Final Call for Entries

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The early bird deadline has passed, but you still have until January 22nd at midnight ET to get your entries in for the 43rd annual National Magazine Awards. This year, there are 29 categories, recognizing the best of what Canada’s creators have to offer. Categories range from Personal Journalism to Lifestyle Photography, with discounts available to Freelancers and Small Magazines

The submission process can be completed online, and questions (if you have them) can be sent to staff@magazine-awards.com

Ready to start the submission process? Click here!

Our sister program, the Digital Publishing Awards, is also accepting entries up until January 23rd. Individual creators who win gold receive a $500 cash prize, and submissions can be completed online.

Early Bird Deadline for the 43rd Annual National Magazine Awards

National Magazine Awards Early Bird Deadline Reminder.

Early birds, you’re almost out of time! Get your entries in by January 15, 2020 to save on entry fees. Regular rates will then resume, until the final submissions deadline on January 22, 2020.

So, ready to get started? Follow these six, simple steps to submit an entry:

  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 
  6. Courier hard copies (if required)

You can also download our handy 2020 NMA Submissions Guide, for full details on the award categories.

Freelancer Support Fund & Small Magazine Rebate

Here are the full details on the Freelancer Support Fund and the Small magazine Rebate. Gold winners in writing and visual award categories will receive a $1000 cash prize, while our year-long national publicity efforts aim to promote all finalists and winners.

The NMA team is always happy to answer your questions and assist with the submissions process. Shoot an email to staff@magazine-awards.com, or give us a call at 416-939-6200.

Looking for digital categories? Visit digitalpublishingawards.ca for our roster of categories and submissions requirements. Submissions to the DPAs are open until January 23rd, 2020.

If you’re a B2B publication eager to have your magazine’s excellence recognized, head on over to nmab2b.com for program details. The final submissions deadline for the NMA: B2B program is January 17, 2020.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

Categories Announced for the 43rd National Magazine Awards

The 43rd Annual Category Lineup for the National Magazine Awards.

The NMAF is pleased to announce the lineup of categories for the 2020 National Magazine Awards. The revised program features 29 categories, including one brand new category. We’ve also re-named Best New Magazine Writer to Best Emerging Writer, making slight changes to the submissions and eligibility requirements. Check out the full details here

Writing and Visual Awards: 

  1. Long-form Feature Writing: 6000+ *NEW*
  2. Long-Form Feature Writing
  3. Feature Writing
  4. Short Feature Writing
  5. Columns
  6. Essays
  7. Investigative Reporting
  8. Fiction
  9. Personal Journalism
  10. Poetry
  11. Profiles
  12. Service Journalism
  13. Best Emerging Writer
  14. Illustration (including Spot and Photo Illustration)
  15. Portrait Photography
  16. Lifestyle Photography
  17. Photo Essay and Photojournalism
  18. One of a Kind Storytelling

Editorial Awards:

19. Art Direction of a Single Article
20. Best Editorial Package
21. Art Direction Grand Prix
22. Editor Grand Prix
23. Cover Grand Prix
24. Issue Grand Prix
25. Publisher Grand Prix

Grand Prix: Best Magazine Awards

26. Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest
27. Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle
28. Best Magazine: Art, Literary, & Culture
29. Best Magazine: Special Interest

The NMAF will present the winners of the Magazine Grand Prix award and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 2020 gala, taking place in Spring 2020 in Toronto. 

If you’re interested in submitting to the 2020 NMAs, note that the call for entries open on December 2nd, 2019 and closes on January 22nd, 2020. To save on fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 15th, 2020. 

Our Freelancer Support Fund and Small Magazine Rebate will be available once again this year, ensuring that our awards recognize the best work from a broad range of Canadian creators and magazines. 

Call for Judges

The 43rd Annual Call for Judges for the National Magazine Awards.

The NMAF is currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the juries for this year’s National Magazine Awards. Our website has all of the information on our judging process and how to be a juror. Interested? Send an email to staff@magazine-awards.com with a few sentences outlining your professional experience.

Intern with the NMAF

The NMAF is excited to embark upon the 2020-2021 awards season, and we’re looking for excellent interns to tag along on the adventure. 

We’ve crafted our internships to check all of the boxes: a flexible schedule (the majority of the work can be completed remotely), the opportunity to get an inside look at the Canadian media industry and the NMAF’s operations, and the chance to enhance your communications, publicity, and event planning skillset. 

“The NMAF internship is a great opportunity for anyone starting out in the media, publishing, or PR industry. I’m really grateful that I’ve been able to make some excellent contacts while working for the NMAF”  – Krista Robinson, 2016-17 intern 

Day-to-day, interns will assist with administrative tasks and with opportunities in PR and social media—you’ll help us sort submissions, and prepare for one of Canada’s most esteemed cultural events—the National Magazine Awards gala. You’ll also have the opportunity to make a great first impression on writers, editors, publishers, and other members of the industry, making this internship a one-of-a-kind experience for anyone interested in the field of magazine writing or publishing.

“I think the internship broke down the industry into bite-sized pieces and made it seem less daunting. Working with a small team helped me see how other small editorial and similar teams manage to produce all that they do. Overall everyone I spoke to/ emailed/ interacted with were pleasant and excited about making quality Canadian magazines. (…) Working with the NMAF introduced me to countless future editors, co-workers, and collaborators.”  – Stephanie Philp, 2017-18 intern

We are hiring a Programming & Publicity Intern and a Social Media Marketing Intern. View the complete job postings here. When submitting your application, please be sure to include a cover letter, resume, and reference letter.

For the NMAF’s most up-to-date news, follow us on Twitter and visit us on Facebook.

10 Years of Excellence in Canadian Magazines

Over at the National Magazine Awards, we’re celebrating the last long weekend of summer by looking back at the best of the past 10 years in Canadian magazines. We’ve rounded up the smash reels that opened each gala, and we’re inviting you to reminisce with us. Sit back—ideally with a cold, summer beverage—enjoy these short, punchy videos, and vote for your favourite over on Twitter.


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Regrettably, we are missing the smash reel from the 33rd annual NMAs.


Follow the National Magazine Awards on Twitter, and visit us on Facebook. The call for entries for the 43rd annual awards will open on December 1, 2019.