• 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

 



Check out our Facebook for photos from past NMA Galas

Magazine of the Year

 

The award for Magazine of the Year is the most prestigious award bestowed upon a Canadian magazine. This year there are 3 awards to reward overall excellence in the creation of Canadian magazines: Magazine of the YearMagazine Website of the Year, and Tablet Magazine of the Year. A single publication may enter one or more of these categories provided they satisfy the NMAF's Eligibility & Rules.

 

MAGAZINE OF YEAR

Winner: Cottage Life

 

What the jury said: Smart, engaging and instructive; a magazine that manages to be both realistic and aspirational, and really knows its audience. With its versatile range of long-form features, profiles and service pieces, sophisticated mix of editorial illustration, photography and information graphics, and a cohesive typographical approach, Cottage Life delivers with confidence on its mandate to enhance and preserve the quality of cottage living.

 

 

Mention honorable:
Azure, Nouveau Projet

 

About this award: The award for Magazine of the Year will go to the magazine that most consistently engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers. 

 

Submission Requirements: Entrants must send in five (5) sets of any three (3) issues from the year 2013.  Editors must include five copies of a cover letter of no more than one (1) page with an application. The letter will a) outline briefly the mandate of the magazine and b) summarize briefly the magazine's achievements during the year. These might include examples of compelling packaging, mix, writing and reporting, among other things. Submitters must also upload a PDF of the cover of one of the issues submitted. The entry fee is $150 (early bird) and $175 (regular).

 

 

 

MAGAZINE WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

 

Winner: Macleans.ca (Maclean’s)

 

Honourable Mention:

Hazlitt, Torontoist

 

About this award: The award for Magazine Website of the Year will go to a magazine website (either a companion site or an online-only magazine) that successfully fulfills its editorial mission by representing the highest journalistic standards and effectively serving its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of web-based publishing. Editorial material must be clearly delineated from sponsored content, advertising and product sales as prescribed by ASME's Best Practices for Digital Media. A magazine website must have been launched prior to December 1, 2013 to be eligible. An editorial mandate is required with each entry. A PDF screen grab of the submitted website is required with the submissions. The entry fee is $150 (early bird) and $175 (regular).

 

 

 

TABLET MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

 

Winner: Sportsnet

Honourable Mention:

Canadian Business, The Hockey News

 

 

About this award: The award for Tablet Magazine of the Year will to a single issue of a Tablet Magazine that successfully fulfills its editorial mission by representing the highest journalistic standards and effectively serving its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of tablet publishing. Editorial material must be clearly delineated from sponsored content, advertising and product sales as prescribed by ASME's Best Practices for Digital Media. An editorial mandate is required with each entry. Submitters must also upload a PDF of the cover of the issue. The entry fee is $150 (early bird) and $175 (regular).


 

 

JUDGING

The awards for Magazine of the Year, Tablet Magazine of the Year and Magazine Website of the Year are each judged by a three-member jury comprised of an editor, an art director and a publisher or executive, all of whom are recognized as leaders in the Canadian magazine industry. Each member of the jury evaluates all entries, and in discussion the jury will come to a consensus on three finalists and from them a single winner. The other two finalists will receive Honourable Mention. The finalists will be announced on May 1 and the winner on June 6 at the National Magazine Awards gala.

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

Magazine of the Year

2012 - Corporate Knights

2011 - Maisonneuve
2010 - MoneySense
2009 - Up Here
2008 - AlbertaViews
2007 - Toronto Life
2006 - The Walrus
2005 - Maclean's
2004 - Maisonneuve
2003 - Border Crossings
2002 - Outpost
2001 - Canadian Geographic
2000 - Azure
1999 - Chatelaine
1998 - Adbusters
1997 - Vancouver Magazine
1996 - Canadian Living
1995 - Canadian House & Home
1994 - Canadian Art
1993 - Owl & Chickadee
1992 - Cottage Life
1991 - The Idler
1990 - West
1989 - Toronto Life
1988 - Applied Arts Quarterly
1987 - Report on Business
1986 - Quill & Quire
1985 - Toronto Life
1984 - Saturday Night
1983 - Vancouver
1982 - Equinox

 

From 1982-2002, there were separate awards for President's Medal (top article) and Magazine of the Year (top magazine). Since 2002 there has been no award for the top overall article. From 2002-2005, the President's Medal was instead awarded to the Magazine of the Year. Since 2006, the name 'President's Medal' was dropped in favour of simply Magazine of the Year.

 

Magazine Website of the Year (formerly Magazine of the Year-Digital) 
2012 - Hazlitt

2011 - TodaysParent.com
2010 - Macleans.ca
2009 - Dogs in Canada

 

Tablet Magazine of the Year

2012 - Canadian House & Home