Call for Nominations: National Magazine Award for Outstanding Achievement


 
The Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is the highest individual honour bestowed by the National Magazine Awards. [français]
The NMAF is currently accepting nominations from the Canadian magazine industry for this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award. The deadline is March 1, 2015.
The Foundation Award recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.
The award is open to circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, writers, illustrators, photographers, designers, production managers–in short, to everyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously.
Nominations for this award are welcome from everyone in the industry.  The nomination consists of a letter from the nominator indicating the candidate’s name, title and career achievements, with supporting letters from at least two (2) other individuals.
The Judging Committee of the National Magazine Awards Foundation will consider the nominations, along with nominations from members of the Committee itself. The Board of Directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation will select the winner. No entry fee is required. Applicants not selected will be kept under consideration for two (2) additional years.
Nominations may be submitted via email to staff[at]magazine-awards.com.
Previous winners include Kim Jernigan, Stephen Trumper, Heather Robertson, D.B. Scott, Terry Sellwood, John Macfarlane and more.
For more information visit magazine-awards.com/oa
The deadline for nominations is March 1.

Last Chance: National Magazine Awards Early-Bird Submissions


Enter online at magazine-awards.com by midnight on Sunday, January 11, to qualify for the Early-Bird rate for entries to the National Magazine Awards.
You need only complete the online application (including uploading required PDFs) and submit payment by the deadline to qualify for the Early-Bird rate.
If you are paying by cheque, you must complete the online application and generate your invoice by the deadline, but the cheque itself can be received next week.
Any required hard copies can be received next week without affecting your Early-Bird rate.
All material (including cheques and hard copies) must be received by January 19.
Last-minute questions? Consult the Categories, Rules, and FAQ.
Or email us at staff@magazine-awards.com.
IMPORTANT: Our offices will be closed on the weekend (so please do not drop off packages in person). But we are available by email to assist you.

Last Call for Entries: National Magazine Awards


Happy 2015 from the National Magazine Awards Foundation! There is but one week until the Early-Bird submissions deadline. January 11 is your deadline to save on entry fees.
Submit your best work from 2014 for awards in 45 written, visual, integrated and special categories. The final deadline is January 19. Visit magazine-awards.com to enter.
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Early-Bird Deadline Tips: To qualify for the Early-Bird discount on entry fees, you must complete the online portion of the submission process by midnight ET on Sunday January 11, including payment.

You do NOT have to submit hard copies, where required, by January 11. Only by January 19. If paying by cheque, you still must complete the online application by January 11 so your invoice will indicate the Early-Bird rate.

REMEMBER: No More Photocopies: All written categories except Editorial Package no longer require hard copies. Submit only single-spread 8.5×11 PDF versions when you complete the online application.

There are 21 Written Categories, 10 Visual Categories and 7 Integrated Categories. Additionally there are 7 Special Categories:

Magazine of the Year
Magazine Website of the Year
Tablet Magazine of the Year
Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Illustrator or Photographer
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

… and our newest award:

Best Magazine Brand

Enter today at magazine-awards.com. Don’t miss the deadline.

The National Magazine Award for Best Magazine Brand


We know that magazine publishers work hard to extend their brand across multiple platforms to attract readers and grow their business, and this year the National Magazine Awards Foundation will recognize this ingenuity with the award for Best Magazine Brand. Whether you’re advancing your publishing mandate with mobile apps, radio and television broadcasts, live events, SIPs, social media campaigns or other innovations in audience engagement, we want to recognize your work and showcase your brand to the industry.
CRITERIA
The award for Best Magazine Brand will go to the publication whose brand best delivers on its editorial mandate through at least three platforms. The platforms may include but are not limited to a print or digital magazine, a website, SIP(s), mobile app(s), tablet edition, social media, television shows, radio broadcasts and podcasts, live events, innovations in print or digital media and other forms of audience engagement.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Publishers must complete the online application and submit in hard copy four (4) copies of a submission package which must include:

  • a) A cover letter of maximum two pages summarizing the strength of the publication’s brand identity against its editorial mandate and the achievements during 2014;
  • b) Any print edition of the magazine from 2014, if applicable; and
  • c) Any supporting documentation (such as links to social media, summaries of research, event materials, products, etc.) that attests to the success of the brand in 2014.

FEES AND DEADLINES
The application fee for Best Magazine Brand is $175 +HST. All supporting materials must be received by January 19.
FINALISTS AND WINNER
A shortlist of three finalists will be announced on May 4 and all finalists will receive a certificate and recognition in NMAF publications and at the awards gala. The winner will be announced on June 5 at the 38th annual National Magazine Awards and be promoted to the Canadian magazine industry and public in a promotional campaign whose goal is to showcase the winner’s branding strategy as a benchmark of excellence and an inspiration to others.
Submit today at magazine-awards.com. Final deadline: January 19.

The National Magazine Award for Best New Illustrator or Photographer

"Top Shelf" (Report on Business Magazine) by The Coveteur, former winner of Best New Illustrator or Photographer
“Top Shelf” (Report on Business Magazine) by The Coveteur, former winner of Best New Illustrator or Photographer

Are you an emerging Canadian magazine illustrator, photographer, graphic artist or digital image creator? Have you published your first major piece of visual work in a Canadian consumer magazine, university magazine or arts journal within the last 3 years? Chances are you’re eligible to be named Canada’s Best New Illustrator or Photographer from the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
The National Magazine Award for Best New Illustrator or Photographer goes to the artist whose early work in Canadian magazines (print, online or tablet) shows the highest degree of craft and promise.
The inaugural winner of this award, illustrator Byron Eggenscwhiler, has been nominated for 9 National Magazine Awards in total, winning 5 times, and his work has been published in Cottage Life, Swerve, More, Up Here, Maisonneuve and elsewhere. Read our interview with Byron about his career.
Another winner, the fashion & beauty collective The Coveteur, have been published in Report on Business, Toronto Life and elsewhere. Read our interview with The Coveteur about their creative work.
ELIGIBILITY
Eligible work–illustration, photo illustration, photography, infographics, graphic narratives and digital images–must have been published in a Canadian magazine (print, online or tablet) between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014, and must be at least one full page in size or digital equivalent, a single or series accompanying an article or editorial package. Candidates must not have published any magazine work larger than one page prior to 2012. The intent is to restrict this award to students and visual artists with a maximum of 3 years’ experience in professional journalism. One entry per person. See the NMAF’s general rules for further information about eligible publications.

HOW TO ENTER
Enter your submissions at magazine-awards.com. Submissions may be made by the artist or their art director or teacher. Entrants must complete the online application and submit required hard copies (see below). The deadline for applications including all required hard copies is January 19. The cost to enter is only $25 +HST.
REQUIREMENTS

  • Upload a PDF of your work during the online application.
  • Submit in hard copy four (4) sets of original tear sheets and four (4) copies of a letter of reference from a teacher, art director, mentor or colleague which attests to the candidate’s eligibility and provides context for the work submitted. Both the visual work and letter are reviewed by the judges.
  • Pay the submission fee ($25 + HST) by cheque or credit card.

FINALISTS AND WINNERS
A shortlist of 3 finalists will be announced on May 4, and all finalists receive a certificate and recognition in NMAF publications and at the gala. The winner will be revealed at the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 5.
PRIZE
$500 cash; plus the right to call yourself a National Magazine Award winner. We’ll interview you on our blog and promote you and your work nationwide.
More information and to submit:
magazine-awards.com/bnip 
Don’t forget the deadline: January 19, 2015.