The 42nd annual National Magazine Awards gala will take place May 31st at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. This year, we are honoured that Marcey Andrews and Wenting Li partnered to create the visuals that will help define our celebration of Canadian magazines.
We recently spoke with Marcey and Wenting about the stunning cover they created for the gala program, and how this year’s art direction compares to that of previous years.
NMAF: As the winner of several National Magazine Awards, including more recently for Cover Grand Prix, and a member of the 2018 Jury, how does it feel to be taking over art direction for this year’s NMAs?
Marcey Andrews: Intimidating, to say the least! But also a great honour. Between my experience with the 2018 Jury and the art direction of this year’s NMAs, I’ve really come to appreciate the enormity of this event and just how much dedication it takes to make it happen. Émilie, Barbara and all the volunteers and sponsors that make this possible, they are all a source of inspiration.
NMAF: Could you tell us about the direction you’re taking? How does it stand apart from—or perhaps complement—that of other years?
Marcey Andrews: When Wenting and I partnered up, our goal was simply to carry the torch high and create a look that honoured the significance of these achievements! Stories, and those in magazines in particular, have always been a source of cinematic wonder for me — a byproduct of my active imagination — and so we wanted to give the artwork that same larger-than-life feeling. We know how much effort and passion goes into every piece and so we wanted the nominees to be able to take a moment and appreciate the grandeur of their accomplishments.
Marcey Andrews is the art director of New Trail, the University of Alberta’s alumni magazine. She is also the Senior Graphic Designer in Marketing and Communications in University Relations. She has won five National Magazine Awards.
NMAF: Your illustration for this year’s NMA program is beautiful. Does it have a title?
Wenting Li: Thanks so much! It’s called Awards Night.
NMAF: What was your inspiration for creating this piece?
Wenting Li: I was hoping to show the glitter and solemnity of a celebration, but also make it a bit unusual. So, boats taking creators toward a party inside a giant magazine!
NMAF: Your work has appeared in such Canadian publications as The Walrus, Canadian Living, Quill & Quire, Reader’s Digest Canada and The Globe and Mail. What do you enjoy about creating illustrations for stories and magazines?
Wenting Li: Whenever I’m paging through a publication I can’t help but look first at all the images. Getting to think of drawings that might make others flipping through stop on a particular page is kind of thrilling. I also love being transported by a story, and then getting to share this feeling visually.
Wenting Li is a Toronto-based illustrator. Her work is preoccupied with colour and shape, and the subtleties of complementing story with picture. Learn more about Wenting and her work by visiting her website.
Just in time for Spring, our annual Writing Contest Listing is back!
What inspires your sense of the world? What’s your penchant for endings? Whatever your approach to the craft–and whether fiction, poetry, memoir –you’ll find plenty of outlets for your stories in Canadian magazines. Be inspired to create your next work of poetry, fiction or personal essay. Take the opportunity to finish your latest literary creation and submit it to a Canadian magazine writing contest.
All contests and awards listed below accept previously unpublished works of Canadian poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction. If you know of one that we missed, please let us know or Tweet at us @MagAwards. And check out our Canadian Literary Magazine Guide for other ideas for where to submit your work.
The Magpie Award for Poetry Deadline: 15 April 2019 Winner notified: 15 May 2019 Winners published in: Issue 24, Autumn 2019 First Prize: $500 and a 1-year subscription to Duotrope ($50 value).
The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize Open: 1 May-June 15, 2019 Winner notified: 15 July 2019 Winner published in: Issue 25, Winter 2020 Prize: $300 Entry fee: $15 This contest is for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 1000 words in length.
The Malahat Review The Malahat Review Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction Genre: Fiction (max 3500 words) Deadline: May 1, 2019 Prize: $1,000; publication Entry Fee: $25 (additional entries are $15); includes subscription
Dreamers Creative Writing Haiku Contest 2019 Deadline: May 13, 2019 Entry Fee: $10 (includes an electronic copy of Dreamers Magazine Issue 1) Prize: $120 to the first place winner The winner will receive $120 CAD ($100 prize + $20 honorarium), 2 copies of our magazine (1 print, 1 electronic), and 2 special Dreamers keychains on which the winning poem will be printed. Submit up to 3 Haiku per entry; enter as many times as you want.
SubTerrain 17th Annual Lush Triumphant Literary Awards Deadline: May 15, 2019 Fiction: Maximum 3,000 words Poetry: A suite of 5 related poems (maximum 15 pages) Creative Non-Fiction: (Based on fact, adorned w/fiction) maximum 4,000 words Prize: $1000 Entry Fee: $30
The Canadian Stories 11th Contest for Short Stories, Poetry, and Black & White Line Art. Deadline: May 15, 2019 True Stories $350 Creative Non-Fiction $350 Fiction $350 Poetry $200 Lest We Forget $350 Black & White Line Art $350 First Honourable Mention $100 Second Honourable Mention $50 Notification approximately August 1, 2019. Entry Fee: $20
Creative Non-Fiction | Open April 1 – June First Prize: $500 + publication in Room Second Prize: $250 + publication in Room Honourable Mention: $50 publication on Room‘s website Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Room, beginning with issue 42.3 (September 2019).
Poetry| Open June 15 – August 15 First Prize: $1,000 + publication in Room Second Prize: $250 + publication in Room Honourable Mention: $50 publication on Room’swebsite Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Room, beginning with issue 42.4 (December 2019).
Short Forms | September 1 – November 1 First Prize: $500 + publication (2 prizes) Honourable Mention: $50 publication on Room’swebsite
Cover Art| November 15 – January 15 First Prize: $500 + publication on the cover of Room 42.2 Second Prize: $50 + publication in Room 42.2 Honourable Mention: publication on Room’swebsite
The Grouse Grind Lit Prize for V. Short Forms Deadline: May 15, 2019 $500 Grand Prize, $150 runner-up, $50 2nd runner-up Entry fee: $15 for all entries. Option to pay an additional fee to include a subscription (or an extension of an existing subscription) with your contest entry. Max. word count: 300 words.
Creative Non-Fiction Contest Open: May 2019 – July 31, 2019 Grand Prize: $1,500 Second Prize: $600 runner-up 2nd runner-up: $400 Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension) Additional entry: $5 per piece Max. word count: 6,000
Annual Earle Birney Prize for Poetry An annual prize of $500 awarded by the outgoing Poetry Editor to an outstanding poetry contributor published in PRISM international. Enter by regular submission only: no fee required.
The New Quarterly The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award Deadline: May 28, 2019 One top prize including $1000 and a one-year Duotrope Gift Certificate (a USD $50 value) will be awarded for one work of short fiction (no word limit). Entry fee: $40 per piece (includes a 1-year Canadian subscription or renewal to The New Quarterly).
CBC Canada Writes Poetry Prize Contest Opens: April 1, 2019 Deadline: May 31, 2019 Prize: The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Their winning submission will be published on CBC Books. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their poetry published on CBC Books. Entry Fee: $25
Eden Mills Writers Festival Read at the Fringe Deadline: May 31, 2019 Contest Categories: Prose: 2500 words maximum, double-spaced Poetry: Up to five poems, five pages maximum, single-spaced Prizes: Winners selected in each category will be invited to read at the EMWF on Festival Sunday (September 8, 2019), and will be treated to all the perks of attending the festival as an author, including access to the author hospitality suite, and an invitation to the festival’s gala dinner for authors. Entry Fee: $15
Eden Mills Writers Festival Literary Contest Deadline: May 31, 2019 Contest Categories: Short Story: 2500 words maximum Poetry: A poem or collection, no more than five poems Creative Non-Fiction: 2500 words maximum Prizes: The best entry in each category will win a $250 prize. Winning entries will be published on the EMWF website and the names of the winners will be included in the festival weekend program. Entry Free: $15
The Fiddlehead Creative Nonfiction Contest Deadline: June 3, 2019 Prize: $2000 Entry Fee: The fee for first entry is $30. Additional entries after that first contest entry (to either contest category) are $10.
Prairie Fire Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests Deadline: November 30, 2019 1st prize $1,250 2nd prize $500 3rd prize $250 Entry Fee: $32
The Surrey International Writer’s Conference The Surrey International Writer’s Conference (SIWC) Writing Contest Deadline: September 21, 2019 First prize: $1000 plus publication Honourable Mention: $150 plus publication Cost: $15/entry
Soul Disabled writers in Canada (including but not limited those who are physically/invisibly disabled, d/Deaf, blind, neurodivergent, chronically ill or suffering from mental health issues) Monthly Literary Prize dedicated to underrepresented writers in Canada. Genres: Poetry/Prose/Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction There are no themes. There is no minimum or maximum word count. There is no submission fee. Only non-published work (print or online). One submission per month, & you are eligible to win the top prize once every twelve months. You are eligible for a maximum of two prizes every twelve months. Awards: $1000 for the top prize. $300 for the second prize. $150 for the third prize. All winning pieces will be published online at http://shootforthemoon.art
Spark QT2S / BIPOC (Queer / Trans, 2 Spirit and/or Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) Monthly Literary Prize dedicated to underrepresented writers in Canada. Genres: Poetry/Prose/Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction There are no themes. There is no minimum or maximum word count. There is no submission fee. Only non-published work (print or online). One submission per month, & you are eligible to win the top prize once every twelve months. You are eligible for a maximum of two prizes every twelve months. Awards: $1000 for the top prize. $300 for the second prize. $150 for the third prize. All winning pieces will be published online at http://shootforthemoon.art
Did we miss one? Send us a note or grab us on Twitter @MagAwards. We’ll update this post throughout the spring and summer as more contests are announced.
Missed the early bird deadline? Fear not: you can still enter submissions for the 42nd National Magazine Awards until midnight (ET) on January 18th, 2019. There are 29 categories, honouring everything from investigative reporting to portrait and lifestyle photography. Browse through the full list of categories here.
From everyone at the National Media Awards Foundation, have a warm, happy, and healthy holiday season. Though our office will be closed on December 25th, December 26th, and January 1st, entries may be submitted any time during the holidays via our online submissions portal. The early-bird deadline is January 11, 2019, and the final online submissions deadline is January 18, 2019. May the new year greet you with many great stories waiting to be read, and may your favourite magazine bring you some extra joy this season!
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.
Kalli 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 and 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.
Ariel 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.
Thierry 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…).
Julian 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.
Penny 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.
Violaine 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
Eduardo 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.
Journaliste 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.
Gillian Dobias is a producer specialising in films about architecture, design and 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 and 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.
Journaliste au Journal de Montréal, Stéphan Dussault a travaillé depuis 20 ans autant pour des publications économiques (Les Affaires) que de consommation (Protégez-Vous).
Ralph 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
Alicia 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.
One 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.
Jenny 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.
Journaliste 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).
Arnaud 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
Éric 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.
Melissa 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.
Diplômée 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.
Sara Harowitz runs content for Vitruvi, namely as the editor of its online journal Basenotes. She is the former editor of both MONTECRISTO Magazine and SAD Magazine, and has also 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.
David 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.
Jean-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.
James 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.
Jessica Hotson is the creative director of The Kit. Her career has covered the Canadian publishing landscape, including positions at FLARE, Glow,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.
Nicholas Hune-Brown is an award-winning magazine writer living in Toronto.
Matthew 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.
Jude 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.
Marina 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.
Né 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 chaîne de Radio-Canada.
Jeremy Keehn is a features editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. He was previously a news and business editor for NewYorker.com, digital director of Harper’s, and senior editor at The Walrus.
Sophie 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.
Marie 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.
Emily Landau is a senior editor at Toronto Life, where she handles features. She has written for Toronto Life, GQ, Esquire, The Walrus and Hazlitt.
Claudia 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
Stéphane 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.
Audrey 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.
C’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.
Informed 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.
Herb Mathisen is the editor of Up Here magazine, based in Yellowknife, NWT.
Samuel 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.
Ossie 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.
David 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.
Michael 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.
Erik 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.
Christa 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.
Philip 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. He is also the former editor of Canadian Screenwriter magazine.
Stacey 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.
Après 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.
Jean-Nicolas Patoine est directeur de l’information au quotidien Le Soleil.
Danielle 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.
Après 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.
Silvia 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.
Michael 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.
Anicka 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.
Pascal 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.
Shazia 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 she works as a publishing consultant and editor for various presses across Canada.
Christina 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 copyeditor with the Calgary Herald.
Molly Roberts is a photographer, curator and photography editor, currently Senior Photography Editor at National GeographicMagazine. 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.
Jessica 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.
Selena 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.
Guillaume 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.
Mathilde 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.
Poète, 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
Lauren 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 honoured 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.
Jess 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.”
Beth 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 Healthmagazine, 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.
Gestionnaire 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.
Chantal 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.
Stephen 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.
Binh 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.
Daniel Viola is a features editor at The Walrus. He was previously the editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve.
Lauréate du Prix Judith-Jasmin, Anne-Marie Voisard est une journaliste retraitée du quotidien Le Soleil de Québec.
Journaliste 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.
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