Last Call for Outstanding Achievement Nominations

The Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is the most prestigious individual honour granted by the National Media Awards Foundation. While the 44th annual call for entries has closed, applications for this award remain open until March 2, 2021.

The award honours innovation and creativity, and is open to nearly everyone in the Canadian magazine industry: creators, editors, publishers, art directors, circulation experts, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, and production managers. Don Gillmor, Linda Spalding, Joyce Byrne, Penny Caldwell, and Kim Pittaway are just a few of the recent OA winners. For a full list of recipients—dating back to 1989—visit the Outstanding Achievement section of our website. 

To submit a nomination, please include a cover letter indicating the candidate’s name, title, and a summary of their career achievements, including links to or examples of their work, as well as at least two supporting letters from other individuals. Email the entire nomination (as one PDF file) to

Our sister programs are also seeking nominations for a number of special awards. If you would like to nominate a colleague or peer for the DPA’s Digital Publishing Leadership Award or the Emerging Excellence Award, you have until March 2, 2021. Last year’s winners were Dmitry Beniaminov and Jane Lytvynenko, respectively. 

On the NMA: B2B side, the B2B Leadership Award—recognizing outstanding career achievement, contributions to the industry, and overall leadership of a member of the Canadian B2B media industry—is accepting applications until March 2, 2021

To keep up-to-date with our springtime nomination announcements, follow us on Twitter (@MagAwards, @DPAwards, and @NMA_B2B) and sign up for our newsletter.

Final Call for Entries!

Mark your calendar: January 28, 2021 at midnight (EST) is your last chance to enter the 44th National Magazine Awards

For 2021, there are 29 amazing categories, two special awards, and seven categories that are part of our new, cross-programming initiative. And, if you’re a freelancer or a small magazine, we have a discounted rate for you! 

The submission process can be completed online (because of COVID-19, we are not requiring hard copies), and you can drop us a line at if you have any questions. 

Make sure to also check out 10 Great Reasons to Enter #NMA21 and 8 reasons why young writers and artists should enter the awards

Ready to start the submission process? Click here!

Our sister program, the Digital Publishing Awards, is also accepting entries up until January 29th at midnight (EST). There’s a $500 cash prize for gold winners in creator-focused categories, and submissions can be completed online

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Call for Entries: 44th Annual National Magazine Awards

Submissions for the 44th annual NMAs are now open! Canadian content creators and magazines are eligible to submit entries across 29 categories (plus the Magazine Grand Prix and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement) with Gold winners in Writing & Visual categories receiving a $1000 cash prize.

For 2021, there are also seven additional categories that are part of a new, cross-programming initiative with the Digital Publishing Awards and the National Magazine Awards: B2B. We invite NMA participants to enter their best work in these categories:

For 2021, there are also seven additional categories that are part of a new, cross-programming initiative with the Digital Publishing Awards and the National Magazine Awards: B2B. We invite NMA participants to enter their best work in these categories:

  • Best Editorial Newsletter
  • Best Podcast: News and Politics
  • Best Podcast: Arts and Culture
  • Best Online Video: Short
  • Best Online Video: Feature
  • Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
  • Best Virtual Event

For this initiative, all entries will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and winners will be announced across all three programs. Full details on the categories and submission requirements are here.

To save on fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 21, 2021. The final submissions deadline is January 28, 2021.

Freelancer Support Fund

Our Freelancer Support Fund allows independent writers and creators to buy one entry and get one free. Please note that the Fund applies to two entries for Writing & Visual categories only.

Small Magazine Rebate

Our Small Magazine Rebate allows magazines whose annual revenue is $200,000 or buy two entries for the price of one. The rebate operates on a first come, first served basis, so please apply early to ensure your magazine gets its free entry!

How to Submit

  1. Review the Categories, Rules and Submission Requirements
  2. Register online at
  3. Enter the details of each submission
  4. Pay the required entry fees

Please note that, in response to the challenges of this COVID-19 era, no hard copies are required this year. All entry materials can be uploaded to our online portal.

Download our Guide to the 44th National Magazine Awards for a handy reference to categories, criteria, submissions guidelines, rules, deadlines and more.


  • NMA Early Bird Deadline: January 21, 2021
  • NMA Final Deadline: January 28, 2021

Please note that the deadline to nominate a colleague for the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is March 2, 2021. Applications can be uploaded to our submission portal up until January 28, 2021. After that, please direct all applications to

Digital Publishing Awards

Canadian digital publishers and creators are invited to enter the 6th annual Digital Publishing Awards! The 2021 DPA lineup offers 25 exciting categories, including the Emerging Excellence Award and the Digital Publishing Leadership Award.

National Magazine Awards: B2B

Do you have some excellent business-to-business content from 2020? Enter it in the 3rd annual National Magazine Awards: B2B! There is a $500 cash prize for winners in creator-focused categories, and 18 categories to choose from this year, including the B2B Leadership Award.

Ready to Submit?

Click here to get started.

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