Call for entries: 41st National Magazine Awards

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The 2018 National Magazine Awards are open for submissions. Enter your best magazine work for awards in 29 written & visual, editorial and best magazine categories. Writing and Visual Awards include a cash prize of $1000 to the Gold Medal winners. Digital content is eligible in most categories. The early-bird deadline for entries is January 15. Final deadline is January 22.

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Download our Guide to the 41st National Magazine Awards for a handy reference to categories, guidelines, and more.

FREELANCER SUPPORT FUND
Last month the NMAF announced a new program for freelancers to save 50% on their first two entries to the National Magazine Awards. Find out more.
SMALL MAGAZINE REBATE
Magazines with under $200,000 in annual revenue may be eligible for the Small Magazine Rebate, equal to 1 FREE ENTRY. Find out more.
Find out how to get involved as a judge for the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards.
HOW TO SUBMIT
1. Review the CategoriesRulesFAQ
2. Register online at submissions.magazine-awards.com
3. Enter the details of each submission
4. Upload a PDF of each submission
5. Pay the required entry fees ($100 for most entries)
6. Courier hard copies (if required)
DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
The 2018 Digital Publishing Awards will feature 24 awards recognizing excellence by the creators of Canadian Digital Publications, including online and tablet magazines. Submissions for the 3rd annual Digital Publishing Awards will open on January 2.
DEADLINES
January 15: NMA Early Bird Deadline
January 22: NMA Final Deadline
GALA
We’ll be announcing the details of the 41st National Magazine Awards gala later this Spring. Stay tuned right here on the NMA blog.
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Our thanks to all NMA40 Submitters! Let the Judging Commence


The submissions to the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards are in, and we are excited to have over 1000 submissions and 197 Canadian magazines represented in this year’s program, competing for awards in 25 categories.
Our thanks to all of the publishers, editors, art directors and creators who submitted their work this year, especially to the more than 200 freelancers who participated.
The National Magazine Awards Foundation strives above all to represent and support the work of Canada’s creators. It’s why, for forty years now, we have facilitated an awards program that celebrates the excellence, determination and innovation that characterize the best of our country’s journalism.
Now we turn to our judges—120 of the leading experts in magazine publishing, design and creation from across Canada and the world—to lend their expertise in service to their peers.
The role of the judges is central to the NMAs. Their judgment, perspectives and integrity represent the very best of journalism, too. Their appraisal of these submissions will not only reward the individuals and teams who’ve achieved success, but it will also become the measure by which our future work is appreciated by readers and audiences across the country. The NMAF offers its sincerest thanks to all of our judges for taking on this important role.
How does judging work? Great question. We believe all awards programs should be clear and transparent about their judging procedures, and our goal has always been the same. That’s why we publish our Judging Process–so you know exactly what the judges are looking for when they review your entry to the National Magazine Awards.
The nominations for the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards will be announced on April 20.
Subscribe to our MagAwards Blog or Newsletter to receive the nominations to your inbox, and follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for updates throughout the spring, including the announcement of the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards Gala. Awards in Writing and Visual categories include a cash prize of $1000.
The NMAF is also accepting nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Award and the new International Impact Award. Deadline March 1.
Thank you for participating in the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards. We look forward to a great year ahead, Celebrating Canadian Creators.

Enter: 2017 National Magazine Award for International Impact


New for 2017, the NMAF presents the International Impact Award. Deadline March 1. 
This award honours a Canadian who is making a significant contribution to a field of magazine journalism beyond the borders of Canada.
This award may recognize writers, photographers, illustrators, editors, publishers, art directors, circulation experts, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, production managers, digital journalism gurus—in short, anyone working in magazine journalism. It cannot be given posthumously.
Nominations must consist of:

  • A cover letter indicating the candidate’s name, title, and a summary of their career achievements, including links to or examples of their work;
  • At least two (2) supporting letters from other individuals–colleagues, mentors, teachers or others.

All nominations will be considered by the Board of Directors of the NMAF, which will select 1 winner to receive his or her award at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala. The award includes 2 tickets to the National Magazine Awards, an Awards Certificate, and promotion in NMAF publications reaching the entire Canadian magazine industry.
Submit your nomination by email to staff@magazine-awards.com or by mail to:
National Magazine Awards Foundation
2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1600
Toronto, ON, M4P 1E4
The deadline for nominations is March 1.
For more information visit magazine-awards.com/international-impact

Freelancers: Last chance to enter the National Magazine Awards


Freelancers save over 50% on entry fees on National Magazine Awards submissions by Friday’s deadline. Are you a freelance journalist, illustrator, photographer, or other creator?
With the new Freelancer Support Fund from the National Magazine Awards Foundation, your first two entries are just $50 each (regular price $120). Awards include a cash prize of $1000.
Not sure if your magazine is entering your work on your behalf? If they do, we’ll refund your entry fees.
As a not-for-profit charitable organization, National Magazine Awards’ entry fees may be tax-deductible for self-employed freelancers.
The deadline for entries is Friday January 20.
Awards include:

Awards include a cash prize of $1000.
For a complete list of awards, visit magazine-awards.com/categories.
Ready to submit? Click here
PLUS: The Freelancer Support Fund is also applicable to creators entering the Digital Publishing Awards. Deadline for DPA entries is January 31.

Early-Bird Deadline Today for National Magazine Awards


Friday January 13 is the “Early-Bird” deadline for submissions to the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Enter online by 11:59pm EST to save 20% on entry fees.
Today is also the final deadline for applications for the Small Magazine Rebate.
The Freelancer Support Fund, offering 50% discount on the first two entries to freelancer submitters, remains in place until January 20.
The final deadline for all submissions is Friday January 20.

The 2017 Digital Publishing Awards are accepting submissions until January 31.