Call for Judges: 42nd National Magazine Awards

NMA CfJ19.pngAt the National Media Awards Foundation, we’re getting ready to honour the best in Canadian magazine and digital journalism, at the 42nd annual National Magazine Awards and the 4th annual Digital Publishing Awards. We’re currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the juries for the 2018 awards programs, and join the great tradition of recognizing achievement by the creators of Canadian magazines and digital publications.

Ideal candidates should fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • Internationally renowned journalist, editor, designer or other expert with an interest in supporting the NMAF fulfill its mission;
  • Editor, art director, publisher, web editor or other staff member (past or present) of a Canadian magazine, whether or not your publication participates in the National Magazine Awards or Digital Publishing Awards;
  • Freelance or staff writer, illustrator, photographer or digital creator, where a significant portion of your work is in Canadian publications (especially if you have been nominated for or won a National Magazine Award or Digital Publishing Award yourself);
  • Journalist (print, broadcast, digital) with expertise in a particular field represented by one or more NMA or DPA categories (such as photojournalism, service, arts & culture, fiction, poetry, etc);
  • Academic or industry leader with expertise in a particular field;
  • Professionals and leaders from related cultural sectors, including the visual arts (film and television), the literary arts (book writing & publishing) and the performing arts (theatre, music);
  • Bilingual: Not all of our judges need be bilingual, but all awards juries will have at least one bilingual member.

The NMAF welcomes applications from individuals who bring different industry perspectives – from recognized leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We also aim for the judging panels to reflect our country’s diverse Indigenous, cultural, and regional communities.

Judging will take place during February and March 2019. Contact us at staff@magazine-awards.com for more information or to nominate someone to the jury.
The NMAF is proud to have some of Canada’s most respected journalists and experts serve on its past juries.

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Judging the NMAs allows you to keep tabs on industry leaders, validate someone’s hard work, and boost a worthy talent’s own career. It’s also an easy way to give back to a community that has given all of us so much.
Arjun Basu, Senior Vice President, Product at Bookmark Content and Communications, Montreal, QC


stevesI judge for the NMAs because I want to give back to the magazine industry and contribute its health. It also gives me the chance to see where other magazines in the country are having their successes.
Steven Sandor, Editor, Avenue Edmonton, AB


The NMAs focus on creators, the people who are create the work that makes everything else possible. Given all of the challenges that creators face in earning a living, participating in a process that recognizes and rewards their efforts is, I think, important and valuable work.
Kim Pittaway, former editor, Chatelaine, and journalism teacher, Dartmouth, NS

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Shiraz Janjua, writer and producer, Toronto, ON


I think the NMAs themselves are a valuable measure of the accomplishments of Canadian magazine writers and editors. As to the process, we were given sufficient time and a workable structure both leading up to and in the conversation itself. My fellow judges offered interesting insights into the work considered and the process was both engaged and congenial.
Kim Jernigan, former editor, The New Quarterly, Waterloo, ON


steve_for_linkedinServing as a judge for the National Magazine Awards, which I have done for at least ten years, is always a highlight of my reading year. It’s like receiving an engaging anthology of great writing by exciting emerging writers, masterful old pros, and hidden treasures. And you get the honour of choosing the best of a wonderful bunch! What could possibly be better?
Stephen Trumper, Writer, Editor, Teacher, Volunteer, Toronto, ON


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Brent Morrison, Art Director, Swerve magazine, Calgary, AB


 

I enjoy the process because it gives me the opportunity to contribute both individually and collectively. Entering my own scores for each entry validates the time I spend reviewing and assessing each submission; discussing my assessments with the other judges during our conference call provides the opportunity to weigh the value of those assessments against the opinions of other industry experts and (on occasion) to argue in favour of work which I feel may have been undervalued.
Dawn Chafe, Executive Editor, Atlantic Business Magazine, St. John’s, NL


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Judging the National Magazine Awards, in the Poetry category, was a great experience. There is so much excellent writing out there, and it was a glimpse into the great diversity of publication going on across the country.
Wayde Compton, Writer, Vancouver, BC


Having been involved since the 1980s, as a board member, president (1991) a member of a special review committee (Strategic Speculation) and a frequent judge, I have a real investment in the event. What I like most of all is the emphasis the awards have nurtured of rewarding the effort of individual creators (rather than the publications, which get to bask in the reflected glory anyway.) Some no longer seem to value, or understand, this. But it is one of the things which makes the MagAwards special.
D.B. Scott, publisher, Canadian Magazines blog, Cambridge, ON


I enjoy the chance to dive deep into excellent work that I might have missed the first time around. It’s also a chance to (literally) cast my vote for storytelling that serves the reader and the material, not just the reputation of the writer or magazine.
Susan Catto, editor, Hello! Canada, Toronto, ON

The NMAF is a bilingual, not-for-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to foster, recognize and promote editorial excellence in Canadian publications. Submissions will open in December for awards honouring the best in Canadian magazines in 2018. The 42nd National Magazine Awards gala and the 4th annual Digital Publishing Awards soiree will be held in the spring of 2019.

For more information, please contact staff@magazine-awards.com.

Cover Grand Prix: 41st National Magazine Awards Nominees

What makes a magazine unputdownable? It arguably starts with what makes us pick one up: a bright, moving and eye-catching cover.
On May 1st we announced the nominees for the 41st National Magazine Awards, and we are excited to welcome Canada’s best writers, artists, editors, art directors, and more to the gala on June 1st[Tickets]

Here’s a close-up look at the nominees for Cover Grand Prix.


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Going North

Cottage Life
Michelle Kelly, editor
Kim Zagar, art director


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LGBT+

esse arts + opinions
Sylvette Babin, editor
Studio Feed, art direction


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40 Years of Style

FASHION magazine
Noreen Flanagan, editor
Brittany Eccles, art director


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Your. Best. Summer. Ever.

FASHION magazine
Noreen Flanagan, editor
Brittany Eccles, art director


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Summer 2017, Men’s Edition

Globe Style Advisor
Andrew Sardone, editor
Benjamin MacDonald, art director


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Issue 64

Maisonneuve
Andrea Bennett, editor
Monika Waber, art director


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Truth First

New Trail
Lisa Cook, editor
Marcey Andrews, art director


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Love Your Body

NOW Magazine
Michelle da Silva, editor
Michelle Wong, art director


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Tim Hortons Meets the Machine

Report on Business
Duncan Hood, editor
Domenic Macri, art director


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Escaping America

The Walrus
Jessica Johnson, editor
Paul Kim, art director


The winner of the Cover Grand Prix will be announced on June 1st at the 41st NMA Gala in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now.
Check out all the nominees for the 41st National Magazine Awards.
Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for all the nominations news and an awesome live feed on the night of the gala. #NMA18.

Winners’ Circle: an exclusive event from the National Media Awards Foundation

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On Tuesday, May 29, the NMAF will present Winners’ Circle, a special event that will bring together award-winning and nominated writers, editors, artists, art directors to meet, mingle, pitch and learn about the value of diversity.
All National Magazine Awards winners, and past and current finalists are invited to join us at One King West Hotel in Toronto, from 12pm to 2:30pm for this exciting learning and networking activity. The event is FREE and includes a lunch for attendees.
The Value of Diversity: A Panel Discussion
The two-part event will begin with a panel discussion moderated by the national columnist for StarMetro, Vicky Mochama. A regular columnist for the Toronto Star, Vicky writes about issues at the intersections of race, politics, gender and migration.
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Vicky will be joined by panel members Andree LauEternity MartisHadiya Roderique and Kyle Edwards for a discussion around the theme of diversity in the media.

 
Fast Pitch
After the panel presentation, it’s time to mingle and network with your peers. We’ll be facilitating introductions between writers, artists, editors and art directors. If you’re planning to attend and would like to have a chance to sit down with an award-winning writer/artist or an award-winning magazine editor or art director, let us know: events@magazine-awards.com.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you on May 29 from 12 to 2:30pm at One King West Hotel in downtown Toronto.
All nominees and winners from the National Magazine Awards are invited to attend. Contact us to RSVP or request more information. Please RSVP by May 23. Space is limited and available on a first come basis.

Announcing the Nominees of the 2018 National Magazine Awards

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Congratulations to the finalists of the 41st National Magazine Awards. The winners will be presented at the NMA Gala on June 1, 2018 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Tickets are on sale at magazine-awards.com.

Nominations List (PDF)
Gala Info & Tickets
Version française

This year, 197 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—entered the best of their editorial and design to the National Magazine Awards, submitting the work of more than 2000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators.
The NMAF’s 150 volunteer judges have nominated a total of 208 submissions from 81 different Canadian magazines for awards in 29 written, visual, integrated and special categories.
Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on June 1, at the 41st National Magazine Awards gala. Gold winners in Writing and Visual Awards categories receive a cash prize of $1000.
Credit Changes: The deadline to make any changes to your nomination credit is Friday May 4. Email staff@magazine-awards.com to make any credit changes to your nomination.
For sponsorship enquiries please contact NMAF Managing Director Barbara Gould at staff@magazine-awards.com.

Grand Prix: Best Magazines

Nominees – Best Magazine: General Interest
 
 

Nominees – Best Magazine: Service
 
 

Nominees – Best Magazine: Lifestyle
 
 

Nominees – Best Magazine: Fashion & Beauty
 
 

Nominees – Best Magazine: Special Interest
 
 

Nominees – Best Magazine: Art & Literary
 
 

Editorial Awards

Nominees – Editor Grand Prix
 
 

Nominees – Art Direction Grand Prix
 
 

Nominees – Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article

 
 

Nominees – Best Editorial Package
 
 

Nominees – Cover Grand Prix
 
 

Writing & Visual Awards

Nominees – Long-Form Feature Writing
 
 

Nominees – Feature Writing
 
 

Nominees – Short Feature Writing
 
 

Nominees – Columns
 
 

Nominees – Essays
 
 

Nominees – Investigative Reporting
 
 

Nominees – Fiction
 
 

Nominees – Personal Journalism
 
 

Nominees – Poetry
 
 

Nominees – Professional Article
 
 

Nominees – Profiles
 
 

Nominees – Service Journalism
 
 

Nominees – Best New Magazine Writer
 
 

Nominees – Illustration
 
 

Nominees – Portrait Photography
 
 

Nominees – Lifestyle Photography
 
 

Nominees – Photojournalism & Photo Essay
 
 

Nominees – One of a Kind Storytelling
 
 

Congratulations to all of the nominees!
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
We are also thankful for the support of CDS Global, the Reader’s Digest FoundationCisionGoetz StorytellingImpresa CommunicationsMagazines CanadaRedPoint Media and Marketing SolutionsRolland Paper, SoliscoThe Arcadian CourtVery Good Studios and the Feathertale Review
For sponsorship enquiries please contact NMAF Managing Director Barbara Gould at staff@magazine-awards.com.
GALA TICKETS
The NMAF will welcome Canada’s top writers, artists, editors, art directors, publishers and other creators to the 41st annual National Magazine Awards gala. Gold, Silver, and Honourable Mention awards will be announced on June 1, 2018 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now at magazine-awards.com.
Gold winners in Writing and Visual Awards categories receive a cash prize of $1000. Silver winners receive an awards certificate. All other finalists receive Honourable Mention.
CREDIT CHANGES
The deadline to make any changes to nominations credit is Friday, May 4, 2018. Email staff@magazine-awards.com to make any credit changes to your nomination.
Download the complete list of nominations (PDF) to check your nominations credit.
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Paid Internship with the National Media Awards Foundation

Indigenous Community Outreach Intern: the National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is seeking applications for one paid Internship position beginning in May 2018.
Description: This initiative, made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, is designed to provide a young Indigenous individual with the unique opportunity to develop their communication and writing skills, broaden their network, and gain exposure in the magazine publishing community.
The role of the Community Outreach Intern is to help the Foundation deepen relations with Indigenous authors and publications; encourage the Indigenous publishing community to get involved as stakeholders in all aspects of NMAF’s programming and showcase the stellar Indigenous creators in Canada and beyond. The successful candidate will be reporting to the Communications Manager and the Managing Director and specifically will:

  • Create, launch and manage a national awareness campaign of the National Media Awards Foundation’s programs among Indigenous creators, artists and magazine professionals;
  • Research and create a database of Indigenous publications and creators;
  • Initiate outreach initiatives to promote the National Magazine Award and Digital Publishing Awards Call for entries;
  • Support for the submissions process, judging process, and awards production.
  • Handle communications and outreach with the Indigenous magazine industry
  • Assist with the research and production of content featuring award-winning Indigenous creators for the NMAF blog and other social media channels;
  • Assist with other ongoing projects to promote the NMAF and its various initiatives.

 
Requirements:

  • Familiar with the Indigenous publishing community
  • Pursuing or recently completed a degree or diploma in the fields of Communications, Publishing, Administration, Public Relations, Journalism or similar;
  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and on deadline with goal-oriented projects;
  • Solid writing and editing skills;
  • Career aspirations in the Canadian magazine industry or similar;
  • Strong interest in fulfilling the mandate and vision of the National Media Awards Foundation.

The individual must be Indigenous.
Opportunities:

  • Gain practical knowledge of the Canadian magazine industry;
  • Play an important role in the execution of NMAF projects and events;
  • Make a great first impression on writers, editors, publishers and other members of the industry;
  • Enhance your skill set in communications, publicity, administration, writing, editing and non-profit organizations;
  • Learn more about Canadian magazines from the NMAF’s wonderful team of staff, board members and stakeholders;
  • Participate in two of Canada’s most cherished and important cultural programs, the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards.

Terms and Remuneration: The length of the contract will be from May 2018-May 2019. The average weekly commitment is 10 hours per week. Working hours are flexible, and the work can be completed remotely. This internship is paid at a rate of $18/h.
Applications: Candidates should submit

  • A cover letter demonstrating their specific interest in the internship; and
  • A resume.

Please send applications by email to NMAF Communications Manager Émilie Pontbriand at emilie@magazine-awards.com.
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