Kenneth R. Wilson Awards & Western Magazine Awards announce finalists

Today Canadian Business Press announced the finalists for the 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards in 24 written, visual, digital and special categories for Canadian business-to-business magazine publishing.

CAmagazine leads all magazines with 17 nominations, followed by Marketing (14), Les Affaires (9), Precedent and University Affairs (8 each).

The KRW Awards have 2 divisions for Magazine of the Year this year. The 3 finalists for Magazine of the Year – Professional are CAmagazine, Marketing and Up Here Business. The finalists for Magazine of the Year – Trade are Oilweek, Renovation Contractor and Salon Magazine.

Also this year the KRW Awards added a category for Best New Journalist, and those finalists are:

Check out the complete list of KRW nominees.

This year’s KRW Awards gala is June 4 at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto. Tickets are on sale at KRWawards.ca.

Earlier this week the Western Magazine Awards announced the nominees for its 31st year honouring excellence in Canadian magazines from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

The leading nominated magazines include Vancouver Magazine, Eighteen Bridges, BC Business, Alberta Views, Up Here, Western Living and Prairie Fire.

The 3 finalists for Best New Magazine are Coast Mountain Culture MagazineHomes & Living Magazine Vancouver and  Interlake Arts, Life & Leisure Magazine.

The 5 finalists for Best New Writer are:

  • Sherry Wong, “Dandelion,” Prism International
  • Melissa Molloy, “The Accuser and Us,” Profiles West
  • Carly Wignes, “Treaty Troubles,” The Tyee
  • Rosemary Anderson, “A Running Start,” Trek
  • Stacey McLachlan, “The Bounty Hunter,” Western Living

Check out all the WMA finalists.

The WMA Lifetime Achievement Award this year will go to Paul and Audrey Grescoe.

This year’s WMA Gala is Friday June 21 at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, hosted by Jo-Ann Roberts, the CBC radio host and currently the Harvey Southam Guest Lecturer at University of Victoria. Tickets go on sale on May 6 at WesternMagazineAwards.ca.

Western Magazine Awards open for submissions till March 15

[This post has been updated] The Western Magazine Awards — a program open to Canadian print and online magazines published west of the Ontario-Manitoba border — are now accepting submissions for their 31st annual awards. Deadline for entries is March 1, 2013 March 15, 2013.

This year there are 12 written categories (including the new Best New Writer Award) and 6 visual categories, which include a cash prize of $750.

Then there are 4 “Gold” categories for best overall article by region, which include a cash prize of $1000. Finally, there are 8 Magazine of the Year categories and 1 Lifetime Achievement Award.

There have been a few changes made to the Rules this year, so be sure to read carefully before submitting.

The winners will be announced at the annual WMA ceremony on June 21, 2013, at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside. More info at westernmagazineawards.ca.

‘Word on the Street’ is this weekend in 6 Canadian cities!

Word on the Street is the annual Canadian book and magazine festival, which this year is coming to 6 Canadian cities:

Toronto: Sunday, Sept 23 at Queen’s Park Circle
Halifax: Sunday, Sept 23 by the Maritime Museum
Saskatoon: Sunday, Sept 23 at Civic Square
Lethbridge: Sunday, Sept 23 at Main Library
Kitchener: Sunday, Sept 23 around City Hall
Vancouver: Sept 28-30 (various locations)

If you’ve never been to WOTS before, it’s basically a fun day in the park surrounded by magazines, books, authors and food. It’s often a great opportunity to snag great subscription deals and hard-to-find back issues of your favourite magazines, as well as discounted books.

Plus, readings from wonderful authors and informative, career-building speaker series. Most of all, it’s a great place to discover new reads.