December 4: Call for Entries

January 15: Early-Bird Deadline

January 22: Final Submissions Deadline

 

The NMAF welcomes applications from individuals who bring different industry perspectives – from recognized leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We also aim for the judging panels to reflect our country’s diverse Indigenous, cultural and regional communities.

Best Magazine Awards and Magazine Grand Prix

Best Magazine Awards 

The six Best Magazine Awards honour the magazines that most consistently engage, surprise and serve the needs of their readers. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in magazine publishing over the past year. The jury shall evaluate each magazine according to four general criteria—quality, currency, design and reader experience. Each submitter will be asked, on the entry form, to provide a brief statement on each of the criteria for the jury’s consideration.


There will be 5 finalists for each award and one overall winner. A publication may only enter one of the six Best Magazine categories. Entries from digital-only publications are eligible. Each entry should consist of six copies of any two print issues from the past year, and/or links to digital issues and content. 

 

Best Magazine: General Interest
Honours the most outstanding Canadian magazine whose reader engagement focuses on general interest content, including but not limited to news, current events, society, politics, business, and science.


Best Magazine: Service

Honours the most outstanding Canadian magazine whose reader engagement has a clear service orientation, focusing on informational or instructional content in any field or subject, including but not limited to health and wellness, education, careers, personal finance, parenting, recreation, and hobbies.

 

Best Magazine: Lifestyle
Honours the most outstanding Canadian magazine whose reader engagement focuses on lifestyle content, including but not limited to travel, food and beverage, home design, décor, and gardening.


Best Magazine: Fashion & Beauty
Honours the most outstanding Canadian magazine whose reader engagement focuses on fashion, beauty, or style, including entertainment and celebrities.


Best Magazine: Art & Literary

Honours the most outstanding Canadian magazine whose reader engagement focuses on the literary or visual arts, including but not limited to fiction, poetry, drama, literary criticism, photography, or visual arts.


Special Interest (not SIPs)
Honours the most outstanding Canadian magazine whose reader engagement focuses on a specific subject, area of interest, or niche. Special interests may include but are not limited to regional and local affairs, sports, professions, trades, children and young adult, and magazines that serve a specific industry. This award does not include SIPs.

Magazine Grand Prix

The Magazine Grand Prix title will go to the Best Magazine winner which demonstrates overall excellence in bringing its publishing team together to create an outstanding product.

 

See past winners here.