Categories Announced for the 44th National Magazine Awards

The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the lineup of categories for the 2021 National Magazine Awards. Our program for 2021 features 29 categories, plus two special awards and seven additional categories that are part of a new, cross-programming initiative.

Writing & Visual Awards:

  1. Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+
  2. Long-Form Feature Writing
  3. Feature Writing
  4. Short Feature Writing
  5. Columns
  6. Essays
  7. Investigative Reporting
  8. Fiction
  9. Personal Journalism
  10. Poetry
  11. Profiles
  12. Service Journalism
  13. Best Emerging Writer
  14. Illustration (incl. Spot & Photo Illustration)
  15. Portrait Photography
  16. Lifestyle Photography
  17. Photo Essay & Journalism
  18. One of a Kind Storytelling

Editorial Awards:

  1. Art Direction of a Single Article
  2. Best Editorial Package
  3. Art Direction Grand Prix
  4. Editor Grand Prix
  5. Cover Grand Prix
  6. Issue Grand Prix
  7. Publisher Grand Prix

Grand Prix: Best Magazine Awards

  1. Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest
  2. Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle
  3. Best Magazine: Art, Literary, Culture
  4. Best Magazine: Special Interest

Special Awards:

  • Magazine Grand Prix
  • Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

Additional Categories

New for 2021, we encourage NMA participants to submit their work to the following categories, which will compete among those submitted to the Digital Publishing Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B programs. For this cross-programming initiative, all entries will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and winners will be announced across all three programs. For more information, please see our rules.

  • Best Editorial Newsletter
  • Best Podcast: News and Politics
  • Best Podcast: Arts and Culture
  • Best Online Video: Short
  • Best Online Video: Feature
  • Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
  • Best Virtual Event

The NMAF will present the winners of the 44th National Magazine Awards in spring 2021. If you’re interested in submitting to the 2021 NMAs, please note that the call for entries opens on December 21, 2020 and closes on January 28, 2021. To save on fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 21, 2021.

We have also made a change to our submission requirements in response to the challenges surrounding COVID-19.

Our Freelancer Support Fund and Small Magazine Rebate will be available once again this year, ensuring that the National Magazine Awards recognize the best work from a broad range of Canadian creators and magazines.

Categories Announced for the 42nd National Magazine Awards

The NMAF is thrilled to present the newly revised category lineup for the 2019 National Magazine Awards. The program features 29 categories, reflecting the Canadian media landscape and recognizing the outstanding achievements of the industry’s top magazine creators and publishers.

CategoryLineup

Category Lineup for the 42nd National Magazine Awards

Writing and Visual Awards, recognizing writers and visual creators, and rewarding Gold Medal winners with a $1000 cash prize. Both print and digital magazines are eligible.

  1. Long-form Feature Writing
  2. Feature Writing
  3. Short Feature Writing
  4. Columns
  5. Essays
  6. Investigative Reporting
  7. Fiction
  8. Personal Journalism
  9. Poetry
  10. Professional Article
  11. Profiles
  12. Service Journalism
  13. Best New Magazine Writer
  14. Illustration (including Spot and Photo Illustration)
  15. Portrait Photography
  16. Lifestyle Photography
  17. Photo Essay and Photojournalism
  18. One of a Kind Storytelling

Editorial Awards, recognizing teams of magazine editors, art directors creators, and other contributors, in print or digital magazines. New to this year’s lineup are Issue Grand Prix and Publisher Grand Prix.

19. Art Direction of a Single Article
20. Best Editorial Package
21. Art Direction grand Prix
22. Editor Grand Prix
23. Cover Grand Prix
24. Issue Grand Prix
25. Publisher Grand Prix

The four Grand Prix: Best Magazine Awards reward outstanding achievement in magazine publishing. These magazine consistently engage, surprise, and serve the needs of their readers.

26. Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest
27. Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle
28. Art, Literary, & Culture
29. Best Magazine: Special Interest

At the 42nd annual NMA Gala, we will also present the two highest honours bestowed to a magazine and an individual: Magazine Grand Prix and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The magazine which demonstrates overall excellence in bringing its publishing team together to create an outstanding product will be awarded the Magazine Grand Prix title (formerly Magazine of the Year). The individual who has offered innovative and creative contributions to the magazine industry will be presented with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Note that for these special awards, there is no entry fee.

The call for entries opens December 17, 2018 and closes January 18, 2019.

NMA CfJ19

The NMAF is currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the juries for this year’s National Magazine Awards. Click here for more information.