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.
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:
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.
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:
The individual must be an early- or mid-career publishing professional who demonstrates a high degree of craft and promise within the publishing industry;
Is based in Canada;
Identifies as Black, Indigenous and/or a person of colour;
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The National Media Awards Foundation is excited to announce we are now accepting submissions for the 45th annual National Magazine Awards! This year, there are 28 categories and nine 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.
The 28 NMA categories are divided into three distinct award groups: Writing & Visual Awards, Editorial Awards, and Grand Prix: Best Magazine Awards.
The nine 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:
The fees for Writing & Visual Awards are $125 per entry, plus HST. The early bird fee is $110 per submission, plus HST. These awards include a cash prize of $1,000 for Gold winners, plus a certificate for both Silver and Gold winners.
For the Editorial Awards and Best Magazine Awards, the fee is $150 per entry plus HST, and the early bird fee is $110 per entry plus HST. Gold and Silver winners of the Editorial Awards, plus each winning magazine of the Best Magazine Awards, will receive a certificate and winner’s seal.
The special awards (Magazine Grand Prix and Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement) have no entry fees and winners will receive a certificate and/or winner’s seal as well.
Support for Freelancers and Small Magazines
Independent writers and creators are entitled to an exclusive promotion under the Freelancer Support Fund, which allows them to get two entries for the price of one. The promotion only applies to two entries in the Writing & Visual Award group. For more details on eligibility and how to access the promotion, click here.
Magazines whose annual revenue is $200,000 or less are also eligible to receive two entries for the price of one under the Small Magazine Rebate. Funds are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to apply early.
The NMA Early Bird Rate offer ends on January 14, 2022 and the final submission deadline is January 21, 2022 at midnight (ET). Note that the deadline for the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is March 2, 2022, and entries submitted after this date must be emailed to email@example.com.
Digital Publishing Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B
Don’t see an NMA category that fits your work? Try the Digital Publishing Awards, where Canadian digital publishers and creators are invited to submit their content to 24 different digital categories. If you’re looking to submit business-to-business content, be sure to check out the National Magazine Awards: B2B’s 18 unique categories.
Since 1977, the NMAF has promoted and honoured excellence in journalism, writing, and visual creation in the Canadian magazine industry. In 2021, almost 2,000 entries across all three of our awards programs were evaluated by a dedicated roster of more than 230 volunteer judges from all areas of the magazine and digital media industries.
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.
Judging will take place in February and March, 2022. To volunteer as a judge, please apply using the form on our website. If you have any questions about how to apply or the rest of the judging process, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re proud to have had some of the finest Canadian journalists, writers, and industry experts serve on our past juries.
The National Magazine Awards have been a major component in the growth of my writing career, and I am inestimably grateful not just for their financial support, but for the recognition from my peers and idols which they represent. Adjudicating the Best Personal Journalism category in 2020 was a deep dive into the breadth and depth of Canada’s masters of the form at the absolute state of the art of contemporary writing, for which I am immensely grateful. It made me a sharper reader, and a sharper writer. — Anthony Oliveira, writer and culture critic, and PhD with the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
It was such an enriching experience to be a judge for the NMAs. Being able to appreciate the work of my peers, and discuss their work with the other judges, made me feel like even more a part of the literary community that has supported and nourished me. — Alicia Elliott, award-winning Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River, Brantford, ON.
Getting your hands on a B2B magazine can be tricky if you don’t belong to a particular profession. As an NMA: B2B judge, I had the pleasure of reading new publications and discovering the rich journalistic and artistic talent behind them. — Luc Rinaldi, freelance journalist and former editor, Pivot magazine, Toronto, ON.
I enjoy the process because it gives me the opportunity to contribute both individually and collectively. Entering my own scores for each entry validates the time I spend reviewing and assessing each submission; discussing my assessments with the other judges during our conference call provides the opportunity to weigh the value of those assessments against the opinions of other industry experts and (on occasion) to argue in favour of work which I feel may have been undervalued. — Dawn Chafe,executive editor, Atlantic Business Magazine, St. John’s, NL.
It’s a great honour to judge the NMAs and see some of the best magazine work happening in Canada. I love editorial design and it’s wonderful when some of the winning entries are small, independent publications that understand great design is integral to their success. — Fidel Peña, creative director and co-founder of Underline Studio, Toronto, ON.
Judging the NMAs allows you to keep tabs on industry leaders, validate someone’s hard work, and boost a worthy talent’s own career. It’s also an easy way to give back to a community that has given all of us so much. — Arjun Basu, senior vice president, Product at Bookmark Content and Communications, Montreal, QC.
The NMAs focus on creators, the people who are create the work that makes everything else possible. Given all of the challenges that creators face in earning a living, participating in a process that recognizes and rewards their efforts is, I think, important and valuable work. — Kim Pittaway, former editor, Chatelaine, and journalism teacher, Dartmouth, NS.
Serving as a judge for the National Magazine Awards, which I have done for at least ten years, is always a highlight of my reading year. It’s like receiving an engaging anthology of great writing by exciting emerging writers, masterful old pros, and hidden treasures. And you get the honour of choosing the best of a wonderful bunch! What could possibly be better? — Stephen Trumper, writer, editor, teacher, volunteer, Toronto, ON.
I think the NMAs themselves are a valuable measure of the accomplishments of Canadian magazine writers and editors. As to the process, we were given sufficient time and a workable structure both leading up to and in the conversation itself. My fellow judges offered interesting insights into the work considered and the process was both engaged and congenial. — Kim Jernigan, former editor, The New Quarterly, Waterloo, ON.
Volunteering as a judge with the National Magazine Awards was a great experience, it really gave me a chance to see the depth and variety of voices being published in Canadian magazines right now, this flourishing of diverse perspectives and thoughts make right now a very exciting time for Canadian media. — Ossie Michelin, award-winning Inuk journalist and activist from the community of North West River, Labrador.
Having been involved since the 1980s, as a board member, president (1991) a member of a special review committee (Strategic Speculation) and a frequent judge, I have a real investment in the event. What I like most of all is the emphasis the awards have nurtured of rewarding the effort of individual creators (rather than the publications, which get to bask in the reflected glory anyway). Some no longer seem to value, or understand, this. But it is one of the things which makes the Magazine Awards special. — D.B. Scott, publisher, Canadian Magazines blog, Cambridge, ON.
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,theGold 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.
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.
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.
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 PaintingandRelations 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.
In the Investigative Reporting category, The New Lobster Wars, written by Zoe Tennant for The Walrus, received an Honourable Mention. Marcus Gossewas 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+.
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.
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.
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.