Canada's History, Prairie Fire lead nominees for Maggie Awards

The 2014 Manitoba Magazine Awards (“Maggies”) nominations have been announced, and the 5 publications shortlisted for Manitoba Magazine of the Year include National Magazine Award winners Canada’s History and Prairie Fire as well as Conservator, Covet and Kayak.
(Border Crossings, recently crowned Manitoba Magazine of the Year at the Western Magazine Awards, did not make the list.)
Prairie Fire grabbed 7 of the 10 overall nominations in the 3 Arts & Literary categories–Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry and Short Fiction, while Canada’s History was also nominated for Best Cover Illustration, Best Mobile, Digital or Interactive Initiative (for its “Destinations” microsite), Best Editorial Feature, Best Regular Column or Department and Best Single Issue.
Other notable nominees include Anna Magazine, Ayoko, Cellar Door, CV2, Geez, Rhubarb and The Cottager.
The winners, including People’s Choice Awards, will be announced Thursday, October 2 at the Delta Hotel, Winnipeg.

Magazine of the Year Cottage Life on special display at Chapters Indigo

When the lights came up on the final prize of the 2013 National Magazine Awards, the 500 gala guests at The Carlu and the thousands following the show on Twitter leaned in to hear the following words: “The winner of the award for Magazine of the Year: Cottage Life.”
This month and next, you can find the latest issue of Canada’s Magazine of the Year on a special display at 91 Chapters and Indigo superstores across Canada, alongside many other National Magazine Award-winning titles as part of a new promotional partnership between the NMAF and Indigo Books & Music, Inc. This promotion is made possible in part, through funding from the Ontario Media Development CorporationContinue reading “Magazine of the Year Cottage Life on special display at Chapters Indigo”

Up Here, Western Living, Border Crossings among big winners at Western Magazine Awards

Last night in Vancouver the Western Magazine Awards Foundation presented its annual awards program, with Up Here winning the highest honour of Western Canada Magazine of the Year. The Yellowknife-based publication dedicated to life in Canada’s far north is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year; previously it was named Magazine of the Year by the National Magazine Awards Foundation in 2009 and continues to be one of the most impressive and entertaining periodicals in Canada.
Click here for the full list of winners.
Also among the big winners at this year’s WMAs:
Manitoba Magazine of the Year: Border Crossings
Saskatchewan Magazine of the Year: Saskatoon Home
Alberta / NWT Magazine of the Year: Up Here
BC / Yukon Magazine of the Year: Western Living
Best New Magazine: Homes & Living Calgary
Trade Magazine of the Year: AG Advance Journal
Vancouver Magazine won the awards for Best Art Direction and Best Photograph (People), while New Trail won for Best Illustration. Best New Writer went to Miranda Martini for her work in Alberta Views.
Brian Kaufman, the founding editor of the Vancouver-based lit-mag subTerrain, was presented with the WMAs lifetime achievement award.

 
Congrats to all the winners. Follow @WesternMagAward and #WMA14 for all the news, awards and chatter from last night’s big event at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside.
This post was updated to note the correct the winner of Best New Magazine.

WORN Fashion Journal to publish its final issue


It’s a bittersweet moment for all “Wornettes” as one of Canada’s brightest and coolest indie fashion magazines has announced its forthcoming Issue #20 will be its last.
Largely reader supported (with limited advertising) since it launched in 2005, WORN Fashion Journal created a niche as an alternative to the large, ad-driven glossy books by focusing its content on the culture of clothing rather than runway fashion trends.
Its community of volunteer staff, readers, writers and fans, who call themselves Wornettes, sustained the magazine for a decade with creative and personal stories, essays, ideas and spreads, as well as memorable launch parties for each issue.
A note on its Facebook page announced that pre-orders are being accepted for Issue #20, which will be published on November 22. A final WORN party, dubbed the Black Cat Ball, is in the works. Also:

Subscribers to WORN Fashion Journal will have the option to transfer their subscription to one of the following Canadian independent publications: Broken Pencil, Maisonneuve, Shameless, or The Walrus. All subscribers will receive an email with more information to the accounts associated with their subscriptions, but are encouraged to get in touch by emailing orders@wornjournal.com if they have any questions.

Earlier this year, WORN published a compendium of its first 14 issues called The WORN Archive (Drawn & Quarterly), which is also available on its website along with individual back issues.
WORN Fashion Journal was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2008, in the category Best Magazine Cover, for Issue #7. Best wishes to all Wornettes out there, and thanks for all the fashion.

NMAF partners with Indigo Books & Music Inc in Newsstand Promotion


The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to announce the launch of a nationwide newsstand promotion designed to increase awareness about Canada’s top award-winning magazines. This strategic partnership with Indigo Books & Music, Inc, part of the NMAF’s mandate to promote award-winning magazines and content, will run from September 22 to October 18. During this period, this year’s eligible winning publications will be featured in a special NMA display in 91 Indigo and Chapters superstores across the country.
More specifically, the objective of this initiative is to significantly increase single-copy sales of award-winning magazines by providing publishers with the opportunity to leverage their prestigious, nationally recognized award through a group marketing effort to increase newsstand sales, magazine awareness, and future subscriptions in a cost-effective manner.
While print publications are rising to meet the challenges and opportunities of the digital era, the newsstand remains a significant place of reader engagement. With this promotion, the NMAF’s goal is to provide magazines with a unique opportunity to showcase their award-winning status and to maximize their impact on the newsstand.
Participating magazines include Magazine of the Year winner Cottage Life, as well as award winners Azure, Chatelaine, ELLE Canada, FASHION Magazine, fshnunlimited (f.u.), Little Brother, Maclean’s, Prefix Photo, Sharp, Sportsnet, The Walrus, This Magazine, Toronto Life, and the United Church Observer.
We’ll be featuring each of these participating magazines here on the Magazine Awards blog in the coming weeks. And be sure to visit your local Chapters Indigo to check out the special NMA display. Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for more updates.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
For this promotional effort the NMAF acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and gratefully thanks Indigo Books & Music Inc. for their support of the NMA newsstand promotion. The NMAF would also like to thank CNW Group.
An agency of the Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film and television; book and magazine publishing; interactive digital media and music industries. www.omdc.on.ca