Presenting the Winners of the 2021 National Magazine Awards

The National Media Awards Foundation showcased the most impactful work published in Canadian periodicals in 2020 at the 2021 National Magazine Awards Winners Celebration hosted by Sandra E. Martin and live-streamed on our website (you can watch the broadcast here). Gold winners in creator-focused categories receive a $1000 cash prize, in addition to their award.  

If you are a Gold winner, please contact us with your mailing address in order to receive your cash prize and certificate. Certificates for Silver winners and Honourable Mention are available upon request. 

Winners and finalists can also celebrate their achievement by downloading Gold, Silver or Finalist’s seals here.

Showcase Highlights

  • Toronto Life is a six-time Gold winner, including for the prestigious Magazine Grand Prix, and a two-time Silver winner.
  • Katherine Laidlaw is the Gold winner in both Long-Form Feature Writing for “The Long Shadow of Elizabeth Wettlaufer,” published in Chatelaine, and Investigative Reporting for “Heartbreaker,” published in Toronto Life.
  • Sherina Harris is this year’s Best Emerging Writer for “The Butterfly Effect,” one of five Gold awards The Walrus has received.
  • Christina Frangou won both Gold and Silver in Feature Writing for “A Whole New Kind of Grief” and “Stealing Time,” both published in Maclean’s.
  • In total, Maclean’s has won two Gold awards and four Silver awards.
  • Maclean’s Magazine’s “Saving the Right” and The Narwhal’s “Wet’suwet’en matriarchs arrested as RCMP enforce Coastal GasLink pipeline injunction” tied for Silver in the Photo Essay and Photojournalism category. 
  • In a tie for Gold in Personal Journalism are Joshua Whitehead’s “Who Names the Rez Dog Rez?” published in The Malahat Review and Ish Aderonmu’s “They Called Me Prisoner 183645,” published in Toronto Life. 
  • The Malahat Review’s second Gold medal is in the category of One of a Kind Storytelling, for Erin Soros’ “Cord.” 
  • In addition to winning Silver in Long-Form Feature Writing for Susan Nerberg’s “Meltdown,” Broadview is also the Gold winner in Best Magazine: Special Interest.
  • Dînette is the recipient of two Gold awards, for Lifestyle Photography and the prestigious Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle.

Click here to see the full list of the winning showcase


The National Media Awards Foundation is incredibly grateful for the support of: the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts CouncilOntario Creates and Reader’s Digest Foundation. We are also thankful for the support of CCR Solutions, Cision, Magazines Canada and Very Good Studios.

A special thank you to the Rethink Canada team, who created this year’s stunning visuals and animations. 

Thank you to Vesselin Stroumsky, for developing the NMAF’s online submissions and judging platforms.

Our deepest gratitude to our roster of volunteer judges, who spent countless hours carefully evaluating the entries in this year’s competition.