National Magazine Awards Foundation announces the winners of the 38th annual National Magazine Awards

TORONTO, June 5, 2015 /CNW/ - The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) presented the winners of the 38th annual National Magazine Awards at a gala this evening in Toronto at the Arcadian Court, presented by CDS Global, and hosted by Lainey Lui and Jessica Allen of CTV's The Social. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 43 categories. Visit to view the complete list of winners and read the full text of all winning articles.

"Tonight the National Magazine Awards Foundation recognized the outstanding work of Canada's magazine writers, editors, designers, photographers and illustrators," said Joyce Byrne, President of the NMAF. "The nominees and winners of this year's awards have set new standards of excellence in Canadian media, and on behalf of those working in our wonderful industry and magazine readers across the country, we congratulate them."

Nouveau Projet was the biggest winner of the 38th annual National Magazine Awards.  The French-language literary and arts magazine, published by Atelier 10 in Montreal, captured the award for Magazine of the Year, given to the magazine that most consistently engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers. The National Magazine Awards jury said of Nouveau Projet:

"Nouveau Projet is a near-perfect symbiosis of subject matter, expert writing and exceptionally original design. It sets itself apart thanks to inspiring themes and bold covers. The magazine offers a fresh take on the genre and dares to cover topics that are virtually absent in other media. The energy of the editorial team is tangible page after page. Nouveau Projet embodies the spirit of print magazines."

Nouveau Projet also won Gold for Art Direction of an Entire Issue ("Automne/Hiver 2014") and Words & Pictures ("La pointe des utopies"), and Silver for Editorial Package: Print ("Régénérescences"). Nouveau Projet launched in 2011 and was also a finalist for Magazine of the Year in 2014.

Honourable Mention for Magazine of the Year went to The Walrus and UPPERCASE.

Gold: Today's Parent ("Books Issue" August 2014)
Honourable Mention: Maclean's ("Ottawa Shooting"), The Kit ("Secrets to Great Skin")

Gold: (Hazlitt)
Honourable Mention: (Maclean's), (Torontoist)

Gold: Genna Buck, "Finding a Place" (Maisonneuve)
Honourable Mention:
Nicholas Cameron, "Life Sentence" (Maisonneuve)
Emily McKibbon, "Latencies" (The New Quarterly)

Gold: Hudson Christie, "A Portrait of the Artist with Testicles in Hand" (Maisonneuve)
Honourable Mention:
Min Gyo Chung, "Under the Climate" (Corporate Knights)
Kiana Hayeri, "Mission Accomplished" (Report on Business)

Gold: Cottage Life
Honourable Mention: Les Affaires, Spacing

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

About the winner, Cottage Life, the National Magazine Awards jury said:

"Cottage Life demonstrates a level of innovation that bodes well for the industry, representing how a magazine can live beyond print with dynamic and thriving platforms. Its extensions—digital, broadcast, events, e-commerce—are perfectly aligned with the brand DNA, dominating the niche the magazine created while continuing to grow, refresh itself and take risks."

Michael Fox, publisher and circulator, Maclean-Hunter, Rogers Publishing, Inspiring Media, Inc. Read more about Michael Fox at

Top-winning magazines at the 38th National Magazine Awards:





The Walrus




Report on Business




Today's Parent
















Nouveau Projet








Toronto Life








Québec Science




The Feathertale Review




Won 1 Gold: Azure, Châtelaine, Cornerstone, Cottage Life, Fashion Magazine, New Trail, Precedent, The Grid, The New Quarterly, Vancouver Magazine, Western Living
Won 1 Silver: Arc, Canadian Business, ELLE Canada, enRoute, Flare, MoneySense, NOW Magazine, PRISM International, Swerve, Sub-Terrain


The Walrus led all publications with 9 National Magazine Awards, including 4 Gold awards: Science, Technology & the Environment ("The Toilet Papers" by Jeremy Keehn); Spot Illustration ("The Rising Tide" by Sébastien Thibault); Photojournalism & Photo Essay ("In Attawapiskat" by Larry Towell); One of a Kind ("The Trials of Philip Halliday" by Noah Richler). Byron Eggenschwiler won his 6th National Magazine Award, a Silver in Illustration for "Best Shot" (The Walrus). The late, iconic Canadian writer Farley Mowat was also a National Magazine Award winner this year. Mowat's story "Lost in the Barrens," an account of the author's journeys through England in the 1960s, published in The Walrus, won Silver in Personal Journalism. This is the ninth time in ten years The Walrus, published by the non-profit Walrus Foundation in Toronto, has received the most National Magazine Awards.

Report on Business, published by The Globe and Mail, won 6 National Magazine Awards, including 4 Gold. The prize for best Magazine Cover went to Report on Business for "Hunter Is At It Again," giving art director Domenic Macri his 8th National Magazine Award. Stephanie Nolen's investigative story about a conflict between Barrick Gold and indigenous groups in Chile, "High and Dry," was nominated in 4 categories and won Gold in Business. Eric Reguly won Gold in the Columns category ("Jobs: Optional"). Report on Business also won Gold in Infograpics ("Fare Warning"). Jake MacDonald won a Silver in Politics & Public Interest for "The Cost of Freedom," which is his 10th National Magazine Award.

Today's Parent won 4 National Magazine Awards, all four of them Gold, for the most successful awards show in the magazine's history. In addition to winning Tablet Magazine of the Year for its August 2014 Books Issue, Today's Parent also won Gold in Best Single Issue ("Back to School Issue"), Single Service Article Package ("30 Awesome Cupcakes"), and Editorial Package: Web ("Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss"). Today's Parent is published by Rogers Publishing.

The French-language news magazine L'actualité won 8 National Magazine Awards, including 3 Golds. The powerful story "Crimes sexuels dans l'armée" by Alec Castonguay and Noémi Mercier was a double Gold winner for Investigative Reporting and Politics & Public Interest. Noémi Mercier has now won 6 National Magazine Awards. L'actualité also won Gold in Travel ("Au paradis des thés" by Marie-Soleil Desautels). Pierre Fortin won a Silver award for his "Économie" column, marking his 5th National Magazine Award in the Columns category. Valérie Borde won a Silver award in Health & Medicine for "Halte au surdiagnostic !" which is her 6th National Magazine Award.

Maisonneuve, an English-language quarterly published in Montreal, proved itself the best publication for emerging magazine talent, sweeping the awards for Best New Magazine Writer and Best New Illustrator or Photographer. Writer Genna Buck won the award for Best New Magazine Writer for "Finding a Place." Illustrator Hudson Christie won the award for Best New Illustrator or Photographer for "A Portrait of the Artist with Testicles in Hand." Maisonneuve also won Gold in Essays ("Water Upon the Earth" by Andrea Bennett) as well as 2 Silver awards.

Maclean's magazine won 4 National Magazine Awards, 3 of them Gold. Its "Ottawa Shooting" special report won Gold in Editorial Package: Print. Michael Friscolanti won Gold for Best Short Feature ("My Hitchhiker, the Parliament Hill Gunman"). Maclean's also took Gold in Online Video for "Ukraine in Crisis."

Hazlitt, the online literary and arts magazine published by Penguin Random House Canada, won 3 Gold National Magazine Awards, including Magazine Website of the Year. Hazlitt also won Gold for Poetry ("You Must Remember This" by Richard Greene) and Arts & Entertainment ("For Kids, By Kids—But Not For Long" by Nicholas Hune-Brown.

Toronto Life won 2 Gold awards and 5 National Magazine Awards overall. Writer Lauren McKeon won Gold in Personal Journalism for "Save Me From My Workout." Jason McBride won Gold in Profiles for "The Captive." Toronto Life has now won 235 National Magazine Awards since 1977, passing Saturday Night (231) for the most all-time.

The Feathertale Review won 2 National Magazine Awards, including Gold in Humour ("Reviews of My Dreams from Last Night" by Richard Light) and the Silver award in Best Single Issue. Feathertale is an Ottawa-based literary magazine published independently by D'Artagnan, a blue monkey.

Although it ceased publishing in 2014, The Grid added one more National Magazine Award to its collection, as Danielle Groen won her 5th National Magazine Award, the Gold for Service: Family, Health & Personal Finance ("Where Do We Put All the Babies?"). From 2011-2013 The Grid won 15 National Magazine Awards.

In the Fiction category the Gold award went to Tamas Dobozy for "Kransnagorsk-2" published in The New Quarterly. Silver went to Stephen Marche for "Ultrasound" (The Walrus).

In Poetry, Richard Greene won Gold for Hazlitt, ("You Must Remember This"), and the Silver award went to Saskatchewan Cree poet Louise Halfe for her suite of poems published in Arc Poetry Magazine.

Sportsnet swept the Gold and Silver awards in the category Sports & Recreation, with Dan Robson winning Gold for "Home and Really Far Away." Sportsnet, published by Rogers, also won the Silver in Editorial Package: Print ("How to Cheat") and in Magazine Covers for its "Winter Olympics" issue.

In the Fashion category, Fashion Magazine won the Gold National Magazine Award for "Human Touch." For photographer Chris Nicholls, this is his 16th National Magazine Award, most all-time by a photographer. Flare took the Silver award in Fashion for "Warm Bodies."

Two publications from the University of Alberta each won their first National Magazine Award. New Trail won Gold for Art Direction of a Single Article ("Best Summer Ever"). Cornerstone won Gold for Portrait Photography ("Bigger Than Barriers" by John Ulan).

The Gold award for Health & Medicine went to Québec Science, for writer Marie-Pier Elie's story "Immunothérapie. Le nouvel espoir."

Châtelaine won Gold in the Society category for "Intersexualité : Rencontre du troisième sexe" by Mylène Tremblay.

Vancouver Magazine and Western Living, published by Yellow Pages Homes Ltd in Vancouver, each won 1 Gold award. Vancouver won Gold in Service: Lifestyle for its "25th Annual Restaurant Awards." Western Living won Gold in Still-Life Photography ("Origin Story" by Clinton Hussey).

Precedent magazine won the Gold National Magazine Award for Illustration, for "The Well-Oiled Machine" by Raymond Biesinger. This is the first National Magazine Award for Precedent magazine.

Azure magazine won the Gold National Magazine Award for Homes & Gardens ("On Canal Lake").

For a complete list of winners in all categories, visit

More than 450 members of the Canadian magazine industry—publishers, editors, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators, circulators and more—joined esteemed sponsors and other guests at the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala, at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, presented by CDS Global.

This year more than 200 Canadian magazines submitted their work to the National Magazine Awards. Magazines from all three coasts—in both official languages, print and digital—participated this year, entering work created by more than 3000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators. This year saw growth in participation from Quebec and Alberta magazines, as well as remarkable participation from Canada's literary and arts magazines through the help of the NMAF's Small Magazine Rebate program.

The NMAF's 241 volunteer judges have nominated a total of 326 submissions from 80 different Canadian magazines for awards in 43 written, visual, integrated and special categories. More than $53,000 in cash prizes have been awarded to Canadian creators.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, as well as the Ontario Media Development Corporation

The NMAF thanks its presenting sponsor CDS Global, which has supported the annual National Magazine Awards every year since 1989.

The NMAF thanks its corporate sponsors Alliance for Audited Media, The Lowe-Martin Group, Reader's Digest Foundation, Rolland Enterprises and Transcontinental Printing for their generous support of the National Magazine Awards.

The NMAF thanks its media partners Cottage Life Media, Impresa Communications Ltd., Masthead, Rogers Media, RedPoint Media and Toronto Life for their generous support of the National Magazine Awards.

The NMAF thanks its event partners CNW Group and Media Vantage, Monnet Design, Oliver & Bonacini, Relay Experience, KlixPix and San Remo Florists for their generous support of the National Magazine Awards.

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges all 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. Discover more at

SOURCE National Magazine Awards Foundation

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