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
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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

PublicationNominations
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.  

Magazine of the Year: 5 Nominees for the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards


There are more than a thousand magazines in Canada, and each begins with a premise of delighting, surprising, and serving the needs of a community of readers. Whether they cover business or fashion, sports or food, poetry or investigative journalism, city life or international news, Canadian magazines succeed when they pursue top-quality storytelling, compelling design and packaging, innovation, and an awareness of their brand’s relationship to current and future readers.
The NMAF’s judges considered magazines from across the country for our most prestigious award, according to rigorous criteria of quality, impact, innovation, and brand awareness, relative to each magazine’s editorial mandate.
The nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards have been announced, and we are excited to welcome Canada’s best writers, artists, editors, art directors, and more to the gala on May 26. [Tickets]
Here are the 5 finalists the National Magazine Award: Magazine of the Year:


Cottage Life

Penny Caldwell, publisher
Michelle Kelly, editor
Kim Zagar, art director
Published by: Blue Ant Media
Cottage Life’s mission is to enhance and preserve the quality of cottage living, for cottagers whose cottages range from simple, off-grid-cabins to luxurious getaways. Strong how-to and service stories, inspiring ideas and tips, and engaging features about interesting cottagers allows the magazine to entertain and inspire.

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Cottage Life is also nominated for a 40th anniversary National Magazine Award in the categories of One of a Kind and Service Journalism. Penny Caldwell, publisher of Cottage Life and former editor-in-chief, has been named this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award winner for her innovative and creative contributions to the Canadian magazine industry.

With a clear and creative editorial strategy that is loyal to their brand, readership, and business, Cottage Life continues to diversify its mandate, grow its audience, and excel at publishing. The magazine’s tone is perfectly playful, the stories educate and delight, and the packaging is alluring and inspires its readers to action.
National Magazine Awards Jury


Explore

Brad Liski, publisher
David Webb, editor
Aaron Yates, art director
Published by: My Passion Media
Explore is dedicated to publishing the best of outdoor adventure, seeking rich stories of outdoor recreation and adventure travel produced by authentic voices. Within their wide range of content, the magazine aims to always include an element of exploration in the outdoors.

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Explore magazine has an extensive record of National Magazine Awards; dating back to 2001, the magazine has won 56 National Magazine Awards among more than 150 nominations. This is the third time the publication has been nominated for Magazine of the Year, having also been a finalist in 2002 and 2006.

With remarkable strength and clarity in packaging travel features, practical how-to guides, gear reviews, and more, Explore is that rare magazine in which every page engages the core audience. Its content is accessible, its writers dig deep into their stories, and its no surprise that the magazine’s readership is growing fast.
National Magazine Awards Jury


Nouveau Projet

Nicolas Langelier, publisher and editor-in-chief
Jean-François Proulx, art director
Published by: Atelier 10
Nouveau Projet is a culture and society magazine, aiming to stimulate and nurture public debate through curious, sincere, and deep-seated articles. Though the magazine is only five years old, it isn’t new to the Magazine of the Year award. 2017 marks the fourth consecutive year that the Montreal-based publication has been a finalist for Magazine of the Year, winning in 2015 and taking Honourable Mention in 2014 and 2016.

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Nouveau Project is also nominated for a total of 8 awards this year, including Essays, Fiction, Poetry, Art Direction of an Entire Issue, Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article, and Best Words & Pictures.

In the quality of its writing, visual content and design, Nouveau Projet is simply mind-blowing. The magazine surprises and delights readers with big ideas, fresh and original journalism, and beautiful illustrations that complete a thoughtful aesthetic. The magazine’s commitment to developing a strong community of readers is laudatory.
National Magazine Awards Jury


Ricardo

Brigitte Coutu, publisher
Laura Osborne, editor-in-chief
Caroline Blanchette, Lydia Moscato, art directors
Published by: Ricardo Média
Ricardo engages readers as a magazine brimming with delicious, affordable, and simple recipes, aiming to gather friends and family around the table. With their national distribution, they strive to put cooking within reach from coast to coast.

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Since 2011 Ricardo has been awarded three Gold Medals and nine Honourable Mentions at the National Magazine Awards. This year – aside from the prestigious Magazine of the Year award–Ricardo has been nominated in five categories. Photos of irresistible chocolate desserts earned photographer David de Stefano a nomination in the category of Lifestyle Photography, while colourful images of strawberry-themed desserts earned the artistic team at Ricardo a nomination for Best Magazine Cover. Other nominations include Best Service Editorial Package and Best Words and Pictures.

Ricardo is an authoritative magazine and media brand that feels alive and energetic with innovation, now reaching beyond Quebec to the rest of Canada. The food photography is top-notch, the branded merchandise is exemplary, and the service it provides to readers sets the standard for lifestyle magazines.
National Magazine Awards Jury


The Kit Compact

Giorgina Bigioni, publisher
Laura deCarufel
, editor-in-chief
Jessica Hotson, art director
Published by: Star Media Group
The Kit Compact was launched in September 2015 with the goal of offering Toronto millennials Canada’s most compelling beauty and fashion content. The magazine celebrates fascinating style personalities and features a diverse array of real women, using the power of digital, print, and social to tell rich, engaging, multi-platform stories.

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The Kit Compact is a first-time NMA nominee, and they’re starting off strong with a nomination for the prestigious Magazine of the Year Award. Aside from that, The Kit Compact is also nominated for Portrait Photography, for “Deep Impact” (created collaboratively by photographer Luis Mora, art director Jessica Hotson, and editor Rani Sheen), in which six Toronto women “showcase the boss possibilities of black makeup.”

At the intersection of fashion, feminism, and the millennial generation, the new Kit Compact feels like the perfect breakout magazine for 2017. With a successful distribution strategy, robust digital and social platforms, and a commitment to supporting emerging artists and designers, it’s a magazine of profound energy and creativity.
National Magazine Awards Jury


The winner of the National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year will be announced on May 26 at the 40th anniversary NMA Gala in Toronto.
Tickets are on sale now.
Can’t make it. Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards where we’ll be live-tweeting all of the awards announcements.
Check out all the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards.

Best Art Direction of a Magazine Article: 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards


The National Magazine Award for best Art Direction of a Magazine Article honours the design team that creates the best visual package of a magazine story, spread or section.
This year’s National Magazine Awards jury considered an incredible array of magazines for Best Art Direction of a Magazine Article, an award generously sponsored by Studio Wyse, the creative studio that designed the look and feel of the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards.
On April 20 we announced the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards, and we are excited to welcome Canada’s best photographers, art directors, stylists, writers, editors, and more to the gala on May 26. [Tickets]

Here’s a close-up look at the 4 finalists for Art Direction of a Magazine Article…

Savoury Baking
Chatelaine
Casie Wilson, art director
Rebecca Philps, editor
Roberto Caruso, photographer
Ashley Denton, food styling


This is 40(ish)
Chatelaine
Nicola Hamilton, art director
Danielle Groen, editor
Vanessa Wyse, creative direction
Jeff Carlson, photographer
LeeAndra Cianci, illustrator
Michelle Rosen, hair and makeup


Le politique est personnel
Nouveau Projet
Ping Pong Ping, direction artistique
Miriam Fahmy, rédactrice en chef


Give Peas a Chance
Today’s Parent
Mandy Milks, art director
Lauren Ferranti-Ballem, editor
Anthony Swaneveld, illustrator
Roberto Caruso, photographer


The winner of the National Magazine Award for Art Direction of a Magazine Article will be announced on May 26 at the 40th anniversary NMA Gala in Toronto.
Tickets are on sale now.
Check out all the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards.
Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for all the nominations news and an awesome live feed on the night of the gala. #NMA40.

Best Fiction in Canadian Magazines: 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards


The National Magazine Award for Fiction has a storied history (oh goodness, please pardon that pun). Alice Munro won the inaugural NMA fiction gold medal in 1978 (and again in 1983, and again in 1999). Yann Martel won in 1993; Elizabeth Hay in 1995; Lynn Crosbie in 2002; Shyam Selvadurai (2007).
In 2010, Steven Heighton joined Munro as a three-time gold-medal winner (also winning in 1992 and 2008). Jay Teitel won the silver medal back in 1978, then won the gold medal 26 years later. William Gibson, Thomas King, Patrick deWitt, and Zsuzsi Gartner have also been winners.
This year’s National Magazine Awards jury considered a wide range of submissions from Canada’s top literary magazines for this year’s fiction prize, an award presented by Ontario Arts Council, which has supported the National Magazine Awards and Canadian literary artists for decades.
On April 20 we announced the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards, and we are excited to welcome Canada’s best writers, editors, artists, art directors and more to the gala on May 26. [Tickets]

Here’s a close-up look at the finalists in Fiction…

A Day with Cyrus Mair
Brick
Alex Pugsley, writer
Liz Johnston, handling editor


Gravity
Geist
Richard Kelly Kemick, writer
AnnMarie MacKinnon,
Michal Koslowski, handling editors


Captcha
Hazlitt
Naomi Skwarna, writer
Kiara Kent, handling editor


Eight Saints and a Demon
Hazlitt
Naben Ruthnum, writer
Kiara Kent, handling editor


Ada en première
Nouveau Projet
Audrée Wilhelmy, auteure
Judith Oliver, rédactrice-réviseure


Pelican
PRISM International
Andrew F. Sullivan, writer
Christopher Evans, handling editor


Shimmer
subTerrain
Alex Pugsley, writer
Brian Kaufman, handling editor
Natasha Sanders-Kay, managing editor
Karen Green, proofreader


Seventeen Comments
The Malahat Review
Elyse Friedman, writer
John Barton, handling editor


Miloslav
The New Quarterly
Sharon Bala, writer
Pamela Mulloy, handling editor


The Unitarian Church’s Annual Young Writers’ Short Story Competition
The New Quarterly
Richard Kelly Kemick, writer
Pamela Mulloy, handling editor


The winner of the National Magazine Award for Fiction will be announced on May 26 at the 40th anniversary NMA Gala in Toronto.
Tickets are on sale now.
Check out all the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards.
Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for all the nominations news and an awesome live feed on the night of the gala. #NMA40.

Best Art Direction of an Issue: 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards


The National Magazine Award for best Art Direction of an Entire Issue is the top design award presented to a Canadian magazine, honouring the art director or team that produced the most outstanding magazine issue of the year from a design perspective.
Previous winners include Canadian Art (3 times), Shift (also 3 times), Saturday Night, and Outpost, and more recently Azure, Nouveau Projet, UPPERCASEReport on Businessfshn unlimited, and, of course, that famous issue of The Grid with the sperm donors.
This year’s National Magazine Awards jury considered another stunning set of magazines for Best Art Direction of an Entire Issue, an award generously sponsored by TC Transcontinental Printing, Canada’s largest printing company and the printers of the 40th anniversary NMA program.
On April 20 we announced the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards, and we are excited to welcome Canada’s best photographers, art directors, stylists, writers, editors, and more to the gala on May 26. [Tickets]

Here’s a close-up look at the finalists for Art Direction of an Entire Issue…


Issue XI
Corduroy Magazine
Peter Ash Lee, art director
Tim Chan, editor


Numéro 007 : Aride
Dînette Magazine
Hélène Mallette, directrice artistique


87: Le Vivant / The Living
esse Arts + Opinions
Studio FEED, direction artistique
Sylvette Babin, rédactrice en chef


Numéro 10 : Montréal
Nouveau Projet
Jean-François Proulx, directeur artistique


Issue 34: Scanning the Archives
Prefix Photo
Underline Studio, art direction
Jayne Wilkinson, editor


Issue 22: Secrets
SAD Mag
Pamela Rounis, art director
Sara Harowitz, editor
Katie Stewart, Michelle Reid Cyca, contributors


Issue 18: Kids Take Over!!
The Feathertale Review
Charlit Floriano, art director
Corina Milic, editor
Jenn Lawrence, contributor


The winner of the National Magazine Award for Art Direction of an Entire Issue will be announced on May 26 at the 40th anniversary NMA Gala in Toronto.
Tickets are on sale now.
Check out all the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards.
Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for all the nominations news and an awesome live feed on the night of the gala. #NMA40.