holiday season, we present our second annual holiday book guide to tempt you with yet more literary treats. (And perhaps our first annual guide may still be of interest.)

All of these books are by National Magazine Award finalists and winners.






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Spotlight: The National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer

Each year one of the most exciting moments at National Magazine Awards gala is discovering which hardworking young magazine journalist is named Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer.
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Submissions in this category are open to students as well as young magazine writers whose early work in Canadian magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

The competition is open to work published during 2012 in print, tablet or web-based Canadian magazines. Individuals may enter their own work (see the full requirements here), but editors, teachers and mentors are encouraged to nominate the talented young writers they’ve worked with.


  • Entry Fee: $25
  • Deadline: January 16, 2013
  • Requirements: Tear sheets plus a letter of recommendation
  • Finalists: A shortlist of 3 finalists will be announced May 1, 2013
  • Winners: The winner will be revealed at the NMA Gala on June 7, 2013
  • Prize: The winner receives a cash prize of $500, a certificate, industry recognition on stage, and promotion of their work in various NMAF publications and archive; the other two finalists will receive Honourable Mention, a certificate, various publicity, and their work will appear in the NMA archive.
  • More informationVisit our website for complete submissions and award details.
  • To SubmitClick here to register online.

Among last year’s three finalists, two were recent graduates of Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and the third was a young columnist for Maclean’s.

The winner was Liam Casey, whose award-winning piece “Suicide Notes” (Ryerson Review of Journalism) won over the judges with its passion and its courageous investigative reporting. Liam Casey is now a staff reporter at the Toronto Star.

"Suicide Notes" by Liam Casey in the Ryerson Review of Journalism. (Click image to read the complete article.)
“Suicide Notes” by Liam Casey in the Ryerson Review of Journalism. (Click image to read the complete article.)

The winner of this year’s National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer will join a group of award laureates that includes Matthieu AikinsPatrick WhiteChantal SrivastavaJeremy KlaszusJonathan TrudelMatthew McKinnonDanielle GroenJean-François BéginSophie Lees, and Kris Demeanor.

Check out some of our interviews with past winners and finalists for this award:

Read more about the award for Best New Magazine Writer. Read the full text of past finalists and winners in our archive.

Click here to submit. The submissions deadline is January 16, 2013.

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

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Best Canadian Essays 2012 features 7 National Magazine Award winners

The 2012 installment of The Best Canadian Essays has been released from Tightrope Books, edited by Ray Robertson and Christopher Doda.

Like previous editions of the book, The Best Canadian Essays 2012 features a number of National Magazine Award-winning stories by some remarkable authors celebrated at the 35th NMA gala earlier this year, and from previous years:

  • Alexandra Molotkow, whose article “My Cybersexual Education” (Toronto Life) was part of a series that won Gold in Editorial Package for 2011;
  • Paul Wilson, whose article “Adrift on the Nile” (The Walrus) about the Arab Spring won Gold in One-of-a-Kind;
  • Eric Andrew Gee, whose article “Our Tar Sands Man in Washington” (Maisonneuve) won Honourable Mention in Politics & Public Interest;
  • Chris Turner, whose article “Paradigm Shift” (Alberta Views) won Honourable Mention in Essays.

The book also features essays by former National Magazine Award winners and finalists Monte Paulsen, Ryan Bigge, and Jeet Heer.

Check out the complete list of essays from the 2012 edition and buy it at Tightrope Books.