• Dec 01: Call for Submissions
  • Jan 10: Early-Bird Submissions Deadline
  • Jan 15: Final Submissions Deadline
  • May 01: Announcement of Finalists
  • Jun 06: 37th National Magazine Awards

 



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Best New Magazine Writer

 

Winner: Catherine McIntyre

Clusterf*ck

THIS Magazine

 

What the jury said: In Clusterf*ck, Catherine McIntyre dares to tackle a complex and underreported issue, digging into New Brunswick's data on cancer clusters and correlating illness with areas of heavy industry. In every way a powerful feature—great sources, revealing scenes, vivid details—the work displays a principled grasp of the fundamentals of investigative reporting. Her piece, like the best journalism, has the potential to effect change.

 

Honourable Mentions:

Suzannah Showler

On the Trail of Ignored Beasts

Maisonneuve

 

Liz Windhorst Harmer

Pain: A Brief History of my Intensity

The New Quarterly

 

 

About this award: This award will go to a writer whose early work in magazines (Print Magazine, Tablet Magazine or Magazine Website) shows the highest degree of craft and promise. The award is open to students and magazine writers with a maximum of two years’ experience in professional journalism. The intent is to restrict this award to emerging writing talent in Canadian magazines. Eligible work must be non-fiction and a minimum of 1,000 words in length and the candidate must not have a published article longer than 1,000 words in any magazine prior to 2012. Articles published in university/college magazines are eligible. Only 1 entry per person.

Submission requirements: Applications for BNMW consist of four (4) original tear sheets of the article and (4) copies of a letter of reference from a teacher, mentor, editor or colleague, attesting to the candidate’s eligibility and providing context for the submitted work. A copy of the Entry Form must be clipped to the top of the package. (Entry Forms are generated upon completion of the online submissions process.) Entrants must also upload a PDF of the article. The entry fee is $25.

 

 The winner receives a cash prize of $500.

 

Read our interview with 2012 Best New Magazine Writer Sierra Skye Gemma.
 

Best New Illustrator or Photographer


This award will go to an illustrator, photographer, graphic artist or digital image creator whose early work in magazines (Print Magazine, Tablet Magazine or Magazine Website) shows the highest degree of craft and promise. The award is open to students and magazine photographers, illustrators, graphic artists and digital image creators with a maximum of three years’ experience in professional journalism. The intent is to restrict this award to emerging creative talent in Canadian magazines. 

 

Eligible work may be a single or series of related photographs, a single or series of related illustrations, a graphic narrative or series of digital images. Eligible work must be a minimum of one full page in size or digital equivalent and the candidate must not have a published photograph or illustration of larger than one full page in size or digital equivalent in any magazine prior to 2011.  Images published in university/college magazines are eligible. Only 1 entry per person.
 

Submission requirements: Applications for BNIP consist of four (4) original tear sheets of the article and (4) copies of a letter of reference from a teacher, mentor, art director or colleague, attesting to the candidate’s eligibility and providing context for the submitted work. A copy of the Entry Form must be clipped to the top of the package. (Entry Forms are generated upon completion of the online submissions process.) Entrants must also upload a PDF of the article. The entry fee is $25. 

The deadline for entries is January 15, 2014. Submit



A shortlist of 3 finalists will be announced on May 1. The winner will be revealed at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 6, 2014. The winner receives a cash prize of $500.

 

Read our interview with 2011 winner The Coveteur.


Previous Winners of Best New Magazine Writer
2012 - Sierra Skye Gemma - “The Wrong Way” (The New Quarterly)

2011 - Liam Casey, “Suicide Notes” (Ryerson Review of Journalism)
2010 - Matthieu Aikins, "Last Stand in Kandahar" (The Walrus)
2009 - Danielle Groen, "This is Your Brain on Love" (Chatelaine)
2008 - Kris Demeanor, "Get a Real Job" (unlimited)
2007 - Patrick White, "Red Rush" (The Walrus)
2006 - Jeremy Klaszus, "Big Oil on Trial" (AlbertaViews)
2005 - Larry Frolick, "The Wired Cabin"; "Danger Signs" (Outpost)
2004 - Sophie Lees (AlbertaViews)
2003 - Chantal Srivastava (L'actualité)
2002 - Jean-Francois Bégin (L'actualité)
2001 - Jonathan Trudel (L'actualité)
2000 - Matthew McKinnon


Previous Winners of Best New Visual Creator
2011 - The Coveteur,Gifts” (Report on Business)
2009 - Byron Eggenschwiler "Tales from Riverheights Terrace" (Swerve)


Previous Winners of Best Student Writer
2008 - Chris Watt, "Iraq's Walking Dead", Maisonneuve
2007 - Julia Belluz, “I” (Ryerson Review of Journalism)
2006 - Buffy Cram, "Man Hands," Prairie Fire
2005 - Leigh Doyle, "So Long" (Ryerson Review of Journalism)