The NMAF would like to wish you a happy holiday season! We hope you’ve had a great year and enjoyed all of your favourite Canadian magazines. Make sure to pick up the latest copy of NMA-winning publications at any Indigo Superstore across the country as we celebrate Canada’s best magazines. And remember: subscriptions make great gifts!
Just a reminder: Submissions to the 41st National Magazine Awards may be submitted at any time during the holidays. The final deadline for all entries is January 22.
For the past three years, the National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) has partnered with Indigo Books & Music Inc. to launch a nation-wide newsstand promotion designed to increase awareness about Canada’s best magazines published in both official languages. The NMAF is excited to announce the promotion will be continuing this year.
The participating 2017 award-winning titles will be displayed in a dedicated NMA newsstand frame in 89 Indigo superstores across the country. Specifically designed to help Canadian publishers make a statement on newsstands — a challenge in a market that is more competitive now than ever — this promotion provides a one-of- kind opportunity for magazines to increase their visibility and grow their newsstand sales and subscriptions.
Publications taking part in this initiative include 2017 Magazine of the Year winner Cottage Life, as well as nominees and award winners Arc Poetry, Brick, Canadian Notes & Queries, Caribou, Chatelaine, Châtelaine, ChickaDEE, Esse Arts + Opinions, FASHION Magazine, Geist, GRAND, Jeu Revue de théâtre, L’actualité, Literary Review of Canada, Maclean’s, MusicWorks, Nouveau Projet, Prairie Fire, Prefix Photo, Ricardo, SAD Mag, The Feathertale Review, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, THIS Magazine, Toronto Life and United Church Observer.
The NMAF, whose mandate is to recognize and promote award-winning Canadian magazines and content, strives to implement initiatives that help publications thrive in the evolving magazine industry. With this newsstand promotional campaign, made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Foundation is providing publishers with a distinctive opportunity to leverage their prestigious distinction, maximize their impact on newsstands and bolster their readership.
Visit any Indigo Superstore to see the Best Magazines of 2017.
Off the Page is a regular interview series featuring National Magazine Award winners. Recently we caught up with Daniel Fish, the senior editor of Precedent, a quarterly magazine curated for Toronto lawyers. Fish won the Gold medal for best professional article for his exclusive feature on former attorney general Michael Bryant. Precedent last won gold in 2014 for Raymond Biesinger’s illustration A Well-Oiled Machine.
Can you tell me a bit about how your first got the Bryant story?
Sure! I guess that’s going back to the winter of 2015. Sean Robichaud, a criminal lawyer who runs his own law chambers, had mentioned to Melissa Kluger (editor and publisher of Precedent) that she might be interested to know that a high profile person just joined his new chambers—it was Michael Bryant. When she told me, I didn’t immediately know the story was going to have the kind of richness that would be required for a long cover story. But it was interesting enough, even just the fact that he was getting back into the game after people hadn’t seen him in so long would’ve at least justified a short front of book news piece.
The feedback was fairly positive, which was also gratifying. Overall both readers and people from outside of the legal world seemed to be inspired, which wasn’t necessarily the goal of the piece, but they were inspired nonetheless by him trying to make the most meaningful second half of his career as he could. I think people read it and were pleased to hear someone who once perched atop the justice system speak candidly about its flaws. I think people who are in the trenches (so to speak) of defense law—prosecutors and crowns—they know that the system has its problems and so to hear someone like Michael Bryant give voice to that was somewhat satisfying. And I think people just enjoyed the yarn. We don’t write that many 4500 word single profiles.
Interview conducted by Stephanie Philp.
The call for entries for the 2018 National Magazine Awards is open now until January 22.
(1) Bryant was charged with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing the death of cyclist Darcy Sheppard in 2009. The charges were eventually dropped.
The 2018 National Magazine Awards are open for submissions. Enter your best magazine work for awards in 29 written & visual, editorial and best magazine categories. Writing and Visual Awards include a cash prize of $1000 to the Gold Medal winners. Digital content is eligible in most categories. The early-bird deadline for entries is January 15. Final deadline is January 22.
FREELANCER SUPPORT FUND
Last month the NMAF announced a new program for freelancers to save 50% on their first two entries to the National Magazine Awards. Find out more.
SMALL MAGAZINE REBATE
Magazines with under $200,000 in annual revenue may be eligible for the Small Magazine Rebate, equal to 1 FREE ENTRY. Find out more.
Find out how to get involved as a judge for the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards.
HOW TO SUBMIT
1. Review the Categories, Rules, FAQ
2. Register online at submissions.magazine-awards.com
3. Enter the details of each submission
4. Upload a PDF of each submission
5. Pay the required entry fees ($100 for most entries)
6. Courier hard copies (if required)
DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
The 2018 Digital Publishing Awards will feature 24 awards recognizing excellence by the creators of Canadian Digital Publications, including online and tablet magazines. Submissions for the 3rd annual Digital Publishing Awards will open on January 2.
January 15: NMA Early Bird Deadline
January 22: NMA Final Deadline
We’ll be announcing the details of the 41st National Magazine Awards gala later this Spring. Stay tuned right here on the NMA blog.
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