–Last checked and updated April 23, 2020 by Rujipa Laosin, Langara College Library & Information Technology practicum student.
This list of awards is based upon whether a BC resident who works or freelances for a magazine or related industry, or a BC-based magazine or related company, would be eligible to apply.
This list is updated every year or so by Langara College library technician practicum students.
Advertising and Design Club of Canada
ADCC awards are presented at the Directions Awards show in Toronto. The annual show, the ADCC Awards, is considered the top creative awards show in Canada. The printed annual, which is displayed at the show, contains the best work of each year. Winners receive a cash prize and will be featured in the printed annual and in the ADCC Archives.
Due to Covid-19, the 2020 ADCC Awards and Student Competition have been delayed. However, for now, the 2020 ADCC Awards show is still scheduled for November 12th, 2020.
The ADCC also awards students in the Student Competition with the best work in four categories: advertising, graphic design, editorial and book design, and interactive media.
Companies are able to win one of the five major Scarlett Letter Awards: Agency of the Year, Design Studio of the Year, Design Agency of the Year, Interactive Agency of the Year and Production Company of the Year. (Accessed Apr. 22, 2020.) Visit Site
Canadian Association of Journalists Awards
CAJ offers multiple awards categories for journalistic writing, broadcasting and photojournalism. Awards are given out at their annual conference.
For the year 2020, the CAJ is currently considering an alternative for the award ceremony as a result of Covid-19. The original awards gala was scheduled for May 30, 2020.
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. (Accessed Apr. 22, 2020.) Visit Site
Canadian Marketing Association Awards and Student Awards
These awards recognize the top marketers in Canada from all sectors. The CMA Awards are divided into 6 disciplines and 9 categories with gold, silver and bronze winners.
In 2020, the competition opens on May 1 and the deadlines are on July 20. The awards are presented at a gala in November. Application fees vary depending on the submission date. (Accessed Apr. 22, 2020.) Visit Site
Canadian Online Publishing Awards
The COPAs are hosted by Masthead and are open to any Canadian company that produces online publications.
The competition features 20 categories and 5 divisions in addition to awards for the Best of Canada Categories: Publication of the Year, Best Content of the Year, Best Website of the Year, Independent Publisher of the Year, Ethnic Media Publisher of the Year and Best Student/School project.
All winners will be invited to celebrate their achievement in November and will receive a COPA Award logo which can be used for the company’s marketing. The application fee is $115 per single entry and per one category. (Accessed Apr. 22, 2020.) Visit Site
The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards
Awards are presented to a Canadian freelance writer who has a contract for publication of a non-fiction magazine article or book. Projects concerning issues associated with social justice, either in Canada or globally, are highly encouraged.
The awards are divided into two categories, $5,000 for the book award and $2,000 for the magazine award. The deadline for submission is on June 26, 2020. More information about the award criteria can be found at the Call for Submissions. (Accessed Apr. 22, 2020.) Visit Site
Digital Publishing Awards
The Digital Publishing Awards are organized by the National Media Awards Foundation, who are also responsible for the National Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B.
The applicants who are eligible for the competition are Canadian publishers in digitally published brands. This includes consumer and B2B digital magazines, digital newspapers and other digital journalism. There are 23 award categories in total, some for individual creators and some for teams.
Applications are accepted from the beginning of December until the end of January. The fee for entering a competition is $125 or $110 for early applicants. The Gold winners in individual categories will receive a $500 cash prize. The final submission deadline for 2020 was January 23. (Accessed Apr. 23, 2020.) Visit Site
Magazine of the Year Achievement Awards
The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) is pleased to announce the addition of three new provincial Achievement Awards categories to its 2020 Awards season: BC Magazine of the Year, Manitoba Magazine of the Year, and Saskatchewan Magazine of the Year.
Recognizing the stellar content produced throughout Western Canada, AMPA is expanding its borders and inviting magazines published in Western provinces to submit entries to Magazine of the Year categories.
Open to print and digital magazines, the Magazine of the Year categories celebrate the culmination of what makes a great magazine: innovative content, superior editors, driven design, and the ability to consistently and proactively serve the needs of readers.
Application deadline was on January 31, 2020. (Accessed Apr. 22, 2020.) Visit Site
National Magazine Awards
These awards recognize the best in the Canadian magazine industry with 29 categories falling under Writing and Visual, Editorial, Grand Prix: Best Magazine, and Special. Awards include cash prizes of $1,000 for gold medal winners. The early bird application deadline is mid January and the final application deadline is at the end of January, with varying application fees per award type. (Accessed Apr. 22, 2020.) Visit Site
National Magazine Awards: B2B
NMA: B2B is a Canadian awards competition for business-to-business magazines. The awards are open to Canadian magazines and to Canadian citizens, including landed immigrants, whose works were published in a B2B magazine during 2019.
Applications are accepted from the end of December until mid January. The fee for entering a competition is $135 or $125 for early applicants.
The awards are divided into two categories: individual creators and magazines. In addition, individual creator winners will receive a $500 cash prize. The deadline for submission for 2020 was January 17. (Accessed Apr. 23, 2020.) Visit Site
Outdoor Writers of Canada Communication Awards
This is an annual competition for outdoor writers of Canada. Award winners are selected from excellent contributors within the OWC membership.
The OWC Awards have two main categories: National Communication Awards (NCA), and Special Awards. Within the NCA, there are 11 subcategories including awards for magazine features and photography. There is a total of $5,000 in prize money available for NCA winners.
The eligible applicants must have been a member of OWC in 2019 and 2020 and must have published their work between January and December 2019.
The submission fee is $15 per category and the deadline for 2020 was March 31. (Accessed Apr. 23, 2020.) Visit Site
RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award
The Award is to celebrate new Canadian writers whose works have never been published before. The candidates are welcome to submit short stories, creative non-fiction, journalism and poetry. The eligible candidates must be above 17 but under the age of 30. Magazine professionals, journalists and writers whose work has been published in pamphlets or magazines may enter. The winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and mentorship from a Canadian author. There is no entry fee. The deadline for submission is on May 18, 2020. (Accessed Apr. 30, 2020.) Visit Site
Royal City Literary Arts Society (RCLAS)
RCLAS is an organization that connects all writers, including novelists, technical writers, article writers, editors, publishers, etc. The organization offers award winners for the WRITE ON! Contests which are divided into three categories: poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The deadline for submission for 2020 is May 1. (Accessed Apr. 30, 2020.) Visit Site
Writers’ Trust Awards
Among the awards offered by the Writers’ Trust of Canada are 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. Prizes are awarded of $10,000 to the winner, $1,000 to finalists, and $2,000 to magazines. See their Facebook page for updates.
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 $10,000 prize and two finalists are awarded $2,500 per each. (Accessed Apr. 22, 2020.) Visit Site
The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC)
TWUC offers four awards. The Danuta Gleed Award is given to the best first collection of published short fiction and awards. The winner receives $10,000 and two finalists receive $500 each. The Short Prose for Developing Writers Award is worth $2,500 and is given to unpublished Canadian writers. The Freedom to Read Award recognizes work in support of freedom of expression. The Graeme Gibson Award recognizes varied and remarkable contributions to improve the circumstances of writers in Canada. (Accessed Apr. 22, 2020.) Visit Site