Eighteen Bridges: Canadian Creative Journalism Magazine is published twice a year by the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta and edited by Curtis Gillespie and Lynn Coady. It has well-earned rave reviews for its first four issues. This year, the first year it was eligible for magazine awards, it was nominated for 10 National Magazine Awards and 14 Western Magazine Awards. At the Gala for the National Magazine Awards on June 5, it won in the Arts and Entertainment Category for Don Gillmor’s article “All In.” The article, also nominated in Personal Journalism, examines the great career of the late Paul Quarrington, a 5-time National Magazine Award winner. On June 15, at the Western Magazine Awards, Eighteen Bridges walked away with awards in the Arts and Entertainment category — also for Gillmor’s article — received a Gold Award for Chris Turner’s article “Bearing Witness” and was celebrated as the Best New Magazine of the Year in Western Canada.
Eighteen Bridges’ editorial mission is described on their website:
We value the timeless narrative flair of The New Yorker, the journalistic rigour of Harpers, the literary excellence of Granta, and we hope to weave these elements together with a distinctive Canadian sensibility. Eighteen Bridges is a modern in-touch magazine concerned with people, politics, culture, and ideas, its articles substantial, in-depth, and grounded in the narrative tradition. The magazine’s co-founders are Curtis Gillespie and Lynn Coady, both veterans of the magazine industry and the broader literary community. With the support of the University of Alberta’s Canadian Literature Centre, Eighteen Bridges hopes to establish itself as a key outlet for the country’s finest narrative journalists to tell great stories and initiate vibrant debate.
With the recognition of 24 nominations for major magazine awards in Canada this year, the magazine, its editors and contributors, are well on their way to meeting the ambitious goal they set for themselves perhaps sooner than even they thought they would. Well done!
You can download their latest issue or, better yet, purchase a subscription for $24.95 or single issues for $7.95 from their website or purchase copies at your favourite bookstore.