Every year MagsBC gathers the current industry awards available to BC magazines, publishers, writers, editors and associates. Provided at the bottom of this page is a detailed Excel spreadsheet with descriptions, eligibility details, and contact information for specific awards.
We only list those awards that meet the criteria outlined in the MagsBC Become a Member page, as well as the criteria listed in the spreadsheet.
Originally compiled April, 2012 by Patrick Earley, Langara College Library Technician practicum student.
Updated March 18, 2013 by Sheena Black, Langara College Library Technician practicum student.
Updated April, 2015 by Julie Nadalini, Langara College Library Technician practicum student.
Updated May, 2016 by Valerie Tong, Langara College Library Technician practicum student.
Award details may be subject to change. Please confirm application deadlines before preparing submissions.
Advertising and Design Club of Canada Awards are presented at the Directions 2016 Awards show in Toronto on November 17. The ADCC will award a student with the best work in advertising graphic design, editorial and book design and interactive media. Winners will be featured in their printed annual book and in the ADCC Archives. The deadline to enter the ADCC 2016 student competition is Friday, May 6 at 12 pm EST.
The Canadian Association of Journalists offers multiple awards categories for journalistic writing, broadcasting and photojournalism. Most categories offer a $500 cash prize for the winner. Entry fees are $30 for members, $110 for non-members. $25 for students, $60 for a team of CAJ members and $200 for a team of non-CAJ members. Student CAJ members can enter for free. The entry deadline is February 5th at 11:59 pm EST.
The Canadian Marketing Association Awards recognize the top marketers in Canada. The CMA Awards are divided into 8 disciplines with 8 types in each category with gold, silver or bronze winners. Deadlines are June 16th and July 14th. Application fees vary depending on the submission date.
The COPAs are hosted by Masthead and are open to any Canadian company that produces online publications. The competition features 17 categories and 3 divisions in addition to awards for Best Content of the Year, Best Digital Solution of the Year, Independent Publisher of the year and Regional Awards. The application fee is $115 and the deadline to enter is Monday, July 11, 2016.
The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) offers 11 awards covering various aspects of editing in print and online publications. The application deadline is March 18, 2016 and entry is free for CSME members. Awards are given out at the Editors' Gala in June. Winners will be announced at the Editors' Gala Event at MagNet on June 8, 2016.
The Circulation Management Association of Canada Awards are open to members of the CMC and offer various categories related to circulation management and marketing. The CMC Audience Development Award offers gold, silver, and bronze awards for the best campaigns. Entry fees are $30 for non-members and free for members. The deadline is May 16, 2016. The CMC Scholarship awards $5,000 to an intensive publishing-related program of the recepient's choice. Applications are due on May 16, 2016 and there is no application fee for members. The Volunteer of the Year awards $300 to the winner. Applications are due on May 16, 2016 and there is no application fee. The Lifetime Achievement Award, Magazine of the Year and the Annual Vendor Award applications are due on May 16, 2016 and there is no application fee. Award winners will be announced June 8, 2016 at MagNet.
The Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) distributes three notable awards; The Tom Fairley Award provides $2,000 for outstanding editing. Nominations are due January 15, 2016 and the $100 application fee is due February 1, 2016.
The Claudette Upton Scholarship is awarded to a student affiliate of Editors Canada. This scholarship is worth $1000 and the student is encouraged to use it towards attending the National Conference and association workshops and seminars. Applications are due April 4, 2016 and there is no application fee.
The Karen Virag Award may be awarded to an individual Editors Canada member or an organization with at least one Editors Canada member. The award recipient will be recognized at the annual Editors Canada conference in June and will receive a commemorative plaque. The deadline for nominations is May 9, 2016.
The Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year and President's Award for Volunteer Service is presented to any member or student affiliate that has performed Service on a wholly volunteer basis. The President's Award committee may select any number of candidates to receive the award. From among the nominations received, the President's Award committee will also select one volunteer to receive the Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award each year. Deadline for nominations is April 8, 2016.
K.R. Wilson Awards go to Canadian business-to-business publications and are presented by the Canadian Business Press. There are 4 types of categories: written, visual, digital, and integrated/special. Application fees range from $125 to $135. A prize of $500 and a certificate is awarded to gold winners. Silver winners receive a silver award certificate. All other nominees receive honourable mention certificates. The final deadline is February 16, 2016 at 5 pm EST.
Magazines Canada Volunteer of the Year Awards go to outstanding volunteers who devote their time to helping the magazine and publishing industry. Nomination submissions are free and people can be nominated more than once. The recipient of the award is chosen by a committee of long-standing magazine professionals on April 12, 2016. Winners recieve a $500 gift certificate, comemorative plaque and are recognized by Magazines Canada.
National Magazine Awards recognizes the best in the Canadian magazine industry with 4 types of categories: written, visual, integrated & special. Written categories are open to content from all eligible print magazines, tablet magazines and magazine websites, except where noted in the restrictions. Awards include a cash prize of $1,000 for gold and $500 for silver winners. The early bird application deadline is early January and final application deadline mid January with varying application fees per award type.
Professional Writers Association of Canada Awards offers awards in writing, editing and volunteer service.
The Barbara Novak Award for Excellence in Humor and/or Personal Essay Writing winner will receive a gift voucher and a one-year membership. The entry fee is $20 per entry for a maximum of three entries per person. The deadline is May 7, 2016 by midnight.
The Best Feature Article and Best Short Article winner receives $200 in cash and a PWAC membership for 2016/17 membership year. The runner up receives a PWAC membership for 2016/17 and a certificate. Other finalists receive a certificate. The entry fee is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. The deadline is May 6, 2016 by midnight.
The Editor of the Year award is given to an individual. Winner and finalists receive a plaque. The Lawrence Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award winner receives a plaque and membership. Winners of the Regional Volunteer Awards receive a plaque and gift voucher.
Applications and nominations are due May 6, 2016.
The Writers’ Trust of Canada offers two prestigious awards for emerging writers in Canada: The Journey Prize of The Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart, is awarded annually to a new and developing writer of distinction for a short story published in a Canadian literary publication. Winners are awarded $10,000 (the journal who published the winning article is awarded $2,000). There are two finalists who are awarded $1,000 each. The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers recognizes an outstanding work of fiction or poetry to an unpublished writer under the age of 35. First place is awarded a $5,000 prize and three finalists are awarded $1,000 per person. Applications are due March 7, 2016 and there is no application fee.
The Writers’ Union of Canada offers two awards; The Danuta Gleed Award is awarded to the best first collection of published short fiction and awards. The winner receives $10,000 and two finalists receive $500 each. The application deadline is February 1, 2016 and there is no application fee. The Short Prose for Developing Writers Award award is worth $2,500 and is given to unpublished Canadian writers. The application fee is $29 and the deadline is March 1, 2016.