NMA AwardsThe National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has announced the finalists of their 36th annual awards program, including 17 entries from AMPA-member magazines shortlisted in written and visual categories, as well as a finalist placement for the coveted Magazine of the Year for Calgary-based UPPERCASE magazine. Edmonton’s Eighteen Bridges is among the top-nominated magazines, with 10 finalists in written categories. Alberta Venture, Alberta Views, Avenue Calgary, New Trail and Swerve earned a place on the shortlisted nominations across written and visual categories.

Here’s a select AMPA-filtered list of NMA finalists:

Magazine of the Year


Arts & Entertainment

Lynn Coady, Publish then Perish, Eighteen Bridges


Craig Davidson, Precious Cargo, Avenue

Billie Livingston, Sea Hitler Skank, Eighteen Bridges

Caroline Adderson, I Feel Lousy, Eighteen Bridges


Jessica Johnson, The Hairs About Our Secrets, Eighteen Bridges

Bruce McCulloch, Dad as Dog, Swerve

Personal Journalism

Karen Connelly, Washing the Body, Alberta Views

Jessica Johnson, The Hairs about our Secrets, Eighteen Bridges


Karen Solie, Rothko via Muncie, Indiana, Eighteen Bridges


Curtis Gillespie, The Populist, Eighteen Bridges


Christine Fischer-Guy, Burden of Proof, Eighteen Bridges

Max Fawcett, Why Knot?, Eighteen Bridges

Sports & Recreation

Timothy Taylor, Ya Gotta Believe, Eighteen Bridges


James Martin, One the Road… with Children, Swerve

Art Direction for an Entire Issue

Janine Vangool, Issue 13, Uppercase

Creative Photography

Justin Poulsen, Frosty Teacher, Alberta Views

John Ulan, The Changing Face of the North, New Trail

Gold, Silver and Honourable Mentions will be awarded at a June 7 gala in Toronto.

Congratulations to all of the deserving nominees and finalists!

(See the full list of NMA finalists, and browse the entries, at www.magazine-awards.com)

Alberta National Magazine Award Winners:

The winners of the 36th annual National Magazine Awards were announced at a gala event on June 7 in Toronto. The 250 volunteer judges of the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) evaluated 2000 submissions from nearly 200 Canadian magazines, to award Gold, Silver and Honourable Mentions in 47 categories.

Edmonton-based Eighteen Bridges was one of the top winning magazines at this year’s awards, receiving Gold in Humour for Jessica Johnson’s “The Hairs About Our Secrets,” Silver in Society for Christine Fischer Guy’s “Burden of Proof,” as well as eight Honourable Mentions.

Avenue (Calgary) received Gold for Craig Davidson’s “Precious Cargo”, and Swerve (Calgary) brought home Silver for James Martin’s “On the Road…with Children.” UPPERCASE magazine publisher, editor and designer Janine Vangool received Silver for Issue 13.

View the complete list of winners, as well as the digital Gold Book, at www.magazine-awards.com