2021 National Magazine Awards Nominees Announced

The National Media Awards Foundation is thrilled to reveal the finalists of the 44th annual National Magazine Awards.

The National Media Awards Foundation is thrilled to reveal the finalists of the 44th annual National Magazine Awards. This year, we received submissions from 160 various publications across Canada, amounting to over 1000 entries. Our dedicated roster of 114 volunteer judges evaluated these entries, and we are pleased to present this list of 210 finalists. 

On June 11th, the winners will be revealed during a virtual ceremony hosted by Sandra E. Martin. Gold winners in writing and visual categories will receive a $1000 cash prize. Please join us in congratulating these incredible finalists!

TOP NOMINEES

PublicationNominations
The Walrus22
Maclean’s17
Toronto Life15
L’actualité10
Cottage Life7
Inuit Art Quarterly7
Nouveau Projet6
The Narwhal6

INDIVIDUAL NOMINEE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Katherine Laidlaw’s “A Family Massacre,” published in Toronto Life, is a finalist in Feature Writing and Investigative Reporting.
  • “A Planner’s Guide to Dying,” published in Reader’s Digest Canada, earned nominations in Illustration and Service Journalism. 
  • With nominations in both Art Direction of a Single Article and LIfestyle Photography is Cottage Life’s “At the End of the Highway.”
  • “Heartbreaker,” written by Katherine Laidlaw and published in Toronto Life, received two nominations in the categories of Investigative Reporting and Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+.
  • Last year, Arvin Joaquin was a finalist for Best Emerging Writer. This year, Joaquin’s “Inside the second wave of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines” is a two-time nominee, in Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+ and Personal Journalism. 
  • Ryan David Allen is one of this year’s Best Emerging Writer nominees for “Labour of Love,” published in Maisonneuve. “Labour of Love” is also a finalist in the Essays category. 
  • “Letters to America,” appearing in Maclean’s, is a finalist for Best Editorial Package and Issue Grand Prix. 
  • BESIDE’s “Nuna” received nominations in Personal Journalism and Photo Essay and Photojournalism. 
  • “State of erosion: the legacy of Manitoba Hydro,” published by The Narwhal, is a nominee in Photo Essay and Photojournalism and Portrait Photography. 
  • The Walrus’ “The Age of Surrender” received nominations in Illustration, Long-Form Feature Writing, and Investigative Reporting. 
  • “The New Lobster Wars,” written by Zoe Heaps Tennant and published in The Walrus, is a finalist in Investigative Reporting and Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+.
  • Brian Banks’ “Tiny Fish to Big Picture,” published by Canadian Wildlife, is a two-time nominee in Long-Form Feature Writing and Profiles. 
  • The Feathertale Review’s Issue 25 received nominations in the coveted Art Direction Grand Prix and Issue Grand Prix categories. The publication is also in the running for Best Magazine: Art, Literary, and Culture. 
  • lstw magazine is a finalist for Art Direction grand Prix, Publisher Grand Prix, and Best Magazine: Special Interest. 
  • SAD Mag’s Issue 29: Sex is nominated for Art Direction Grand Prix and Best Editorial Package.

WRITING & VISUAL AWARDS

LONG-FORM FEATURE WRITING: 6000+ / MEILLEUR ARTICLE DE FOND (6 000+ MOTS)

Promised Lands
Canadian Geographic
Julian Brave NoiseCat 
Handling Editor: Aaron Kylie

Crazy Wisdom: A Love Story
Hazlitt
Suzannah Showler
Handling Editor: Haley Cullingham

Les voleurs d’identité
L’actualité
Marc-André Sabourin
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

The 30-year battle to stop the pandemic
Maclean’s
Paul Wells
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

Comicocratie: comment j’ai tenté d’obtenir ma part de l’industrie culturelle la plus lucrative du Québec
Nouveau Projet
Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard
Rédacteurs : Jean-Philippe Massicotte, Nicolas Langelier

How to Vaccinate 38 Million People
The Walrus
Danielle Groen
Contributor: Tina Knezevic, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Hamutal Dotan

Searching for Mackie
The Walrus
Annie Hylton
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Harley Rustad

The New Lobster Wars
The Walrus
Zoe Heaps Tennant
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Samia Madwar

Heartbreaker
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

Houses of Horror
Toronto Life
Jason McBride
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

Inside the second wave of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines
Xtra Magazine
Arvin Joaquin
Contributors: Rachel Giese, Gordon Bowness, Allison Baker
Handling Editor: Eternity Martis

LONG-FORM FEATURE WRITING / MEILLEUR ARTICLE DE FOND (LONG FORMAT)

Meltdown
Broadview
Susan Nerberg
Contributor: Elena Gritzan, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Caley Moore

Punctuation’s Mark
Canadian Geographic
Alanna Mitchell
Handling Editor: Abi Hayward

Tiny Fish to Big Picture
Canadian Wildlife
Brian Banks
Handling Editor: Matthew Church

The Long Shadow of Elizabeth Wettlaufer
Chatelaine
Katherine Laidlaw
Contributors: Aimee Nishitoba, Samantha De Kruyff, Flannery Dean
Handling Editor: Denise Balkissoon

January 8, 2020
Edify Magazine
Omar Mouallem
Handling Editor: Steven Sandor

The end of growth
Maclean’s
Sarmishta Subramanian
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

Lumière sur les études noires
Québec Science
Mélissa Guillemette
Collaborateurs : Niti Marcelle Mueth, Natacha Vincent, Sophie Cazanave
Rédactrices : Marine Corniou, Marie Lambert-Chan

A Long-Term Tragedy
The Local
Simon Lewsen
Handling Editor: Nicholas Hune-Brown

The Age of Surrender
The Walrus
Sharon J. Riley
Contributor: Sophie Weiler, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

Tick Tock
The Walrus
Stephanie Nolen
Contributor:  Abi Hayward, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Harley Rustad

FEATURE WRITING / MEILLEUR ARTICLE DE FOND

Dead End
Broadview
Sally Armstrong
Contributor: KC Hoard, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Jocelyn Bell

La nouvelle machine à gagner des élections
L’actualité
Alec Castonguay
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

Revivre après Daech
L’actualité
Fabrice de Pierrebourg
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

A Whole New Kind of Grief
Maclean’s
Christina Frangou
Handling Editor: Dafna Izenberg

‘It should not define us’
Maclean’s
Emily Baron Cadloff
Handling Editor: Charlie Gillis

Stealing Time
Maclean’s
Christina Frangou
Handling Editors: Alison Uncles, Dafna Izenberg

Fight of His Life
Reader’s Digest Canada
Nicholas Hune-Brown
Handling Editor: Lauren McKeon

Could 80,000 family woodlot owners be the key to saving the Acadian forest?
The Narwhal
Lindsay Jones
Handling Editor: Emma Gilchrist

Birth Rights
Today’s Parent
Sahar Fatima
Handling Editor: Ariel Brewster

A Family Massacre
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

SHORT FEATURE WRITING / MEILLEUR ARTICLE COURT

What to Do with Trail Names that Offend?
Canadian Cycling Magazine
Melanie Chambers
Handling Editor: Matthew Pioro

COVID-19 Les acquis des travailleuses sont-ils en péril?
Châtelaine
Marie Bernier
Rédacteurs : Johanne Lauzon, Daniel Chrétien, Nathalie Elliott

Parcs Canada : Restauration écologique extrême
Espaces
Guillaume Roy

Swimming in the Dark
FOLKLIFE
Wendy Burton
Contributors: Margy Gilmour, Mary Ann Richards, Alina Cerminara
Handling Editor: Charles Hart

Threading Memories
Inuit Art Quarterly
Krista Ulujuk Zawadski
Contributors: Elizabeth Qulaut
Handling Editors:  Britt Gallpen, Michael Stevens

In defence of equalization
Maclean’s
Stephen Maher
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

Trust Exercise
Maisonneuve
Stephanie Nolen
Handling Editor: Selena Ross

“I’m the Virus You Named COVID-19. Glad to Meet You”
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk
Handling Editor: David Beers

Black in the Ivory Tower
The Walrus
Hadiya Roderique
Contributor: Tina Knezevic, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Tajja Isen

COLUMNS / CHRONIQUES

On Second Thought
Alberta Views
Paula Simons
Handling Editor: Evan Osenton

Collecting
FASHION
Odessa Paloma Parker
Handling Editor: Bernadette Morra

Chronique Société
L’actualité
Noémi Mercier
Rédactrice : Claudine St-Germain

Paul Wells
Maclean’s
Paul Wells
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

Éditorial
Québec Science
Marie Lambert-Chan
Collaborateur : Sophie Cazanave
Rédactrices : Marine Corniou, Mélissa Guillemette

Dorothy Woodend on culture
The Tyee
Dorothy Woodend
Handling Editor: Robyn Smith

Chroniques
Ricochet
Yannick Marcoux
Collaborateur : Katia Gaïd
Rédactrice : Gabrielle Brassard-Lecours

“How Tim Hortons Became a Political Prop,” “Why Canada Won’t Go Broke,” and “How Universal Basic Income Could Save the Economy”
The Walrus
Max Fawcett
Contributors: Sebastian Leck, fact-checker (“How Tim Hortons Became a Political Prop,” “How Universal Basic Income Could Save the Economy”); Miriam Lafontaine, fact-checker (“Why Canada Won’t Go Broke”)
Handling Editor: Carmine Starnino

ESSAYS / ESSAIS

Still Up in the Air
Chatelaine
Alicia Elliott
Contributor: Colleen Nicholson
Handling Editor: Denise Balkissoon

Mine for Life
Hazlitt
Rudrapriya Rathore
Handling Editor: Haley Cullingham

Labour of Love
Maisonneuve
Ryan David Allen
Handling Editors: Selena Ross, Madi Haslam

Les vulnérabilités sans fin
Nouveau Projet
Nicolas Langelier
Collaborateurs : Vanessa Allnutt, Véronique Chagnon
Rédactrice : Marie-Michèle Robitaille

For Black Women In Media, A “Dream Job” Is A Myth
Refinery29 Canada
Kathleen Newman-Bremang
Handling Editor: Carley Fortune

To Love Again: A Natural Hair Journey
Room
Téa Mutonji
Handling Editor: Chelene Knight

I Do
Room
Erin Soros
Handling Editor:  Rachel Thompson

Plagued
The Fiddlehead
Morgan Charles
Handling Editor: Sue Sinclair

Canadian Media’s Racism Problem
The Walrus
Pacinthe Mattar
Contributors: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Samia Madwar

The Fault, Dear Reader, Is Not in Our Stars
The Walrus
Carly Lewis
Contributor: Sydney Hamilton, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING / JOURNALISME D’ENQUÊTE 

Facebook Banned Mask Ads. They’re Still Running.
BuzzFeed News
Craig Silverman
Handling Editors: Mat Honan, John Paczkowski

The Lone Wolf That Was Loved to Death
Hakai Magazine
Larry Pynn
Handling Editor: Jude Isabella

‘You’re out there alone’: whistleblowers say workplace abuse hides true impacts of B.C.’s trawl fishery
The Narwhal
Jimmy Thomson
Handling Editors: Emma Gilchrist, Carol Linnitt, Arik Ligeti

Murder in Old Barns
The Walrus
Lindsay Jones
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Carmine Starnino

The New Lobster Wars
The Walrus
Zoe Heaps Tennant
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Samia Madwar

The Age of Surrender
The Walrus
Sharon J. Riley
Contributor: Sophie Weiler, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

A Family Massacre
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

Heartbreaker
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

The Imposter
Toronto Life
Leah McLaren
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

FICTION

Twyla
Canadian Notes & Queries
Alex Pugsley
Handling Editor: Emily Donaldson

While Tehran Was Silent
Hermine
Mehdi M. Kashani
Handling Editors: S. Kennedy Sobol, Abby Gainforth, Nadia Pestrak

Les affaires des autres
Nouveau projet
Stéfanie Clermont
Rédactrice : Véronique Chagnon

Calling You
Prairie Fire
Catherine Hunter
Handling Editors: Lindsey Childs, Carolyn Gray, Janine Tschuncky

Ex-Smoker
Taddle Creek
Sam Shelstad
Handling Editor: Conan Tobias

Water Signs
The New Quarterly
Joshua Wales
Handling Editor: Pamela Mulloy

PERSONAL JOURNALISM / JOURNALISME PERSONNEL

Nuna
BESIDE
Juliana Léveillé-Trudel
Handling Editors: Caroline R. Paquette, Catherine Métayer

A Geography of Queer Woundings
Grain Magazine
Joshua Whitehead
Handling Editor: Lisa Bird-Wilson

Pathfinding
Maisonneuve
Jody Porter
Handling Editors: Selena Ross, Madi Haslam

The Glow of Electrum
The Malahat Review
Daniel Allen Cox
Handling Editor: Iain Higgins

Who Names the Rez Dog Rez?
The Malahat Review
Joshua Whitehead
Handling Editor: Iain Higgins

The Finca
The New Quarterly
Eva-Lynn Jagoe
Handling Editor: Vinh Nguyen

What’s In A Name?
THIS Magazine
Minelle Mahtani
Handling Editor: Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

They Called Me Prisoner 183645
Toronto Life
Ish Aderonmu
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

Our Life, Our Land, Our Voice
Up Here Magazine
Antoine Mountain, Raymond Yakeleya
Handling Editor: Jacob Boon

Inside the second wave of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines
Xtra Magazine
Arvin Joaquin
Contributors: Rachel Giese, Gordon Bowness, editors; Allison Baker, copy editor/fact-checker
Handling Editor: Eternity Martis

POETRY / POESIE 

CPR Advertisements of a Populated Landscape / on the boundaries of treaty no. 6
Arc Poetry Magazine
Matthew James Weigel
Handling Editor: Sarah Tsiang

DESIRE / HYENAS
Arc Poetry Magazine
Faith Arkorful
Handling Editor: Sarah Tsiang

Dear Kin / Dear Kin (VI)
EVENT
Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Handling Editor: Shashi Bhat

The Great Flu / Song of Birth and Death / Subject – Verb – Object
EVENT
Patricia Young
Handling Editor: Shashi Bhat

The Anna Margolin Suite: Three poems
EXILE Quarterly
Lisa Richter
Handling Editor: Micheline Maylor

This Being Alive: Last Poems
EXILE Quarterly
Patrick Lane
Handling Editor: Barry Callaghan

Aeroelastic Flutter
Grain Magazine
Alex Manley
Handling Editor: Alasdair Rees

Louise
PRISM International
Emily Riddle
Handling Editor: Emily Chou

Cree Girl Explodes the Political Project Called “Alberta”
Room
Emily Riddle
Handling Editor: Geffen Semach

Walls / Woodshed Hill, Late Winter 2018
The New Quarterly
John Steffler
Handling Editors: Barbara Carter, Evelyn Dekker

PROFILES / PORTRAITS

Tiny Fish to Big Picture
Canadian Wildlife
Brian Banks
Handling Editor: Matthew Church

A Voice of Bells
Hazlitt
Dafna Izenberg
Handling Editor: Haley Cullingham

La reine du roman historique
L’actualité
Jean-Yves Girard
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

Nenshi Falls Back to Earth
Maclean’s
Jason Markusoff
Handling Editor: Charlie Gillis

The Beloved ones
Maclean’s
Shannon Proudfoot, Nadine Yousif
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

The Man with Plans
Maclean’s
Leah McLaren
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

50 nuances de gris
Magazine VÉRO
Sophie St-Laurent
Collaborateurs : Marjorie Guindon, Chanelle Riopelle, Marie-Michèle Leduc
Rédactrice : Louise Richer

The Insider
Report on Business Magazine
Joanna Pachner
Handling Editor: James Cowan

Stigma, Sex & Safety
The Positive Side Magazine
Deidre Olsen
Handling Editor: Dan Udy

David Frum Fights the Right
The Walrus
Curtis Gillespie
Contributors:  Ariella Garmaise, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

The Woman Who Built Queen West
Toronto Life
Katrina Onstad
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

SERVICE JOURNALISM / JOURNALISME DE SERVICE

Sortir les PFNL de la marge
Caribou
Guillaume Roy
Rédactrice : Véronique Leduc

How to Green Your #2 Routine
Chatelaine
Ishani Nath
Handling Editor: Maureen Halushak

Have Cottage, Will Travel
Cottage Life
Jackie Davis
Handling Editors: Jackie Davis, Sandi Tower

Take Back the Power
Cottage Life
Martin Zibauer
Handling Editors: Liann Bobechko, Sandi Tower

Comment allez mieux
L’actualité
Marie-Hélène Proulx
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

Sauver la planète, c’est payant
L’actualité
Marc-André Sabourin
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

A Planner’s Guide to Dying
Reader’s Digest Canada
Emily Landau
Handling Editor: Lauren McKeon

The 2020 Home Safety Checklist
Reader’s Digest Canada
Rebecca Philps
Handling Editor: Mark Pupo

The Best New Takeout
Toronto Life
Caroline Aksich
Handling Editor: Rebecca Fleming

Where to Buy Planet Friendly Everything
Toronto Life
Various
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

ILLUSTRATION (INCL. SPOT & PHOTO ILLUSTRATION) / ILLUSTRATIONS

Undiagnosed
Broadview
Gracia Lam
Contributor: Carol Moskot, art director

Diving Dogs
Cottage Life
Graham Roumieu

A Planner’s Guide to Dying
Reader’s Digest Canada
Cornelia Li
Contributors: John Montgomery, art director; Danielle Sayer, associate art director

Still Got It
Reader’s Digest Canada
Christy Lundy
Contributors: John Montgomery, art director; Danielle Sayer, associate art director

Summer Reading
The Walrus
Ashley Mackenzie
Contributors: Meredith Holigroski, art director

Tables Turned
The Walrus
Myriam Wares
Contributors: Paul Kim, art director
Handling Editor: Hamutal Dotan

The Age of Surrender
The Walrus
Jillian Tamaki
Contributors: Meredith Holigroski, art director
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola 

The Rise of the Roommate
The Walrus
Hudson Christie
Contributors: Natalie Vineberg, art director
Handling Editor: Tajja Isen 

The Wrong Side of the New Age
The Walrus
James Lee Chiahan
Contributors: Natalie Vineberg, art director
Handling Editor: Carmine Starnino 

Your Brain on COVID-19
The Walrus
Cornelia Li
Contributors: Natalie Vineberg, art director
Handling Editor: Hamutal Dotan 

Split Ends
THIS Magazine
Aliya Ghare

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY / PHOTOGRAPHIE : PORTRAITS

Shaped by the High Seas
BESIDE
Ash Adams
Contributors: Eliane Cadieux, creative director

Does Thomas Chan belong in prison?
Maclean’s
Clay Stang
Contributors: Liz Sullivan, director of photography; Stephen Gregory, art director

In The Absence of Paradise
Maisonneuve
Jeff Bierk
Contributors: Brian Morgan, Rachel Wine, art directors

The Picture Man
The Local
Sarah Boesveld, Rodrigo Moreno
Handling Editor Nicholas Hune-Brown

Meet the people saving Canada’s native grasslands
The Narwhal
Amber Bracken
Contributor: Stephanie Wood

State of erosion: the legacy of Manitoba Hydro
The Narwhal
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Handling Editors: Carol Linnitt, Stephanie Wood

Taking a Stand
University of Toronto Magazine
Luis Mora
Contributors: Della Rollins, Vanessa Wyse

For Life
Zoomer Magazine
Alkan Emin 
Handling editor: Stephanie White

LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY / PHOTOGRAPHIE : ART DE VIVRE

Fan Fare
Air Canada enRoute
Virginie Gosselin and Gabriel Cabrera
Contributors: Stefanie Sosiak, art director; Lori Morgan, photo editor
Handling Editor: Dominique Lamberton

At the End of the Highway
Cottage Life
Grant Harder

Welcome to the Wunderkammer
Cottage Life
Liam Mogan

La tête dans les étoiles
Dînette Magazine
Catherine Simard

Face Forward
FASHION
Timothy Hung, George Antonopoulos

The One & Only Winnie
FASHION
Greg Swales, George Antonopoulos

PHOTO ESSAY & PHOTOJOURNALISM / PHOTOJOURNALISME ET ESSAIS PHOTOGRAPHIQUES

At the Core of the City: Chinatown
Alberta Views
Guillaume Nolet
Contributor: Beate Wichmann, art director

Nuna
BESIDE
Alexi Hobbs
Contributeur: Eliane Cadieux, Directrice de création

The Queen of Eskasoni
Chatelaine
Lindsay Jones, Darren Calabrese
Contributors: Sun Ngo, Maureen Halushak

Saving the right
Maclean’s Magazine
Nick Hawkins
Contributors: Liz Sullivan, director of photography; Stephen Gregory, art director; Lauren Cattermole, designer

Wet’suwet’en matriarchs arressted as RCMP enforce Coastal GasLink pipeline injunction
The Narwhal
Amber Bracken
Contributors: Sarah Cox, Carol Linnitt

State of erosion: the legacy of Manitoba Hydro
The Narwhal
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Contributors: Carol Linnitt, editor; Stephanie Wood, cultural editor; Raina Delisle, copy editor
Handling Editor: Emma Gilchrist

ONE OF A KIND STORYTELLING / UNIQUE ET HORS CATEGORIE 

At the corner of Loss & Renewal
Maclean’s 
Amber Bracken, Jason Markusoff, and Drew Maynard 
Contributors: Stephen Gregory, art director; Liz Sullivan, director of photography 
Handling editor: Charlie Gillis

Ce qui ne se vend(ait) pas
Nouveau Projet
Rémy Bourdillon et Michel Hellman
Rédactrices : Maud Brougère et Véronique Chagnon

Our Grandpa’s Story: Pierre Washie
Root & STEM
Richard Van Camp (Comic, Writer) & Kyle Charles (Comic, illustrator)
Handling Editor: Joel McConvey

Cord
The Malahat Review
Erin Soros
Handling Editor: Iain Higgins

My Mum and Mister Rogers
The Walrus
Cinders McLeod
Contributors: Meredith Holigroski, art director; Ariella Garmaise, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Carine Abouseif

Life and Death in the ICU
Toronto Life
Omar Mouallem
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

BEST EMERGING WRITER

Award sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation

This award is given to the individual whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise. This year’s three nominees are:

Ryan David Allen for “Labour of Love” published in Maisonneuve Magazine.

“‘Labour of Love’ blends memoir and journalism to create a vivid portrait of a father’s alcoholism and humanizes a group that is often overlooked. It adds up to a compelling argument about the folly of viewing public health issues as deficiencies in people’s character, leaving the management of complex health and social issues to untrained individuals and their families, and how the pandemic has affected marginalized communities.” — NMA Jury

Sherina Harris for “The Butterfly Effect” published in The Walrus

“‘The Butterfly Effect’ is a succinct and yet layered exploration of a fascinating topic—tackling climate change, gentrification and conservation—and stands out for its organization and lively detail. Harris expertly weaves storytelling with research and reporting, which not only makes for a compelling read but one that inspires change. It would have been impressive had it been written by a senior writer. That it comes from an emerging journalist makes it all the more remarkable.” — NMA Jury

Jadine Ngan for “A Lonely Year on Campus” published in The Walrus

“Through strong interviews and carefully chosen details, ‘A Lonely Year on Campus’ creates sympathy for post-secondary students, a cohort all too easily dismissed during the pandemic. The writer’s confidence and maturity is abundant, and the article is a pleasure to read.” — NMA Jury

EDITORIAL AWARDS

ART DIRECTION OF A SINGLE ARTICLE / MEILLEURE DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE D’UN ARTICLE

At the End of the Highway
Cottage Life
Bradley Reinhardt

CAFA Awards 2020
FASHION
Danielle Campbell

Beyond Treeline
Mountain Life Annual
Amélie Légaré

Veggie Delight
Today’s Parent
Stephanie Han Kim
Contributors: Simone Olivero, handling editor; Irene Ngo, recipe production; Erik Putz, photographer; Ashley Denton, food styling; Madeleine Johari, prop styling

The Best New Restaurants
Toronto Life
Christine Dewairy, Brian Wong, Daniel Neuhaus

BEST EDITORIAL PACKAGE / MEILLEUR DOSSIER THÉMATIQUE 

Hors-série: Manger 100% local
Caribou
Audrey Lavoie, Geneviève Vézina-Montplaisir et Véronique Leduc

Des mots pour traverser la crise
Châtelaine
Œuvre collective, par Michel Tremblay, Nancy Huston, Fanny Britt, David Goudreault, Arlette Cousture, Perrine LeBlanc, Catherine Mavrikakis / Conception : Johanne Lauzon et Daniel Chrétien / direction artistique : Michel C. Tremblay

Painting
Inuit Art Quarterly
Darcie Bernhardt, Heather Campbell, Tarralik Duffy, Anik Glaude, Napatsi Folger, Emily Henderson, Mark Igloliorte, Bronson Jacque, Aija Komangapik, Megan Kyak-Monteith, Matt Hoffman, Elizabeth Qulaut

Relations
Inuit Art Quarterly
Kyle Nakutsiak Aleekuk, Britt Gallpen, Maureen Gruben, Napatsi Folger, Emily Henderson, Bronson Jacque, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Jessica MacDonald, Natan Obed, Michael Stevens, Chantal Jung, Matt Hoffman, Emily Angulalik

Threads
Inuit Art Quarterly
Napatsi Folger, John Geoghegan, Emily Henderson, Susan Kaplan, Genevieve LeMoine, Michael Stevens, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Myra Kukiiyaut, Matt Hoffman, Elizabeth Qulaut

Bye-bye bureaux!
L’actualité
Marie-Hélène Proulx

Letters to America
Maclean’s
Christina Gonzales, Stephen Gregory, Sarah Palmer, Liz Sullivan, Elizabeth Brandt and contributors

SAD Mag Issue 29: Sex
SAD Mag
Madeline Barber, Co-publisher & Editorial Manager and Syd Danger, Co-Publisher & Creative Director

Sprawlzine
Sprawlzine
Ximena Gonzalez, Jeremy Klaszus, Taylor Lambert, Hadeel Abdel-Nabi, Chris Pecora, Sam Hester, Brianna Sharpe, Danielle Paradis, Kaitlynn Copithorne, Len Dueck

Speaking the Truth
University of Toronto Magazine
Scott Anderson, Genevieve Caron, Stacey Gibson, Nazario Graziano, Rahul Kalvapalle, Kurt Kleiner, Brent Ledger, Luis Mora, Della Rollins, Brenda Wastasecoot, Vanessa Wyse

ART DIRECTION GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE LA DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE

Numéro 09
BESIDE
Eliane Cadieux

Brick 105
Brick, A Literary Journal
Mark Byk

019 – Lumière
Dînette Magazine
Hélène Mallette

issue no5
lstw magazine
Carolyne De Bellefeuille

SAD Mag Issue 29: Sex
SAD Mag
Syd Danger

Issue 25
The Feathertale Review 
Jenn Lawrence, Kara Pyle

EDITOR GRAND PRIX 

This award honours an individual who is making an outstanding impact on a magazine as an editor. This year’s nominees are Michelle Kelly, Britt Gallpen, and Marie Lambert-Chan. 

Michelle Kelly, Cottage Life

Cottage Life is a dynamic example of the relentless pursuit of innovation during a year of pandemic-related challenges. Michelle Kelly has diversified the number of ways of reaching readers of Cottage Life, notably by creating virtual versions of the brand’s events and by launching a podcast. Kelly demonstrates sound editorial judgement, real business intelligence, and inspiring leadership” — NMA Jury

Britt Gallpen, Inuit Art Quarterly

“Britt Gallpen transformed an arts magazine into a bridge between cultures. Thanks to her efforts, 68% of the writers contributing to Inuit Art Quarterly are Inuit, a major change that demonstrates Gallpen’s keenness to better meet the needs of the audience and the artists showcased in the publication.  The result is a publication more vibrant and relevant than ever before”  — NMA Jury

Marie Lambert-Chan, Quebéc Science

“At a time when scientific journalism is more crucial than ever in our society, Marie Lambert-Chan has risen to the challenge. For Québec-Science to adapt to the context of a pandemic and meet the needs of its audience, Lambert-Chan quickly forged successful alliances, secured sources of funding, and efficiently reorganized her small team. All of this without losing sight of the high standards of discipline and quality inherent to her publication”  — NMA Jury

COVER GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE LA PAGE COUVERTURE

On the front lines (Maclean’s, June 2020)
Maclean’s
Stephen Gregory, art director; Liz Sullivan, director of photography; Dawn Lim, photographer
Handling Editors: Alison Uncles, editor-in-chief; Colin Campbell, deputy editor

Nouveau Projet 18 – La fin d’un monde.
Nouveau Projet
Laurent Silvani
Collaborateurs : Jean-François Proulx

The Pandemic Issue
Spacing
Julie Fish, photographer; Matthew Blackett, art director

Breastfeeding: What it feels like, signs it’s going well and where to get help
Today’s Parent
Emily Vezer, art director; Kim Shiffman, editor; Hannah Spencer, photographer
Contributors: Siarre Massey & baby Archer, models

Influentials
Toronto Life
Christine Dewairy, Luis Mora

The Truth Issue
University of Toronto Magazine
Luis Mora
Contributors: Della Rollins, Vanessa Wyse, Scott Anderson

ISSUE GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DU NUMÉRO 

Numéro 09 Comment vivre notre nordicité ? – How do we embody our nordicity?
BESIDE
Catherine Métayer, Caroline R. Paquette, Mark Mann, équipe éditoriale – editorial team; Eliane Cadieux, directrice de création – creative director; Gabrielle Deronde, designer graphique – graphic designer

The Land Back Issue
Briarpatch 
Saima Desai, Nickita Longman, Emily Riddle, Dr. Alexandria Wilson

Esse arts + opinions no. 99 – Plantes | Plants
Esse arts + opinions
Sylvette Babin, Anne-Marie Dubois, Daniel Fiset, Benoit Jodoin, Julia Roberge Van Der Donckt, Amelia Wong-Mersereau. Auteur.e.s : Giovanni Aloi, Amanda Amour-Lynx, Alex Burchmore, Anaïs Castro, Mark Clintberg, Michel F. Côté, Ariane De Blois

Mental Health Issue
FASHION
Bernadette Morra, Danielle Campbell, Eliza Grossman, George Antonopoulos, Lindsay Cooper, Maddison Glendinning, Natasha Bruno, Odessa Paloma Parker, Pahull Bains

Spécial COVID
L’actualité
Stéphanie Aubin, Julie Barlow, Marie-France Bazzo, Marie Boule, Mathieu Carbasse, Alec Castonguay, Mathieu Charlebois, François Delorme, Josée Désaulniers, David Desjardins, Pierre Fortin, Philippe J. Fournier, Charles Grandmont, Chantal Hébert, Emilie Nadeau, Jean-Benoît Nadeau, Edith Pelletier, Karine Picard, Marie-Hélène Proulx, Marc-André Sabourin, Claudine St-Germain, Paule Thibault, Sébastien Thibault, Alain Vadeboncoeur

Letters to America
Maclean’s
Maclean’s team

Technology in a Changing Climate
Root & STEM
Pinnguaq Association

Issue 25
The Feathertale Review
Brett Popplewell, Jenn Lawrence, Kara Pyle, Benson Lee, Corina Milic, Lee Wilson

The Pandemic Diaries
Toronto Life
Various

PUBLISHER GRAND PRIX

This award recognized the publisher that best delivers on their editorial mandate. Here are the nominees for 2020.

Alysa Procida, Inuit Art Quarterly

“A beautiful and challenging magazine about beautiful and challenging art, and a powerhouse fundraiser to boot. No small feat in a pandemic year.” — NMA Jury

Florence Gagnon, lstw magazine

“Did anyone have fun in 2020? If lstw didn’t, no-one did: as other publishers panicked, they pivoted to craft beer and party-by-yourself playlists. As usual, they made it look effortless and so, so cool, in both official languages.” — NMA Jury

Nicolas Langelier, Nouveau Projet

“Thoughtful on the page and off, Nouveau Project proved yet again that a great magazine can be more than that to its audience.” — NMA Jury

GRAND PRIX: BEST MAGAZINE AWARDS

BEST MAGAZINE: NEWS, BUSINESS, GENERAL INTEREST / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : ACTUALITÉ, AFFAIRES, INTÉRÊT GÉNÉRAL   

L’actualite
Maclean’s
Toronto Life

BEST MAGAZINE: SERVICE AND LIFESTYLE / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : SERVICE ET ART DE VIVRE

Caribou
Châtelaine
Dînette Magazine
Explore Magazine

BEST MAGAZINE: ART, LITERARY, AND CULTURE / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : ART, LITTÉRATURE ET CULTURE

C Magazine
Inuit Art Quarterly
Literary Review of Canada
The Feathertale Review 

BEST MAGAZINE: SPECIAL INTEREST / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : INTÉRÊT SPÉCIAL

Broadview
Corsé Magazine
lstw magazine
Tusaayaksat Magazine

SPECIAL AWARDS

MAGAZINE GRAND PRIX

The title of Magazine Grand Prix will be given to one publication among the four winners of the Best Magazine awards and presented at the upcoming winners’ celebration in June.

FOUNDATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT 

After careful consideration, our Board of Directors made the decision to postpone awarding this prestigious award. Rest assured that applications from 2020 will automatically be kept on file and considered for the 2021 awards season. The winner will then be presented, on stage, at the spring 2022 event. This was a difficult decision, but we look forward to awarding the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement when it is safe for the industry to gather and celebrate. 

Cross-Programming Categories

BEST EDITORIAL NEWSLETTER / MEILLEUR INFOLETTRE ÉDITORIALE 

Hi, Art!
CBC Arts
Leah Collins

L’actualité politique
L’actualité
Mathieu Carbasse, Alec Castonguay, Pierre Fortin, Philippe J. Fournier, Chantal Hébert, Rafael Jacob, Karel Mayrand et Camille Payant

Le courrier du coronavirus
Le Devoir
Alexis Riopel, Alexandre Shields, Olivier Sylvestre, Claire Dazat

Le courrier américain
Le Devoir
Philippe Papineau, Baptiste Barbe, Stéphane Baillargeon, Carine Touma, Sarah Bouhmedda et Guillaume Saint-Hilaire

LiisBeth: Dispatch
Liisbeth.com Dispatch
Meral Mohammad Jamal, Lana Pesch, pk mutch

Globe Climate Newsletter
The Globe and Mail
Sierra Bein

The Narwhal Newsletter
The Narwhal
Arik Ligeti

The Supplement Newsletter
The Supplement
Samantha McCabe, Alex Nguyen, Sierra Bein

Infolettre Quatre95
URBANIA / Quatre95
Jean-Pierre Bastien, rédaction; Marc-Antoine Jacques, design; Théo Gjini, David Mongeau-Petitpas, intégration

BEST PODCAST: NEWS & POLITICS / MEILLEUR BALADO : ACTUALITÉS ET POLITIQUE

CANADALAND
Canadaland
Jesse Brown, host; Kasia Mychajlowycz, senior producer; Roslyn Kufuor, senior producer; Andréa Schmidt, managing editor; Kevin Sexton, managing editor; Tiffany Lam, Karl Dockstader, Sean Vanderklis, and Justin Ling, contributing reporters

Recall: How to Start a Revolution
CBC Podcasts
Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, creators;  Geoff Turner, showrunner; Arif Noorani, executive producer;  Associate Producers: Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, associate producers; Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, writers; et al. 

Brainwashed
CBC Podcasts
Michelle Sheppard, host/writer; Writer & Producer: Chris Oke & Lisa Ellenwood, writers/producers; Cesil Fernandes, sound design; Sarah Melton, associate producer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer;Evan Aagaard, video producer; Ben Shannon, art director; et al. 

Satanic Panic
CBC Podcasts
Lisa Bryn Rundle, host; Lisa Bryn Rundle & Ilina Ghosh, script writers; Arif Noorni, executive producer; Tanya Springer, producer; Christopher Oke, editor; Olivia Pasquarelli, scoring and music supervision; Evan Kelly, sound engineer; et al. 

Party Lines
CBC Podcasts & CBC News
Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Rosemary Barton, Emma Godmere, Kristin Nelson

Le Casanova de Montréal
QUB radio
Brigitte Noël, Anne-Sophie Carpentier, Étienne Roy

Dérives
Radio-Canada
Olivier Bernard, animateur et réalisateur; Jo-Annie Larue, chef de projet de contenu; Alain Kemeid, conseiller au contentu; Annie Reeves, directrice développement et production audionumérique; et al.

Laissez-nous raconter l’histoire crochie : Décoloniser l’Histoire un mot à la fois
Radio-Canada
Production Terre Innue en collaboration avec Radio- Canada OHdio; Marie Andrée Gill, animation; Brad Gros-Louis & Karine Lanoie-Brien, co-réalisateurs; Concept : Karine Lanoie-Brien, concept; Isabelle Picard, recherche; Lynne Trépanier, prise de son; et al. 

Spacing Radio
Spacing
Glyn Bowerman, Neil Hinchley, Matthew Blackett

The Big Story
The Big Story
Jordan-Heath Rawlings, Claire Brassard, Stefanie Phillips, Ryan Clarke

BEST PODCAST: ARTS & CULTURE / MEILLEUR BALADO : ARTS ET CULTURE

Cool Mules
Canadaland
Kasia Mychajlowycz, host/reporter/producer; Jesse Brown, producer/co-writer; Jonathan Goldsbie, research; Nathan Burley, music; Chandra Bulucon, sound design/mixing

The Hopeful
The Hopeful
Shayda Omidvar, Portia Larlee, Claire Brassard, Ryan Clarke

Les pires moments de l’Histoire avec Charles Beauchesne – Saison III
URBANIA
Charles Beauchesne, animation; Charles Beauchesne, Odrée Rousseau, François DeGranpré, texte et recherche; Barbara-Judith Caron, réalisation; Lucie Fournaison et Alexandre Sarkis, montage; Raphaëlle Huysmans et Philippe Lamarre, producteurs exécutifs

Off The Chart: Xtra’s L Word podcast
Xtra Magazine
Erica Lenti, Chelle Turingan, co-hosts; Chelle Turingan, producer/audio editor; Rachel Giese, executive producer; KidKulit, music

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: SHORT / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : FORMAT COURT

The Original Pandemic
CBC Arts
Lucius Dechausay, Des Mckenzie

Are you making these face mask mistakes?
CBC News
Amara McLaughlin, Roxanna Woloshyn, Anne MacRae, Scott Galley, Tashauna Reid

The race for a vaccine
CBC Toronto
Chris Glover, Paul Borkwood

Marion et les collages féministes
Le Devoir
Daphnée Hacker-B., Cédric Gagnon, Bénédicte Millaud

Cécile et la deuxième vague de COVID-19
Le Devoir
Jasmine Legendre, Matt Joycey, Bénédicte Millaud

Roundup
National Film Board of Canada
Nettie Wild, director; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

Le choc des cultures
ONFR+
Andréanne Baribeau, Amine Beckoury, Aimé Majeau Beauchamp

Au front, aux soins intensifs de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal
Radio-Canada
Simon Coutu, journaliste; Maryse Gagnon, rédactrice en chef; Frédéric Lacelle, réalisateur; Charlie Debons-Ricard, motion designer

‘We’re still a neighbourhood’: A Toronto couple runs errands for their COVID-19 isolated community
The Globe and Mail
Timothy Moore

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: FEATURE / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : FORMAT LONG

Lack of racial diversity in medical textbooks could put BIPOC patients at risk
Global News
Aalia Adam, Sumeet Kapila, John Hanley

60 Day Cycle
National Film Board of Canada
Colin Jones, Darcy Wittenburg, directors; Darcy Wittenburg, writer;Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

Perfumed Dreaming
National Film Board of Canada
Kathleen Hepburn, director;Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

Bibelot et bingo : la vieillesse vue autrement
Radio-Canada
Joannie Lafrenière

When fracking and hydro dams collide
The Narwhal
Ben Parfitt, Jayce Hawkins, Carol Linnitt

We Crack Open Dr. Henry’s Model for Taming the Pandemic
The Tyee
Jesse Lupini, Koby Michaels, Lucas Kavanagh, Jeanette Ageson, David Beers

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: MINI-DOC / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : MINI-DOCUMENTAIRE

Canada’s a Drag: Mx. Wolverine, Toronto
CBC Arts
Lucius Dechausay, Peter Knegt, Mercedes Grundy

The Bomb Captain
CBC Podcasts
Craig Desson, Evan Aagaard, producers/editors; Camera / Cinematography: Evan Aagaard, camera/cinematography; Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzay, Francis Plourde, original reportin; Arif Noorani, executive producer

Amachewespimawin: Shooting for the Cree way of life
CBC Saskatchewan
Madeline Kotzer, Heidi Atter, Ntawnis Piapot, Matt Duguid, Trent Peppler

How the Nova Scotia mass shooting unfolded: 13 hours. 22 dead. 16 crime scenes.
Global News
Emanuela Campanella, James Hawkins, Julieta Tobon, Bryan Royer, Christian Jeri

Fraude Organisé
Rad
Simon Coutu, journaliste; Johanne Lapierre, rédactrice en chef; vidéaste Thomas Christopherson, Patrick André Perron, Carl Mondello, vidéaste; Jean-Philippe Gagnon, monteur; réalisateur Mathieu Waddell, réalisateur; Pasquale Harrison-Julien, chef de pupitre; et al. 

Agriculture : le Québec loin de l’autonomie alimentaire
Radio-Canada
Maxime Corneau, journaliste; Étienne Marcoux, réalisateur; François Dubuc, motion designer; Georges Sheehy, François Warnet, Marie-Andrée Cormier, preneurs de son; Catherine Marineau-Dufresne, réalisatrice-coordonnatrice; et al. 

Manhunt, Manitoba
The Globe and Mail
Timothy Moore, Melissa Tait

BEST VIRTUAL EVENT / MEILLEUR ÉVÉNEMENT VIRTUEL

Avenue magazine Top 40 Under 40 Meet the Class of 2020
Avenue
Käthe Lemon, RocketHouse (Steve Klintberg-Nagy and Zoe Klintberg-Nagy), Dallas Flexhaug

AZ Awards Gala 2020
Azure Magazine
Nelda Rodger, Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Vicky Lee, Anna Lin, Kari Silver, Evan Pavka, Mahasti Eslahjou, Wyatt Clough, Paddy Harrington, Tristan Marantos, Jessica Allen

Confronting COVID: The National Virtual Town Hall
CBC News
Lara Chatterjee, Angela Naus, Meg Banks, Steve Pennie, Cheryl Brown, Natalie Crowell, Joel Perron

Quel avenir pour les ensembles et paysages patrimoniaux ?
Esquisses, le magazine de l’Ordre des architectes du Québec
Cathy Beauséjour, conseillère en communication (OAQ); Virginie Harvey, coordonnatrice de la formation continue (OAQ); Véronique Bourbeau, directrice des communications et des relations publiques (OAQ); Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec

Ask & Answer: Government Pandemic Support
HuffPost Canada
Althia Raj, host/producer; Amanda De Souza, producer; Stephane Sannuto, director; Allia McLeod, supervising producer; Luisa Cruz, floor director; Sasha Nagy, executive producer

Microfestival – Pierre Kwenders Live
URBANIA
Pierre Kwenders, artiste; réalisateur Gabriel Lajournade, réalisateur; Nicolas Roy-Bourdages, directeur technique; Alexis Demers Aiguilleur Xavier Havitov, ingénieur son; Natan B. Foisy Antoine Benhini, caméramans; Assistant Caméra Francis Robert; assistant caméra; et al.

Credit Changes & Additions 

If you would like to make any credit changes or additions, please send details to staff@magazine-awards.com with subject line “NMA Credit Change.” The deadline for credit changes and additions is Monday, May 17, 2021 at midnight ET.

Acknowledgements

The National Media Awards Foundation is incredibly grateful for 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 CCR SolutionsCisionMagazines Canada and Very Good Studios.

A special thank you to the Rethink Canada team, who created this year’s stunning visuals and animations. 

Thank you to Vesselin Stroumsky, for developing the NMAF’s online submissions and judging platforms.

Our deepest gratitude to our roster of volunteer judges, who spent countless hours carefully evaluating the entries in this year’s competition. 

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

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.