2020 National Magazine Award Nominees Announced

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We are delighted to unveil the finalists for the 43rd National Magazine Awards, including the publications short listed for the Best Magazine awards. 

NOMINATIONS LIST (PDF)
WINNER’S CELEBRATION INFO
PRESS RELEASE
VERSION FRANÇAISE

For this year’s competition, 174 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—submitted the work of more than 2,000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors, and other creators. The NMAF’s 124 volunteer judges have selected a total of 179 submissions from 64 different Canadian publications for awards in 28 written, visual, editorial, and best magazine categories.


BEST MAGAZINE AWARDS

Three publications have been shortlisted in each of the four Best Magazine divisions. The outstanding nominees are:

Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest

Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle

Best Magazine: Art, Literary & Culture

Best Magazine: Special Interest

GRAND PRIX AWARDS

There are five grand prix categories. Each of these awards is given to the magazine, editor, publisher, issue or art director whose writing and art warrants the highest honour and recognition. 

Magazine Grand Prix

The Magazine Grand Prix award—the highest honour bestowed to a publication—will be presented to one publication among the four winners of the Best Magazine awards, revealed at the upcoming winners’ celebration in June.

Editor Grand Prix

Jocelyn Bell, Broadview

“The complete re-visioning of Broadview magazine in 2019 was a huge undertaking that required strong editorial leadership, and Jocelyn Bell delivered. The magazine’s look and feel, the quality of its content, and its digital presence are greater than ever. The degree of difficulty in transforming Canada’s longest-publishing magazine was high, and it’s clear that her entire team and the magazine’s readers have roundly supported her vision for success. ” NMA Jury

Dawn Calleja, Report on Business

“Due in large part to Dawn Calleja’s professional excellence, Report on Business is in a league of its own in the Canadian magazine industry. Her leadership in guiding stories through production, supporting writers and maintaining a bold vision for the magazine is evident, and over the past year she’s taken on an even larger role, steering the publication through big changes.” NMA Jury

Nicolas Langelier, Nouveau Projet

“Under Nicolas Langelier’s leadership, Nouveau Projet continues to innovate as both a business and a magazine. In the past year they’ve made great strides to extend their brand, develop new writers and bold stories, and become more pan-Canadian. To be as successful as they’ve been and still look for ways to improve is daring. There’s simply no other magazine like it in Canada.” NMA Jury 

Issue Grand Prix

The Issue Grand Prix award honours quality and originality of the content of an entire issue as well as its relevance to the intended readers. The magazine finalists are: Dînette Magazine (017-Duo), Le Trente (Novembre 2019), LSTW (LSTW #4), Maisonneuve (The Climate Issue), Nouveau Projet (No.16), Toronto Life (A Critical Look at Sidewalk Labs), and University of Toronto Magazine (The Migration Issue). 

Art Direction Grand Prix

This coveted award honours excellence in art direction for a complete issue. This year’s nominated art directors include: last year’s winner, Eliane Cadieux (BESIDE: NUMÉRO 07) and Carolyne de Bellefeuille (LSTW: LSTW #4). 

Cover Grand Prix

This notable award celebrates the outstanding creation of a magazine cover in collaboration by editors, circulators and art directors to enhance reader experience. This year’s nominees are Mathieu Lachapelle, Hélène Mallette (Dînette Magazine, 016 – Renouveau), Studio Feed (Esse arts + opinions, no. 97 – Appropriation), Amélie Chamberland, Charles Grandmont (L’actualité, La révolution végane), Edith Pelletier, Christian Blais, Charles Grandmont (L’actualité, Le prochain premier ministre ?) and Brett Gundlock, Studio Wyse, Stacey Gibson (University of Toronto Magazine, The Migration Issue).

Best Emerging Writer

Award sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation
Prix commandité par la Fondation Reader’s Digest

The jury selected three nominees for Best Emerging Writer. This award is given to the individual whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise. This year’s emerging writers are:

NOMINATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Toronto Life leads with 15 nominations (they also had the most nominations in 2019)
  • Maclean’s is in second place with 14 nominations this year
  • The Walrus and L’actualité tied for third with 12 nominations each
  • Alec Castonguay of L’actualité received the most individual nominations with three, followed by several two-time nominated creators:
    • Zander Sherman (Report on Business)
    • Troy Sebastian/nupqu ʔak·ǂam̓ (The Walrus)
    • Shannon Gormley (Maclean’s)
    • Sabrina Myre (ELLE Québec)
    • Rowan McCandless (The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review)
    • Nicholas Hune-Brown (Sharp)
    • Emily Urquhart (Room Magazine)
    • Chris Nuttall-Smith (Toronto Life)

TOP NOMINATED MAGAZINES

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Toronto Life15
Maclean’s14
The Walrus12
L’actualité12
Maisonneuve8
Hazlitt6
Report on Business5
Nouveau Projet5
Dînette Magazine5
Chatelaine5
Broadview5

Air Canada EnRoute has 4 nominations.

Publications with 3 nominations each include Alberta Views, Cottage Life, LSTW, Québec Science and The Malahat Review.

Publications with 2 nominations each include BESIDE, Canada’s History, Canadian Art, Canadian Geographic, Clin d’oeil, ELLE Québec, Esse arts + opinions, EXILE Quarterly, Geist, Grain Magazine, Inuit Art Quarterly, Le Trente, Prairie Fire, Room Magazine, Sharp, Today’s Parent, University of Toronto Magazine and Xtra.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

On April 21, the NMAF was delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2020 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is Don Gillmor. For Gillmor’s incredible contributions to the Canadian magazine industry, we are proud to present him with this prestigious award. Read more.

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Don Gillmor is the recipient of the 2020 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

Congratulations to all the nominees of the 43rd National Magazine Awards!

CREDIT CHANGES

We request that all nominees email us with their contact information by May 1, 2020 so we may share important details of the winners’ celebration. Deadline for credit changes (by email only) is also May 1, 2020.   

ABOUT THE 43rd NMA’s WINNERS’ CELEBRATION

For the first time since its debut in 1977, the National Magazine Awards will be held as a virtual event. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team will be bringing the 43rd annual NMA winners’ celebration live to your homes so the entire magazine community can join the celebration.

Producing this live virtual event requires a full team of technicians and professionals. To help bring this year’s celebration to the industry across the country, the Foundation is requesting a pay-what-you-can donation (we suggest $25) in lieu of ticket costs. As a small charitable organization, these donations are vital to the Foundation’s ability to honour this year’s winners and nominees through this virtual gala. Learn more here.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates and Reader’s Digest Foundation. We are also thankful for the support of our partners, Candescent, CCR Solutions, Cision, Magazines Canada and Very Good Studios.

A special thanks to art director John Montgomery for creating this year’s visual elements.  

Announcing the Nominees of the 2018 National Magazine Awards

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Congratulations to the finalists of the 41st National Magazine Awards. The winners will be presented at the NMA Gala on June 1, 2018 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Tickets are on sale at magazine-awards.com.

Nominations List (PDF)
Gala Info & Tickets
Version française

This year, 197 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—entered the best of their editorial and design to the National Magazine Awards, submitting the work of more than 2000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators.
The NMAF’s 150 volunteer judges have nominated a total of 208 submissions from 81 different Canadian magazines for awards in 29 written, visual, integrated and special categories.
Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on June 1, at the 41st National Magazine Awards gala. Gold winners in Writing and Visual Awards categories receive a cash prize of $1000.
Credit Changes: The deadline to make any changes to your nomination credit is Friday May 4. Email staff@magazine-awards.com to make any credit changes to your nomination.
For sponsorship enquiries please contact NMAF Managing Director Barbara Gould at staff@magazine-awards.com.

Grand Prix: Best Magazines

Nominees – Best Magazine: General Interest
 
 

Nominees – Best Magazine: Service
 
 

Nominees – Best Magazine: Lifestyle
 
 

Nominees – Best Magazine: Fashion & Beauty
 
 

Nominees – Best Magazine: Special Interest
 
 

Nominees – Best Magazine: Art & Literary
 
 

Editorial Awards

Nominees – Editor Grand Prix
 
 

Nominees – Art Direction Grand Prix
 
 

Nominees – Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article

 
 

Nominees – Best Editorial Package
 
 

Nominees – Cover Grand Prix
 
 

Writing & Visual Awards

Nominees – Long-Form Feature Writing
 
 

Nominees – Feature Writing
 
 

Nominees – Short Feature Writing
 
 

Nominees – Columns
 
 

Nominees – Essays
 
 

Nominees – Investigative Reporting
 
 

Nominees – Fiction
 
 

Nominees – Personal Journalism
 
 

Nominees – Poetry
 
 

Nominees – Professional Article
 
 

Nominees – Profiles
 
 

Nominees – Service Journalism
 
 

Nominees – Best New Magazine Writer
 
 

Nominees – Illustration
 
 

Nominees – Portrait Photography
 
 

Nominees – Lifestyle Photography
 
 

Nominees – Photojournalism & Photo Essay
 
 

Nominees – One of a Kind Storytelling
 
 

Congratulations to all of the nominees!
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
We are also thankful for the support of CDS Global, the Reader’s Digest FoundationCisionGoetz StorytellingImpresa CommunicationsMagazines CanadaRedPoint Media and Marketing SolutionsRolland Paper, SoliscoThe Arcadian CourtVery Good Studios and the Feathertale Review
For sponsorship enquiries please contact NMAF Managing Director Barbara Gould at staff@magazine-awards.com.
GALA TICKETS
The NMAF will welcome Canada’s top writers, artists, editors, art directors, publishers and other creators to the 41st annual National Magazine Awards gala. Gold, Silver, and Honourable Mention awards will be announced on June 1, 2018 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now at magazine-awards.com.
Gold winners in Writing and Visual Awards categories receive a cash prize of $1000. Silver winners receive an awards certificate. All other finalists receive Honourable Mention.
CREDIT CHANGES
The deadline to make any changes to nominations credit is Friday, May 4, 2018. Email staff@magazine-awards.com to make any credit changes to your nomination.
Download the complete list of nominations (PDF) to check your nominations credit.
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