• Dec 8: Call for Submissions
  • Jan 11: Early-Bird Deadline
  • Jan 15: Final Submissions Deadline
  • Mar 1: Outstanding Achievement
  • May 2: Announcement of Finalists
  • Jun 10: 39th National Magazine Awards

 



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Category Definitions

 

 

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CASH PRIZES: Most Written, Visual and Integrated categories include a cash prize of $1,000 for Gold and $500 for Silver. Cash prizes for certain Special categories are noted below.

 

 

WRITTEN CATEGORIES are open to content from all eligible print magazines, tablet magazines and magazine websites, except where noted in the restrictions.
 

WRITTEN CATEGORIES

 

 

DEFINITION

 

RESTRICTIONS

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT



 

Any article on the arts or entertainment.

 

 

BEST SHORT FEATURE



 

Any non-fiction article of 2,000 words or less. Entries are judged exclusively on the strength and quality of the writing.

 

Opinion columns are not eligible. Entries in this category may NOT also be entered in any other written category.

 

BUSINESS
 

 

 

Any Article on Business.

 

 

 

COLUMNS



Any set of three (3) columns from a single publication, in print or online (including blogs). Columns with multiple authors are admissible provided the column has a unifying voice or theme.

 

 

 

EDITORIAL PACKAGE



Any collection of articles on a related theme in a single issue that reflects collaboration by editors and writers. Entries may consist of a package of articles or an entire thematic issue.

 

Open to content from Print Magazines and Magazine Websites. Maximum of three (3) entries per magazine.

 

ESSAYS



Any article in which a writer's perspective is paramount and offers an argument or an intellectual point of view. 

 

Regular columns of columnists are NOT eligible.

 

FICTION



Any work of fiction first published by the magazine.

 

 

As with all categories, excerpts, serializations or condensations from books or books in progress are NOT eligible.

 

HEALTH & MEDICINE



Any article on health or medicine.

 

 

Entries in this category may NOT also be entered in Service: Family, Health & Personal Finance.

 

HUMOUR



 

Any humorous piece.

 

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING



Any article based on original fact-finding and enterprising news gathering.

 

 

 

 

ONE-OF-A-KIND



Any non-fiction article whose content or style is so unique that it does not fit the definition of any other written category. The intent is to open the competition to written work that is not easily classified.

 

Entries in this category must NOT also be entered in any other written category.

 

PERSONAL JOURNALISM



Any article that focuses on the personal experiences of the writer.

 

 

 

POETRY

 

 

Any work of poetry first published by the magazine (a series of up to three poems by the same author from a single issue is permitted).

 

As with all categories, excerpts, serializations or condensations from books or books in progress are NOT eligible.

 

POLITICS & PUBLIC INTEREST



Articles that focus on politics or public issues with the potential to influence national or local public policy.

 

Entries in this category may NOT also be entered in Society.

 

PROFILES



Any article that focuses on one person or a group.

 

Entries in this category may NOT also be entered in any other written category.

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & THE ENVIRONMENT



 

Any article on science, technology or environmental issues.

 

Entries in this category may NOT also be entered in Society.

 

SERVICE: FAMILY, HEALTH & PERSONAL FINANCE



Any article of service(informational) or how-to (instructional) journalism that covers family, health and wellness, relationships, education, personal finance or careers.

 

Entries in this category may NOT also be entered in Health & Medicine or Service: Lifestyle.

 

SERVICE: LIFESTYLE



Any article of service(informational) or how-to (instructional) journalism that covers travel, outdoor recreation, leisure, music, décor, maintenance, hobbies, food, beauty or fashion. Food articles may include recipes but may not consist entirely of recipes.

 

Entries in this category may not also be entered in Service: Family, Health & Personal Finance.

 

SOCIETY



Any article directly concerned with social issues.

 

Entries in this category may NOT also be entered in Politics & Public Interest or Science, Technology & the Environment.

 

SPORTS & RECREATION



 

Any article on sports or recreation.

 

 

 

TRAVEL



Any article that relies on a sense of place for its impact.

 

 

 

 

 

VISUAL CATEGORIES are open to content from all eligible print magazines, tablet magazines and magazine websites, except where noted in the restrictions.

 

VISUAL CATEGORIES

 

DEFINITION

RESTRICTIONS

ART DIRECTION OF AN ENTIRE ISSUE



 

Art direction of an entire magazine issue.

Entries from Magazine Websites are NOT eligible.

ART DIRECTION OF A SINGLE MAGAZINE ARTICLE



 

Art direction of a single magazine article.

 

 

Entries from Magazine Websites are NOT eligible.

 

 

 

FASHION



Any fashion layout using photography or illustration

Eligible content must be originally commissioned by the magazine, and all content creators must be Canadian citizens or residents.

 

HOMES & GARDENS



Any photographic layout for a single article that celebrates interiors or exteriors. This includes architecture, décor and gardens.

Eligible content must be originally commissioned by the magazine, and all content creators must be Canadian citizens or residents.

 

ILLUSTRATION & PHOTO ILLUSTRATION



Any spread, cover or photo illustration that is a half page or larger (or digital equivalent); colour or black and white; single or series.

Eligible content must be originally commissioned by the magazine, and all content creators must be Canadian citizens or residents.

 

PHOTOJOURNALISM & PHOTOESSAYS



Any photograph or series of photographs from a single issue, shot on location, which records events or situations not controlled by the photographer. This category includes photo essays, travel and landscape photographs that accompany a single article, though any accompanying text is not judged.

Eligible content must be originally commissioned by the magazine, and all content creators must be Canadian citizens or residents.

 

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY



Any photograph or series of photographs for a single article on one or more people.

Eligible content must be originally commissioned by the magazine, and all content creators must be Canadian citizens or residents.

 

SPOT ILLUSTRATION



Any illustration less than half a page (or digital equivalent); colour or black and white, single or series.

Eligible content must be originally commissioned by the magazine, and all content creators must be Canadian citizens or residents.

 

STILL-LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY



Any photograph or series of photographs of an object or objects, for a single article, including but not limited to food, beauty products and other products.

Eligible content must be originally commissioned by the magazine, and all content creators must be Canadian citizens or resident.

 

 

 

INTEGRATED CATEGORIES are open to content from all eligible print magazines, tablet magazines and magazine websites, except where noted in the restrictions.
 

 

INTEGRATED CATEGORIES

 

DEFINITION

RESTRICTIONS

BEST SINGLE ISSUE



Any single issue, which will be judged in terms of the overall quality and originality of the content and its relevance to the intended readers. Editors must include four (4) copies of a cover letter (max 1 page) to summarize the issue's goals.

 

Entries from Magazine Websites are NOT eligible.

There is no cash prize with this award.

MAGAZINE COVERS



 

Any single magazine cover.

Entries from Magazine Websites are NOT eligible.

SINGLE SERVICE ARTICLE PACKAGE 



Any single service article that displays superior packaging of visual and written components and that reflects collaboration by the editorial team. Packaging elements could include (but are not limited to) annotations, illustrations, photography, sidebars and captions. This category is intended for single articles that are driven more by instructional content than by storytelling.

 

Entries from Magazine Websites are NOT eligible.
Entries in this category may NOT also be entered in Words & Pictures.
This category does NOT include related articles packaged together.

WORDS & PICTURES



Any article that relies for its impact on the successful integration of text and visuals as inseparable elements.

Entries from Magazine Websites are NOT eligible.Entries in this category may NOT also be entered in Single Service Article Package nor Creative Photography.

 

INFOGRAPHICS



An original creation of data visualization produced by a magazine, print or digital. Entries may consist of a single infographic or a series of related infographics appearing in a single article.

Submissions from print and tablet magazines must consist of a PDF of the entry. Submissions from magazine websites must consist of a URL to the page and a PDF screen capture. No hard copies are required.

 

SPECIAL CATEGORIES

 

SPECIAL CATEGORIES

 

DEFINITION

RESTRICTIONS

BEST NEW MAGAZINE WRITER



This award will go to a writer whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

This award includes a cash prize of $500.


Read more about this category.

Eligible work must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2015, and must be at least 1000 words in length. Open to non-fiction work only. Articles published in university/college magazines are eligible. Candidates must not have published any magazine work longer than 1000 words prior to 2014. The intent is to restrict this award to magazine writers with a maximum of 2 years’ experience in professional journalism. One entry per person.

 

BEST NEW PHOTOGRAPHER



* In alternate years, the NMAF will present distinct awards for Best New Magazine Illustrator and Best New Magazine Photographer. The Best New Magazine Illustrator award will be presented in 2016 and will be open to work published between 2014-2016.

 

This award will go to a photographer whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

This award includes a cash prize of $500.


Read more about this category.

Eligible work must be a single or series of photographs accompanying a single article or editorial package. Eligible work must have been published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015, and entrants should not have published any full-page magazine work prior to 2013. The intent is to restrict this award to photographers with a maximum of 3 years’ experience in professional journalism. Entries from university/college magazines are eligible. One entry per person.

 

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR



This award will go to the print magazine that most consistently engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers.

Open exclusively to Print Magazines published at least twice per year.

There is no cash prize for this category.

Read more about this category.

 

BEST MAGAZINE BRAND

 

 

Best Magazine Brand will go to the publisher whose brand best delivers on their editorial mandate through at least three platforms. The platforms may include a print or digital magazine, a website, SIP(s), mobile app(s), tablet, social media, television shows, radio broadcasts, podcasts, live events, innovations in print or digital media and other forms of audience engagement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is no cash prize for this category.

FOUNDATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT



This award recognizes an individual's innovation and creativity through contributions to the Canadian magazine industry.

The deadline for entries in this category ONLY is March 1, 2015.

There is no cash prize for this category.

Read more about this category.