National Magazine Awards Foundation Announces 30th Annual Awards Nominees, Winners of the Best Student Writer Award, Alexander Ross Award for Best New Writer, the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the three finalists for Magazine of the Year



    MONTREAL, April 23 /CNW/ - The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF)
released the 30th annual Magazine Awards nominees at the Pointe-à-Callière,
Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire in Montreal. The NMAF also announced the
three finalists for Magazine of the Year, the winner of the Alexander Ross
Award for best new writer, the winner of second annual Best Student Writer
Award, and the recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.
The nominees, in a total of 37 categories, represent over 300 articles in 78
different magazines, and were chosen from over 2,100 total entries nationwide.
    Earning distinction with the most Award nominations is The Walrus with 51
nominations. Toronto Life is next with 23 nominations. Maclean's, Toro, and
Report on Business each have 15 nominations, followed by L'actualité with 14.
    The three finalists for Magazine of the Year are L'actualité, Explore and
The Walrus.
    From an individuals' perspective, Ray Ford is nominated 4 times for 4
different articles in 3 magazines. Also receiving 4 nominations are Trevor
Cole and Daniel Wood. For the complete list of finalists and archive of past
winners, please visit www.magazine-awards.com.
    The Foundation's second annual Best Student Writer Award goes to Buffy
Cram for her article "Man Hands" that appeared in Prairie Fire.
    The winner of this year's Alexander Ross Award for Best New Writer is
Jeremy Klaszus, for his articles "Big Oil on Trial" and "Trouble in the
Fields" in Alberta Views magazine.
    The NMAF's most coveted prize since its inception in 1990 is The
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Kim Pittaway, president of the
NMAF, is honoured to name Neville Gilfoy as this year's recipient for his
exceptional contributions to the Canadian magazine community.
    Gilfoy has over 30 years experience in magazine publishing, and has had a
really good time along the way. He's been behind the launch of several
magazines, including Atlantic Insight (50,000 paid subscriptions within 8
months), Eastern Woods and Waters and Atlantic Progress (later Progress; and
he also created a French-language counterpart Progres), and has successfully
built one of the most capable, committed and determined publishing teams in
Canada.
    Gilfoy served as a CPPA/CMPA board member from 1979-1987, as president of
the APCC, and as chair of the board of the Greater Halifax Partnership. For 15
years he taught at the Banff Publishing Workshop. He has presented at hundreds
of seminars and conferences, from CMPA and Mags U to economic development
groups and high school classes. In 1999 he launched Face to Face, one of the
most unique entrepreneurial conferences produced by any magazine in North
America. Greg Keilty, publisher of SkyNews, notes that Gilfoy "ached to see
Atlantic Canada prosper and believed an entrepreneurial revolution was
required to make it happen."
    Yet at the core of Gilfoy's success is his talent and determination for
making those around him share his "uncommon delight" for the magazine
industry. "He eats, sleeps and dreams the business of magazine publishing,"
says Dirk van Loon, editor and publisher of DvL Publishing Inc., "and gladly
shares what he knows with anyone else crazy enough to get into the racket."
    For being an outstanding example to all who've worked with him - and to
the Canadian magazine industry - the NMAF proudly awards Neville Gilfoy with
the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.
    All National Magazine Awards will be presented June 15th, 2007 at the
Carlu in Toronto.

    ABOUT THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS FOUNDATION

    The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is a non-profit
organization that promotes excellence in Canadian magazine journalism through
the judging and awarding of over 2,100 nominee submissions from across the
country. The NMAF recognizes the outstanding efforts of more written and
visual artists than any comparable organization on the continent, and is
supported in part by the Government of Canada (through the Canada Magazine
Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.)

    For complete list of nominees and winners, visit: www.magazine-awards.com




For further information:

For further information: about the finalists or the National Magazine
Awards, please contact: Richard Johnson, Communications Manager, (416)
422-1358, staff@magazine-awards.com


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