Winners announced for Alberta Magazine Achievement Awards

Steven Sandor, editor of Avenue Edmonton magazine, was named Alberta Magazine Editor of the Year yesterday in an announcement from the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.

Steven cares about his community and is dedicated to creating stories, in print and online, that will engage and challenge readers to have a greater stake in their city. Steven is known for his leadership, his innovation, his thoughtful and challenging mentorship of writers and his dedication to maintaining their unique voice as he provides editorial guidance. In addition to his editorial leadership, Steven is a strong advocate for the larger publishing industry. He serves as an AMPA board member, and represents the periodical industry to Access Copyright, talks about industry opportunities to students from junior high to post-secondary, and is called upon regularly for his commentary in the broadcast media.

Steven Sandor has also served as a juror for the National Magazine Awards.
Avenue Edmonton was also named as one of three finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year, joining Avenue Calgary and Glass Buffalo on the shortlist for the award, the winner of which will be announced at the Alberta Magazine Awards on March 5.
Other Alberta Magazine Achievement Awards announced yesterday include:

  • Volunteer of the Year: Jennifer Schmidt-Rempel, Lethbridge Living Magazine
  • Achievement in Publishing: Chris BirdKootenay Business Magazine and Fly Fusion Magazine.
  • Best New Magazine: Grains West

Read more about the finalists and winners at http://albertamagazines.com/awards
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Swerve, Alberta Venture, New Trail lead nominees for 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards

Swerve, Alberta Venture, New Trail lead nominees for Alberta Magazine Awards

 
It looks (and certainly reads) like 2014 was a wonderful year for Alberta magazines, with nearly two dozen titles garnering nominations for the Showcase Awards and Swerve leading the way with 11.
Alberta Venture (10), New Trail (10), Avenue Calgary (8) and Glass Buffalo (7) follow next; the latter is a literary magazine that won Best New Magazine at last year’s awards, which are presented by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.
National Magazine Award-winning writers and artists are prominent among the Alberta nominees this year:

  • Omar Mouallem: Essay (Avenue Edmonton); Essay (Swerve); Feature Writing (Swerve); Profile (Avenue Edmonton)
  • Jeremy Klaszus: Alberta Story (Swerve)
  • Paul Roelofs: Covers (Western Living)
  • Martin Tessler: Photograph (Western Living)
  • Curtis Gillespie: Profile (New Trail)

Other finalists include former NMA nominees like Naomi K. Lewis, Marcello Di Cintio, Arno Kopecky and Max Fawcett.
There are 15 Showcase Awards for creators (writers, illustrators, photographers, art directors and digital designers). Among them…
Cover

  • Avenue Edmonton Stephen Mandel – Curtis Trent, photographer; Pete Nguyen, art director
  • Georgie Issue No 2 F14 – Nathan Marshall, art director, Aaron Pedersen, photographer
  • New Trail Autumn – Marcey Andrews, art director
  • Up!Magazine The Food Guide -Jill Foran, editor
  • Western Living September – Paul Roelofs, art director; Evaan Kheraj portrait photographer

Fiction

  • Freefall The Bull of Heaven – Paddy Scott
  • Glass Buffalo Pearl – Bruce Cinnamon
  • Marker Utility – Caleb Caswell
  • On Spec Handcrafting – Anita Dolman
  • Prairie Journal The Royal Visit – Vivian Zenari

Poetry

  • Freefall A Kindness of Bees – Cassy Welburn
  • Freefall But I’m No One – Weyman Chan
  • Glass Buffalo Frog Lake – Erika Luckert
  • Glass Buffalo Mink – Fatima Fayad
  • Glass Buffalo What Do I know? – Liam Kay

Emerging Writer

  • Avenue Calgary From Calgary to Calcutta Without a Calendar – Andrew Guilbert
  • Avenue Calgary Volunteer Year – Madeline Smith
  • Glass Buffalo A Paragraph – Josh Greschner
  • Glass Buffalo  A Tale of Two Forms – Peter Takach
  • Glass Buffalo On Living: A second draft – Andrew Moore

Check out all the finalists here.
The 2015 Alberta Magazine Award winners (for the Showcase Awards) will be announced on March 5 at a gala during the annual Alberta Magazines Conference in Calgary.
The winners of the Achievement Awards–Achievement in Publishing, Best New Magazine, Editor of the Year, Magazine of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year–will be announced next Wednesday, February 11.

Vogue, New York, New Yorker big winners at US National Magazine Awards

Photo Credit: Albert Chau/ASME

Vogue magazine took home the grand prize, while perennial favourites and rivals New York and the New Yorker won the most honours in a night of surprises at the US National Magazine Awards, aka the Ellies, in–where else?–New York City.
Vogue was named Magazine of the Year by the jury, topping fellow finalists New York, The Hollywood Reporter, Better Homes & Gardens and Cosmopolitan. The award for Magazine of the Year recognizes general excellence in print and digital media as well as other facets including branded content and events.
New York, which has the most nominations with 10, and The New Yorker each took home 3 awards. New York took the top honours for design, for columns and commentary, and for magazine section.
The New Yorker won for essays and criticism, for fiction, and for general excellence as a general interest magazine.
Despite nominating a record number of digital-only publications this year, the Ellies only recognized one–The Atavist–with an award, for feature writing.
First-time nominee Nautilus, a science magazine launched in 2013, surprised many by grabbing 2 Ellies, for best website and for general excellence in literature, science and politics magazines.
The fine folks at Longreads have created a Reading List of Ellie-winning stories from this year’s competition.
Also honoured was TIME photojournalist James Nachtwey, who received the Creative Excellence Award for his career-long contributions to magazine media. The awards dinner was hosted by David Muir, anchor and managing editor of ABC News’ “World News Tonight.”
Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each winner, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia Journalism School.
Complete list of winners at the 2015 US National Magazine Awards.
General Excellence
General Interest Magazines: New Yorker
Service and Lifestyle Magazines: Glamour
Style and Design Magazines: Garden & Gun
Active Interest Magazines: Men’s Health
Special Interest Magazines: The Hollywood Reporter
Literature, Science and Politics Magazines: Nautilus
Other Categories
Design: New York
Photography: National Geographic
Single-Topic Issue: San Francisco for “The Oakland Issue,” June
Magazine Section: New York for “Strategist”
Website: Nautilus
Tablet Magazine: National Geographic
Multimedia: The Texas Observer in Partnership With Guardian US for “Beyond the Border,” by Melissa del Bosque, Aug. 6
Video: Vice News for “The Islamic State,” by Medyan Dairieh, Aug. 15
Public Interest: Pacific Standard for “Women Aren’t Welcome Here,” by Amanda Hess, January/February
Personal Service: O, The Oprah Magazine, for “Ready or Not: The Caregiver’s Guide,” November
Leisure Interests: Backpacker for “The Complete Guide to Fire,” edited by Casey Lyons, October
Reporting: GQ for “Inside the Iron Closet,” by Jeff Sharlet, February
Feature Writing: The Atavist for “Love and Ruin,” by James Verini, February
Feature Photography: Time for “Crime Without Punishment,” photographs by Jerome Sessini, July 24
Essays and Criticism: The New Yorker for “This Old Man,” by Roger Angell, Feb. 17 and 24
Columns and Commentary: New York for “Zombies on the Walls: Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same?,” June 16-29; “Taking in Jeff Koons, Creator and Destroyer of Worlds,” June 30-July 13; and “Post-Macho God: Matisse’s Cut-Outs Are World-Historically Gorgeous” Oct. 8, by Jerry Saltz
Fiction: The New Yorker for “The Emerald Light in the Air,” by Donald Antrim, Feb. 3
Magazine of the Year: Vogue
More coverage at AdAge.
Photos via ASME Flickr.

Alberta Magazines Conference open for registration


The 19th Annual Alberta Magazines Conference is coming to Calgary on March 5 and 6, at the Carriage House Inn. The early-bird deadline for registration is February 12 (final deadline Feb 26).
Among the panellists are NMAF President Joyce Byrne, publisher of Avenue magazine in Calgary, and NMAF directors Christopher Frey, former editor-in-chief of Hazlitt, and Lisa Whittington-Hill, publisher of This Magazine.
Other speakers include National Magazine Award winner Paul Roelofs (creative director of Western Living) discussing magazine redesigns and rebranding, and award-winning writer Marcello Di Cintio, who will speak to an audience about the craft of profile writing.
Check out the complete list and event details here.
Plus, Thursday March 5 is the Alberta Magazine Awards gala. The finalists will be announced in early February.

Call for Submissions: Science Journalism Awards


The Canadian Science Writers’ Association has opened a call for submissions for its 2014 science journalism awards. Deadline: February 15, 2015.
The Science Journalism Award goes to an individual who has a science piece published in their name in any media during the calendar year 2014.  Winners receive $1000 and recognition at the Awards Ceremony at the CSWA Conference.
The Herb Lampert Science Emerging Journalist Award goes to a student or newly practising journalist (2 years or less) who has a science piece published in any media during 2014. Winners receive $1000 and recognition at the Awards Ceremony at the CSWA Conference.
The Science Communications Award goes to an individual or small team, museum, university or college, whose work in 2014 explored or explained the topic of science to the public in an informative, accurate and engaging way. The work can be in any medium, and was produced for the purposes of public communications, outreach, advertising, marketing, or any similar venture. Winners receive $1000 and recognition at the Awards Ceremony at the CSWA Conference.
This year’s CSWA Conference is June 18-21 in Saskatoon.