The 2019 National Magazine Awards Jury

The NMAF is excited to offer a preview of the 2019 roster of judges! Each year, the Foundation relies on the expertise of over 150 volunteer judges—editors, publishers, art directors, professors, writers, artists, journalists and readers of influence—to review the entries to the National Magazine Awards. To the individuals who volunteered their time and expertise to judge for the 42nd NMAs, thank you! Interested in joining the jury? There are still a few spots left.


kallianderson_2019nmajudge.jpgKalli Anderson is an award-winning freelance writer, audio producer and filmmaker based in Toronto. She is an assistant professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism.




Shashi Bhat’s stories have appeared in The Malahat Review, PRISM, The New Quarterly, Journey Prize Stories 24 & 30, Best Canadian Stories, and other publications. She won the 2018 Journey Prize and was a 2018 National Magazine fiction finalist. Her novel, The Family Took Shape (Cormorant, 2013), was a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. She is the editor-in-chief of EVENT Magazine and teaches creative writing at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC.

ArielBrewster_2019nmajudge.jpgAriel Brewster has been a senior editor at Today’s Parent for the past seven years. Before that she worked on staff at The Grid, Toronto Life, and The Walrus, and as a fact-checker at New York magazine. She has two young sons.



ThierryBissonnette_2019nmajudge.jpgThierry Bissonnette est professeur de littérature à l’Université Laurentienne (Sudbury). Il a publié de nombreux articles savants, ainsi que des recensions et des entretiens dans divers périodiques. C’est sous l’hétéronyme Thierry Dimanche qu’il a signé une dizaine d’ouvrages littéraires depuis 2002.


Marie-Christine Blais est journaliste culturelle. Elle a travaillé plusieurs années au quotidien La Presse , soit de 1992 à 2015. Également Chroniqueuse à la radio (PM, Indicatif Présent, Montréal-Express…) et à la télévision (Génération 90, Musicographie, Six dans la cité…), elle partage désormais son temps et son énergie entre différentes émissions à titre de spécialiste en musique populaire (Culture Club, Aujourd’hui l’histoire, Deux filles le matin…).

julianbravenoisecat_2019nmajudge.jpegJulian Brave NoiseCat is a correspondent at Real America with Jorge Ramos, contributing editor for Canadian Geographic and freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, The Paris Review and many other publications. He was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, Best New Magazine Writer in 2018. A proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen and descendant of the Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie, he resides in Washington, D.C.

pennycaldwell_2019nmajudge.jpgPenny Caldwell is the former Publisher and VP of Cottage Life Media. She was editor of Cottage Life magazine for 15 years before moving into the Publisher’s office in 2016. Under her leadership, the magazine won hundreds of national and international magazine awards. She has taught in Ryerson University’s Magazine and Web Publishing program and is past president of the International Regional Magazine Association and a former director of Canada’s National Magazine Awards Foundation. In 2017, she was presented with the NMA’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Recently, Penny left Cottage Life to return to freelance life, pursuing projects that stretch both her creative and her management skills.

ViolaineCharestSiguin_2019nmajudge_CopyrightRichmondLam.jpgViolaine Charest-Sigouin écrit pour des magazines depuis 15 ans. Elle a notamment été rédactrice pour ELLE QUÉBEC et Châtelaine, en plus de collaborer à de nombreuses autres publications. Elle est l’auteure du roman La brûlure. Crédit photo : Richmond Lam



eduardocorral_credit-mattvalentine_2019nmajudge.jpgEduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. His second book, Guillotine, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2020. He’s the recipient of Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize and the Hodder Fellowship, both from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.  Photo credit: Matt Valentine. 

SimonDiotte_2019nmajudge.jpgJournaliste indépendant, Simon Diotte prête sa plume à une multitude de publications, dont L’actualité, Les Affaires Plus et Coup de pouce. Il est aussi rédacteur en chef d’Oxygène, un magazine de plein air.


gilliandobias_2019nmajudge.jpgGillian Dobias is a producer specialising in films about architecture, design & culture. Her career in television began at the CBC where she worked on “The Journal”, “On The Arts” and “Fashion File”.  BBC commissions “The Desk” and “Counter Culture” followed and in 2007 Gillian joined the launch team at MONOCLE to head up the editorial & commercial films division. During this time she oversaw the production of a specially commissioned broadcast television series for Bloomberg TV. Now working as an independent Gillian is harnessing her background in international television production and online journalism to produce bespoke content for companies wishing to tell their stories in film.

StephanDussault_2019nmajudge.jpgJournaliste au Journal de Montréal, Stéphan Dussault a travaillé depuis 20 ans autant pour des publications économiques (Les Affaires) que de consommation (Protégez-Vous).



RalphElawaniRalph Elawani est écrivain et journaliste indépendant. Il est l’auteur d’une biographie du romancier et cinéaste Emmanuel Cocke, C’est complet au royaume des morts, et de l’essai sur la contre-culture Les marges détachables. Il a collaboré à plusieurs ouvrages collectifs, dont Bleu nuit, Satanic Panic, L’ère-seconde et Yuletide Terror. Son essai « Les identités victimaires », paru dans Nouveau projet, lui a valu le Grand prix du journalisme indépendant 2017 dans la catégorie opinion/analyse. On peut régulièrement l’entendre à Radio-Canada et lire ses textes dans Le Devoir, 24 images, Nouveau projet et LQ, ainsi que sur Spirale Web et Vice Québec. Crédit photo : Annabelle Moreau

aliciaelliott_2019nmajudge.jpgAlicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River living in Brantford, Ontario. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, Grain, The New Quarterly, CBC, Globe and Mail and Hazlitt, among others. She won a National Magazine Awards in 2017, and was chosen by Tanya Talaga to receive the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Prize in 2018. Her short story “Unearth” has been selected by Roxane Gay to appear in Best American Short Stories 2018. A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, her debut book of essays, is forthcoming from Doubleday Canada in March 2019.

toddfalkowsky_2019nmajudge.jpgOne of Canada’s leading design thinkers, Todd Falkowsky is a strategist, curator, and entrepreneur. He is the Innovation Director for his own firm, Citizenbrand Canada, a professor at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, and the editor and publisher of The Canadian Design Resource, Canada’s largest collection of design.

jennyferguson_2019nmajudge.jpgJenny Ferguson is Métis, an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice with a PhD. She believes writing and teaching are political acts. She is the creative-nonfiction editor and à la carte blog editor for carte blanche, where she welcomes pitches for blog posts from BIPOC, QT2S, and disabled writers, as well as writers from other marginalized communities. Border Markers, her collection of linked flash-fiction narratives, is available from NeWest Press. She lives on Osage territory and teaches at Missouri Southern State University. She also teaches at the University of British Columbia through their Optional Residency MFA program.

ValerieGaudreau_2019nmajudge.jpgJournaliste au quotidien Le Soleil à Québec depuis 2003, Valérie Gaudreau a couvert plusieurs secteurs dont les Affaires municipales pendant six ans avant d’être nommée directrice principale, information en 2017. Elle a aussi été chargée de cours au Département d’information et de communication de l’Université Laval. Elle est depuis 2016 une collaboratrice régulière à l’émission Médium Large à la radio de Radio-Canada et actuellement membre du comité exécutif de la Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ).

ArnaudGranata_2019nmajudge.jpgArnaud Granata dirige le média spécialisé Infopresse, qui couvre le monde du marketing, de la publicité et des médias au Québec. Arnaud est également auteur. Son dernier livre, Le pouvoir de l’échec a été publié en septembre 2016. Il est le concepteur et producteur au contenu de l’émission Dans les médias, diffusée sur Télé-Québec et à laquelle il participe comme collaborateur. Il est aussi le concepteur et le journaliste de la série documentaire 30 secondes pour changer le monde à Télé-Québec. Il commente aussi l’actualité des marques et des médias à l’émission Medium Large. Crédit photo : Julie Artacho

EricGrenier_2019nmajudge.jpgÉric Grenier est rédacteur en chef du magazine Profession Santé, créé en 2015 de la fusion des L’Actualité médicale et de L’Actualité pharmaceutique, et le plus important média spécialisé en santé indépendant de langue française. Diplômé en science politique, il a auparavant été chef d’information numérique au Journal de Montréal et Journal de Québec de 2014 à 2017 et rédacteur en chef du Magazine Jobboom, de 2006 à 2014. Il est journaliste professionnel depuis 24 ans.

MelissaGeurts_2019nmajudge.jpgMelissa Geurts is a New York-based creative director. Currently Melissa is the Creative Director at Hearst’s Good Housekeeping magazine, the largest women’s lifestyle magazine reaching an audience of 38+ million readers monthly. Beginning in 2014, Melissa worked alongside Editor-in-Chief, Jane Francisco, to reinvent the 130 year old brand to create a chic, modern and fresh redesign. At the magazine, Melissa is responsible for the creative direction of the monthly magazine including editorial conceptualization and design execution. Prior to her role at Good Housekeeping, Melissa was the Design Director at Chatelaine, Canada’s largest woman’s magazine and designer at Style at Home. She made the move to NYC in 2014 and is currently residing in Brooklyn, New York.

MelissaGuillemette_2019nmajudge.jpgDiplômée de l’UQAM, Mélissa Guillemette a débuté sa carrière au quotidien Le Devoir avant de prendre un virage magazine à la rédaction de Jobboom. Elle travaille aujourd’hui comme reporter et réviseure chez Québec Science.



saraharowitz_2019nmajudge.jpgSara Harowitz is the editor of MONTECRISTO Magazine, a Vancouver-based culture and lifestyle publication. She is the former editor-in-chief of NMA-winning SAD Magazine and has written for publications including The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and HuffPost Canada. Her Maisonneuve piece, “Kings, Queens and Everything In-Between” received Honourable Mention from the 2016 Awards in the Society category. Photo credit: Dennis Gocer / The Collective You.

davidhayes_2019nmajudge.jpgDavid Hayes is an award winning journalist and author. His articles and essays have appeared in publications such as Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail and The New York Times Magazine. He teaches Advanced Feature Writing at Ryerson University and is on the faculty of the University of King’s College’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction. These days he spends much of his time ghostwriting books.  

JeanBaptisteHerve_2019nmajudgeJean-Baptiste Hervé est un journaliste indépendant vivant et travaillant à Montréal.  Il a étudié le littérature et le cinéma puis s’est dirigé le plus naturellement du monde vers le monde radiophonique.  Il a animé pendant dix ans Cabaret Diaspora, une émission consacrée aux musique urbaines africaines et aux origines du chant afro-américain. Son travail est fortement influencé par le field recording, les chanteurs de blues, la rumba congolaise et les écrivains voyageurs. Il s’intéresse aux notions de transculturel, les rapports de co-habitation, les cultural studies, le vivre ensemble, l’oralité, la nordicité, le  post-colonialisme. Journaliste pigiste dans plusieurs médias populaires, il se spécialise surtout en musique et en cinéma documentaire.

jameshewes_2019nmajudge.jpgJames Hewes was a Publisher and Head of International at BBC Magazines. Part of the team that sold the business to private equity in November 2011, he was then Publishing Director for Top Gear, Good Food, Easy Cook and Lonely Planet Magazine and a Director of BBC Haymarket Exhibitions. He spent four years in Dubai, running Gulf News Publishing. Responsible for more than 30 product areas, he launched the group’s first consumer title in Arabic – wheels Arabic. Appointed President & CEO of FIPP in September 2017, he joined from The Art Newspaper, having been Interim CEO since December 2016.

jessicahotson_2019nmajudge.jpgJessica Hotson is the Creative Director of The Kit. Her career has covered the Canadian publishing landscape, including positions at FLAREGlow, Style at Home and Maclean’s. As The Kit’s creative director, she oversees the look and feel of the brand’s print, web and social platforms. She and her team conceptualize, plan and oversee endless photo shoots, as well as design countless pages for the brand’s paper editions. Jessica’s daily goal is to bring beauty and excitement to every aspect of The Kit, translating that joy to its readers, however they may interact with The Kit brand.

nicholashunebrown_2019nmajudge.jpgNicholas Hune-Brown is an award-winning magazine writer living in Toronto.





matthewinman_2019nmajudge.jpgMatthew Inman is the creative director for Spinning Top. Matthew has 25 years experience in the graphic design industry. His career started at International Publishers, Hearst UK and he went on to work as Group Art Director for the prestigious Blue Door Media and Seven publishing companies with a client base that included Next, Fortnum & Mason, BlackRock, Savills and Virgin Holidays. He was an integral part of successful pitches for Canada Post and the Dove brand in Canada.

1.jpgJude Isabella is an award-winning science journalist, concentrating on the environment, ecology, and archaeology with occasional forays into health. As a journalist she has worked for newspapers and magazines, on staff or as a freelancer.  She spent a dozen years as managing editor of YES Mag, Canada’s science magazine for kids. In 2015, she launched Hakai Magazine, an online publication focused on coastal science and societies. Jude continues to write for young readers. Her sixth book for kids, about the wolves of Yellowstone National Park for Kids Can Press, is slated for publication in 2019. Photo credit: Tobin Stokes.

marinajimenez_2019nmajudge.jpgMarina Jimenez has been a journalist for 25 years, and has worked for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC TV and Vancouver Sun and freelanced for Toronto Life and other magazines. She is the recipient of an National Newspaper Award and two National Magazine Awards. From 2008-2012 she was an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Media Studies; in 2009-10 she was the St. Clair Balfour journalism fellow at U of T’s Massey College. She currently works at the U of T as a Global Media Strategist. In 2011, she was named one of Canada’s 10 most influential Hispanic-Canadians.

EmmanuelKattan_2019nmajudge.jpgNé à Montréal, Emmanuel Kattan est directeur du British Council à New York. Il a étudié la philosophie à l’Université de Montréal et à Oxford, en tant que boursier Rhodes, et obtenu son doctorat à l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales à Paris. Il partage sa vie entre l’écriture et les relations culturelles. Il est l’auteur de trois romans parus aux Éditions Boréal : Nous seuls (2008), Les Lignes de désir (2012) et Le portrait de la reine (2013). Il collabore régulièrement à l’émission Plus on est de fous, plus on lit, diffusée à la Première chaî

ne de Radio-Canada.

jeremykeehn_2019nmajudge.jpgJeremy Keehn is a features editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. He was previously a news and business editor for, digital director of Harper’s, and senior editor at The Walrus.




sophiekohn_2019nmajudge.jpgSophie Kohn is a writer and editor with CBC whose writing has been featured in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Hazlitt, Outpost, Chatelaine, and The Globe and Mail. She was a 2018 finalist at the National Magazine Awards and performs stand-up comedy regularly around Toronto.



Julia Kramer is the deputy editor of Bon Appétit, where she has covered restaurants and food culture since 2013. Prior to that, she was a restaurant critic in Chicago for five years. Her work has appeared in the Best American Food Writing anthology, and she has been unsuccessfully nominated for a few James Beard Awards. She is a graduate of Pomona College.

MarieLChan_2019nmajudge.jpegMarie Lambert-Chan est rédactrice en chef du magazine Québec Science depuis 2016. Elle travaille depuis plus de douze ans dans la presse écrite. Elle a signé des articles sur la science, la santé, l’éducation, l’économie et les tendances sociales pour La Presse, Le Devoir, Québec Science, ELLE Québec, Affaires universitaires, entre autres.


emilylandau_2019nmajudge.jpgEmily Landau is a senior editor at Toronto Life, where she handles features. She has written for Toronto Life, GQ, Esquire, The Walrus and Hazlitt.



ClaudiaLarochelle_2019nmajudge.jpgClaudia Larochelle est auteure (Les bonnes filles plantent des fleurs au printemps, Les îles Canaries, Je veux une maison faite de sorties de secours – Réflexions sur la vie et l’oeuvre de Nelly Arcan, La doudou qui ne sentait pas bon, etc.) et journaliste indépendante spécialisée en culture et société. Elle a animé pendant quatre saisons l’émission LIRE sur ICI ARTV et elle reprend le flambeau en animant le webmagazine LIRE, dont le club de lecture en ligne compte plusieurs milliers d’abonnés. Elle est chroniqueuse sur ICI Radio-Canada radio et télé, entre autres à l’émission Marina et les vendredis en direct avec Patrice Roy au TJ 18h. On peut la suivre sur Facebook et Twitter : @clolarochelle. Crédit photo : Maude Chauvin

StephaneLauer_2019nmajudge.jpgStéphane Lauer est éditorialiste et chroniqueur au Monde après quatre années passées à New York comme correspondant. Diplômé du Centre d’Enseignement du Journalisme de Strasbourg (CUEJ) et de l’Institut des Études Politiques de Toulouse, il a participé à la création de la radio BFM avant d’entrer au Monde en 1994. Journaliste au service économie du journal, il prend la tête de ce service en 2008 avant de devenir éditorialiste en 2011.

AudreyLavoie_2019nmajudge.pngAudrey  Lavoie  est  cofondatrice et coéditrice de Caribou, un magazine indépendant sur la culture culinaire québécoise. Elle compte une dizaine d’années d’expérience  en journalisme, principalement dans le secteur de l’alimentation et de la gastronomie.


PascaleLevesqueC’est à l’émission Entrée principale de Radio-Canada qu’on peut voir Pascale Lévesque traiter quotidiennement d’actualité parmi les collaborateurs réguliers de l’animateur André Robitaille. Elle auparavant travaillé huit années aux sections arts et spectacle du Journal de Montréal. Outre la télé, où elle cumule les expériences de chroniqueuse (Pour le plaisir à Radio-Canada, Ménage à trois à V, Débat critique à MusiquePlus, Star Système à Musimax et En route vers mon premier gala à Vox) elle s’amuse aussi au micro de la radio. Les fidèles d’Ici Première l’entendent tous les vendredis au sein du grand plateau culturel de l’émission Médium Large.

sandramartin_2019nmajudge.jpgInformed by her rich and varied 25 years as a journalist and audience specialist, Sandra Martin currently heads family communications and content strategy for WE. During her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living, the magazine won numerous accolades, including Gold in the Best Media Web site category at the 2015 Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and maintained its place as the most-read paid women’s lifestyle publication in print and online. Previously, Sandra helmed the highly successful launch of Walmart Live Better/Vivre mieux Walmart, and served in senior editorial capacities at Today’s Parent. Her byline has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Cottage Life and MoneySense, among others.

herbmathisen_2019nmajudge.pngHerb Mathisen is the editor of Up Here magazine, based in Yellowknife, NWT.





SamuelMercier_2019nmajudge.jpgSamuel Mercier est research affiliate au département d’études anglaises de l’Université Concordia. Il a été rédacteur en chef du magazine Spirale, il est critique littéraire pour la revue Lettres Québécoises et il est également un collaborateur du magazine Nouveau Projet. Il est l’auteur d’un recueil de poésie, Les Années de guerre, publié en 2014 à l’Hexagone, et son prochain livre paraîtra chez le même éditeur en 2019.

ossiemichelin_2019nmajudge.jpgOssie Michelin is an award-winning Inuk journalist and activist from the community of North West River, Labrador and contributes to Canadian Geographic, the CBC radio and online, Briarpatch Magazine, APTN National News, and many other websites and publications. His photography and reporting on the conflict between Indigenous People and resource extraction has garnered international attention. Ossie was recently the Inuit editor of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada and is currently developing a nationally touring exhibition on Newfoundland and Labrador Residential School Survivors. He reports regularly on stories about Indigenous Issues, the environment, science, and the North with a capital N.

davidmichon_2019nmajudge.jpgDavid Michon is the editor of Icon magazine, and a managing editor of Monocle magazine and Winkreative creative agency. As an independent strategist and editor, he currently has a variety of creative projects, which includes a number of magazines and books. He continues to contribute journalistically to a number of titles, including Monocle, L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italia, Kinfolk, PIN-UP and others.

michaelmirolla_2019nmajudge.jpgMichael Mirolla describes his writing as a mix of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction and meta-fiction. Publications include three Bressani Prize winners: the novel Berlin (2010); the poetry collection The House on 14th Avenue (2014); and the short story collection, Lessons in Relationship Dyads (2016). Among his other publications: The Ballad of Martin B, a punk-inspired novella; three novels – The Facility; The Giulio Metaphysics III, and Torp: The Landlord, The Husband, The Wife and The Lover. 2017 saw the publication of the magic realist short story collection The Photographer in Search of Death. The short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology; and “The Sand Flea” was a Pushcart Prize nominee. During his spare time, Michael helps runs Guernica Editions, a literary publishing house. Born in Italy, raised in Montreal, Michael lives in Oakville, Ontario. For more, visit his website:

erikmohr_2019nmajudge.jpgErik Mohr has more than 15 years of experience as an art director and creative director and has received numerous industry awards for his book covers, magazine layouts and more. He has taught magazine design and given guest lectures at universities in Canada and the US. Erik currently runs his own design firm, Made by Emblem, where he and his team work on print and digital projects for clients like Leon’s, Save the Children, MaRS Discovery District and The Walrus Magazine.

christamorrison_2019nmajudge.jpgChrista Morrison (M.Phil with specialization in Science & Technology Writing, and post-grad Journalism New Media) works as Digital Pedagogy Specialist at McMaster University’s Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching. She has more than 5 years of higher-education and corporate in-class, blended and online instructional design and teaching experience. She taught in various Journalism New Media and Business programs in Canada and designed and facilitated training for The Institute For The Advancement Of Journalism and Media24’s New Media Publishing in South Africa. Her greatest successes have been identifying and implementing innovative social-collaborative digital pedagogical approaches to increase student engagement and learning performance. Christa has won an award for Best Multimedia Storyteller and a scholarship for being an Innovative Educator. She has been recognized as one of 30 Global Journalism Tool Experts in 2013. She served as a judge for the 2018 Canadian Digital Publishing Awards and has also been part of the judging process of the Global Online News Association Awards over the past three years.

philipmoscovitch_2019nmajudge.jpgPhilip Moscovitch is an award-winning Halifax-based writer who works in many different genres, including magazines, radio documentary, and comics. He is currently writing two books–one on Nova Scotia fermented foods and drinks, and another on changing understandings of psychosis and what they mean for those with the condition and their loved ones.

staceynewman_2019nmajudge.jpgStacey Newman is a Canadian author, journalist and photographer. She has been published in Canada and internationally as well as being the managing editor of a national magazine and editor-in-chief of a small press. Stacey has worked in publishing­ for close to 20 years. She is a senior content creator with a Toronto-based ad and design agency and is best known for her interview work and her documentary-style photography. Stacey is also an avid outdoorswoman, community advocate and volunteer.

JudithOliver_2019nmajudge.jpgAprès des études de littérature et de sociologie politique, Judith Oliver s’est tournée vers le journalisme. Elle est aujourd’hui la rédactrice en chef adjointe du magazine Nouveau Projet.




JeanNicolasPatoine_2019nmajudge.jpgJean-Nicolas Patoine est directeur de l’information au quotidien Le Soleil.



daniellepergament_2019nmajudge.jpgDanielle Pergament is the Editor in Chief of goop and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Travel Section. Prior to goop, she was the Executive Editor of Allure Magazine and Lucky Magazine. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and two children.


JoanieP_2019nmajudge.jpgAprès avoir occupé les postes de chef de section beauté et de rédactrice en chef chez LOULOU, puis de rédactrice en chef chez Clin d’œil, Joanie Pietracupa a œuvré pendant deux ans à titre de journaliste à la pige pour les magazines ELLE Québec, Coup de pouce, Châtelaine, Clin d’œil, Bel Âge et VÉRO, ainsi que pour La Presse+. Depuis 2017, elle agit à titre de rédactrice en chef multiplateforme au magazine VÉRO. En plus de travailler de concert avec les équipes des communications, des ventes et du marketing pour développer des projets qui contribuent à faire rayonner la marque sur le marché québécois, elle supervise les contenus magazine, Web et réseaux sociaux de la marque.

silviapikal_2019nmajudge.jpgSilvia Pikal is a journalist based in Calgary. She covers everything from health care to arts and culture for Alberta’s top magazines, and most recently won a 2018 Alberta Magazine Award for her feature writing. She is an associate editor for Where Calgary, and is a regular guest on CTV Morning Live, sharing her expertise on things to do and see in Calgary. Silvia is also one of the prose editors for FreeFall literary magazine.


michaelprior_2019nmajudge.jpgMichael Prior’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and anthologies across North America and the UK, including Poetry, Narrative, Ambit, The Margins, Verse Daily, Global Poetry Anthology 2015, The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series. He is a past winner of Magma Poetry’s Editors’ Prize, The Walrus’s Poetry Prize, and Matrix Magazine’s Lit POP Award for Poetry. His first full-length book of poems, Model Disciple, was published by Véhicule Press in 2016 and was named one of the best books of the year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His second book, Burning Province, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in Spring 2020. He currently teaches English and creative writing at Cornell University.

anickaquin_2019nmajudge.jpgAnicka Quin is the Editorial Director of Western Living and Vancouver magazines. Under her leadership, Western Living has become a regional brand with a national reputation, winning Best Home Design and Décor magazine in Canada in 2017 at the Canadian Magazine Awards; Vancouver magazine has also thrived under her tenure, winning Magazine of the Year at the Canadian Editors’ Choice Awards in 2017. Before joining Western Living and Vanmag, Anicka worked with Alternatives Journal and the alt-weekly id Magazine. She sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and works with Magazines Canada for their professional development series.

PascalRaiche_2019nmajudge.jpgPascal Raiche-Nogue est un journaliste basé à Moncton, au Nouveau-Brunswick. Il est chef de bureau aux affaires publiques et chroniqueur au quotidien provincial l’Acadie Nouvelle et collabore à l’émission Couleurs locales (Unis TV). Il est détenteur d’un baccalauréat en information-communication de l’Université de Moncton et d’une maîtrise en communication publique de l’Université Laval.

shaziahafizramji_2019nmajudge.jpgShazia Hafiz Ramji’s first book, Port of Being, received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry (Invisible Publishing, 2018). She was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards and the Alberta Magazine Awards, and her poetry and fiction have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and The Humber Literary Review, respectively. Her non-fiction and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Hazlitt, Canadian Literature, Quill & Quire, and the Chicago Review of Books. She recently appeared on CBC North by Northwest and will be a writer in residence with Open Book in March 2019. She lives on unceded Coast Salish land (Vancouver) where works as a publishing consultant and editor for various presses across Canada.

christinareynolds_2019nmajudge.jpgChristina Reynolds is a freelance writer, editor and journalist based in Calgary. She’s written about everything from fashion and travel to business and technology. She’s been the executive editor at ELLE Canada, the editor-in-chief of city magazine CalgaryInc, a television producer with CTV and BNN, and a newspaper writer and copy-editor with the Calgary Herald.

markrichardson_ebruyildiz_2019nmajudge.jpgMark Richardson has been writing about music, culture, and technology for more than 20 years and served as the Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor of the online music magazine Pitchfork from 2011 to 2018. During his tenure as Editor-in-Chief, Pitchfork won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in Digital Media, and Mark has served as a judge for the National Magazine Awards since 2014. He is the author of Zaireeka, a book in the 33 1/3 series about the Flaming Lips album of the same name. Mark has taught music writing at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and Columbia College Chicago and his work has appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Billboard, the Village Voice, and Washington City Paper. He has served on panels and delivered lectures on music and cultural criticism to students and professionals throughout the world.

mollyroberts_2019nmajudge.jpgMolly Roberts is a photographer, curator and photography editor, currently Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic Magazine. She is an advocate for powerful visual storytelling and human rights.She recently created the organization, HumanEYES USA to use strong visual storytelling to address significant social problems in the USA.Interested in changing the gender imbalance in the media, she is a director of Women Photojournalists of Washington, DC.

jessicarose_2019nmajudge.jpgJessica Rose is a visual journalist and Author based in London, UK and the Art Director of Wallpaper* magazine. She is currently writing a memoir ‘Just Us Kids in The Dark’ based on an article she wrote for Toronto Life magazine in Canada, and a graphic book ‘How to Sweep a Room’ for Lawrence King about design and everyday life.


selenaross_2019nmajudge.jpgSelena Ross is the editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve magazine. She has reported for the Washington Post, This American Life, the Globe and Mail, the Guardian and the CBC. She holds two CAJ awards for investigative journalism.


GuillaumeRoy_2019nmajudge.jpegGuillaume Roy est journaliste indépendant basé à Saint-Félicien au Lac-Saint-Jean. Diplômé en sciences de l’environnement et passionné de grandes aventures, il couvre l’actualité en lien avec les ressources naturelles, l’entrepreneuriat et le plein air. Il collabore entre autres avec L’Actualité, Québec Sciences, Espaces, Planète F, Beside et La Terre de chez nous. Il est également rédacteur en chef du magazine Opérations forestières.

MathildeRoy_2019nmajudge.jpgMathilde Roy est journaliste au magazine Protégez-Vous, où elle couvre la santé et l’alimentation. Tout en s’intéressant de près aux grands enjeux de société. Auparavant, elle a œuvré à titre de journaliste au magazine L’actualité. Elle est détentrice d’une maîtrise en science politique (affaires publiques et internationales) de l’Université de Montréal et d’un baccalauréat en journalisme de l’UQAM.

RodneyStEloi_2019nmajudge.jpgPoète, écrivain, essayiste, éditeur, né à Cavaillon (Haïti), Rodney Saint-Éloi est l’auteur d’une quinzaine de livres de poésie, dont Je suis la fille du baobab brûlé (2015, finaliste au prix des Libraires, finaliste au Prix du Gouverneur général), Jacques Roche, je t’écris cette lettre (2013, finaliste au Prix du Gouverneur général). Il dirige plusieurs anthologies. Il a publié Haïti Kenbe la! en 2010 chez Michel Lafon (préface de Yasmina Khadra). Pour la scène, il a réalisé plusieurs spectacles dont Les Bruits du monde, les Cabarets Roumain, Senghor, Césaire, Frankétienne. Il est l’auteur de l’essai Passion Haïti (Septentrion, 2016). Lui a été décerné le prestigieux prix Charles-Biddle en 2012. Il a été reçu en 2015 à l’Académie des lettres du Québec. Il dirige la maison d’édition Mémoire d’encrier qu’il a fondée en 2003 à Montréal. Crédit photo : Pascal Dumont

DanielleStanton@TéléQuébec_2019nmajudge.jpgDanielle Stanton est journaliste depuis plus de 20 ans. Elle a signé plus d’une centaine d’articles (reportages, portraits, dossiers…) touchant aussi bien la culture que les tendances sociales émergentes ou la science dans de nombreux magazines au Québec (L’actualité, Elle-Québec, La Gazette des femmes, Sélection du Reader’s Digest…) et ailleurs (L’EXPRESS).

Crédit photo: © Télé-Québec

laurentamaki_2019nmajudge.jpgLauren Tamaki is a Canadian illustrator living in New York. She earned a BDes in Fashion Design at Ryerson University before attending ACAD for Visual Communications. She worked as a graphic designer/art director at Bumble and bumble, Arch & Loop and Kate Spade Saturday before focusing on illustration full time in 2015. Lauren has worked with incredible art directors at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Pentagram, Penguin, Nickelodeon, O Magazine, PLANSPONSOR and beyond! She is honored to have been recognized by Society of Illustrators, Society of News Design, American Illustration and the National Magazine Awards. Lauren recently illustrated Caroline Paul’s book, ‘You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World’ which was published May 2018 by Bloomsbury.

jesstaylor_2019nmajudge.jpgJess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. Her second collection, Just Pervs, will be released by Book*hug in Canada in Fall 2019. Recently, a short story from that collection, “Two Sex Addicts Fall in Love”, was long-listed for The Journey Prize and included in The Journey Prize Anthology 30. The title story from her first collection, Pauls (BookThug, 2015), “Paul,” received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess believes that collaboration and helping other writers is an important part of her writing practice and continues to organize events in the community. She is currently working on a novel, Play, and a continuation of her life poem, Never Stop.

beththompson_2019nmajudge.jpgBeth Thompson is an award-winning editor who has spent 20 years in media, specializing in women’s health and wellness. Currently editor-in-chief of Best Health magazine, Beth is a former editor-in-chief of Glow, Spree and Canadian Health and Lifestyle magazines. She’s written articles about nutrition, beauty and wellness for every major Canadian brand including Chatelaine, Canadian Living, Zoomer, Today’s Parent and More magazines. Additionally, Beth is the co-author of: Kidfluence – Why Today’s Kids Mean Business and is a sought-after on-air and keynote speaker.

CarolineTrudeau_2019nmajudge.jpgGestionnaire chevronnée spécialisée en stratégie de marque et de contenu, Caroline Trudeau possède près de 12 ans d’expérience dans les médias. Elle a été rédactrice en chef des magazines Cool!, Star Système et Femmes etc., et est aujourd’hui Directrice de contenu chez Edikom, un groupe médiatique qui publie les magazines LE must et L’actualité ALIMENTAIRE. Forte de sa maîtrise en journalisme de Syracuse University et de son MBA des HEC, Caroline est une communicatrice hors pair, reconnue pour ses qualités de leader et sa créativité.

chantaltranchemontagne_2019nmajudge.jpgChantal Tranchemontagne is the Chief Creative Officer of Big Catch Communications and Editor-In-Chief of Perch magazine, a small, independent magazine based in Eastern Ontario.



stephentrumper_2019nmajudge.jpgStephen Trumper has been an instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism since Fall 1995. He has been a top editor at Toronto Life, Harrowsmith and Financial Post Business. He is currently on the board of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, which publishes Abilities magazine, for which he writes the back-page column. In June 2012 Stephen was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. In June 2013 he was honoured with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

BinhAnVuVan_2019nmajudge.jpgBinh An Vu Van est journaliste à l’émission Découverte, sur les ondes d’ICI Radio-Canada Télé. Elle siège également comme membre de de la Commission de l’éthique en science et technologie du Québec.


danielviola_2019nmajudge.JPGDaniel Viola is a features editor at The Walrus. He was previously the editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve.



AnneMarieVoisard_2019nmajudge.jpgLauréate du Prix Judith-Jasmin, Anne-Marie Voisard est une journaliste retraitée du quotidien Le Soleil de Québec.




QuebecJournaliste depuis 2001, Marianne White a œuvré dans plusieurs médias francophones et anglophones avant de se joindre en 2012 au Journal de Québec, où elle est aujourd’hui adjointe au directeur de l’information. Durant sa carrière, elle a notamment couvert l’Assemblée nationale, l’économie, l’actualité judiciaire et la politique municipale. Elle est également l’auteure de Salut salut! Jean Lapierre, un homme du peuple, une biographie de Jean Lapierre publiée en 2018 aux Éditions du Journal.

Call for Entries

Submissions for the 42nd annual National Magazine Awards will open on December 17, 2018 and close on January 18, 2019. Enter by January 11, 2019 (the early-bird deadline) to save on entry fees. Small magazines and freelancers can also take advantage of our special promotions. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date news.



Announcing the National Magazine Awards: B2B


The National Media Awards Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the National Magazine Awards: B2B, honouring excellence in business-to-business publishing. The call for entries for the inaugural NMA: B2B awards will open on January 3, 2019. 

This new National Magazine Awards‘ sister program was developed following a demand from the Canadian B2B sector; industry experts provided guidance and consultation on the category roster and judging guidelines, crafting a program that reflects the industry while leveraging, and expanding on, the NMA brand and mission.

B2B publications will be recognized across 19 awards categories, including recognition for achievement in personal and company profiles, trade and professional feature articles, overall leadership of a member of the Canadian B2B industry, and more. Awards will include a $500 cash prize in creator-focused categories, awarded to the individual Gold winner.

To craft the 2019 NMA: B2B awards program, including the categories, rules and judging guidelines, and to ensure that the program reflects the industry, the NMAF collaborated with leaders in Canadian B2B publishing. Many thanks to our steering committee for their invaluable help and guidance:

  • Kristin Doucet, Managing Editor, Professionally Speaking
  • Colin Leslie, Editor-in-Chief, The Medical Post
  • Charles DesGroseilliers, Art Director, Les Affaires
  • Ryan Bergen, Editor-in-Chief, CIM Magazine

The NMA: B2B awards are open to all editorial publications that self-describe as a professional, association, alumni, or trade magazine with a permanent editorial staff in Canada. Print and digital magazines are both welcome to apply, whether published in English, French, or both languages.

Call for Judges

We’re currently looking for individuals interested in serving on the juries for the NMA: B2B awards. Information about the judging process can be found here, or get in touch with us at  


Categories Announced for the 42nd National Magazine Awards

The NMAF is thrilled to present the newly revised category lineup for the 2019 National Magazine Awards. The program features 29 categories, reflecting the Canadian media landscape and recognizing the outstanding achievements of the industry’s top magazine creators and publishers.


Category Lineup for the 42nd National Magazine Awards

Writing and Visual Awards, recognizing writers and visual creators, and rewarding Gold Medal winners with a $1000 cash prize. Both print and digital magazines are eligible.

  1. Long-form Feature Writing
  2. Feature Writing
  3. Short Feature Writing
  4. Columns
  5. Essays
  6. Investigative Reporting
  7. Fiction
  8. Personal Journalism
  9. Poetry
  10. Professional Article
  11. Profiles
  12. Service Journalism
  13. Best New Magazine 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, recognizing teams of magazine editors, art directors creators, and other contributors, in print or digital magazines. New to this year’s lineup are Issue Grand Prix and Publisher Grand Prix.

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

The four Grand Prix: Best Magazine Awards reward outstanding achievement in magazine publishing. These magazine consistently engage, surprise, and serve the needs of their readers.

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

At the 42nd annual NMA Gala, we will also present the two highest honours bestowed to a magazine and an individual: Magazine Grand Prix and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The magazine which demonstrates overall excellence in bringing its publishing team together to create an outstanding product will be awarded the Magazine Grand Prix title (formerly Magazine of the Year). The individual who has offered innovative and creative contributions to the magazine industry will be presented with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Note that for these special awards, there is no entry fee.

The call for entries opens December 17, 2018 and closes January 18, 2019.


The NMAF is currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the juries for this year’s National Magazine Awards. Click here for more information.

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 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.

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

unnamed.jpgThe DPAs were a chance to celebrate our finest creators, highlight new voices, and be moved by inspiring work.
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

22975ca.jpgI enjoy being part of any process that involves visual communication. It helps me to learn more about my work as well as connect with others in the industry.
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

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

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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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

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.