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 https://submissions.magazine-awards.com/login
  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.

Deadlines

  • 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 staff@magazine-awards.com.

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.

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Categories Announced for the 44th National Magazine Awards

The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the lineup of categories for the 2021 National Magazine Awards. Our program for 2021 features 29 categories, plus two special awards and seven additional categories that are part of a new, cross-programming initiative.

Writing & Visual Awards:

  1. Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+
  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 (incl. Spot & Photo Illustration)
  15. Portrait Photography
  16. Lifestyle Photography
  17. Photo Essay & Journalism
  18. One of a Kind Storytelling

Editorial Awards:

  1. Art Direction of a Single Article
  2. Best Editorial Package
  3. Art Direction Grand Prix
  4. Editor Grand Prix
  5. Cover Grand Prix
  6. Issue Grand Prix
  7. Publisher Grand Prix

Grand Prix: Best Magazine Awards

  1. Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest
  2. Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle
  3. Best Magazine: Art, Literary, Culture
  4. Best Magazine: Special Interest

Special Awards:

  • Magazine Grand Prix
  • Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

Additional Categories

New for 2021, we encourage NMA participants to submit their work to the following categories, which will compete among those submitted to the Digital Publishing Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B programs. For this cross-programming initiative, all entries will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and winners will be announced across all three programs. For more information, please see our rules.

  • 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

The NMAF will present the winners of the 44th National Magazine Awards in spring 2021. If you’re interested in submitting to the 2021 NMAs, please note that the call for entries opens on December 21, 2020 and closes on January 28, 2021. To save on fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 21, 2021.

We have also made a change to our submission requirements in response to the challenges surrounding COVID-19.

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

Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

Though the 2020 Call for Entries has closed, we are still accepting submissions for the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award. Since 1990, this award has recognized an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.

Who’s eligible?

The award is open to nearly everyone in the industry—circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, creators, designers, production managers. Please note that it cannot be given posthumously. 

What do I need to enter?

  • A letter of nomination, including a brief bio of the nominee and a summary of their career achievements.
  • At least two (2) supporting letters from other individuals in the Canadian magazine industry or colleagues of the nominee.

There is no cost to nominate someone for the OA award. Simply send your submissions to staff@magazine-awards.com

Visit our website to view a list of previous OA winners. Recent winners include: Linda Spalding, Joyce Byrne, Penny Caldwell, Kim Pittaway, Michael Fox, and Kim Jernigan. 

Click here to download a PDF of everything you need to know about the award. 

Good luck to everyone who is nominated!

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!

Call for Entries: 43rd Annual National Magazine Awards

Submissions for the 43rd annual NMAs are now open! Canadian content creators and magazines are eligible to submit entries across 29 various categories, with Gold winners in Written & Visual categories, receiving a $1000 cash prize. 

To save on fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 15th. The final submissions deadline is January 22nd. 

Freelancer Support Fund

Our Freelancer Support Fund allows for independent writers and creators to buy one entry and get one free. Note that the fund applies to two entries for Writing and Visual Awards only. 

Small Magazine Rebate

We’re offering the second entry free to magazines whose annual revenue is $200,000 or less. The rebate operates on a “first come, first serve” basis, so apply early to ensure your magazine gets its free entry!

How to Submit

  1. Review the Categories and Rules
  2. Register online at submissions.magazine-awards.com
  3. Enter the details of each submission
  4. Upload a PDF of each submission and a JPG of the front page
  5. Pay the required entry fees
  6. Courier hard copies (if required)

Deadlines

January 15: NMA Early Bird Deadline
January 18: NMA Final Deadline 

Note that the deadline to nominate a colleague for the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is March 2nd, 2020. Please direct all applications to staff@magazine-awards.com.

Digital Publishing Awards

Canadian digital publishers and creators are invited to enter the 5th annual Digital Publishing Awards competition, starting December 9th, 2019. For 2020, there’s one brand new category—Best Feature Article. Full details on the categories and submission requirements are here

National Magazine Awards: B2B

Got some excellent business-to-business content from 2019? Enter it in the 2nd annual National Magazine Awards: B2B. There’s a $500 cash prize for winners in creator-focused categories, and there are 19 categories to choose from. Submissions open tomorrow, December 3rd, 2019

Gala

We’ll be announcing details on the gala in the spring. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates. 

Ready to Submit?

Click here to visit our online submissions portal.