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2020 National Magazine Award Nominees Announced

2020 National Magazine Award Nominees Announced

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The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is delighted to unveil the finalists for the 43rd National Magazine Awards, including the publications short listed for the Best Magazine awards.

For this year’s competition, 174 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—submitted the work of more than 2,000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors, and other creators. The NMAF’s 124 volunteer judges have selected a total of 179 submissions from 64 different Canadian publications for awards in 28 written, visual, editorial, and best magazine categories.

See the complete list of categories and nominees here.


Three publications have been shortlisted in each of the four Best Magazine divisions. The outstanding nominees are:

Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest

Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle

Best Magazine: Art, Literary & Culture

Best Magazine: Special Interest


There are five grand prix categories. Each of these awards is given to the magazine, editor, publisher, issue or art director whose writing and art warrants the highest honour and recognition.

Magazine Grand Prix

The Magazine Grand Prix award—the highest honour bestowed to a publication—will be presented to one publication among the four winners of the Best Magazine awards, revealed at the upcoming winners’ celebration in June.

Editor Grand Prix

The three editors shortlisted for the prestigious title of Editor Grand Prix are Jocelyn Bell (Broadview), Nicolas Langelier(Nouveau Projet), and Dawn Calleja (Report on Business).

Issue Grand Prix

The Issue Grand Prix award honours quality and originality of the content of an entire issue as well as its relevance to the intended readers. The magazine finalists are: Dînette Magazine (017-Duo), Le Trente (Novembre 2019), LSTW (LSTW #4), Maisonneuve (The Climate Issue), Nouveau Projet (No.16), Toronto Life (A Critical Look at Sidewalk Labs), and University of Toronto Magazine (The Migration Issue).

Art Direction Grand Prix

This coveted award honours excellence in art direction for a complete issue. This year’s nominated art directors include: last year’s winner, Eliane Cadieux (BESIDE: NUMÉRO 07) and Carolyne de Bellefeuille (LSTW: LSTW #4).

Cover Grand Prix

This notable award celebrates the outstanding creation of a magazine cover in collaboration by editors, circulators and art directors to enhance reader experience. This year’s nominees are Mathieu Lachapelle, Hélène Mallette (Dînette Magazine, 016 – Renouveau), Studio Feed (Esse arts + opinions, no. 97 – Appropriation), Amélie Chamberland, Charles Grandmont (L’actualité, La révolution végane), Edith PelletierChristian BlaisCharles Grandmont (L’actualité, Le prochain premier ministre ?) and Brett Gundlock, Studio Wyse, Stacey Gibson (University of Toronto Magazine, The Migration Issue).

Best Emerging Writer

The jury selected three nominees for Best Emerging Writer. This award is given to the individual whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise. This year’s emerging writers are:


  • Toronto Life leads with 15 nominations (they also had the most nominations in 2019)
  • Maclean’s is in second place with 14 nominations this year
  • The Walrus and L’actualité tied for third with 12 nominations each
  • Alec Castonguay of L’actualité received the most individual nominations with three, followed by several two-time nominated creators:
    • Zander Sherman (Report on Business)
    • Troy Sebastian/nupqu _a·k_am_ (The Walrus)
    • Shannon Gormley (Maclean’s)
    • Sabrina Myre (ELLE Québec)
    • Rowan McCandless (The FiddleheadThe Malahat Review)
    • Nicholas Hune-Brown (Sharp)
    • Emily Urquhart (Room Magazine)
    • Chris Nuttall-Smith (Toronto Life)




Toronto Life




The Walrus








Report on Business


Nouveau Projet


Dînette Magazine






Air Canada EnRoute has 4 nominations.

Publications with 3 nominations each include Alberta Views, Cottage LifeLSTWQuébec Science and The Malahat Review.

Publications with 2 nominations each include BESIDE, Canada’s History, Canadian Art, Canadian Geographic, Clin d’oeil, ELLE Québec, Esse arts + opinions, EXILE Quarterly, Geist, Grain Magazine, Inuit Art Quarterly, Le Trente, Prairie Fire, Room Magazine, Sharp, Today’s Parent, University of Toronto Magazine and Xtra.


The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is excited to announce that the 2020 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement will be presented to Don Gillmor.

Gillmor was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and graduated from the University of Calgary in 1977. He is a novelist, journalist, and children’s book author, and is the recipient of 11 National Magazine Awards medals and 41 National Magazine Awards honourable mentions.

This award honours an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the Canadian magazine industry. Without a doubt, Don embodies this spirit of quality, dedication and ingenuity. For Gillmor’s incredible contributions to the Canadian magazine industry, we are proud to present him with this prestigious award. Congratulations!

Congratulations to the nominees of the 43rd National Magazine Awards. Visit for more details and a complete list of this year’s categories and nominees.  We request that all nominees email us by May 1 so we may share important details of the winners’  celebration.  Deadline for credit changes (by email only) is also May 1, 2020. 

Join us for the National Magazine Awards’ Winners’ Celebration

For the first time since its debut in 1977, the National Magazine Awards will be held as a virtual event. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team will be bringing the 43rd annual NMA winners’ celebration  live to your homes so the entire magazine community can join the celebration.

The event will be live hosted with full multimedia, music and special guests, and participants can expect the same high-quality production as always. Winners will also have the opportunity to deliver a short virtual acceptance speech. $1000cash prizes (for Gold winners in individual awards) & certificates will be mailed to winners after the event.

Producing this live virtual event requires a full team of technicians and professionals. To help bring this year’s celebration to the industry across the country, the Foundation is requesting a pay-what-you-can donation (we suggest $25) in lieu of ticket costs. As a small charitable organization, these donations are vital to the Foundation’s ability to honour this year’s winners and nominees through this virtual gala.

The NMA Gala, which celebrates journalists, writers, photographers, illustrators, and other professionals of the press who inform, educate and inspire Canadians at home and around the world, is the magazine industry’s most cherished annual event. With your help, the Foundation is committed to keeping this 43-year long tradition alive.

You can help by donating now through CanadaHelps. Donations are easy to make, and you will receive a tax receipt for any donation of $3 or more. We are grateful to everyone who donates to help us support our vital industry.

The event will be hosted in early June. Specific date and details to come.

Donate now at


The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts CouncilOntario Creates and Reader’s Digest Foundation. We are also thankful for the support of our partners, Candescent, CCR SolutionsCisionMagazines Canada and Very Good Studios.

A special thanks to art director John Montgomery for creating this year’s visual elements.

SOURCE National Media Awards Foundation

For further information: Lyra Pappin, [email protected]

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