New Charles Wilkins book arose from NMA-winning story

A few years ago, Ontario native and veteran freelance writer Charles Wilkins joined the crew of an experimental rowboat expedition: 16 paddlers in the strangest-looking craft rowed across the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados, becoming the first mariners to cross the ocean without the aid of sail or motor.

Mr. Wilkins published a chronicle of the voyage in Explore magazine, “The Big Blue,” which went on to win a Gold National Magazine Award for travel writing in 2012–the fifth NMA in Wilkins’ distinguished career as a writer. We featured the astounding story in our Summer Reading Series that year.

Following that success at the National Magazine Awards, Mr. Wilkins has published Little Ship of Fools: Sixteen Rowers, One Improbable Boat, Seven Tumultuous Weeks on the Atlantic (Greystone Books), a “rich and fascinating story of courage, community, the importance of risk in our lives, and the resilience and depth of the human spirit.”

A fascinating and hilarious read from one of Canada’s most celebrated adventure writers. Check it out at Greystone Books.

Off the Page, with photographer Ian Willms

Off the Page is an exclusive series produced by the NMAF that reaches out to former National Magazine Award winners to find out what their awards have meant to them and what they’re up to now. As we prepare for this year’s NMA bash, we catch up with National Magazine Award-winning photographer Ian Willms.

NMAF: Last year you won the Gold National Magazine Award for Photojournalism & Photo Essay for “In the Shadow of the Oilsands” published in This Magazine. How has winning this award helped you expand your career?

Ian Willms (Tintype by Marek Warunkiewicz)

Ian Willms: The NMA is a big award and I’m extremely grateful to have won it. I’m sure it has done quite a bit to promote my work and lift my profile as a documentary photographer. Above all else, I’m happy that this award brought the story to more viewers.

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Promote your National Magazine Award with Cover Seals

Attention National Magazine Award-nominated and -winning magazine publishers, editors and art directors: Promote your success at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards with our official winners’ and finalists’ seals.

Adorn your covers, acknowledgement pages, promotional materials and websites with these creative designs to promote to your readers the excellence of your magazine and the writers and artists who contribute to that success.

Contact the NMAF office to request the seals in .pdf or .eps format.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is honoured to congratulate you on your success this year.

Thank you Leif Parsons!

National Magazine Award-winning illustrator Leif Parsons created the fabulous illustration from which blossomed the entire creative look and feel of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards.

Leif Parsons’ highly conceptual illustrations have been used in publications including The Walrus, Esquire, Bloomberg, Real Simple, and The New York Times. With two Gold and one Silver National Magazine Award under his belt for his illustrations, he has been inspired by the works of Nicholas Bleckman, Christoph Nieman, Saul Steinberg, Philip Guston, and the artwork he sees around New York City, where he currently resides.

Thanks also to NMAF board member and The Walrus art director Brian Morgan for his creative direction on the 35th anniversary National Magazine Award illustration.

If you would like to order a copy of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards program please get in touch with us at staff[at]magazine-awards[dot]com.