And the Winners Are…

The National Media Awards Foundation showcased the most impactful work published in Canadian periodicals in 2021 at the 2022 National Magazine Awards Winners Celebration hosted by Kelly Boutsalis and live-streamed on our website. Gold winners in creator-focused categories receive a $1000 cash prize, in addition to their award.  

If you are a Gold winner, please contact us with your mailing address and SIN in order to receive your cash prize and certificate. Certificates for Silver winners and Honourable Mention are available upon request.

Winners and finalists can also celebrate their achievement by downloading Gold, Silver or Finalist’s seals here.

Highlights

  • The Walrus is the top winner overall this year, taking home an impressive five awards in total — four Gold and one Silver.
  • Maclean’s has received four Gold awards, including for Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest.
  • Air Canada enRoute is the winner of Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle.
  • For the second year in a row, Broadview has been named Best Magazine: Special Interest.
  • Magazine Grand Prix, our most coveted editorial award, goes to Inuit Art Quarterly.
  • Maisonneuve is a two-time Gold winner, in Best Emerging Writer for Stephanie Bai’s “Seeking Sanctuary” and Personal Journalism for Emma Gilchrist’s “Genetic Mapping.”
  • Toronto Life and L’actualité both take home an impressive three awards — one Gold and two Silver each.
  • Nicholas Hune-Brown of The Local is this year’s Editor Grand Prix winner. The Local also won Silver in Short Feature Writing for Danielle Groen’s “The Last 25 Percent.”
  • Gilles Gagnier, longtime publisher of Canadian Geographic, is the posthumous winner of this year’s Publisher Grand Prix award. Gilles’ wife, Nancy Kelly, accepted the award on his behalf.

Winners / Lauréats

Best Emerging Writer / Meilleur auteur émergent

Sponsored by The Reader’s Digest Foundation of Canada

Gold

Stephanie Bai for “Seeking Sanctuary,” published in Maisonneuve

Stephanie Bai‘s “Seeking Sanctuary” is an exceptional blend of original reporting and beautiful storytelling. It tells the story of a Toronto church and other community organizations assisting unhoused citizens at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It stands out because of its impact — the piece can serve as a mirror, revealing municipal failures to address Toronto’s housing crisis. But it can also be read as a time capsule of sorts — one that preserves the memory of people who went above and beyond to support their unhoused neighbours, or one that honours the resilience of those who continue to survive in the city despite their circumstances. With this piece, Bai proves that the future of journalism rests in great hands.

— NMA Jury

Honourable Mention

Paloma Pacheco for “Saving Finn Slough,” published in Maisonneuve
Kunal Chaudhary for “The Sun is always in your eyes in Rexdale,” published in Spacing


Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+ / Meilleur article de fond : 6000+ mots

Gold

What happened at Northwood?
The Coast
Stephanie Nolen

Silver

Au coeur du cauchemar afghan
L’actualité
Fabrice de Pierrebourg
Collaborateur : Josée Désaulniers, rédactrice principale

Honourable Mention

Three Days in the Theater of Old-Growth Logging and Protest
Hakai Magazine and The Tyee
Arno Kopecky
Contributors: Jude Isabella, editor; David Beers, editor

Every 49 minutes
Maclean’s
Michael Friscolanti

Ktaqmkuk
Maisonneuve
Justin Brake
Contributors: Madi Haslam, editor-in-chief; Sarah Ratchford, associate editor

The RCMP Revisited
The Walrus
Jane Gerster
Contributors: Lucy Uprichard, fact-checker; Paul Kim, illustrator; Hamutal Dotan, handling editor

Students for Sale
The Walrus
Nicholas Hune-Brown
Contributors: Connor Garel, fact-checker; cornelia Li, illustrator; Daniel Viola, handling editor

Province of No Choice
The Walrus
Jessica Leeder
Contributors: Allison Baker, fact-checker; Darren Calabrese, photographer; Hamutal Dotan, handling editor

The Last Supper
Toronto Life
Chris Nuttall-Smith

The Hunt for a Killer
Toronto Life
Malcolm Johnston


Long-Form Feature Writing / Meilleur article de fond — long format

Gold

Forgiving Jaskirat Sidhu
Maclean’s
Aaron Hutchins

Silver

Justice on Trial
The Walrus
Eva Holland
Contributors: Allison Baker, fact-checker; Lauren Crazybull, illustrator; Carmine Starnino, handling editor

The House That Divided the Toronto Islands
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw

Honourable Mention

No way out
Chatelaine
Christina Frangou
Contributors: Denise Balkissoon, executive editor; Sun Ngo, creative director; Alicia Morris, illustrator

Seeking Sanctuary
Maisonneuve
Stephanie Bai

Planer pour guérir
Québec Science
Marine Corniou
Collaborateurs : Marie Lambert-Chan, rédactrice en chef; Mélissa Guillemette, journaliste-réviseure; Sophie Cazanave, correctrice-réviseure

Citizen of Nowhere
The Walrus
Adnan Khan
Contributor: Carmine Starnino, editor; Connor Garel, fact-checker; James Lee Chiahan, illustrator

Quitting America
The Walrus
M.E. Rogan
Contributors: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker; Phil Bergerson, photographer; Carmine Starnino, handling editor

Doctor Fentanyl
Toronto Life
Brett Popplewell

The Short Life and Tragic Death of Houdini
Toronto Life
Lauren McKeon


Short Feature Writing / Meilleur Article Court

Gold

Freeing Oysters from a Parasite’s Hold
Hakai Magazine
Karen Pinchin

Silver

The Last 25 Percent
The Local
Danielle Groen

Honourable Mention

The amazing sea wolves of the Great Bear Rainforest
Canadian Geographic
Ziya Tong

At the crossroads
Chatelaine
Jessica McDiarmid
Contributors: Radiyah Chowdhury, associate editor; Denise Balkissoon, executive editor;  Stephanie Han Kim, art director; Lauren Crazybull, illustrator

Point final
ELLE Québec
Elisabeth Massicolli
Collaborateurs : Sophie Banford, éditrice; Joanie Pietracupa, rédactrice en chef; Théo Dupuis-Carbonneau, chef de contenu beauté

Des femmes chassent le plastique pour sauver la planète
ELLE Québec
Sabrina Myre
Collaborateurs : Sophie Banford, éditrice; Joanie Pietracupa, rédactrice en chef; Laurie Dupont, chef de contenu culturel.

Greyhound’s resting place
Maclean’s
Marie-Danielle Smith

Moving day
Maclean’s
Lindsay Jones

The Mystery of the Lebanese Mushroom Burger
Quench Magazine
Omar Mouallem

‘It was hard enough before’: Manitoba’s drought, worsened by climate crisis, is upending Prairie life
The Narwhal
Sarah Lawrynuik
Contributors: Carol Linnitt, editor; Emma Gilchrist, editor; Arik Ligeti, editor


Feature Writing / Meilleur article de fond

Gold

A house sits still
Maclean’s
Marie-Danielle Smith

Silver

Cases of missing trans people are rarely solved. A married pair of forensic genealogists is hoping to change that
Xtra Magazine
Erica Lenti
Contributors: Rachel Giese, editor; Michael Harris, editor; Allison Baker, copy editor and fact-checker; Jasjyot Singh Hans, illustrator

Honourable Mention

The Last Owls
BESIDE
Sarah Cox
Contributors: Mark Mann, associate editor-in-chief; Catherine Métayer, editor-in-chief

I Didn’t Get to Make a Choice
Broadview
Meagan Gillmore
Contributors: Caley Moore, handling editor; Sydney Hamilton, fact-checker

Kids in Crisis
Broadview
Miranda Newman
Contributors: Kristy Woudstra, handling editor; Sydney Hamilton, fact-checker

Les femmes au front pour traquer les pédophiles sur Internet
ELLE Québec
Sabrina Myre

The election tested a fed up and confused country
Maclean’s
Shannon Proudfoot

Recycler le territoire
Nouveau Projet
Diane Bérard

Les cartes, témoins du monde
Québec Science
Annie Labrecque
Collaborateurs : Marie Lambert-Chan, rédactrice en chef ; Mélissa Guillemette, réviseure

Une soirée avec l’unité d’urgence sociale de la DPJ
URBANIA
Hugo Meunier


Fiction

Gold

The Mission
The Walrus
Troy Sebastian (NUPQU ʔA·Kǂ AM̓)
Contributors: Allison Baker, fact-checker; Jessica Johnson, handling editor

Silver

Outraged on Your Behalf
subTerrain Magazine
Carleigh Baker

Honourable Mention

I Don’t Know Why
EXILE: The Literary Quarterly
Madeline Sonik
Contributor: Barry Callaghan, handling editor

Palais Royale
The Fiddlehead
Tamas Dobozy

Daycare
The Malahat Review
Cedar Bowers

Public Diddler
The New Quarterly
Georgina Beaty
Contributor: Pamela Mulloy, handling editor

Private Hands
The Walrus
Michael LaPointe
Contributors: Lucy Uprichard, fact-checker; Franco Égalité, illustrator; Jonah Brunet, handling editor


Service Journalism / Journalisme de service

Gold

Des réponses à toutes vos questions sur les vaccins contre la COVID
L’actualité
Valérie Borde
Collaborateurs : Josée Désaulniers, rédactrice principale; Julie Gobeil, chef du pupitre éditorial

Silver

An ex-agoraphobe’s guide to leaving the house
Chatelaine
Kate Rae
Contributors: Denise Balkissoon, executive Editor; Stephanie Han Kim, art director; Allison + Cam, illustrators

Honourable Mention

Strategies
Canadian Business
Andrea Yu
Contributors: Emily Landau, senior editor; Charlotte Herrold; editor-in-chief; Studio Wyse, creative direction; Vanessa Wyse, designer; Della Rollins, photo editor; Kathleen Fu, illustrator; Stacey Newman, photographer; Alia Youssef, photographer

Team Player
Chatelaine
Sydney Loney

Grossophobie médicale: la dure réalité des patientes en surpoids
Châtelaine
Andréanne Moreau, Marie Bernier
Collaborateurs : Johanne Lauzon, rédactrice en chef; Daniel Chrétien, rédacteur en chef adjoint

Game of Thrones
Cottage Life
Jackie Davis

Why the first shot offered is still the best shot
Maclean’s
Patricia Treble

Dementia Warning Signs
Reader’s Digest Canada
Mark Witten
Contributor: Micah Toub, handling editor

10 Normal Questions All New Moms Google
Today’s Parent
Amy Green
Contributor: Kim Shiffman, handling editor

What To Eat Now
Toronto Life
Alex Baldinger, Rebecca Fleming, Liza Agrba


Profiles / Portraits

Gold

Citizen of Nowhere
The Walrus
Adnan Khan
Contributor: Carmine Starnino, editor; Connor Garel, fact-checker; James Lee Chiahan, illustrator

Silver

Repenser la police
L’actualité
Jean-Benoît Nadeau
Collaborateur : Josée Désaulniers, rédactrice principale

Honourable Mention

Death of a Rising Star
Broadview
Ashley Okwuosa
Contributors: Kristy Woudstra, handling editor; Elena Gritzan, fact-checker

Esi Edugyan is…
Maclean’s
Ian Williams

Almost Famous
Maclean’s
Sadiya Ansari
Contributor: Dafna Izenberg, editor

Fefe Dobson Is Ready To Let It All Out Again
Refinery29 Canada
Kathleen Newman-Bremang
Contributors: Yaz Butcher, art director; Vai Yu Law, photographer; Pamela Lau, photography assistant; Elaine Jyll Regio, stylist; Jasmin Winnie Stephen, hair and makeup; Nadia Ebrahim, assistant editor; Carli Whitwell, editorial director

Meredith MacNeill Has Funny Bones
The Walrus
Soraya Roberts

Un parcours trans, une carrière dans noir silence
URBANIA
Hugo Meunier
Contributors: Sean Young, fact-checker; Kourosh Keshiri, photographer; Carmine Starnino, handling editor

54 Minutes With Sharon Stone
Zoomer
Johanna Schneller


Personal Journalism / Journalisme personnel

Gold

Genetic Mapping
Maisonneuve
Emma Gilchrist
Contributors: Madi Haslam, editor-in-chief; Sarah Ratchford, associate editor

Silver

Soar
The New Quarterly
Chyana Marie Sage
Contributor: Pamela Mulloy, handling editor

Honourable Mention

The Migrant Rain
Brick, A Literary Journal
Vinh Nguyen

Et si on tendait la main aux autres?
Châtelaine
Florence Sara G. Ferraris
Collaborateurs : Johanne Lauzon, rédactrice en chef; Daniel Chrétien, rédacteur en chef adjoint

Molar City
Hazlitt
Tom Thor Buchanan

Recordings of Truths and Facts
Humber Literary Review
Kelly S. Thompson

The Wait of Ashes
Prairie Fire
Paul Dhillon

OCD Is Not a Joke
The Walrus
Lisa Whittington-Hill
Contributors: Tina Knezevic, fact-checker; Tajja Isen, handling editor

The Cult That Raised Me
Toronto Life
Ewan Whyte


Lifestyle Photography / Photographie : art de vivre

Gold

Bon Baisers
ELLE Canada
Jetro Emilcar
Contributors: Annie Horth, creative director; Amanda Lee Shirrefs, stylist; Estelle Gervais, editorial producer; Nicholas Blanchet, makeup; Rudy Cavalier, hair

Silver

City Lights
FASHION Magazine
Lawrence Cortez
Contributors: George Antonopoulos, Danielle Campbell, Ashley Galang, Jesse Ervin, Jodi Urichuk, Jessika Franklin, Saul Shlesinger, Brandon McEachern, Andrew Moreno, Vanissa Bruce, Jessica Jansen et al.

Honourable Mention

Make comfort
Chatelaine
Maya Visnyei
Contributors: Irene Ngo, food content director; Sun Ngo, creative director; Chantal Braganza, senior editor; Michael Elliott, food stylist; Catherine Doherty, prop stylist; Sophie Hsin, makeup and hair

Modern Romance
MONTECRISTO Magazine
Grant Harder
Contributors: Sandra Zarkovic, creative direction; Leila Bani, styling; Jessica McNeilly, model; Tania Becker, hair; Paula Lanzador, makeup; Hena Pesut, assistant stylist; Marlin Olynyk, assistant photographer

Pieces of You
MONTECRISTO Magazine
Evaan Kheraj
Contributors: Sandra Zarkovic, creative direction and styling; Sonia Capriceru, prop styling; Joey Topmiller, assistant photographer; Allie Turner, production

Practical magic
Report on Business
Kyle Jeffers
Contributor: Clare Vander Meersch, photo editor


Photo Essay & Photojournalism / Photojournalisme et essais photographiques

Gold

Silver

Skis and Saddles
Air Canada enRoute
Alana Paterson
Contributors: Dominique Lamberton, writer; Lori Morgan, photo editor; Stefanie Sosiak, art director

Honourable Mention

No Ordinary Ride
Air Canada enRoute
Kari Medig
Contributors: Sydney Loney, writer; Lori Morgan, photo editor; Stefanie Sosiak, art director

Fox news
Maclean’s
Peter Mather
Contributors: Stephen Gregory, art director; Liz Sullivan, director of photography; Lauren Cattermole, designer; Prajakta Dhopade, writer; Alison Uncles, editor-in-chief.

Alone and afraid
Maclean’s
Heather Patterson
Contributors: Stephen Gregory, art director; Liz Sullivan, director of photography;

Here is Where We Shall Stay
Maisonneuve
Pat Kane
Contributors: Brian Morgan, art director; Rachel Wine, art director; Madi Haslam, editor-in-chief, Sarah Ratchford, associate editor

Making An Impact
Queen’s Alumni Review
Brendan George Ko
Contributors: Studio Wyse, art direction; Vanessa Wyse, designer; Della Rollins, photo editor

Bearing Witness
Reader’s Digest Canada
Roger LeMoyne
Contributors: John Montgomery, art director; Danielle Sayer, deputy art director

Life in the heart of B.C.’s brutal summer drought
The Narwhal
Louis Bockner
Contributor: Carol Linnitt, editor

Backcountry rodeo: scientists and Indigenous guardians net caribou from the sky
The Narwhal
Jeremy Koreski
Contributors: Carol Linnitt, editor; Emma Gilchrist, editor


Portrait Photography / Photographie : portraits

Gold

Survivor
Toronto Life
Stan Williams
Contributors: Christine Dewairy, art director; Daniel Neuhaus, director of photography

Silver

At Longer Last
Today’s Parent
Raina + Wilson and Guillaume Simoneau
Contributors: Emily Vezér, art director; Colleen Nicholson, designer

Honourable Mention

Shina Novalinga
Air Canada enRoute
Mickaël A. Bandassak
Contributors: Ishani Nath, writer; Dominique Lamberton, handling editor; Lori Morgan, photo editor; Stefanie Sosiak, art director

The Energyphile
Avenue Magazine
Jared Sych
Contributors: Steve Collins, creative director

Interview (Jody Wilson-Raybould)
Maclean’s
Blair Gable
Contributors: Stephen Gregory, art director; Liz Sullivan, director of photography; James Park, photo assistant

Six People Per Day
Maisonneuve
Jackie Dives
Contributors: Rachel Wine, art director; Brian Morgan, art director; Madi Haslam, Editor

Changemaker/Atrisha Lewis
Report on Business
Kenya-Jade Pinto
Contributor: Clare Vander Meersch, photo editor


Illustration (incl. Spot & Photo Illustration) / Illustrations

Gold

Every Letter a Path
Hazlitt
Winnie Truong

Silver

Page couverture
Magazine de sociologie Siggi
Julien Posture

Honourable Mention

Kids in Crisis
Broadview
Cornelia Li
Contributor: Carol Moskot, art director

Molar City
Hazlitt
Hudson Christie

Detoxing Dad
Reader’s Digest Canada
Sébastien Thibault
Contributors: John Montgomery, art director; Danielle Sayer, deputy art director

Justice on Trial
The Walrus
Lauren Crazybull
Contributors: Natalie Vineberg, art director; Eva Holland, writer; Allison Baker, fact-checker; Carmine Starnino, handling editor

Seeds of Bravery
University of Toronto Magazine
Grace J. Kim
Contributor: Vanessa Wyse, art director


Essays / Essais

Gold

Quitting America
The Walrus
M.E. Rogan
Contributors: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker; Phil Bergerson, photographer; Carmine Starnino, handling editor

Silver

Le droit de penser
Nouveau Projet
Maïka Sondarjee

Honourable Mention

The Business of a Marriage
Hazlitt
Linda Besner

The Men in Apartment 4C
Maisonneuve
Isaac Würmann
Contributors: Madi Haslam, editor-in-chief; Sarah Ratchford, associate editor

The School in Sakitawak
Maisonneuve
Samantha Nock
Contributors: Madi Haslam, editor-in-chief; Sarah Ratchford, associate editor

Me, the Joshua Tree
PRISM international
Joshua Whitehead
Contributor: Tanvi Bhatia, managing editor

The Natural History of Clinical Geneticist: A Case History
The New Quarterly
Margaret Nowaczyk

2020: A Family Odyssey
The New Quarterly
Yohani Mendis

The Pandemic Speaks
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk
Editor: David Beers

After the Facts
The Walrus
Viviane Fairbank
Contributors: Lucy Uprichard, fact-checker; Josh Holinaty, illustrator; Carine Abouseif, handling editor


One of a Kind Storytelling / Unique et hors catégorie

Gold

Opacité dans la cité
Nouveau Projet
Rémy Bourdillon, Geneviève Bigué

Silver

Dear Syd
Hazlitt
Ivan Coyote
Contributor: Zoë van Dijk, illustrator

Honourable Mention

My Own Personal French Republican Calendar
BESIDE
Lisan Jutras
Contributors: Mark Mann, associate editor-in-chief; Catherine Métayer, editor-in-chief

No COVID evictions
Briarpatch Magazine
Paterson Hodgson
Contributor: Saima Desai, editor

The Good, the Bad and the Hungry
Edify Magazine
Michael Hingston
Contributor: Kidpixel

The nightmare cruise before Christmas
Maclean’s
Shannon Proudfoot

To Do
The Malahat Review
Justina Elias


Poetry / Poésie

Gold

Offering / Medusa Calls the Rape Crisis Line
Arc Poetry Magazine
Cassandra Rachel Myers

Silver

Shelter
The Puritan
Erin Soros

Honourable Mention

Poem For White People
Arc Poetry Magazine
Brandi Bird

Bones
Contemporary Verse 2
Erica Violet Lee

First Contact: Métis
subTerrain Magazine
Molly Cross-Blanchard

Lament of the Wee Droppers / Quilt — Jamaica 1838
The Fiddlehead
Lorna Goodison


Art Direction of a Single Article / Meilleure direction artistique d’un article

Gold

Joy Ride
Best Health
Nicola Hamilton
Contributors: Alana Paterson, photographer; Ally Reeves, illustrator

Silver

A Home for Yesterday and Tomorrow
BESIDE
Pier-Philippe Rioux
Contributors: Eliane Cadieux, chief creative officer and co-founder; Gabrielle Deronde, graphic designer

Honourable Mention

Where’s Your Head At?
Best Health
Nicola Hamilton
Contributor: Nikki Ernst, illustrator

Huitlacoche
Dinette magazine
Hélène Mallette

Year One: An unprecedented report on Canada’s mishandling of the crisis of the century
Maclean’s
Stephen Gregory
Contributors: Liz Sullivan, director of visuals, Sarah Palmer, contributing photo editor

Five on the Rise
Queen’s Alumni Review
Studio Wyse
Contributors: Ty Burke, writer; May Truong, photographer

Making an Impact
Queen’s Alumni Review
Studio Wyse
Contributors: Brendan George Ko, photographer; Michael Onesi, writer

Summer’s Best Street Food
Toronto Life
Brian Anson Wong
Contributors: Daniel Neuhaus, Christine Dewairy


Best Editorial Package / Meilleur dossier thématique

Gold

Year One
Maclean’s
Contributors: Alison Uncles, Colin Campbell, Stephen Gregory, Charlie Gillis, Liz Sullivan, Dafna Izenberg, Elizabeth Brandt, Sarmishta Subramanian

Silver

Sprawlzine: The Election Almanac
The Sprawl
Contributors: Emily Riddle, Sikapinakii Low Horn, Anmarie Bailey, Paula Kirman, Hamdi Issawi, Amanda Schutz, Jeremy Klaszus, Kyle Simmers, Jeremy Appel, Miranda Martini, Sam Hester, Len Dueck, Chris Pecora, Cam Hoff

Honourable Mention

Peri-What-Now? Your Complete Guide to a Major Life Stage No One Told You About
Best Health
Contributors: Danielle Groen, writer; Christina Frangou, writer; Rebecca Philps, writer; Kate Rae, writer; Christina Vardanis, writer

You can beat the system
Chatelaine
Contributors: Danielle Groen, producer; Stephanie Han Kim, art director; Denise Balkissoon, editor; Flannery Dean, writer; Erica Ifill, writer; Fatima Syed, writer; Kira Vermond, writer; Vivian Rosas, illustrator

Red Sky at Night
Cottage Life
Contributors: Jackie Davis, Becky Dumais, Taylor Kristan, Drew Shannon

Ludique – 021
Dinette magazine
Collaborateurs : Hélène Mallette, rédactrice en chef; Mathieu Lachapelle, éditeur en chef

Life in the shadow of 9/11
Maclean’s
Contributors: Colin Campbell, deputy editor; Stephen Gregory, art director; Sarah Palmer, contributing photo editor; Carlos Osorio, photographer; Johnny C.Y. Lam, photographer; Farrah Skeiky, photographer; Maddie McGarvey, photographer; Spencer Platt, photographer

Choisir
Nouveau Projet
Collaborateurs : Sophie Bernier, autrice; Rémy Bourdillon, auteur; Geneviève Bigué, illustratrice; Fanny Britt, autrice; Marie-Eve Blanchard, autrice; Evelyne de la Chenelière, autrice; Alain Deneault, auteur; Ricardo Lamour, auteur; Catherine Mavrikakis, autrice; Nicolas Langelier, conception et édition; Véronique Chagnon, conception et édition; Maud Brougère, conception et édition; Vanessa Allnutt, conception et édition

Issue 26
The Feathertale Review
Contributors: Brett Popplewell, editor; Benson Lee, deputy editor; Corina Milic, senior editor; Jenn Lawrence, art director; Kara Pyle, art director

Restaurant Awards 2021
Vancouver Magazine
Contributors: Neal McLennan, food and travel editor; Stesha Ho, art director; Anicka Quin, editorial director


Investigative Reporting / Journalisme d’enquête

Gold

Students for Sale
The Walrus
Nicholas Hune-Brown
Contributors: Connor Garel, fact-checker; Cornelia Li, illustrator; Daniel Viola, handling editor

Silver

The Hunt for a Killer
Toronto Life
Malcolm Johnston

Honourable Mention

The race for answers
Maclean’s
Christina Frangou

Every 49 minutes
Maclean’s
Michael Friscolanti

Escape from Iran
Maclean’s
Stephen Maher

Switched
Reader’s Digest
Lindsay Jones
Contributor: Lauren McKeon, deputy editor; Jessie Brinkman Evans, photographer
International Contributors: Seyward Darby, The Atavist

What happened at Northwood?
The Coast
Stephanie Nolen

‘They care about their plants and not us’: for migrant farmworkers in Ontario, COVID-19 made a bad situation worse
The Narwhal
Hilary Beaumont
Contributors: Denise Balkissoon, editor; Mike De Souza, editor; Carol Linnitt, editor; Elanie Anselmi, editor; Arik Ligeti, editor; Christopher Katsarov Luna, photojournalist.

Doctor Fentanyl
Toronto Life
Brett Popplewell


Issue Grand Prix / Grand prix du numéro

Gold

Trésor — 020
Dinette magazine
Collaborateurs : Hélène Mallette, rédactrice en chef; Mathieu Lachapelle, éditeur en chef

Silver

Fall 2021: How I Made It
Canadian Business
Contributors: Charlotte Herrold, editor-in-chief; Vanessa Wyse, creative director; Emily Landau, senior editor; Maryam Sanati, VP, content and creative; Lucinda Wallace, associate creative director; Della Rollins, director of photography; Vanda Marsan, senior designer

Honourable Mention

BESIDE 10 — Our Transformations
BESIDE
Contributors: Catherine Métayer, editor-in-chief; Caroline R. Paquette, associate editor-in-chief; Mark Mann, associate editor-in-chief; Catherine Fortin, project and print publications manager; Eliane Cadieux, chief creative and co-founder; Samantha Ste-Marie, artistic director and graphic designer; Gabrielle Deronde, graphic designer

The Prison Abolition Issue
Briarpatch Magazine
Contributors: Sophie Birks, editorial collective member; Fathima Cader, editorial collective member; Carry Cardinal, editorial collective member; Lorraine Chuen, editorial collective member; Saima Desai, editorial collective member; Phillip Dwight Morgan, editorial collective member; Yaniya Lee, editorial collective member; Mark Mullkoff, editorial collective member; Swathi Sekhar, editorial collective member; Abby Stadnyk, editorial collective member; Anonymous, writer and artist; Cory Charles Cardinal, writer and artist; Tamina D. Hamid, writer and artist; Amanda Rae, writer and artist; James Ruston, writer and artist; Robert Black, writer; Frére Corbeau, writer; Roi Kuvé, writer; Christophe Lewis, writer; Deborah McKenzie, writer; Ojore McKinnon, writer; Jessie Milo, writer; Andy Peekeekoot, writer; Trenton Tompkins, writer; Levi Waldbillig, writer; Stacy Bluebird, artist; Peter Collins, artist; Tim Fefoldi, artist; Ricky Leslie, artist; Joey Toutsaint, artist

April 2021 issue
Chatelaine
Contributors: Maureen Halushak, editor-in-chief; Sun Ngo, creative director; Gillian Grace, deputy editor; Denise Balkissoon, executive editor; Chantal Braganza, senior editor;  Andréanne Dion, senior editor, style and beauty; Radiyah Chowdhury, associate editor; Irene Ngo, food content director; Stephanie Han Kim, art director; Aimee Nishitoba, deputy art director

S.O.S on recrute
Les Affaires
Collaborateurs : Marine Thomas, rédactrice en chef; Denis Lalonde, chef de l’information — lesaffaires.com; Stéphane Rolland, chef de l’information — investir et Les Affaires plus; Marie-Pier Frappier, chef de pupitre; Charles Desgroseilliers, directeur artistique; Jean-Paul Gagné, éditeur émérite; Dominique Beauchamp, journaliste; François Normand, journaliste; Catherine Charron, journaliste au pupitre numérique; Philippe Lemelin, journaliste au pupitre numérique; Benoîte Labrosse, responsable des dossiers spéciaux; Louis-Philippe Larocque, responsable de l’infographie; Marco Chioini, réviseur

Choisir, automne-hiver 2021
Nouveau Projet
Collaborateurs : Nicolas Langelier, Véronique Chagnon, Maud Brougère, Vanessa Allnutt, Marie-Michèle Robitaille, Julie Francoeur, Nathalie Schneider, équipe éditoriale Nouveau Projet; Étienne Beaulieu; Sophie Bernier; Geneviève Bigué; Marie-Eve Blanchard; Rémy Bourdillon; Fanny Britt; Evelyne de la Chenelière; Jules Clara; Marc-André Cyr; Alain Deneault; Yara El-Ghadban; Bernard Émond; Ricardo Lamour; Judith Lussier; Catherine Mavrikakis; Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau, Kiev Renaud; Rodney Saint-Éloi; Leanne Shapton; Maïka Sondarjee; Guillaume Wagner; Jean-Philippe Warren

Vaccinating Toronto
The Local
Contributors: Inori Roy, Plenty of Pharmacies, but No Vaccines in Toronto’s Northwest; Nicholas Hune-Brown, The Vaccine Rollout is Leaving Toronto’s Hardest-Hit Postal Codes Behind; Yader Guzman, Nicholas Hune-Brown, Bringing the Vaccine to Where it’s Needed; Radiyah Chowdhury, The Toronto Hot Spot Nobody’s Talking About; Fatima Syed, “You Can’t Stop the Spread of the Virus if You Don’t Stop it in Peel”; Tai Huynh, Behind the Sudden Drop at Toronto’s Mass Immunization Clinics; Fatima Syed, The Chaotic Race to Vaccinate Peel; Tayo Bero, Vaccinating Black Toronto; Furqan Mohamed, Getting Vaccinated in the Holy Month; Alison Motluk, Why Haven’t Primary Care Doctors Been Part of the Vaccine Rollout?; Fatima Syed, “We Had to Save Ourselves”; Brannavy Jeyasundaram, Community Ambassadors Are the Link to Toronto’s Unvaccinated Populations; Tai Huynh, Hot Spot Tracker; Danielle Groen, The Last 25 Percent; Nicholas Hune-Brown, Tai Huynh, Second Doses Missing Those Who Really Need Them; Tai Huynh, The Missing Middle; Tayo Bero, What Convinces A Person to Get Their First Shot?; Tai Huynh, Different Schools, Different Risks

The New World of Psychedelics
Toronto Life
Contributors: Various


Publisher Grand Prix / Grand prix de l’éditeur

Gold

Gilles Gagnier, Canadian Geographic

Canadian Geographic has long fully embraced its singular brand, extending itself through an assortment of media, events, and merchandise that serve its membership fully and fulfills its mandate in a manner that respects its history while thoroughly embracing the future.

— NMA Jury

Honourable Mention

Jocelyn Bell, with consultant Sharon McAuley, Broadview
Nicolas Langelier, Nouveau Projet


Cover Grand Prix / Grand prix de la page couverture

Gold

“Out of Office” (Vol. 29, No. 3)
Literary Review of Canada
David Parkins
Contributors: Brian Morgan, art director; Kyle Wyatt, editor-in-chief

Silver

Issue 26
The Feathertale Review
Jenn Lawrence, Kara Pyle, Kumé Pather, Elyse Martin, Pete Ryan

Honourable Mention

Numéro 184 Archives
Estuaire
Chih-Chien Wang, oeuvre de couverture
Collaborateurs : Stéphanie Roussel, direction littéraire; Yannick Renaud, direction générale; Chloé Savoie-Bernard, Laurence Olivier, Stéphanie Roussel, comité de rédaction; Julie Espinasse, direction artistique; Annie Lafleur, Commissariat

10 pistes pour ne plus jamais vivre une telle année
L’actualité
Édith Pelletier

This is Baby Farhan
Maclean’s
Una Janicijevic
Contributors: Liz Sullivan, director of visuals; Stephen Gregory, executive editor; Alison Uncles, editor-in-chief

The Supreme: Justice Rosie Abella
Maclean’s
Una Janicijevic
Contributors: Jennifer Roberts, photographer; Liz Sullivan, director of visuals; Alison Uncles, editor-in-chief

Choisir, automne-hiver 2021
Nouveau Projet
Maxyme G. Delisle
Collaborateurs : Jean-François Proulx, directeur artistique; Pascale Drevillon, modèle; Frédérik Boudreault, assistant; Fannie-Laurence Dubé-Dupuis, assistante; Studio TB, décor, accessoires et stylisme; Isabella Forget, maquillage; Béatrice Munn, retouche; Mylène Levesque, production; Lola-Lou Fergeau-Mariko, coordonatrice de production

Adulting 101: A new parent’s guide to RESPs, tax credits, wills and insurance
Today’s Parent
Emily Vezér
Contributors: Carmen Cheung, photographer; Caitlin Doherty, stylist; Kim Shiffman, editor-in-chief


Editor Grand Prix / Grand prix de la rédaction

Gold

Nicholas Hune-Brown, The Local

Nicholas Hune-Brown impressed for the quality of the writing about vital humanitarian issues he brought to The Local, as well as the fact that much of it was produced by up-and-coming writers he personally helped coach. That generosity of spirit and community-mindedness is what will propel Canadian media out of its status quo.

— NMA Jury

Honourable Mention

Jac Renée Bruneau, C Magazine
Philippe Lamarre, URBANIA


Art Direction Grand Prix / Grand prix de la direction artistique

Gold

Silver

Issue 148, “Body Language”
C Magazine
Raf Rennie

Honourable Mention

Issue 11: New Times
BESIDE
Pier-Philippe Rioux

Year One
Maclean’s
Stephen Gregory

Issue 26
The Feathertale Review
Jenn Lawrence, Kara Pyle, Lee H. Wilson

Autumn 2021
University of Toronto Magazine
Vanessa Wyse


Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle / Meilleur magazine : service et art de vivre

Gold

enRoute brings Canadians around the world, even during a time when travel has been paused and disrupted. Its relatable stories and imagery connect the dots for every type of jet-setter.

— NMA Jury

Honourable Mention

Dinette
VÉRO MAGAZINE


Best Magazine: Art, Literary, & Culture / Meilleur magazine : art, littérature et culture

Gold

Inuit Art Quarterly embodies the sophisticated and strategic thinking, international calibre, and confident elegance that combine to manifest an outstanding magazine. By prioritizing current work, and featuring new writers, its feel is both modern and contemporary.

— NMA Jury

Honourable Mention

Brick, A Literary Journal
Vie des Arts


Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest / Meilleur magazine : actualité, affaires, intérêt général

Gold

It’s the photojournalistic quality that distinguishes Maclean’s from the other News, Business and General Interest publications. The flow of the stories, their thoroughness, combined with compelling illustrations, infographics, and impeccable design, results in a great reading experience.

— NMA Jury

Honourable Mention

BESIDE
Nouveau Projet


Best Magazine: Special Interest / Meilleur magazine : intérêt spécial

Gold

Broadview continues to innovate after its brave rebrand in 2019. In line with their three editorial pillars — spirituality, social justice and ethical living — they are taking on a solutions-based approach to social change. Top notch writing and design make Broadview one of Canada’s great magazines.

— NMA Jury

Honourable Mention

Le Trente
Tusaayaksat Magazine


Magazine Grand Prix

Gold

Inuit Art Quarterly

Visually stunning, ambitious, and ultimately necessary, Inuit Art Quarterly succeeds as both a magazine and as a cultural entry point to a world much of the country hasn’t seen.

— NMA Jury

Honourable Mention


Acknowledgements

The National Media Awards Foundation is extremely grateful for the support from the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates, and The Reader’s Digest Foundation of Canada.

A special thank you to Vicky Lee for creating this year’s visuals, and to Vesselin Stroumsky for developing our online submissions and judging platforms. 

Our deepest gratitude to our roster of dedicated volunteer judges, who spent countless hours carefully evaluating the entries in this year’s competition. 


Save the Date!

The National Media Awards Foundation is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a long-overdue, in-person event in Toronto on September 29, 2022. Join us at the Globe and Mail Centre for a day of professional development and an evening of reconnecting and networking with friends and peers. Details to follow this summer. 


Last Call for Entries

The final deadline for the 45th annual National Magazine Awards is this Friday, January 21! Get your entries in before midnight for consideration at this year’s awards program. This year, there are 28 categories and eight additional cross-program categories Canadian content creators and magazines can submit their original work to, for the chance to be recognized by Canada’s most prestigious media awards organization. The 2022 NMAs will also feature two special awards: the Magazine Grand Prix and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Categories

The 28 NMA categories are divided into three distinct award groups: Writing & Visual Awards, Editorial Awards, and Grand Prix: Best Magazine Awards.

The eight additional cross-program awards are open to applicants of both the Digital Publishing Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B, as well as applicants of the NMAs. For this cross-program initiative, all entries in each category will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and one winner will be announced per each category below:

  • Best Editorial Newsletter
  • Best Podcast: Current Affairs
  • Best Podcast: Arts, Culture and Society
  • Best Online Video: Short
  • Best Online Video: Feature
  • Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
  • Best Arts & Culture Storytelling
  • Best Column

How to Submit

  1. Register online at https://submissions.magazine-awards.com/login 
  2. Review the Rules and Submission Requirements to ensure eligibility
  3. Review the submission Categories and complete the application(s)
  4. Pay the required entry fees 

In response to the challenges surrounding COVID-19, no hard copies are required for the 2022 NMAs and all entry materials are to be uploaded via the online submission portal.

BIPOC Mentorship Program

The National Media Awards Foundation is launching a new mentorship program to equip early- and mid-career BIPOC publishing professionals across Canada with the tools they need to succeed in industry-specific leadership roles. Successful mentees will be paired with a Canadian senior industry leader with at least 10+ years of experience (and NMAF or other award-winning publication experience). The goal of the program is to assist Canadian BIPOC publishing professionals in advancing othe next stage of their career. Mentors will help develop the mentee’s leadership skills, sharing personalized guidance and publishing best practices along the way.

How to Apply for a Mentorship

Applications open January 3, 2022 and close January 24, 2022. The mentorship is to be completed by March 31, 2022 and both mentees and mentors are required to commit eight hours to the mentorship, four to six of which must be spent together in one-on-one meetings. 

Applicants interested in applying must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. The individual must be an early- or mid-career publishing professional who demonstrates a high degree of craft and promise within the publishing industry;
  2. Is based in Canada;
  3. Identifies as Black, Indigenous and/or a person of colour;
  4. And will be 21 or older by January 3, 2021.

To apply, download and complete the application form below, and email it to the NMAF at staff@magazine-awards.com by 5 p.m. (ET) January 24, 2022. Applicants will be asked to outline their previous experience and what they hope to gain from the mentorship. Mentorship applications will be reviewed by the NMAF with input from our Indigenous Community Consultant, and upon approval of a mentorship application, the mentee will be matched with a senior mentor who can help with the topic and goals they have identified. 

Applicants will hear back about the status of their application between February 7–11, 2022.

Participating Mentors

The NMAF is pleased to announce that the following senior publishing leaders are participating in the 2022 program as mentors:

Ish Aderonmu is a writer, law student and maker of #GoodTrouble. Ish has been recognized for his leadership acumen and potential for leadership and voice around traditional and non-traditional tables of influence in Canada. In 2020, he was named as a CivicAction Leadership Foundation Diversecity Fellow, a program designed to help rising leaders hone the skills and capabilities needed to build bridges across sectors. The fellowship program is award-winning and recognized for its ability to seek out and develop the future leaders of Canada. Ish believes that deeply personal stories can communicate a vision and a picture of the realities people face. These visions—as enablers of action—can be a helpful tool for social and political change. This is beautifully articulated in his award-winning piece, “They Called Me Prisoner 183645” which received Gold at the National Magazine Awards 2021. Ish has been featured in numerous national media outlets including the Toronto Star, Global News, CBC, and Toronto Life.

What you’ll learn: The power of storytelling and that deeply personal stories can communicate a vision and a picture of the realities people face, an understanding of how these visions — as enablers of action — can be a helpful tool for social and political change, and more!


Shireen Ahmed is a multi-platform sports journalist with CBC Sports, a TEDx speaker, mentor, and an award-winning sports activist who focuses on the intersections of racism and misogyny in sports. She is an industry expert on Muslim women in sports, and her research and contributions to this topic are immeasurable. She is co-creator and co-host of the “Burn It All Down” feminist sports podcast team. She teaches Sports Journalism and Sports Media at X University, in Toronto, Canada. She lives with her children and her cat.

What you’ll learn: Strategies to break down the mental barriers of imposter syndrome that affect BIPOC more than others and focus on the work, the ideas, and the vision; plus help with networking, pitching and developing story ideas, and more!


Arjun Basu has created content for brands as diverse as Air Canada, Bombardier, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Investors Group, Mercedes Benz, and many others for more than 20 years before starting his own marketing, brand and storytelling consultancy, arbaStrategies. He served on the board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation including two years as President. He works on a podcast, Middle of Everywhere, for The Solo Project, a media and research start-up exploring the new world of work, alongside the founding editor of Inc. magazine and the founding art director of Fast Company. He has spoken at marketing, media and content conferences around the world and is also an award-winning fiction writer. He lives in Montreal.

What you’ll learn: The realities of the magazine industry and the state of the media industry overall, the avenues open currently, how to build creative teams, how to build media brands, how to become the best at what you want to become, how to operate independently (if a freelancer) or how to become part of larger teams, how media works (and how it doesn’t), options within media that j-school (still!) doesn’t tell you about, the truth about money, how to work nicely with others and when you perhaps shouldn’t work so nicely, and more!


Deanne Gage is a Toronto-based editor and writer who has specialized in personal finance issues for more than two decades. She’s the editor of FORUM magazine, and a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail‘s Globe Advisor section of Report on Business. She is the former money makeover columnist for the Toronto Star. A recipient of several journalism awards, Deanne’s work has also appeared in Chatelaine, MoneySense, Morningstar.ca, Today’s Parent, and leading business-to-business publications.

What you’ll learn: How to hustle for business, strategies for coming up with story ideas and sources for those stories, the right way to pitch editors, interviewing techniques, overall strategies to be a successful sole proprietor and/or an editor/section editor for a magazine, and more!


Samia Madwar is the managing editor of The Walrus. Before joining The Walrus, she worked at Up Here magazine, based in Yellowknife, for three years, where she learned how to balance meeting deadlines with spending time outside. She now serves on the board of directors of Magazines Canada.

What you’ll learn: The art of pitching to magazines, writing and editing longform journalism, networking, managing a team of editors and production staff, magazine production, fact-checking, what it takes to help publish a broad, diverse range of voices, and more!


Informed by her rich and varied 20+ years as a journalist and audience specialist, Sandra E. Martin is a multiplatform content strategist, an instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, and Head of Newsroom Development at The Globe and Mail. Previously, Sandra served as Editor-in-Chief of MoneySense where, under her leadership, the online personal finance magazine earned two finalist nods in the 2021 Canadian Online Publishing Awards, to be announced in February 2022, and picked up a Silver award in the Best Service Article or Series–Consumer category at the 2020 COPAs. During her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living, the magazine won numerous accolades, 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 the National Post, among others. She is a two-time National Magazine Awards finalist, a repeat NMA judge, and a two-time NMA host. She sits on the board of directors of Canada’s History Society (publishers of Canada’s History and Kayak magazines), and SABEW Canada (which promotes excellence in business writing and editing).

What you’ll learn: Strategies for career development, networking, editorial administration, pitching and developing story ideas, research and interviews, human resources and recruitment, personal brand-building, and more!


Omar Mouallem has over 15 years of professional magazine experience. His articles have been published in such titles as WIRED and Rolling Stone and received multiple honours from the National Magazine Awards. He’s also co-founded two magazines, consulted on titles, and hosted the Alberta Magazines podcast. In addition, Omar is an acclaimed author and documentary filmmaker, whose most recent film, The Last Baron, was adapted from his article about a renegade burger chain.

What you’ll learn: All forms of magazine writing, including narrative journalism, long-form features, short articles and FOB (front of book); public appearances/speaking as a writer; editorial management, and more!


Melissa Shin is the Editorial Director of Advisor’s Edge and Investment Executive, Canada’s top financial services publications. As an award-winning journalist, Melissa turns technical subject matter into accessible content for sophisticated audiences. She is also an experienced moderator and speaker. Melissa started at Advisor’s Edge in 2011. Prior to that, she was managing editor of Corporate Knights magazine. From 2013 to 2017, Melissa chaired the board of Point of View magazine, and she is now secretary of the board of Fashion Takes Action. She is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University.

What you’ll learn: How to listen to yourself and trust your instincts, how to advocate for yourself, how to pitch and develop story ideas, the editorial process, B2B journalism, and more!


Garth Thomas is Managing Director of Business and Financial products at The Globe and Mail. In this role, Garth is responsible for the business operations, strategy, commercial performance and new business initiatives across all platforms for The Globe and Mail’s business and financial products that include Report on Business, Report on Business magazine, Globe Investor, and Globe Advisor. Prior to The Globe and Mail, Garth spent over 20 years at Rogers Media where he was responsible for launching and developing business initiatives which included Today’s Parent Approved, The Growth 500 and the Maclean’s University franchise, among others. Prior to 2017, Garth was Executive Publisher responsible for the business operations of Rogers Publishing’s extensive portfolio of over 20 brands that included titles such as Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Hello!, Marketing, The Medical Post and Advisor.ca.

What you’ll learn: Leadership, business strategy, business development, digital product development in both B2B and B2C environments, and more!

Questions?

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact staff@magazine-awards.com.

This program is made possible with the support of Ontario Creates and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Celebrating Indigenous Creators

The National Media Awards Foundation showcased the most impactful work published in Canadian periodicals in 2020 at the 2021 National Magazine Awards Winners Celebration on June 11. 

For National Indigenous History Month, the NMAF is highlighting the exceptional work of the Indigenous creators who received awards and nominations this year.


Issue Grand Prix 

In the Issue Grand Prix category, the Gold winner was The Land Back Issue, published in Briarpatch, by Nickita Longman, Emily Riddle, and Alex Wilson (with editor Saima Desai). In reference to the issue, the creators wrote the following: “‘Land Back’ is the demand to rightfully return colonized land – like that in so-called Canada – to Indigenous Peoples. But when we say “Land Back” we aren’t asking for just the ground, or for a piece of paper that allows us to tear up and pollute the earth. We want the system that is land to be alive so that it can perpetuate itself, and perpetuate us as an extension of itself. That’s what we want back: our place in keeping land alive and spiritually connected.”

Also receiving Honourable Mention in the Issue Grand Prix category was Technology in a Changing Climate, published in Root & STEM, by the Pinnguaq Association. The Pinnguaq Association, a not-for-profit organization, incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) into unique learning applications that promote storytelling, health, wellness, and growth with rural and remote communities. At its core, Pinnguaq embraces diversity and creates opportunities in order to empower all people. Jerry Kobalenko, Dez Loreen, Courtney Milne, Jack Hoggarth, and Shirley Tagalik were among the contributors to this issue.

Personal Journalism

Joshua Whitehead received Gold in the Personal Journalism category for “Who Names the Rez Dog Rez?,” published in The Malahat Review. Joshua was also was nominated in the same category for their story, “A Geography of Queer Woundings,” for Grain Magazine. Joshua is a Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). Their work has been published in Prairie Fire, CV2, EVENT, Arc Poetry Magazine, The Fiddlehead, Grain, CNQ, Write, and Red Rising Magazine.

Also receiving Honourable Mention were Antoine Mountain and Raymond Yakeleya for “Our Life, Our Land, Our Voice,” published in Up Here Magazine.

Antoine Mountain is Dene, North American First Nations, originally from Rádeyı̨lı̨kóé (Fort Good Hope) in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Raymond Yakeleya, a Dené filmmaker from Tulita, Northwest Territories, has produced award-winning programs for Bravo, APTN, PBS and other broadcasters through their Edmonton-based company, the Earth Magic Media Group.

Essays

In the Essays category, Alicia Elliott received Honourable Mention for “Still Up in the Air,” published in Chatelaine. Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. Their writing has been published by The Toast, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly, The Globe and Mail, Vice, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, CBC Books, and many others. Alicia has had essays nominated for National Magazine Awards multiple times, winning Gold in 2017.

Best Editorial Package

The Gold Winner for the Best Editorial Package was Threads, published by Inuit Art Quarterly. Napatsi Folger, John Geoghegan, Emily Henderson, Susan Kaplan, Genevieve LeMoine, Michael Stevens, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Myra Kukiiyaut, Matt Hoffman, Elizabeth Qulaut contributed to the issue.

The publication also received Honourable Mention in the same category for their Painting and Relations issues.

One of a Kind Storytelling

Richard Van Camp (Comic, Writer) and Kyle Charles (Comic, Illustrator) received an Honourable Mention in the category of One a Kind Storytelling for their piece “Our Grandpa’s Story: Pierre Washie,” published in Root & STEM.

Richard Van Camp is a Dogrib Tłı̨chǫ writer of the Dene nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. Richard is best known for their 1996 novel The Lesser Blessed, which was adapted into a film by director Anita Doron in 2012.

Kyle Charles is a writer and illustrator living in Edmonton, Alberta. They have drawn for several series including Roche Limit: Clandestiny and Her Infernal Descent. Kyle has also written and illustrated short stories for publishers like Heavy Metal and OnSpec Magazine. Kyle is a member of Whitefish Lake First Nation.

Investigative Reporting 

In the Investigative Reporting category, The New Lobster Wars, written by Zoe Tennant for The Walrus, received an Honourable Mention. Marcus Gosse was a contributing artist to the story. Gosse is a Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Artist represented by The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art, and a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band in Newfoundland. The New Lobster Wars also received Honourable Mention in the category of Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+.

Portrait Photography

Meet the people saving Canada’s native grasslands,” published by The Narwhal and with photos by Amber Bracken received Honourable Mention for Portrait Photography.

Stephanie Wood was a contributor to the story. Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh journalist living and writing in North Vancouver. In 2020, Steph was nominated for the Emerging Indigenous Journalist award by the Canadian Association of Journalists.

Poetry

Emily Riddle took home Silver in Poetry for “Louise,” published in PRISM International. Emily also received an Honourable Mention for “Cree Girl Explodes the Political Project Called “Alberta,” published in Room. Emily Riddle is nehiyaw, a member of the Alexander First Nation in Treaty 6 territory. Emily grew up in and is currently based in Edmonton. They are currently the Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations for the Edmonton Public Library and was named Top 30 Under 30 by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation in 2019. Their writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Teen Vogue, Vice, and other publications. 

Matthew James Weigel also received an Honourable Mention for “CPR Advertisements of a Populated Landscape / on the boundaries of treaty no. 6,” published in Arc Poetry Magazine. Matthew is an award winning Dënësųłinë́ & Métis writer creating in Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+

Julian Brave NoiseCat received an Honourable Mention in the Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+ category for “Promised Lands,” published in Canadian Geographic. Julian is a member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen and a descendant of the Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie. Their journalism has been recognized by the judges of the Livingston Award as well as the Mirror Awards, and by the NMAF in both the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards.

Grand Prix: Best Magazine Awards

Inuit Art Quarterly received an Honourable Mention for Best Magazine: Art, Literary and Culture.

Tusaayaksat Magazine received an Honourable Mention for Best Magazine: Special Interest.

Cross-Programming Categories

Also worth noting was “Amachewespimawin: Shooting for the Cree way of life,” by CBC Saskatchewan, which received Honourable Mention for Best Online Video: Mini-Doc.


Congratulations to all of the creators!

Apply to Judge

We welcome applications from people who bring different perspectives to the judging process—from established industry leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We are also committed to addressing systemic racism and structural biases in Canadian media by ensuring that our judging panels are reflective of Canada’s cultural diversity. Do you have any questions about the judging process? Email us at staff@magazine-awards.com!

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Nous encourageons les candidatures de personnes qui apportent une perspective différente au processus d’évaluation—des chefs de file de l’industrie aux talents émergents reconnus. Nous nous engageons également à lutter contre le racisme systémique et les préjugés structurels au sein des médias canadiens en garantissant que nos panels de juges reflètent la diversité culturelle du Canada. Avez-vous des questions sur le processus de jugement? Écrivez-nous à staff@magazine-awards.com!