New BC science magazine Hakai to launch in 2015


Launching in the spring of 2015, Hakai Magazine, an independent online magazine based in Victoria, British Columbia and published by the Tula Foundation, will be devoted to the the science and societies of coastal ecosystems.
The foundation also supports the Hakai Institute on Calvert Island (with other research stations in the region) devoted to field research in coastal sciences.
The  new magazine’s editorial mandate, note the publishers, will be to:

explore the ties between the ocean, land, and human societies through long- and short-form journalism, illustrations, infographics, photos, and videos. We aim to inspire people and communities to think about their relationship with coastal ecosystems — from multiple perspectives — on a daily basis. We’re Planet Ocean, not Planet Earth.

The magazine has already announced a call for submissions, looking for features, columns, photography, illustration and video art.
They’ve also put out a self-described manifesto, noting pointedly (and honestly) that “[to] launch a magazine in the 21st century is a little crazy. But the disruption to 20th century media outlets by the Internet has created irresistible opportunities.”

Our mission is ancient: to inform the individual and unite the tribe through the tradition of storytelling. The means is modern: through the web. The goal is lofty: a global conversation about the world’s coastlines.

Well said.
More information at hakaimagazine.com.

See you at Word on the Street


This weekend a great Canadian literary tradition continues as Word on the Street comes to five cities for a day of magazine and CanLit love.
Come on out Sunday in Toronto, Saskatoon, Halifax and Lethbridge, or Saturday in Kitchener, to discover new magazines, find great deals on subscriptions and books, listen to your favourite writers talk about their craft, and enjoy a fun afternoon.
WOTS Toronto
Sunday, September 21, 11am – 6pm, Queen’s Park Circle
WOTS Kitchener
Saturday, September 20, 11am – 5pm, Downtown Kitchener City Hall
WOTS Saskatoon
Sunday, September 21, 11am – 5pm, Civic Square
WOTS Lethbridge
Sunday, September 21, 11am – 5pm, Main Library, 5th Ave S. & 8 St. S.
WOTS Halifax
Sunday, September 21, 11am – 5pm, Halifax Waterfront
Participating National Magazine Award-winning magazines include:
Alternatives Journal, Brick, Broken Pencil, Canadian Art, Canadian Dimension, Descant, The Feathertale Review, Geist, Hazlitt, Little Brother Magazine, Shameless, Spacing, Taddle Creek, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, This Magazine, Toronto Life, Vallum, Worn Fashion Journal, Zoomer and more.
See you this weekend.
Hat tip: Canadian Magazines
This post was updated to correct a misspelling of Saskatoon. We regret the error.

Nominees announced for the Western Magazine Awards


The Western Magazine Awards Foundation has announced the finalists for its 2014 awards competition, which features 28 categories for written and visual content and overall excellence. Vancouver Magazine and Western Living led the way with 17 and 15 nominations, respectively. Eighteen Bridges and Up Here landed 8 nods each. Other magazines with significant nominations include Alberta Views, Swerve, Avenue, sub-Terrain, Up Here Business, Prairie Fire and Westworld Saskatchewan.
The winners will be announced and presented at the WMAF Gala on Friday, September 26th, 2014 at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Complete list of nominees.
Major award nominees:
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: ALBERTA + NWT
Alberta Views magazine
Eighteen Bridges
Swerve
Up Here
Up Here Business
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: BRITISH COLUMBIA + YUKON
BC Business Magazine
British Columbia Magazine
MONTECRISTO Magazine
Vancouver Magazine
Western Living
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: MANITOBA
Border Crossings
Canada’s History
Prairie Fire
The Cottager
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: SASKATCHEWAN
Farming For Tomorrow
Saskatoon HOME Magazine
Westworld Saskatchewan
BEST NEW MAGAZINE
Glass Buffalo
Homes & Living Magazine – Calgary
NICHE magazine
BEST ON-LINE MAGAZINE
BCLiving.ca
GalleriesWest.ca
Kerrisdale Playbook
MONTECRISTOmagazine.com
Vitamin Daily
BEST TRADE MAGAZINE
AgAdvance Journal
Border Crossings
Just for Canadian Dentists
Oilsands Review
Oilweek
BEST NEW WRITER         
Women in Charge by Miranda Martini, AlbertaViews
Living the Dream by Sara Samson, Avenue
Smoked by Ariana Kaknevicius, Bacon
The Cost of Caring by Janis Letchumanan, Pacific Rim Magazine
The Useful Citizen by Rosemary Anderson, Trek (UBC Alumni Magazine)
For a complete list of all nominations, including individual writing and visual awards, click here.

Canadian Magazine Awards Roundup


[This post has been updated to note that the Western Magazine Awards have extended their submissions deadline until May 29.]
This Thursday, May 1, the National Magazine Awards Foundation will announce the nominees for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards, to be held in Toronto on June 6. The list of nominees along with gala and ticket information will be posted right here on this blog, as well as on the NMAF website.
Rounding up the awards season in Canadian magazines:
The Atlantic Journalism Awards have announced the finalists for awards to be presented on May 10 at the Halifax Harbourfront Marriott. There are three categories for magazines (Best Cover, Best Atlantic Magazine Article, Best Magazine Profile). Herald Magazine, Atlantic Salmon Journal, Progress and East Coast Living are among the leading nominees.
The Western Magazine Awards are accepting submissions until April 30 May 29 for their awards program to be held September 26 at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside. The early-bird rate applies to all submissions entered by April 30 May 29.
The Association québecoise des éditeurs de magazine (AQEM) has not yet made an announcement about this year’s Quebec Magazine Awards (Grand Prix de Magazines du Québec). Last year’s were cancelled due to an urgent need to focus on the recycling issue.
The Manitoba Magazine Awards (the “Maggies”) will be held on October 2. Details about submissions will be posted soon on the website of the Manitoba Magazine Publishers’ Association.
The Alberta Magazine Awards were held on March 20 at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary. UPPERCASE won Alberta Magazine of the Year. Glass Buffalo won Best New Magazine. Janine Vangool (UPPERCASE) won for best achievement in editing. Tom Tait (Galleries West) won for best achievement in publishing. Eighteen Bridges, Swerve, Alberta Venture, Freefall and AlbertaViews were among the winners in individual categories.
The 60th anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for B2B magazine publishing will announce the finalists for this year’s awards on May 5. The KRW gala will be held in Toronto on Tuesday, June 3, at Hotel One King West. Nominees, ticket information and other details will be posted on the KRW website next week. The KRWs are also currently accepting submissions for the Harvey Southam Award for Career Achievement – deadline May 2.
Keep it here for more info about magazine awards, especially the National Magazine Awards nominees, to be announced on Thursday May 1.

Off the Page, with Sierra Skye Gemma

 

Sierra Skye Gemma (Photo: Nadya Kwandibens)

Off the Page appears regularly on the Magazine Awards blog. Today we catch up with Sierra Skye Gemma, winner of the 2012 National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer.

NMAF: Earlier this year you won the National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer for a story called “The Wrong Way” (The New Quarterly), a personal essay and critical meditation on the stages of grief. Tell us a bit about how you developed this story and why you decided to submit it in the annual non-fiction writing competition from TNQ?

Sierra: The Wrong Way came out of an assignment in a Creative Non-fiction course with Andreas Schroeder. I had never written a personal essay before and when I started I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to say. Not exactly, anyway. I looked up Kübler-Ross’s Five Stages of Grief because I thought it would explain my experiences. I thought I could structure my essay according to the stages, but I realized that Kübler-Ross’s theory didn’t apply to my life at all. My essay then developed as a sort of antagonistic call-and-response with conventional grief theories.

I sat and wrote it in two sittings, straight through from beginning to end. I didn’t move things around after that and I barely edited it. That said, I had bits and pieces of it already written. Little vignettes that I hadn’t known what to do with before, like the story of buying my son the fish and aquatic frog. I had also taken extensive notes when my sister died and I wrote down lots of dialogue. Maybe that sounds weird; maybe not, if you’re a writer. But what do you do with a short “scene” between siblings that, when read on its own, seems to make light of the death of another sibling? Well, I guess you build an elaborate home in which it can live. The Wrong Way was that home for many of my disjointed experiences with grief.

I submitted the essay to The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest because Andreas Schroeder told me to submit it to a contest (and not through the slush pile of regular submissions); he thought the essay was good enough to win. The New Quarterly’s personal essay contest seemed like the obvious choice. The lesson here? Always listen to Andreas Schroeder.  Continue reading “Off the Page, with Sierra Skye Gemma”