National Magazine Awards Foundation announces the Nominations for the 36th National Magazine Awards

May 01, 2013, 10:00 ET from National Magazine Awards Foundation

TORONTO, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) announced the 36th annual National Magazine Awards, including the four finalists for the prestigious award for Magazine of the Year. Visit to view the list of all nominations and read the complete articles of each finalist.

From nearly 2,000 individual entries nationwide, the NMAF's 251 volunteer judges nominated a total of 365 submissions from 87 different Canadian magazines for awards in 47 written, visual, integrated and special categories. The Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at The Carlu in Toronto on June 7, at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala presented by CDS Global. The NMAF thanks its corporate sponsors Accenture, ManuLife Financial, Reader's Digest Foundation and Sun Life Financial for their generous financial support of the event. Tickets are on sale at

The 4 finalists for the coveted award Magazine of the Year, which is awarded to the magazine that in 2012 most consistently engaged, surprised and served the needs of its readers, are:
Corporate Knights, Cottage Life, Uppercase and Urbania.

The winner of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, announced on April 30, is Stephen Trumper.

Nominated for Tablet Magazine of the Year are Canadian House & Home ("The Colour Issue"), Maclean's "Canada's Best Restaurants" and Chez Soi ("Noël 100% déco"). And the nominees for Magazine Website of the Year are Hazlitt, Maclean's and Toronto Life.

Leading all magazines with 29 nominations for this year's National Magazine Awards is Toronto Life, followed by L'actualité (24), The Walrus (23), The Grid (22), Maclean's and Report on Business (20 each).

Top Nominated Magazines for the 36th National Magazine Awards:

Magazine Written Integrated Visual Special Total
Toronto Life 19 4 4 2 29
L'actualité 20 0 4 0 24
The Walrus 15 3 5 0 23
The Grid 8 7 7 0 22
Maclean's 17 1 0 2 20
Report on Business 13 3 4 0 20
Maisonneuve 10 2 1 1 14
Cottage Life 4 3 2 1 10
Eighteen Bridges 10 0 0 0 10
Sportsnet 9 0 1 0 10
enRoute 3 2 4 0 9
The New Quarterly 7 0 0 1 8

There are 9 magazines nominated for National Magazine Awards for the first time: Chez Soi, Globe Style Advisor (3 nominations), Hazlitt (4 nominations), Infopresse, Le Must, New Trail, Nouveau Projet (2 nominations), Ottawa Citizen Style and Write Magazine. Visit to view all nominees.

Chris Turner leads all individual finalists with 4 nominations in written categories for his work in Canadian Geographic, Marketing and The Walrus. Garnering 3 individual nominations are Catherine Dubé (L'actualité), Dan Robson (Sportsnet), Iain Marlow (Report on Business) and Dominique Forget (ELLE Québec, Jobboom and L'actualité).

The article "Building with the Brigadier" (Report on Business) by Greg McArthur and Graeme Smith has the distinction of being nominated in 3 categories: Business, Investigative Reporting and Politics & Public Interest.

The 10 finalists for the best Canadian Magazine Cover of 2012 come from Adbusters, Azure, Canadian Business, Maclean's, Maisonneuve, Report on Business, The Grid, The Walrus, Up Here and Vancouver.

There are 8 finalists for the award for Best Single Issue: Cottage Life ("June 2012"), enRoute ("The Food Issue"), LE Must ("Santé alimentaire"), Maisonneuve ("Tenth Anniversary Issue"), The Feathertale Review ("Issue 9"), The Grid ("May 10"), The Walrus ("November 2012") and Toronto Life ("The Loneliest Man in Toronto").

The 3 finalists for Best New Magazine Writer are Chris Hampton (for "The Place Where Art Sleeps" Maisonneuve), Sierra Skye Gemma (for "The Wrong Way" The New Quarterly), and May Jeong ("The Cult of Pastor Song" Toronto Life).

In addition to the new category Tablet Magazine of the Year, for 2012 the NMAF created 2 other new categories for digital content. In the new integrated category Online Video, the 5 finalists are "Balcony Makeover" (Canadian House & Home), "Les coulisses du reportage mode Icône" (ELLE Québec), "Pagelicker 01: Irvine Welsh" (Hazlitt), "Reboot on Life" (Ottawa Citizen Style), and "Toronto's National Anthem" (The Grid).

Of the 10 finalists in the new written category Blogs, 6 are from Maclean's, 2 from Torontoist, and 1 each from L'actualité and Today's Parent.

Gold and Silver awards will be handed down on June 7 in 24 written categories, 12 visual categories and 6 integrated categories. All other finalists will receive Honourable Mention. Winners will also be celebrated in 5 special categories: Outstanding Achievement, Best New Magazine Writer, Magazine Website of the Year, Tablet Magazine of the Year, and Magazine of the Year.

Gold winners in written, visual and integrated categories (except Best Single Issue) receive a cash prize of $1000; Silver winners $500. The winner of Best New Magazine Writer receives a cash prize of $500.

Visit to view the list of all nominations and read the complete articles of each finalist.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

The NMAF's most prestigious individual prize since its inception in 1990 is The Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. This year, the NMAF is honoured to name Stephen Trumper as the recipient for his exceptional contributions to the Canadian magazine community.

As a distinguished editor, a beloved teacher, a renowned master of display copy and a mentor known for giving generously of his time and expertise, Stephen Trumper has been a pillar of the Canadian magazine industry for more than thirty-five years.

In 1977 Steve joined Toronto Life, where he enjoyed a fourteen-year tenure, including nine as managing editor, during which time the publication was twice named Magazine of the Year. As a handling editor at Toronto Life and, later, at Harrowsmith Country Life and National Post Business plus freelance assignments for, among others, Saturday Night, Chatelaine, Elm Street and This Magazine, Steve's deft touch and rapport with his writers helped produce more than sixty awards and nominations from the National Magazine Awards and other regional and industry associations.

In the mid-nineties he became a part-time instructor at Ryerson University's School of Journalism, where he has taught magazine editing and feature writing ever since while also guiding students through the production of several issues of the Ryerson Review of Journalism. As a teacher and mentor, Steve has been an inspiration to a generation of Canada's brightest journalists, many of whom still seek him out for counsel and friendship at his favourite tables at The Senator or at the Starbucks inside Sears at the Eaton Centre.

A wheelchair user who was on the boards of CBC-TV's Disability Network, Ontario Science Centre, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and a member of the Ontario Lieutenant Governor's ad hoc committee on improving job opportunities for people with disabilities, Steve currently serves on the board of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, which publishes Abilities magazine. In addition, for the past dozen years Steve has been involved with Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), a not-for-profit organization that operates two broadcast services (AMI-tv and AMI-audio) and a website ( By making print, broadcast and digital media accessible, AMI serves more than five million Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, mobility or learning disabled, or learning English as a second language. For AMI Steve has been a writer, an editor and, for several years, the organization's Ombudsman.

Steve's principal goals in his career as an editor, a teacher and an advocate for people with disabilities: to make media and journalism better, and to make them accessible to all Canadians. In 2012, Steve received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, recognizing his contributions to community and public service.

For his distinguished service to the Canadian magazine industry, the National Magazine Awards Foundation proudly awards Stephen Trumper with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as financial support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is a bilingual, not-for-profit institution whose mission is to recognize and promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.

This year's National Magazine Awards gala is Friday, June 7, at The Carlu in Toronto. Tickets are on sale at



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