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.
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 email@example.com, or give us a call at 416-939-6200.
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!
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:
Long-form Feature Writing: 6000+ *NEW*
Long-Form Feature Writing
Short Feature Writing
Best Emerging Writer
Illustration (including Spot and Photo Illustration)
Photo Essay and Photojournalism
One of a Kind Storytelling
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a few sentences outlining your professional experience.
The NMAF is excited to embark upon the 2019 to 2020 awards season, and we’re looking for an excellent intern to tag along on the adventure.
We’ve crafted our internship 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, the intern will assist with administrative tasks—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
Applications are due September 18th, 2019*. Here is the full job posting. 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.
* Please note that the application deadline has been extended to September 23rd, 2019.
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.
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.