The 2019 National Magazine Awards feature 29 categories. There are 4 types of awards categories: Written & Visual (which include a cash prize of $1,000 for Gold medal winners), Editorial, Grand Prix: Best magazine, and Special.
Call for Entries : December 17, 2018 – January 18, 2019
Submitters are responsible for ensuring that their submissions conform to the category definitions and restrictions. Please review the Eligibility & Rules.
WRITING & VISUAL AWARDS<
These 18 awards, including cash prizes and certificates, are presented to the writers or visual creators. Art directors, editors and publishers may receive recognition, a certificate and winner’s seal. There will be a maximum of 10 finalists for each award. Silver awards include a certificate and winner’s seal. Gold awards include a certificate, winner’s seal and a $1000 cash prize.
$100/submission (+HST) Early Bird Rate
$125/submission (+HST) Regular Rate
Freelancers: Freelancers submitting their own work may be eligible for the Freelancer Support Fund, by which the entry fees on your first two entries are just $50 (+HST) each. Please enter as an “individual” when using the submission portal.
- Long-Form Feature Writing
Honours outstanding feature writing of a magazine story of minimum 3500 words in length, in any field or subject.
- Feature Writing
Honours outstanding feature writing of a magazine story between 2000-3500 words in length, in any field or subject.
- Short Feature Writing
Honours outstanding feature writing of a magazine story of maximum 2000 words in length, in any field or subject.
Honours outstanding magazine writing by a regular columnist. Entries consist of any three columns by a single author in single publication.
Honours outstanding magazine writing in which the writer’s perspective is paramount and offers an argument or an intellectual point of view. The regular columns of columnists are not eligible in Essays.
- Investigative Reporting
Honours outstanding magazine writing based on original fact-finding, enterprising newsgathering, and/or news reporting in any field or subject. Entries should include a background statement (max 500 words) providing context for the investigation and any details of the investigative process that may be relevant to the jury’s consideration.
Honours a work of short fiction first published by the magazine.
- Personal Journalism
Honours outstanding magazine writing that focuses on the personal experiences of the writer.
Honours a work of poetry first published by the magazine. Entries may consist of a single poem or a series of up to three poems by the same author from a single issue.
- Professional Article
Honours outstanding magazine writing dealing with subjects, practices, events or developments of importance to a professional industry. This award recognizes excellence in business-to-business journalism.
Honours outstanding magazine writing that focuses on one person or a group.
- Service Journalism
Honours outstanding magazine writing that is driven by informational or instructional content in any field or subject.
- Best New Magazine Writer
Honours a writer whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise. Entries consist of a single feature story along with a reference letter from a teacher, mentor, editor or colleague, attesting to the candidate’s eligibility and providing context for the work. Open to students and writers with a maximum 2 years’ experience in professional journalism.
- Illustration (incl. Spot & Photo Illustration)
Honours outstanding illustration, single or series accompanying a single article, including cover, photo and spot illustration.
- Portrait Photography
Honours outstanding photography, single photograph or series, for a single article on one or more people.
- Lifestyle Photography
Honours outstanding photography, single photograph or series, of a lifestyle or still-life subject including food, products, fashion, beauty, décor, homes and landscapes.
- Photo Essay & Photojournalism
Honours outstanding photography, single photograph or series, shot on location which records events or situations not controlled by the photographer.
- One of a Kind Storytelling
Honours outstanding magazine storytelling whose content or style is so unique that it does not fit the definition of any other category. Entries may consist of (but are not limited to) text, photographs and visual art, graphic narratives and comics, infographics, digital media, or any combination of elements serving a single story. The intent of this award is to recognize achievement in magazine storytelling that is not easily classified.
The seven Editorial Awards recognize excellence by a team of magazine editors, art directors, creators and other contributors. There will be a maximum of 10 finalists for each award. Gold and Silver awards include a certificate for each contributor and the winner’s seal.
$125/submission (+HST) Early Bird Rate
$150/submission (+HST) Regular Rate
- Art Direction of a Single Article
Honours outstanding art direction of a single magazine article, reflecting the creative use of design and visual elements to enhance reader experience.
- Best Editorial Package
Honours an outstanding collection of articles and content on a related theme in a single issue, which reflects collaboration by writers, editors, art directors and/or visual creators. Elements may include (but are not limited to) annotations, illustrations, photography, sidebars, infographics and captions. Entries may consist of a series of related feature articles and content packaged together, or an entire special or thematic issue.
- Art Direction Grand Prix
Honours an individual responsible for the best art direction of an entire issue of a magazine.
- Editor Grand Prix
Honours an individual who is making an outstanding impact on a magazine as an editor. This category is open to editor-in-chiefs as well as senior-level editing staff who have demonstrated a high degree of excellence in their field.
- Cover Grand Prix
Honours outstanding creation of a magazine cover, reflecting collaboration by editors, circulators and art directors to enhance reader experience.
- Issue Grand Prix
Honours an outstanding issue, which will be judged in terms of overall quality and originality of the content as well as its relevance to the intended readers.
- Publisher Grand Prix
Honours the publisher whose brand best delivers on their editorial mandate through numerous platforms, which may include, in addition to a print or digital magazine: websites, special issues or other publications, mobile apps, social media platforms, television shows, podcasts, events, merchandising or any other initiatives or forms of audience engagement.
GRAND PRIX: BEST MAGAZINE AWARDS
The four Best Magazine Awards honour the magazines that most consistently engage, surprise and serve the needs of their readers. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in magazine publishing over the past year. The jury shall evaluate each magazine according to four general criteria—quality, currency, design and reader experience. Each submitter will be asked, on the entry form, to provide a brief statement on each of the criteria for the jury’s consideration. There will be 3 finalists for each award and one overall winner. A publication may enter two of the Best Magazine categories. Entries from digital-only publications are eligible.
$125 (+HST) Early Bird Rate
$150 (+HST) Regular Rate
- Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest
Honours the most outstanding Canadian magazine whose editorial mandate focuses on general interest content, including but not limited to news, current events, society, sports, politics, business, science.
- Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle
Honours the most outstanding Canadian magazine whose editorial mandate focuses on lifestyle, fashion and beauty content, and/or has a clear service orientation, focusing on informational or instructional content in any field or subject. This category includes publications focussing on entertainment, fashion, beauty or style, food and beverage, outdoor activities, travel and tourism, home design, health and wellness, personal finance, parenting, recreation, and hobbies.
- Art, Literary & Culture
Honours the most outstanding Canadian magazine whose editorial mandate focuses on the literary, culture or visual arts, including but not limited to fiction, poetry, drama, literary criticism, photography, or visual arts.
- Best Magazine: Special Interest
Honours the most outstanding Canadian magazine serving a highly niche audience. A niche audience may include but not limited to children and young adult, industry professionals, students, regional or specific communities of readers. Special Interest issues are not eligible.
Magazine Grand Prix
Honours the magazine that delivers the best consistency, packaging and reader experience; that demonstrates overall excellence in bringing teams together to create a spectacular product; is aspirational and inspiring, helping to take magazine media to the next level.
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
Honours an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the Canadian magazine industry. This award may recognize creators, editors, publishers, art directors, circulation experts, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, production managers—in short, anyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously.
LOOKING FOR DIGITAL CATEGORIES? Written and visual content from tablet magazines and magazine websites is eligible in most NMA categories. You may also submit digital content in our Digital Publishing Awards program, which was created specifically for Canadian digital publishers. Submissions for the 2019 Digital Publishing Awards will be accepted from January 2-31, 2019.